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There have been so many great people mentioned in this thread! Instead of responding to half a dozen posts I'm just going to comment on some of them here. Pardon the spelling of some of the names.


Liam Gallagher -- He and his brother come off like such spoiled brats that at first I never really gave Oasis much of a chance. But in the last couple years I've come to appreciate them more. I still think his voice is a bit too whiny though.

Dave Grohl -- I like Foo Fighters quite a bit. They have some of THE funniest videos I've ever seen. "Learn to Fly" is hilarious and just tonight I saw "Long Road to Ruin" which had me laughing as well. The 70's hair.

Glenn Phillips -- He's great, but I miss Toad the Wet Sprocket. Their "Dulcinea" is one of my all time favorite albums. He's going to be in San Diego and Santa Monica next month. Maybe I should try to make it to one of those shows.

Pat Monahan -- Train is one of my favorite bands. I've seen them a few times in concert and I agree with the comments about "Drops of Jupiter" (Like Francesco said, how can you NOT like a band whose drummer wears an Asia shirt on the back of the CD!) Goddess, I know you mentioned his pants but that man is really thin in person. REALLY thin. Do you have his solo album? I've only heard one song so far. And one more comment on the band live. They are good but like Paul mentioned they like to do covers -- and not just with Hanson. My favorite song off "My Private Nation" was the title track. They didn't play it that tour (at least the show I saw) but had time to do a Zeppelin cover. They did a respectable job with it. But once a band has enough of their own material to play, I'm not big on hearing covers. The next tour they did the same thing. And still no "My Private Nation". Someday, maybe, I'll get to hear that live. But with every new album, the chances dwindle.


Adam Levine -- Maroon 5 has some great songs. I just think his voice sounds weak/thin to me. For instance, "She Will be Loved" is a lovely song. And to me he really sounds like he is straining a bit on the higher notes. When that song was out I remember thinking I'd love to hear a man with a stronger voice sing that one. Last spring I saw them perform "Makes Me Wonder" on some show. I thought they sounded *horrible* and marveled at the magic a studio can do! It was so bad (to me) that when they came through here on tour I didn't bother to see them. I didn't want them to be "ruined" for me. I bought their last album within a few days of its release, I DO like them. I just thought they were really bad live. But maybe they were having an off night. I'll try to catch one of their upcoming talk show appearances.

That is my $5 worth. Sorry to go on and on.
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Thought I'd change the title to enunciate that I mean bands within the last 5 to 10 years. Hope I didn't make a fupah?


I actually assumed that is what you meant. I purposely kept my initial list to singers I first heard of in this decade.


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Elstree, did you ever see Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins perform their version of "Stairway To Heaven"?

My favorite part is the guitar solo, which is YODELED by Mr. Grohl. 
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Pat Monahan -- Train is one of my favorite bands. I've seen them a few times in concert and I agree with the comments about "Drops of Jupiter" (Like Francesco said, how can you NOT like a band whose drummer wears an Asia shirt on the back of the CD!) Goddess, I know you mentioned his pants but that man is really thin in person. REALLY thin. Do you have his solo album? I've only heard one song so far. And one more comment on the band live. They are good but like Paul mentioned they like to do covers -- and not just with Hanson. My favorite song off "My Private Nation" was the title track. They didn't play it that tour (at least the show I saw) but had time to do a Zeppelin cover. They did a respectable job with it. But once a band has enough of their own material to play, I'm not big on hearing covers. The next tour they did the same thing. And still no "My Private Nation". Someday, maybe, I'll get to hear that live. But with every new album, the chances dwindle.

Els, I have not seen them live, unfortunately - I always feel like that is the best measure of a band.  And I freely admit that I am really picky about vocalists!  Personally, I think Robin Zander of Cheap Trick is highly underrated.  They are absolutely incredible live.  I love the Beatles-esque quality of their music (without being an absolute rip-off of J/P/G/Ringo), and the energy.  Freddie Mercury will always be the standout, in my mind (and I do like Paul Rodgers, as well).  Every singer Survivor has hired has been great, too.  Being an 80's girl, Paul Young's voice is near and dear to my heart.  And as far as female vocalists are concerned, I think you can't go wrong with Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Ann Wilson, and Stevie Nicks (before she trashed her voice).  I also like Sarah Mc Lachlan. 
(BTW - the leather pants comment was meant to be VERY tongue-in-cheek...a reference to previous posts.  Coincidentally, Robin Zander, who still looks fab, also looks good in lederhosen.  But that's just IMHO. )     

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seen Cheap Trick at the Brat Stop (that is what is/was called folks) in Wisconsin in my my youth. long way from Tokyo for those guys, but a great band none the less.


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I like Train quite a bit.  I don't own any of their material but I always enjoy whatever's on the radio.  And I absolutely adore Cheap Trick!  Robin's voice was and still is astounding (I've also crushed on him since I was 12; there, I admitted it), and they are definitely incredible and so much fun live.  As for female voices, my preferences are still Ann Wilson, Bonnie Raitt, Annie Haslam, Sarah McLachlan, Linda Ronstadt, Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones, Lisa Gerrard, Janis Joplin, Grace Slick and...oy, I'll stop here.  Getting ahead of myself, as usual.


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Toad the Wet Sprocket was a great band that I also miss terribly.  And I really disliked it when some smarmy arse journalist said that they sounded like "REM as filtered through Air Supply."  ARRRRRRRGH!  No, they don't!  Even the guys themselves once referred to that review onstage in Seattle, though they were confident enough to laugh about it.  Then they ripped through an awesome cover of Neil Young's "Cinnamon Girl."  What an excellent show that was. 

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I just discovered a band called: "Dare", with Darren Wharton (Thin Lizzy keyboardist) on vocals and keyboards.  They have a great sound reminiscence of the 80's.  I have two of their Cd's: "Beneath the Shining Water" and "Belief", with not a bad song on either one.  Love Em, can't stop listening.  For more information on Dare go to:   http://www.darrenwharton.demon.co.uk    


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'Dare' HAVE been around since the 80s. They were a great white hope for A&M Records,but never fulfilled their potential,despite their quality.
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Oops.. and "Dare" I make this great discovery. Oh,well, John, I guess better late than never.  I have another new group out of Canada, Sleddogs, with Kenny Byrka on lead vocals, kinda has a Zak Wyld with a touch of Crash Test Dummies voice. They will be touring the UK the first two weeks of Feb.  


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the band click five they have a new singer Kyle patrick the song jenny is really good give it a spin
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Has anyone ever heard of Spocks Beard? They are very good. The new singer Nick Devirgillio is a great singer and drummer. The old singer and multi-instrumentalist Neal Morse is my favorite. He is also is a huge fan of King Crimson's "Red" album. Johan have you ever heard of this group?? Mike


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Yes,the drummer is the guy who did Genesis,isn't he? He also works with Widge Orford as well.SB are well known neo-prog.

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hi Johan, Yes, Nick D. did the last studio disk with Genesis. Neal Morse was the original architect of SB. Neal then found religion and moved on to a solo career. He has written three christian themed prog disks....I swear. They were pretty good. Anyway, he's on my space. Check him out. God bless John, Mike


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Anyone here know about a guy named Kevin Gilbert? He was involved with Spock's Beard as well as a one off project called Toy Matinee which was a stellar collaboration between Kevin and Patrick Leonard with an all star studio crew (Tim Pierce, Guy Pratt, Brian MacLeod among others). Much of his solo work is now emerging posthumously and is not surprisingly quite refreshing. A stunning voice, a tremendous writer and producer who burned out long before his time.

The Single- "The Ballad of Jenny Ledge" was genius!
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