Top 10 Metal Musicians with the Greatest Personalities

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People on this list are great and talented musicians with great personalities. 2 in 1.

The Top Ten

1 Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio Ronnie James Dio (born Ronald James Padavona; July 10, 1942 – May 16, 2010) was an American heavy metal singer, songwriter and musician. He fronted and/or founded numerous groups including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. He is credited with popularizing the "metal horns" hand gesture ...read more.

Mr. Golden Voice was also a great person. R.I.P. Dio.
A nice guy with impeccable ethics. Also wise, friendly, accessible.
Known for talking with fans for hours after live shows. Never left a fan without an autograph no matter how long the line was and paid attention to every fan who approached him.
Dio and his wife didn't have own children and adopted a boy.
Dio probably didn't do drugs. - Metal_Treasure

2 Bruce Dickinson Bruce Dickinson Paul Bruce Dickinson, known professionally as Bruce Dickinson, is an English musician, airline pilot, and broadcaster. He is most well known for being the lead singer in heavy metal band Iron Maiden and his solo career.

He sang a whole album with tongue cancer. He's got unique skills in different areas:
1) part-time metal singer
2) part-time pilot
3) part-time businessman
4) part-time T.V. entertainer with a great sense of humor (hosted Headbangers Ball, etc)
5) pretty good fencer who was a member of the UK Olympic team.
6) Captain Dickinson took part in rescue operations with his plane, incl. in other countries. I watched a BBC News report (The Flight Of Astraeus) where he flew back home passangers who were stranded in Egypt. Yep, "Hallowed Be Thy Plane". - Metal_Treasure

3 Matt Barlow Matt Barlow Matthew 'Matt' Barlow is an American heavy metal singer and police officer. He was the lead singer for Iced Earth in the 1990s and 2000s. He is currently the lead singer for Ashes of Ares. After the September 11 terrorist attacks Matt Barlow decided to become a police officer and contribute to the "real ...read more.

He's got a great powerful voice and he's a very interesting person, too.
He left a major metal band (Iced Earth) to help the US after September 11 terrorist attacks - he became a police officer in the police department in Georgetown, Delaware. Thank god, he returned to music in 2007. - Metal_Treasure

4 Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch Hansi Kürsch, born Hans Jürgen Kürsch, is the lead singer, lyricist, co-composer and bassist for German power metal band Blind Guardian . Heavily influenced by Freddie Mercury, he creates a huge choir effect by overdubbing his own voice multiple times in complex, overlapping vocal harmonies. He records ...read more.

A god given voice and unique personality. Intelligent, friendly, wise, honest, hard working. He reads a lot and plays video games, most often - D&D.
He doesn't smoke and doesn't look like a person who does drugs or drinks too much. When on tour, he calls his wife every day. He's been married for over 20 years and is known for not cheating on his wife. Some fans, musicians and bloggers from different sites make fun of him for not cheating on his wife and call him stupid.
He played for charity with Blind Guardian. - Metal_Treasure

5 Steve Harris Steve Harris Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris is an English musician and songwriter, known as the bassist, occasional keyboardist, backing vocalist, primary songwriter and founder of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

He formed one of the most iconic metal bands and wrote one of the most iconic metal songs ever - Hallowed Be Thy Name.
Every time I watch him on videos (music or interviews) I feel this guy just can't be a bad person. - Metal_Treasure

6 Jon Schaffer Jon Schaffer Jon Ryan Schaffer is an American heavy metal musician. He is best known as the guitarist and last remaining original member of the Florida-based heavy metal band Iced Earth, which he formed in 1985 under the name "Purgatory".

A very solid rhythm guitarist and amazing songwriter who's probably the most patriotic metal musician.
He's a rebel but he's got a very good heart. He's also a fighter with very strong character that helped him save Iced Earth several times during crisis situaltions when key members were leaving (Matt Barlow became a cop and so on).
I've read interviews with his wife and she obviously knows personally many metal musicians even outside Iced Earth and I conclude Jon Schaffer doesn't keep her away from his professional life. - Metal_Treasure

7 Mike Mangini Mike Mangini Mike Mangini is an American drummer. Since 2010, he has been a member of progressive metal band Dream Theater, following the departure of founding drummer Mike Portnoy.

One of the best metal drummers who's very smart and very friendly during interviews. You just feel this guy is very nice.
He's got a university degree in computer sciences and was an Associate professor at a percussion department. - Metal_Treasure

8 Alissa White-Gluz Alissa White-Gluz Alissa White-Gluz is a Canadian vocalist, best known as the former lead vocalist and one of the founding members of the Canadian metal band, The Agonist, and current lead vocalist for the Swedish melodic death metal group, Arch Enemy.

She's an animal rights activist and a vegan. - Metal_Treasure

9 Chuck Schuldiner Chuck Schuldiner Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck as the "Godfather ...read more.

Death metal pioneer. He was one of the nicest guys in metal.

10 Jarkko Ahola Jarkko Ahola Jarkko Kalevi Ahola is a Finnish performing artist, composer and singer, best known as a metal singer. He is the vocalist, bass player and one of the three songwriters of the metal band Teräsbetoni. He also started a solo career as Ahola, a metal band.

He's got a great voice and amazing personality. He often plays for charity all over the country (Finland). - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Lemmy Kilmister Lemmy Kilmister Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead.

Shouldn't really be on here. He's not metal. - Aragorn98

12 Tony Iommi Tony Iommi Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer. At age 17, he accidentally lost the fingertips of his middle ...read more.
13 Thomas Gabriel Fischer Thomas Gabriel Fischer Thomas Gabriel Fischer, earlier known by his stage name of Tom G. Warrior, is a Swiss metal musician (Celtic Frost).

Pretty clean guy. He's a vegetarian and doesn't drink, smoke or take drugs.

He also doesn't try to get involved in Celtic Frost's influence on modern artists, stating that it's not a healthy thing. I agree because I think it'll just make you think you're above every band of today just because you influenced them.

14 Kai Hansen Kai Hansen
15 Michael Angelo Batio Michael Angelo Batio Michael Angelo Batio also known as Mike Batio or MAB, is an American heavy metal guitarist and columnist from Chicago, Illinois.

He has great personalities. Quite the opposite of Yngwie Malmsteen. People who have taken guitar lessons from him also said that. He also behaved nice with Daniel Himebauch. - zxm

16 Ian Gillan Ian Gillan Ian Gillan is an English singer and songwriter. He originally found success as the lead singer and lyricist for Deep Purple, and the original singer on the rock opera concept album Jesus Christ Superstar by Andrew Lloyd Webber, where Gillan had the leading role (Jesus Christ).
17 Rob Halford Rob Halford Robert John Arthur "Rob" Halford is an English singer and songwriter, who is best known as the lead vocalist for the Grammy Award-winning heavy metal band Judas Priest and famed for his powerful wide ranging operatic voice.

Very down to earth guy. He doesn't have some manager controlling his Instagram, and he would always preform with American Idol contestants and comedians - SoldierOfFortune

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