Being a fantastic frontman isn't about being a pitch-perfect vocalist. It isn't about your personal style, or your dance moves. It isn't about your makeup or lack thereof. There are just some men (and ladies, too, but that's for another blog) that were born to perform. Here are four of my favorites:
Scott Weiland, Stone Temple Pilots/Velvet Revolver: This man is the pure embodiment of rock n' roll, for better or for worse. All glam, leather pants, and bare-chested posing; Scott Weiland is a show unto himself. Oh yeah: he can sing, too!
Maynard James Keenan-TOOL/A Perfect Circle/Puscifer: MJK is the anti-frontman. Preferring to stand in the shadows at the back of the stage when he performs live, audiences are often left squinting trying to make out his shape. Still, you can see his body rock back and forth, totally engulfed in the music as it swirls around and consumes him. As haunting a voice as any in the last fifteen years.
Daryl Palumbo-Glassjaw/Head Automatica: Daryl Palumbo is known for his dual roles as a screaming prince of post-hardcore in Glassjaw, and an electro punk as the frontman of Head Automatica. His vocals range from gutteral growls to emotional and straightforward pop. To see him live is to experience raw emotion. Doubled over as though he's in too much pain to go on in Glassjaw, or skipping about the stage and strutting in Head Automatica, Palumbo is a wonder to watch.
David Draiman-Disturbed: Draiman grabs hold of his audience with one hand and slams them against a wall of sound with the other. His commands to the audience to follow in his lead by yelling "WE ARE ALL DISTURBED!" do not fall silent on any crowd. Fists pumping in the air, Draiman asks everyone to release their anger and negativity at the concert instead of taking it out on others or carrying it inside. The audience obeys his every gruffly spoken word.