10 Greatest Rock Keyboardists / Pianists

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21Jonathan Cain (The Babys, Journey)Jonathan Cain is an American musician, singer and songwriter best known for his work with The Babys, Journey and Bad English.

You and your wife, Tane were second to none in what you did. Yay, JC! His playing defined arena keyboard rock

22Gregg Allman
23Al Kooper (Blood Sweat & Tears)
24Dr. John
25Garth Hudson (the Band)Eric Garth Hudson is a Canadian multi-instrumentalist. As the organist, keyboardist and saxophonist for Canadian-American rock group the Band, he was a principal architect of the group's unique sound.

Just listen to chest fever. A more epic organ solo has not been done!

26Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish)Tuomas Lauri Johannes Holopainen (born 25 December 1976) is a Finnish songwriter, multi-instrumentalist musician (but mainly keyboardist) and record producer, best known as the founder, leader, keyboardist and songwriter of symphonic metal band Nightwish. He also studied jazz and classical styles.
27Billy Preston

RIP, Billy; you deserved to be a Fifth Beatle and I loved you 70s solo work

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28Doug Johnson (Loverboy)
29Janne Johannes Puurtinen (HIM)

Never saw anybody playing so cool but still letting so many emotions tae part.

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30Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers)

Sad that Benmont is underrated as The Heartbreakers key man. Heck, he played for Rufus Wainwright

31David Paich (Toto)

Great composer! Technically not as good as Jordan Rudess, but his songwriting talent is huge! Listen to the Toto song "Jake To The Bone"... Good stuff!

Those keyboard solos in "Africa" and "Rosanna" never fail to make me smile! Beautifully Jazz inflected and melodic.

The melodic base of this great band lies greatly on keyboards played by Mr. Paich

Toto hold the line

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32Don Airey (Deep Purple)
33Nicky Hopkins (Rolling Stones)

He played on more really great rocks songs than any other musician, keyboard or otherwise... The greatest keyboardist if just for symphony for the devil and Edward the mad shirt grinder. God bless. (Really...Keith Emerson...how pathetic).

Geez. He was amazing. He died too young, so I guess that's why more people don't appreciate him.

RIP, Nicky. We'll miss your fantastic work you did for the Beatles, the stones, et al

No one even close.

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34Geddy Lee (Rush)Geddy Lee Weinrib, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush.

Geddy Lee is one of the most disciplined and hardworking rock and rollers of all times.

Geddy can play a mean Oberheim as well as a PPG Wave 2.3, in addition to his bass. Long live Geddy Lee

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35Matt Bellamy (Muse)

That man is a genius. let the breathtaking vocals, the songwriting skills etc aside. he is a true artist. he composes music and the piano is just extraordinary. the way he manages to combine the soft sound of the instrument with the unique and intense songs of the band is so brilliant. just listen to all his live performances (like sunburn live at glastonbury) or his symphonies (like exogenesis symphony) and you'll feel me!

Extraordinary pianist and it shows in many of their songs (if you don't know what I'm talking about listen to Piano thing or Butterflies and Hurricanes. ) He was also aiming to be a concert pianist before muse formed.

This man's fingers dance across the keys and produce magical sounds. Listen to Butterflies and Hurricanes to know what I'm talking about

Fantastic pianist and guitarist. His skill set is extraordinary and he deserves to me much higher on the list.

36Peter Bardens (Camel)

So underrated. Prog rock keyboardists all the way. - RalphSaad

37Mike Pinder (Moody Blues)
38Dizzy Reed

Dizzy Reed from Guns n' Roses great keyboard player. November Rain, Estranged, Don't Cry, Knockin on Heavens Door...

39Eddie Van HalenEdward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.

He makes great melodies on the keyboard and plays guitar too. One of the best, I think.

40Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park)Michael Kenji "Mike" Shinoda is an American musician, rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, graphic designer, manager and film composer.

Numb, In The End, My December, From The Inside, Iridescent...
Enough said =)
Best Pianist and Rapper.
Linkin Park Rocks!

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