Wednesday night kicked off the first of three televised debates with incumbent Barack Obama and Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, but we here at WZLX have another debate in mind: Rock N’ Roll!
Who’s the best guitarist of all time? Who’s drumming skills reign supreme over their peers? That’s up for you to decide!
Best Rock N’ Roll Bassist
- Reasons For: John Entwistle of The Who innovated and popularized a variety of playing styles and was one of the first to really feature bass leads prominently in songs.
- Reasons Against: Although Entwistle was the first bassist to really make you stand up and notice the instrument in rock n’ roll, he himself was a bit of an unknown — as evidenced by his nickname “The Quiet One.”
- Reasons For: Some bass players also double as singers. Lee does that AND plays keyboard on top of it. If you were starting a band tomorrow Geddy Lee would be one of the first calls you’d make.
- Reasons Against: Lee’s band Rush isn’t even in the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame — not that that’s the “be all, end all” for this discussion because, let’s face it, the Rock Hall has plenty of obvious omissions.
John Paul Jones
- Reasons For: Jones was a force around London in his own right, even before joining Led Zeppelin, making a name for himself as a popular session bassist. He’s widely regarded as being one of, if not the best bassist in rock history.
- Reasons Against: Led Zeppelin proves that, for a band, the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts. When they broke up in late 1980, Jones faded into relative obscurity.
Honorable Mentions: Cliff Burton, Les Claypool, Paul McCartney, Flea
More Debates on WZLX.com
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- Rock N’ Roll Debate: Guitarist
- Rock N’ Roll Debate: Drummer
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- Rock N’ Roll Debate: Keyboardists
Andrew Celani with contributions from Matt Dolloff — WZLX.com