10 Greatest Rock Keyboardists / Pianists
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Mad eccentric genius.
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.V 1 Comment
RIP, Billy; you deserved to be a Fifth Beatle and I loved you 70s solo workV 1 Comment
You and your wife, Tane were second to none in what you did. Yay, JC! His playing defined arena keyboard rock
Are you kidding me? Should be in top ten. Axl Rose is a better keyboardist than Billy Joel? Who made this list? Probably a bunch of stoner kids, who never touched an instrument.
I voted for Emerson, but it needs to be said that this guy is a monstrous keyboard. Everybody's aware of his stunning song writing talents, but one listen to his playing on songs like "Prelude/The Angry Young Man", "Root Beer Rag", "The Entertainer", "Travelin' Prayer", "Scenes from an Italian Restaurant", "Stilleto", "Great Suburban Showdown", "Los Angelenos", "James", "New York State of Mind" and... man, the list is endless!
Sad that Benmont is underrated as The Heartbreakers key man. Heck, he played for Rufus Wainwright
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 LeeV 2 Comments
Never saw anybody playing so cool but still letting so many emotions tae part.V 1 Comment
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 lineV 1 Comment
His mellotron work was ground breaking and set the prog rock benchmark for others to follow... subtle, ethereal textures...
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.
So underrated. Prog rock keyboardists all the way. - RalphSaad
Dizzy Reed from Guns n' Roses great keyboard player. November Rain, Estranged, Don't Cry, Knockin on Heavens Door...
Jump, I'll Wait, Dreams, Love Walks In, Why Can't This Be Love, When It's Love, and Right Now all speak for themselves
He makes great melodies on the keyboard and plays guitar too. One of the best, I think.
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