OT- Piggybacking off of the other music thread, what would be your ultimate band lineup?

Submitted by SBo on August 6th, 2017 at 11:31 PM

For me, with a traditional rock band setup


Frontman- Freddie Mercury

Guitar- Hendrix

Drums- Bonham

Bass- Flea



August 7th, 2017 at 6:28 AM ^

Eh, I've seen far worse OT topics. My issue with those is that they displace other interesting / funny ones.

By the way, it's been a blessedly long time since I've seen a useless "thoughts and prayers for someone who has nothing to do with Michigan sports" post.


August 6th, 2017 at 11:41 PM ^


Kattan-Lead Guitar



Gene Frenkle-Cowbell



Yes, I'm wearing gold plated diapers



August 7th, 2017 at 1:07 AM ^

Except I'd replace Geddy on vocals with Bruce Dickinson, and add Kirk Hammett.

Dickinson gets the slightest of edges over Freddie Mercury because Bruce can pilot the airplane to the next concert. The hardest choice is between Lifeson and Jimmy Page. I go with Lifeson because he has a better sense of humor and all that occult baggage Page brings to the table is just weird.


August 7th, 2017 at 5:38 AM ^

I'd agree with you on all that with one addition... Throw in one extra guitar, Pete Townsend on rhythm guitar to add another dimension to the group. His personal life is strange, but his musicianship and showmanship are outstanding.

Larry Appleton

August 7th, 2017 at 8:15 AM ^

I've thought about this for years.

Guitar/vocals - Eric Clapton (Very versatile. Great guitarist.)
Keys/vocals - Gregg Allman (Great voice. Great songwriter.)
Bass/keys -John Paul Jones (Can do everything and do it well.)
Drums/vocals - Buddy Miles (The dancefloor on which the others dance. Writes a good somg, too.)


August 7th, 2017 at 10:14 AM ^

Honestly can't pick one for these

Frontman- Chris Cornell or Bob Seger (mother fucker can sing)

Lead Guitar- Dimebag Darrel/Hendrix/Prince  can't decide

Rhythm guitar- James Hetfield, some may laugh, go ahead, Hetfield gets no credit for his guitar playing even though his downpicking can't be replicated by mortal men.

Bass- Mr. Thunderfingers-John Entwistle

Drummer- John Bonham or Matt Greiner


Just waiting for all the comments from jazz enthusiasts.  Yes we understand that we have no clue what we're talking about and how amazing guys like Buddy Rich and Elvin Jones were, but this is a personal list.


August 7th, 2017 at 9:31 AM ^

It might be a stretch, but bands need chemistry as do football teams. You need people in the trenches (i.e. The rhythm section), skill positions (guitarists and keyboard), someone at the helm (front man) and good coaching (songwriting). Like a football team, you need more than just raw talent, you need pieces which are compatible. Take The Band as an example, no virtuoso instrumentalists, but a damn fine set of role players who got it done collectively.

Trenches - Fleetwood (Drums) and McVie (Bass) from Fleetwood Mac
Skill Positions - Eric Clapton/Duane Allman (Leads and Rhythm) from Derek and the Dominoes
- Don Fagen (Piano and vocals) from Steely Dan
QB - circa 1974 Rod Stewart (lead vocals)
Coaching - Neil Young and Bob Dylan

Maybe too many 'teabags' on my team, though...


August 7th, 2017 at 9:50 AM ^

Vocals – Freddie Mercury

Lead – Jimmy Page

Rhythm – Keith Richards

Bass – Ronnie Lane

Drums – Ginger Baker

Piano – Nicky Hopkins

Util – John Lennon

Util – Paul McCartney

Util – Ray Davies


August 7th, 2017 at 8:49 PM ^

Vocals - Layne Staley (Alice in Chains)

Guitar - Kirk Hammet (Metallica)

Bass/vocals - Troy Sanders (Mastodon)

Drums - Danny Carey (Tool)

Pretty sure these guys would have an amazing sound. Kinda up in the air with Kirk as guitarist though. Thought about going with Josh Homme of QotSA as well


August 7th, 2017 at 3:58 PM ^

If I'm rockin':

Jimmy Page on lead guitar

John Entwistle on bass guitar

Detroit's own, John (The B) Badanjek on drums

If you want some organ, John Lord

I'd be delighted with either Steve Marriott or Mark Farner fronting.


If it's R&B.

Give me Steve Cropper on guitar.

James Jamerson or Bootsie on Bass.

Bernie Purdie on Drums.

Bernie Worrell on keyboards.

Wayne Jackson on Trumpet and Andrew Love on Tenor (Memphis Horns)

Although, I'd take Mollie Duncan and Roger Ball (Dundee Horns) in a pinch.

Give me the O'Jays up front.


If it's Country

I'm starting with Ann Arbor's own Bill Kirchen on his "coal burning Tele".

Emory Gordy Jr. on Bass from Emmylou Harris' Hot Band, just monstrous.

Donnie Herron on Steel, Mandolin, and Fiddle.

Johnny Gimble on another Fiddle and U of M's own "Swingin" Andy Stein on Fiddle and Saxophone.

Levon Helm is my Drummer, among other things.

Want keys? OK, OK, I'll take the old Commander, not because he's the best, but because he's the Commander.

Chuck Meade is my frontman.


If it's Ska/Reggae ..... I could do this all day.



August 7th, 2017 at 5:25 PM ^

Lead Vocals/piano - Freddie Mercury

Drums - Keith Moon

Lead Guitar - Joe Satriani 

Rhythm Guitar and backing vocals - James Hetfield 

Bass - John Paul Jones 


August 8th, 2017 at 12:33 AM ^

Vocals- Chris Cornell
Lead Guitar1- Darryl Dimebag Abbot
Lead Guitar 2- Jimmy Hendrix
Lead Guitar 3 - Jimmy Page
Drums- Neil Peart
Bass - John Entwistle (Who)