Best Roles In Rock Bandszxm Any musician can be famous with any instrument .But I think these are the best roles in rock bands if someone wants join in a rock band .
Backing Vocals hasn't counted as any instrument.
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Usually musicians like this become famous from both guitar and vocals side. Plus, they can perform on stage easily. Playing rhythm guitar isn't hard like lead guitar. You could sing greatly along with it. - zxm
The one who sings and plays rhythm guitar
Examples:James Hetfield,John Lennon,Paul Stanley - zxm
People usually identify a band with only one guitarist as a lead guitarist. But he plays rhythm part too. But when a band has more than one guitarist, they can split between the role. - zxm
No lead vocals.Just guitar
Examples:Jimmy Page,Slash,Ritchie Blackmore. - zxm
Examples:Geddy Lee,Lemmy,Paul McCartney - zxm
Also Hansi Kursch in the 80s and 90s, then focused on vocals only. Same for Tobias Sammet. - Metal_Treasure
Drumming with backing vocals is possible. But singing as a lead vocalist with drumming is very very hard. Drumming takes both two hands and two legs works. Most importantly it takes a lot of attention. - zxm
Examples:Neil Peart,John Bonham,Keith Moon. - zxm
I would add Dio, Rob Halford, Bruce Dickinson, Matt Barlow (Iced Earth) - Metal_Treasure
Only vocals.Not any major instruments
Examples:Axl Rose,Robert Plant,Ian Gillan.
Haven't added Freddie Mercury cause he used play keyboards and guitars. - zxm
It's really hard but Kai Hansen nailed it. Also Jeff Waters did vox on some albums. Both play very fast and technical stuff. Moreover, they often switch lead/rhythm to play riffs.
Kai Hansen: Helloween - Ride the Sky, Gamma Ray - Land Of The Free, Rain, Gardens of the Sinner
Jeff Waters: Annihilator - 21, King of the Kill, Fiasco - Metal_Treasure
Very hard but gets my vote because it requires the most skill. - Brobusky
Also Devin Townsend (try: Strapping Young Lad - Wrong Side). He plays rhythm G, too. - Metal_Treasure
Examples:David Gilmour,Jimi Hendrix,Kurt Cobain. - zxm
Examples :Keith Emerson,Jon Lord,Richard Wright. - zxm
Examples: John Entwistle,Cliff Burton,Steve Harris, - zxm
My favorite rhythm guitarist is Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth - a very solid player. - Metal_Treasure
Examples :Izzy Stradlin,Adrian Smith. - zxm
Singing with piano isn't very hard. I won't say its easy, but when keyboardists play multiple keyboards organs, synthesizer, piano at the same time, it becomes too hard to sing. - zxm
Example : Freddie Mercury - zxm
Jon Oliva (Savatage), Andre Matos (Angra, Shaaman) - Metal_Treasure
By the way, musicians record their songs with separate instruments. And then they mix it. So, when recording an album, a musician can record a lot of instruments. But he/she can't perform it on stage alone. - zxm
Can't perform in stage with these two,unless using some amplifiers.
The only musician that I can think of is Tom Scholz of boston.And Paul McCartney played some guitar on some songs of Beatles - zxm
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2. Lead Vocals/Bass
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