Top 10 Metal and Rock Singers Who Didn't Intend to Become Lead SingersMetal_Treasure I ranked these singers according to 3 criteria:
1) how good their voices and vocal skills are;
2) how unaware of their singing talent they were;
3) how much they didn't want to be lead singers.
The Top Ten
Guys, he wanted to be a drummer! I put Tobias Sammet higher because Bruce was just unaware of his singing talent but he didn't have Sammet's complete unwillingness to become a singer.
This is a quote from his wiki page: "Dickinson initially wanted to play the drums, later obtaining a pair of bongo drums from the music room for practice. He remembers playing "Let It Be" with his friend Mike Jordan, during which Dickinson discovered his singing voice while encouraging Jordan to sing the high-notes." - Metal_Treasure
He played several instruments but never wanted to be a singer. He was originally the keyboardist but the band had no singer and told him at the 2nd rehearsal that he was the singer. He didn't want this because he was only 14 and still had a "puberty" voice. He said "Of course, I couldn't do that at all, but to be honest my drive for personal prestige was bigger than the fear to make a fool of myself with my puberty voice".
I am glad he eventually took the risk because his voice and vocal skills are incredible. - Metal_Treasure
I put Hansi after Tobias Sammet because both didn't intend to become singers but Hansi didn't have Sammet problems when deciding whether to accept the challenge or not.
Hansi said: "I loved to sing but it was an expression of my good mood and never looked at it as my first step in becoming a vocalist. When I started making music I had a stronger tendency to become a guitarist. That changed when I met André Olbrich in school and he was the one realizing my potential as a vocalist. During one of our high school parties I was screaming parts of Ian Gillan and MSG songs. He somehow liked it." - Metal_Treasure
His story is well known and I probably don't need to re-tell it. - Metal_Treasure
In 2013, when he was already the lead singer for Queensrÿche, he said "My dream was always to be a famous rock drummer. I still feel like a drummer that likes to sing".
Actually he was a drummer for 24 years but unfortunately his previous bands were less famous than Queensrÿche. - Metal_Treasure
He intended to be a metal guitarist, which he became. But when Dave Mustaine formed Megadeth, he wanted Shawn Harris of Diamond Head to join Megadeth as a lead singer. Shawn Harris declined and Dave Mustaine sang on the debut album. And continued.
Later Dave Mustaine had many opportunities to hire another lead singer but he didn't. - Metal_Treasure
He has always wanted to be only a guitarist but life made him a lead singer, too.
He started in Helloween as the lead singer and guitarist but quickly found M. Kiske for the lead vocals. Several years later Kai Hansen left Helloween and formed Gamma Ray with another lead singer who left after 2-3 years. So since about 1995 Kai Hansen has been both lead singer and lead guitarist for Gamma Ray, a band that plays power and speed metal (vox and guitars aren't easy).
In both bands Kai Hansen wanted to focus on guitars but you see, fate... - Metal_Treasure
Another well known story. Not as good as Layne Staley but saved the band somehow. - Metal_Treasure
A pretty good singer with a story that is very similar to Kai Hansen's - he wanted to focus on guitars because he played both lead and rhythm guitars, at times bass guitar and he was almost the sole composer of the band. But he also had to provide lead vocals for Stratovarius for 10 years (1985-1994). Later he succeeded to hand over lead vocal duties to Timo Kotipelto. - Metal_Treasure
He did not want to be the lead singer of Metallica originally. - SteelCity99
Hetfield is awesome! - EliHbk
He has always wanted to be primarily a guitarist and songwriter for Annihilator and he has been. Annihilator have had several lead singers but due to line-up changes, lack of resources, and so on, Jeff Waters had to provide lead vocals, too. He did that for 4 entire Annihilator albums and some songs on other albums. I wouldn't say he's a great singer but pretty good for thrash. - Metal_Treasure
This is a joke, right?
Though his music isn't as amazing as it used to be, Brendon is a phenominal singer and multi-instrumentalist. I've seen Panic! At The Disco live and he was INCREDIBLE!
He joined Opeth as a bassist - Metal_Treasure
Wanted to be the drummer, Then became the lead singer
This story is also well known, after Ian Curtis committed suicide, the remaining members of Joy Division started New Order, and Sumner emerged as the band's singer and lyricist, alongside playing guitar and keyboards. - Lotuscandy
He's a violinist and joined Ne Obliviscaris to play violin.
He also became a lead singer (clean vocals) because the band auditioned a few female singers but they were't suitable. Then Tim volunteered and said "I can sing a little bit".
Wow, I love his voice and his technique is pretty good. - Metal_Treasure
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