To break up the monotony of my work day, I like to listen to talk radio. Sure, I listen to music too, but there’s something about talk radio that I thoroughly enjoy. No, I don’t listen to Air America or Rush Limbaugh or NPR. I listen to podcasts that I download for free from iTunes. There’s a great variety of stuff to choose from, including podcasts about metal and rock. One of the podcasts that I listen to daily is the Radio Chick with host Leslie Gold (she dates Carmine Appice, drummer for Vanilla Fudge, brother of Vinny Appice and creator of the drum show SLAMM!). She’s witty, funny, smart and often talks about music and life with Carmine.
In one of her latest podcasts, Leslie raised a very intriguing question: If you could bring back dead rock stars to form a super group to play for you for two hours, who would you bring back? Sound easy? Well, there are rules you must follow. 1. You can only pick one singer, one lead guitarist, one rhythm guitarist, one bass player and one drummer. 2. Whoever you bring back will be brought back at their time of death (ex: If you bring back Elvis, you get fat Elvis, not cool, young Elvis).
There is no rhyme or reason to my choices. I didn’t choose people who would work well together (although they just might). I chose the people I never got to see live and wanted to see.
Drummer – This one is a given…John Bonham. If you don’t pick John Bonham, you may need to get your head checked. He is one of the greatest rock drummers to ever exist. I’d give my first born to see this man play live. OK, maybe not my first born, you get the idea.
Singer – I’m picking Freddy Mercury for the job. What an amazing voice this man had, and I’d be stoked to finally hear it live and in person.
Lead Guitar – Jimi Hendrix is the man. Is there anyone else? He helped change the face of guitar playing as we know it today and he’s a freaking badass.
Rhythm Guitar – Backing up Jimi will be Randy Rhoads. He died way too early. God only knows what potential he had hiding in him.
Bass – On bass will be Cliff Burton, another one who died before he should have.
Stevie Ray Vaughn
Dimebag (I’ve seen him a million times live, but I’d love to see him again)
So who would you choose for your super dead group?
Be sure to check out my blog for my interview with Heather Luttrell who was a contestant on Rock Star INXS. She’s one of the most talented female vocalists I’ve ever heard and her voice reminds me of a dead rock star I’d bring back for a super group…Janis Joplin.