My Fantasy Band - Joe Elliott, Def Leppard
Friday 27 May 2011
Drums - John Bonham
Even if you don't particularly like Led Zeppelin you must still appreciate Bonham's drumming. He might have played in a rock band but he had a Motown background and you can hear this in his playing. His technique was stunning, he achieved this huge sound but it looked effortless.
Bass - Phil Lynott
As frontman of Thin Lizzy he was really great, but imagine how good his bass-playing would be if that was all he had to concentrate on? I'd encourage him to do the odd bit of backing vocals as well. He always told great stories on stage, without ever sounding hokey. He should probably contribute to the songwriting too, he was very poetic.
Lead guitar - Mick Ronson
His solo in "Life on Mars?" is one of the best things I've ever heard. He is so understated. On Bowie's 'Hunky Dory', I don't think he starts playing until maybe the third song, and then it's not until "Queen Bitch" on side two that he starts to let rip.
Rhythm guitar - Pete Townshend
I'd love to see him and Ronson play together. They both have great right hands: great at picking and strumming. If you listen to the guitar on The Who's "Pinball Wizard", it doesn't show off, it's just fluent.
Keys Morgan Fisher He became the keyboardist in Mott the Hoople after some time spent in bands such as The Love Affair; he's an amazing player. I love the sound of the piano blasting through pop and rock music.
Vocals - Paul Rodgers
I know I've just been on tour with Paul for a few weeks but he really does have the most incredible voice. It still sounds the same as in his Bad Company days, it's astonishing. He's someone who studied at the school of Otis Redding, he's a soul singer who's not afraid to rock, there's an edge in his voice. I'd listen to him sing the phonebook.
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