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What's Your Fantasy Rock 'n' Roll Band Line-Up?

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Mark Cooper Mark Cooper | 16:30 UK time, Monday, 10 May 2010

For the longest time our series exploring what it takes to make a great rock 'n' roll band from the floorboards up was called 'Fantasy Rock 'n' Roll Band'.

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There was something about the notion of looking at the DNA of rock 'n' roll bands role by role - lead singer, guitarist, drummer, other one - the quiet one, the secret gel of the band be it bass, keyboards, dancer or whatever - that suggested that once you've taken the constituent parts of those roles apart and looked at what it takes to, say, be a lead singer ("Ego and insecurity" argues Lauren Laverne, "To be get laid, to get rich and to get famous" said Bob Geldof, "To have fun and change the world," says Bono), not only would you understand a whole lot more about every role in a rock 'n' roll band but, like any mad scientist, you'd then be free to recombine these elements to invent your own fantasy band.

But the more we looked into each role, the more we celebrated the great rock 'n' roll myths and the great practitioners of each discipline, the more we became fascinated by the extraordinary and singular fate that brings a great band together in a single place at the same time, to weave a singular magic that only those particular elements could hope to imagine.

The greatest magic of the bands we love is how they come from the same place at the same time and the journey they then go on together that is both the shape of their career with all its highs and lows and the music they make.

Imagine if Arctic Monkeys weren't all from Sheffield, if they hadn't known each other as teenagers, how could they have gone on the journey we've been enjoying these past few years? What brought John Cale from Wales and Nico from Germany to link up with Lou Reed in New York City and combine for that matchless first Velvet Underground album?

Rock 'n' roll bands are so often local affairs that begin in hitherto unheralded neighbourhoods and go on to write their local knowledge round the world; think what The Who did for the mods of Shepherd's Bush or what Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band did for Asbury Park? We'll be exploring this in particular detail in the fifth programme of series that is devoted to the journeys that bands go on together, to the understanding that a great band is also a great narrative, a story writ large. Even if they break up after one perfect album like The Sex Pistols.

Great bands come from somewhere and although I am as partial to the occasional supergroup as the next fan - if you count Cream and Them Crooked Vultures but pass on Velvet Revolver - it's the precise set of circumstances and the precise history which a band shares together that makes us love them.

BUT - and it's a big BUT, there's still something about breaking bands into their constituent parts that invites us to play with the heroes of rock 'n' roll like so many toy soldiers. So we'd like you to play the game. Ignore actuality, history, circumstances and accident and play God. Build your own Fantasy Rock 'n' Roll Bands like God was a manager and we might mention your line-up in the studio show that ends the series on Saturday 5 June. I'll have Richard Ashcroft on vocals, Johnny Marr on guitar, Ray Manzarek on keys and Martin Lamble of Fairport Convention on drums, even though he died in a car crash before the 60s were out, he's still my favourite skinsman. Over to you.

Mark Cooper is the Executive Producer, I'm In A Rock 'n' Roll Band

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  • Comment number 1.

    Very difficult to decide my lead singer. Could be Rob Halford, simply because of his vocal range.

    On Drums, oh dear, a few here! Phil Collins, Ray Cooper, Neil Peart, Cozy Powell, Keith Moon, John Bonham...so, erm.... Neil Peart.

    Lead guitar: Again very difficult, There are great guitarists, and there are great rock guitarists. Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fame) is astonishing; but so is Clapton, Knopfler, Lofgrun, and the three in Explosions in the Sky.
    Mike Campbell then.

    Bass...Nathan East

    Keyboards... Rick Wakeman..(I think)

  • Comment number 2.

    Dave gilmour-Keith Moon-John Entwhistle-Jim Morrison

    love the floyd love the who don't like the doors but morrison was a great front man.
    OR
    Johnny marr-paul heaton-Dave rowentree-Flea
    loved the smiths and housemartins,paul has a great voice

  • Comment number 3.

    Sorry, I'm still laughing at the 'Matt Bellamy made Prog respectable again' comment ... oh, now I love Prog & I like Muse, but really ... an awful lot of guitarists have been making Prog respectable for years, it's just that narrow-minded muso hacks and major national radio stations have been sniffy about it for years.

    Thus, to reflect my Proggy tendencies, my band would be -

    Neil Peart* ( Rush ) - drums and one-man orchestra

    Geddy Lee ( Rush ) - bass guitar / vocals

    Dave Gilmour ( Pink Floyd ) - guitar / vocals

    John Petrucci ( Dream Theater ) - guitar

    Steve Hacket ( ex-Genesis ) - guitar / vocals

    Steve Hogarth ( Marillion ) - vocals / keyboards

    I'd also like Bruce Dickinson in there too, but that would be too many vocalists, and would also spoil the Progness of my band.

    Anyway, the guitarist list - IMHO - is a joke. So many great and influential guitarists not there, but hey - they don't play in bands everyone has heard of, and you can't expect viewers to be interested in things they can't immediately recognise.

    *And if Neil Peart isn't mentioned in the next show I will be nay chuffed.

    Adios.

    :-)

  • Comment number 4.

    Drummer and bassist would be Fito de la Parra and Larry Taylor from Canned Heat.On guitar,Mick Taylor and Rory Gallagher.
    There can only be one vocalist in my fantasy band,the best singer these islands have ever produced,the one and only Frankie Miller.

  • Comment number 5.

    For me personally there is so many possible line-ups(i listen to just about everything) but i feel this is the best

    Vocals/Bass-Sting(The Police)
    Guitar-The Edge(U2)
    Drums-Cozy Powell(Rainbow/Black Sabbath)

    Mind you a close second would be

    Vocals-Graham Bonnet(Rainbow)(This guy is seriously underrated)
    Guitar-Pete Townshend(The Who)
    Bass-John Paul Jones(Led Zeppelin)
    Drums-Stewart Copeland(The Police)

  • Comment number 6.

    My band would consist of...

    Jack White (The White Stripes) - Vocals/Lead Guitar/ Piano
    Guy Garvey (Elbow) - Vocals
    Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) - Drums
    Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) - Bass Guitar

    Probably my favourite musicians, but Jack White is my legend. I would have Kurt Cobain or Brendan Benson but i wouldn't have so many band members.

  • Comment number 7.

    Corey Taylor (Slipknot) - Vocals
    Alexi Laiho (Children Of Bodom) - Guitars
    Mark Morton (Lamb Of God) - Guitars
    Adam Duce (Machine Head) - Bass
    Mario Duplantier (Gojira) - Drums

  • Comment number 8.

    Vocals - Robert Plant
    Lead Guitar - Jimmy Page
    Bass - John Paul Jones
    Drums - John Bonham

    Can't beat it ;)

  • Comment number 9.

    As a child of the nineties I'm going to have to go with a modern selection:

    Singer: Jeff Buckley
    Beautiful voice, beautiful guitar. Needs no introduction. Gone too soon.

    Lead guitarist: Mike Einziger (of Incubus)
    Amazingly skilled musician, not just on guitar. Can manipulate sound brilliantly and beautifully.

    Rhythm guitarist: Aaron North (formerly of The Icarus Line, Nine Inch Nails now of Jubilee)
    Fascinating to watch, and creates some brilliant noise.

    Bassist: Michael Shuman (of Queens of the Stone Age)
    Makes some fantastically dark noises and is a underappreciated musician.

    Drummer: Josh Freese (of countless bands: Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle, Devo, Weezer, Sting, The Vandals...)
    Possibly one of the greatest ever drummers, worked with so many ace musicians. You most probably own a record that he plays on.

  • Comment number 10.

    my dream line up would be:

    bon scott vocals

    jimmy page guitar

    keith moon drums

    maybe Calvin harris on synthesiser

    hows about it/

  • Comment number 11.

    Vocals - Sting , but as a front man you can't get better than Morrison
    Lead - depends on musical style, but Marr/Clapton/Beck/Townshend/Gilmour
    Bass - would have to be Entwistle/Hooky/McVie/Waters
    Percussion - haven't the foggiest - Phil Collins?

    If I HAD to choose, I would go for Morrison/Clapton/Hooky/and..er..Phil
    OR, Sting/Marr/Hooky/and...er.. that Gorilla in the choccy ad

  • Comment number 12.

    Clapton or Hendrix on guitar
    Phil Collins drums
    John Taylor bass
    David Bowie vocals and guitar/sax/everything else

  • Comment number 13.

    Drummer: Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Queens of the Stoneage, Foo Fighters)

    Bass: Flea (Red hot Chili Peppers)

    Keboard/piano/organ: Alan Price (The Animals)

    Singer: Jim Morrison (The Doors)

    Guitar: Richie Blackmore (Deep Purple) or Brian May (Queen)

  • Comment number 14.

    My Line Up

    Lead Vocals: Freddie Mercury (Queen) or Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi)
    Lead Guitar: Brian May (Queen), Slash (Guns N' Roses/Velvet Revolver), Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) or Keith Richards (Rolling Stones)
    Rhythm Guitar: Izzy Stradlin (Guns N' Roses) or Jamie Moses (SAS Band/Queen + Paul Rodgers)
    Drums: Roger Taylor (Queen) or Cozy Powell (Brian May Band, Black Sabbath and Whitesnake)
    Keyboards: Spike Edney (Queen, Queen + Paul Rodgers, SAS Band, The Cross) or Dizzy Reed (Guns N' Roses)

  • Comment number 15.

    lead singer has to be Mick Jagger.Lead guitarist is Jimi Hendrix.Bass guitarist is Jack Bruce and drummer is Keith Moon.Freakin Supergroup!!!Probably wouldn`t work but,hey,its never gonna happen anywaay!Ahh,what a dreammmmmm.......

  • Comment number 16.

    Vocals, Rob halford (judas priest) easily the man is a god.. 4 octave range, still disgusted that a show that supposed to be about rock is full of pop idiots like morrisey.

    Drums, Shaun Drover (Megadeth) / Kai hahto (wintersun). Hearing these two play is like jon bonham at times... not as good but god they make drumming sound good.

    Bass, Roger waters (pink Floyd) Utter class, plus you need some floyd in here.

    Guitar, Tony Iommi / Guilmor (sabbath/ floyd) These two men are just gods, yet the BBC shambles crew think johnny marr or some bloke from blur are better.. yeah because I value fearn cottons opinion in teh slightest?

    Ryhtm guitarist, Dave mustaine (Megadeth) god this man is amazing, came back from paralysis and can still put most players to shame.

    Ah well, let the BBC get more pop bands on and class them as rock.. Since when were oasis and stereophonics rock? Naw... just no they're pop bands.

  • Comment number 17.

    I think this would make for an interesting line up

    Singer/front man - Freddie Mercury
    Guitarist - Carlos Santana
    Rhythm - Ron Wood
    Bass - John Paul Jones
    Drums - Neil Peart - he can play anything

    ach perhaps not.

    This might kick a little harder though;

    Singer - Robert Plant
    Lead - Slash
    Rhythm - Izzy Stradlin
    Bass - Geddy Lee
    Drums - Graham Lear - listen to Santana's Moonflower...





  • Comment number 18.

    Vocals: David Lee Roth (Van Halen)

    Guitar: Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme)

    Bass: Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big)

    Drums: Steven Adler (Guns N' Roses)


    Otherwise, I would agree with Chris: Led Zeppelin.

  • Comment number 19.

    my fantasy band has got to be:
    drums john bonham, lead vocals freddy mercury, rythem guitar james hetfield, and lead guitar got to be tom merello.

  • Comment number 20.

    Am I right in thinking there's no keyboard programme planned? Shame in the BBC if so....what about Jon Lord, Rick Wakeman, Keith Emerson, and most of the real rock n roll bands?
    Some very odd choices to vote with too - The Smiths?!!!....so many other 'real' rock n roll bands to choose from...
    Anyway, rant over:
    Vocals - Freddie Mercury
    Keys - Jon Lord
    Guitar - Joe Satriani
    Bass - John Myung
    Drums - Ian Paice

  • Comment number 21.

    oh and flea on bass

  • Comment number 22.

    Almost agree with Chris above, but would also suggest:
    Black Francis - vocals
    Joey Santiago - guitar
    Kim Deal - bass
    Dave Lovering - drums

  • Comment number 23.

    Top Choice

    Vocalist - Freddie Mercury
    Lead Guitarist- Mark Knopfler
    Drummer - Cozy Powell
    Bassist- Jack Bruce

    Second Choice

    Vocalist Graham Nash
    Lead Guitarist Eric Clapton
    Drummer John Bonham
    Bassist Roger Waters

    Third and Final

    Vocalist&lead Guitarist David Gilmour
    Drummer Ginger Baker
    Bassist John Ilsley
    Keyboard Steve Winwood
    Rythme Guitar David Knopfler

  • Comment number 24.

    My Fantasy Rock Band would be:

    Vocals: Wilson Picket and Maggie Bell (Stone The Crows)

    Guitarists: Jeff Beck and Duane Allman

    Steel Guitar: Glenn Ross Campbell (Juicy Lucy & The Misunderstood)

    Bass: Jack Bruce

    Drums: Billy Cobham

    Keyboards: Dave Greenfield (The Stranglers)

    Harmonica: Pat Ramsey

    and me playing the Spoons and the Electric Triangle

  • Comment number 25.

    Vocals-Jim Morrison
    Bass Guitar/Back-up Vocals-Les Claypool
    Lead Guitar-Eric Clapton
    Rhythm Guitar-Kyle Gass
    Drums-Ginger Baker
    Key Board-Beethoven

    -This is a fantasy band remember.

  • Comment number 26.

    Drums: Neil Peart or Ian Paice
    Bass (+vocals): Geddy Lee
    Guitar (+vocals): Donald (Buck Dharma) Roeser or Andrew Latimer
    Keyboards: Jon Lord
    Vocals: Rob Halford

    In my opinion, Buck Dharma of Blue Oyster Cult has been horribly underrated (perhaps because, by the time he became de facto band leader, they were well past their prime). Jon Lord is magnificent.

  • Comment number 27.

    And Now for something completely different!-
    Jim Morrison: Vocals
    Frank Zappa: Lead Guitar
    Peter Hammill: Keys
    Jean Jacques Burnel: Bass
    Guy Evans (Van Der Graaf Generator): Drums
    Tony Mcphee: Rhythm Guitar
    Captain Beefheart: Harmonica/Vocals

    Perfection.

  • Comment number 28.

    Gotta be:
    Freddie Mercury (Queen) - Vocals
    Matt Bellamy (Muse) - Lead Guitar/Vocals
    John Frusciante (RHCP) - Rhythm Guitar
    Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) - Bass
    Shannon Leto (30 Seconds To Mars) - Drums

    I know it looks odd but i think that would be such a line up

  • Comment number 29.

    Can't believe the guitarists didn't include Tony Iommi - the man virtually invented heavy metal. And what about Michael Schenker - the original mad axman? Also singers...Morrisey?? Bonio?? Jarvis C?? Rock?? You cannot possibly be serious. Since at least one of the selection criteria appears to be longevity then ok, how about: Ronnie James Dio (going for ages and still one of the best voices in rock); Bruce Dickinson from Iron Maiden, Rob Halford from Judas Priest and the very underrated Phil Mogg from UFO?
    Strongly suspect that what the panel define as "rock" and what I define it as are two very different beasts, the former being a largely sedated hamster vs. the latter - a huge, angry, psychotic rhino....on steroids.
    Anyway with that off my chest, fantasy band

    Vox: Rob Halford with backing from Simone Simons (Epica) and Liv Kristine (Leaves Eyes)
    Guitar 1: Michael Romeo (Symphony X - musical and technical brilliance)
    Guitar 2: Joe Satriani - nuff said, no one knows more about the guitar
    Guitar 3: Alex Lifeson (Rush - fantastic, musical chord voicings)
    Bass: Geddy Lee (Rush), Lemmy (Motorhead) both greats
    Drums: Neil Peart (Rush) - acknowledged the best rock drummer in the world, but with Casey Grillo (Kamelot) or Nico McBrain (Iron Maiden) as good alternatives
    And finally:
    Olli Vanska (violin) and Netta Skog (accordian(!)) both from Turisas for a bit of Scandinavian flavour. How prog is that!!

  • Comment number 30.

    Freddie Mercury on Vocals - can double up on piano when the need arises.
    Angus Young on Lead Guitar - sadly under-rated blues guitar player due to obvious clothing malfunctions but this band is all about entertainment.
    Keef Richards on Rivvum Guitar - a higher power bestowed the gift of groove on Keef.
    Keith Moon on Drums - Hugely talented as well as being as crazy as a box of frogs. The driving force of the band.
    Gene Simmons on Bass - Fire-breathing demon bass player.

    No stage has ever been built that would hold this band.

  • Comment number 31.

    Ok am only 17 so might not have all the knowledge of the old band but I love Rock and Roll music expecially some the the oldies so my fantasy rock band would be:

    Vocals: Liam Gallagher (Oasis)
    Guitar: Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin)
    Guitar: Angus Young (AC/DC)
    Bassist: Cliff Burton (Metallica) - maybe a bit heavy for a rock band but he was amazing!
    Drummer: Keith Moon (The Who)

  • Comment number 32.

    Difficult choice for singer, Jagger, Bowie, Daltry... But. Have to pick.
    Vocals - Steve Marriot (small faces)

    Lead Guitar - Brian May (Queen)

    Rhythm Guitar - Keith Ricahrds (The Rolling Stones)

    Bass - John Entwistle (The Who)

    Drums - John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)

  • Comment number 33.

    There are loads of unsung talented muso's, but for me the following are pretty good:

    Drummer - well, obviously, Neil Peart (Rush), but Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) for being able to hit the skins with relish. Any program about drumming that doesn't include Neil Peart just hasn't been researched enough.
    Guitarist - Angus Young (ACDC)/Stevie Ray Vaughan for presence and feel, Van Halen/Richie Blakmore(Rainbow) for technicality, Alex Lifeson(Rush)/Matt Bellamy(Muse) for amazing musicality and Rory Gallagher for raw talent.
    Bass - Dave Allen(shriekback)/Mark King(Level 42) for funkyness, Pino Paladino.
    Vocals Matt Bellamy, Freddie Mercury, Geddy Lee

  • Comment number 34.

    The trouble with the whole concept is if you'd like to do different genres; for rock:

    Vocals; Dave Grohl
    Guitar 1: Jimmy Page
    Guitar 2 : Jeff beck
    Bass: Flea
    Drums: John Bonham

    but I'd be just as thrilled with other variants for other syles like:


    Vocals: Tom Petty
    Guitar: Lindsay Buckingham
    Bass: John Paul Jones
    Drums: Bill Bruford

    you could go on for ages

  • Comment number 35.

    I wish to register a complaint!

    These messages that I read not half an hour ago. What's wrong with them? I'll tell you what's wromg with them: they all purport to come from 'Rock' fans.

    Any true rock fan can only come to ONE decision when choosing their guitarist: the late great James Marshall Hendrix, the original and still the best.

    The rest of my line-up:

    Drums = Neil Peart (Rush)
    Bass = Mark King (Level 42) - now there's a leftfield choice!
    Vocals = Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin)

    If, as some of you already have, we are including other musicians to form a supergroup, are are a few to consider:

    Keyboards = Richard Christopher Wakeman (Yes)
    Synthesizer = Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno (Roxy Music)
    Saxophone/Clarinet = John Anthony Helliwell (Supertramp)

  • Comment number 36.

    I have a series of "fantasy bands" that differ from genre to genre and since i have such a broad range of musical taste, i'd like to offer a rock 'n' roll band, a metal band and a technical/prog band

    first off, rock 'n' roll:
    Robert Plant - Led Zeppelin - vocals
    Jimi Hendrix - lead guitar
    Pete Townshend - The Who - rhythm guitar
    Les Claypool - Primus - Bass Guitar
    Dave Grohl - Nirvana/Foo Fighters - Drums

    Metal:
    Glen Benton - Deicide - Vocals
    King Diamond - Vocals
    Marty Friedman - Megadeth - Lead Guitar
    Silenoz - Dimmu Borgir - Rhythm Guitar
    Cliff Burton - Metallica - Bass Guitar
    Romain Goulon - Necrophagist - Drums

    Technical/Prog:
    Mike Patton - Faith No More - Vocals
    John Petrucci - Dream Theater - Lead Guitar
    Yngwie J Malmsteen - Lead Guitar
    Michael Romeo - Symphony X - Rhythm Guitar
    Jordan Rudess - Dream Theater - Keyboards
    Stephan Fimmers - Necrophagist - Bass Guitar
    George Kollias - Nile - Drums

    If you've never heard of any of these people / bands, i highly suggest popping onto youtube and having a look, especially in the technical/prog line up.
    They will blow your mind.

  • Comment number 37.

    Picking a fantasy rock band is a hard choice to make but my band would be

    Vocals- Steve Perry (Journey) Amazing Voice

    Guitar/Vocals- Eric Clapton (Cream/Yardbirds)

    Rhythm guitar/Vocals- Ronnie Wood (Jeff Beck Group/Faces/Rolling Stones)

    Bass/Vocals- Sir Paul McCartney (The Beatles/Wings)

    Drums- Dave Grohl (Nirvana/Foo Fighters/Them Crooked Vultures)

    Piano/Organ/Vocals- Benmout Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)

    There is alot of vocalists here but thet can mean some sweet harmonies

  • Comment number 38.

    I'm a sucker for a good rock show so this is going to be interesting.

    Vocals would have to be Alice Cooper, no doubt about it.

    Lead Guitar, that's tougher. Dimebag Darrell has got to be somewhere on the list, Ace Frehley as well.

    Bass has got to be Gene Simmons or Steve Harris, possibly both because Steve Harris isn't a bassist, he's a wizard.

    Drummer. There are many to choose from, I'm tempted by Rick Allen as with one arm he is still better than most. Though Joey Jordison, if he could bring his spinning drum kit would be a brilliant choice.

    So final line up:
    Alice Cooper (Alice Cooper) vocals
    "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (Pantera) guitar
    Ace Frehley (KISS) guitar
    Gene Simmons (KISS) vocals/bass
    Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) bass
    Joey Jordison (Slipknot) drums
    (2 bassists may be unorthodox, but you can't call either of them just bassists)

  • Comment number 39.

    Brian May on lead guitar - better than Clapton, IMHO
    John Lennon on rhythm guitar - you've got to have a beatle in your band
    Trevor Bolder on bass - Spiders, Wishbone Ash, Uriah Heap
    Phill Collins on drums - none better
    Rick Wakeman on keyboards - no-one else compares
    Freddie Murcury on vocals - the power of the man's voice!

    I play bass, so if Trevor wants to pull out ... ;-)

  • Comment number 40.

    With me it must be as such:-

    Drums: Without a question - Mikki Dee from Motorhead. Best Drummer Ever. I cannot believe he was ignored in I'm in a Rock and Roll Band, otherwise brilliant series. Also he has a brilliant drum solo (which he hates the idea of drum solos), you roll with and then get lost in the beat during the live version of In The Name Travesty.

    Guitar: Of course Jimmi Hendrix. Swapping mike duties with...
    Bassist: The Man, The Legend. Lemmy, from Motorhead.
    With the odd song sung by either Alice Cooper or Rodger Daltry.

  • Comment number 41.

    The ultimate rock band would simply be:
    Vocals - Freddie Mercury (Queen)
    Lead Guitar - Jimi Hendrix
    Bass Guitar - Nick Oliveri (Queens Of The Stone Age)
    Drums - Keith Moon (The Who)
    Freddie has the the vocal range with the showmanship required from the front man, mix that with Jimi's ability to make the electric guitar produce rifts which shouldn't be possible, Nick Oliveri's dark and moody bass and Keith Moons energetic drum rolls (and slightly mad nature) and you would have rock perfection!

  • Comment number 42.

    Vocals, I know it sounds different, but Hayley Williams from Paramore, I love her voice and shes new and fresh.

    Lead Guitar, Andrew Stockdale from Wolfmother, great guitarist, got great rhythms, and just my favorite.

    Rhythm guitar Matt Bellamy of Muse, would be great if we needed a pianist as well.

    Bass Mark King from Level 42, I have never heard such great bass, he can do awesome solos, and totally show any other band member up.

    Drums would be either Phil Collins from Genesis or Dave Grohl from Nirvana. Nuff said.

  • Comment number 43.

    So they've just thrown up the list of the top ten, mostly predictable...but no Neil Peart? Hello? Has anyone heard of him in the BBC?

  • Comment number 44.

    well that's a tough one but this could be interesting...

    Drums : Neil Peart
    Bass: Les Claypool
    Guitar: Alex Lifeson
    Guitar: Jeff beck
    Vocals: Steven Wilson
    Keyboards: Bernie Worrell

  • Comment number 45.

    Vocals..Freddie Mercury

    Guitar..Ritchie Blackmore

    Guitar..Eddie Van Halen

    Bass...Chris Squire

    Drums...John Bonham

    Keyboards...Jon Lord


    Already perfect fantasy bands that are real...Lifeson, Lee, Peart (Rush)

    Plant,Page, Bonham, Jones..(Zeppelin)

  • Comment number 46.

    in fantasy land, my best group ever wld be cozy powell drums, guitar, slash,[guns and roses], [bass]mark king,[level 42]. eric clapton,just because, vocals freddy mercury

  • Comment number 47.

    In regard to the series, I'm in a rock..., the notion appears absurd to suggest that different fovarate band members could be cobled together to make a great band. From options given so far I had chosen Freddie Mercury (Front Men/Singers), Jack White (Guitarists), and Dave Groal (Drummers), though clearly together these people's styles could never work.

    Having said the above...I realise the series is just light entertaiment and not to be taken seriously.

    Furthly I wish to make a few notes regarding what I feel were notable omisions from the voting categories.

    from singers, no Michael Stipe (R.E.M.).

    from guitarests, no John Frusciante (ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers) despite him coming top of recent BBC poll regarding him as the greatest of his generation.

    from drummers, no Meg White (The White Stripes), despite her image being used in the programmes title graphics and Jack being in the guitar category - surely his playing cannot be assessed without considering it in balance to the other member of band from within which he has done his greatest work.
    Further to this, it appears odd that Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, is not included, and no Reni (The Stone Roses), whose drumming I feel created the best drum grooves of the 80's, and without whom his group could not have sounded nearly as distinctive.

  • Comment number 48.

    I am amazed that the choice of best drummers does not include Christian Vander, the founder of the superlative Magma. Without doubt he is the most skillful and powerful drummer ever. I saw him perform live back in 1975, and he is still the best now, even at 62 years of age!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Vander_%28musician%29



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  • Comment number 49.

    Wow - This is hard as i am in to a range of rock music.

    Voclas.... Antony Kiedis

    Guitar.... Slash

    Guitar.... Tommy Lee

    Drums.... John Bonham, Matt Sorun

    Band... Cant decide!

  • Comment number 50.

    Im gonna go for a kinda Maiden style Band!! ------
    Vocals - Freddie Mercury[Queen] (is there really any need to explain this??)
    Rhythm Guitar and Backing Vox 1 - Billie Joe Armstrong [Green Day] (Raw Power and energy! and just such a flipin good live performer!)
    Lead Guitar and Backing Vox 2 - Eric Clapton [Cream, Derick and the Dominoes...etc.] (sooo many riffs its unbelieveable and a really good voice...too good to be left out!)
    Lead Guitar 2 - Jimmy Page [Led Zepplin] (solo to the max :D)
    Bassist - Flea [Red Hot Chilli Peppers] (one of the best bassists around today)
    Drummer - Travis Barker [Blink 182] (strangely overlooked in the programe which is a shame seeing as i think he is one of the best drummers still alive)
    Other stuff eg.Keys,Sax,Trumpet etc. - Jason Frees [Green Day] (one of the most versatile musicians around!! can play nearly anything and although there are probably that can play their individual instruments better i doubt none can play all of them to an extraordiany level!!)
    If only Freddie Mercury was still alive this would all be possible!! :-(

  • Comment number 51.

    I've had so many discussions with friends about this topic, and the one thing we all agree on; the frontman.
    Freddie Mercury

    For everything else we argued, but here's my lineup for the perfect rock band.

    Freddie Mercury, Lead singer
    Yngwie Malmsteen, Lead Guitar
    Jimi Hendrix, Lead guitar, backing vocals
    James Hetfield, Rhythm Guitar, backing vocals (hey, Maiden has 3 guitarists and they sound awesome)
    Nikki Sixx, Bass
    John Lord, Keyboards
    Neil Peart, Drums

    It's an odd mix, I know, but the combo of Malmsteen's ability to write incredibly beautiful songs, his insane shredding solos and arpeggios played at ridiculous speeds, mixed with Hendrix's equally good but different songwriting ability, showmanship and skill with a guitar would be an incredible match for me. Add Hetfield, the steadiest, hardest rocking rhythm guitarist ever, who has written most of metal's anthems, and you've got a sweet guitar setup to die for.
    Nikki Sixx on bass, for me, is a choice not because of pure skill, but again, because he puts on a show, he has the look, he's written some of my favourite songs, and he is the quintissential rocker. The man has been clinically dead twice. He's indestructable.
    John Lord adds psychadellic keyboard lines and the true classic rock sound of the keys (listen to Deep Purple), and Neil Peart on drums is an easy decision. Definitely the best prog drummer of all time, if not the best dummer of all time hands down, and his skill as a lyricist is unparallelled in my opinion. Add Freddie Mercury and his incredible voice, the greatest frontman ever, the crowd pleaser, to all this, and you have my ultimate rock band.

  • Comment number 52.

    Everyones bands soo far seem a bit mainstream... I think I may go for a bit of modern musical talent! and im a bit of a drummer myself ;)

    Vocals: Josh Homme (rhythm guitar, Queens of the Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures)
    Lead Guitar: Omar Rodriguez-Lopez (Mars volta)
    Bass: Tim Commerford (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave)
    Drums: Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta/Best drummer in the world)

  • Comment number 53.

    OKKK I'd Sayy

    Robert Plant (The might Led Zep) - Vocals
    David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) - Guitar
    Jared Followill (Kings of Leon) - Bass
    Patrick Keeler (The Raconteurs) - Drums

    Two old, two new. I think that balances it out :)

    And if you're laughing about the last two, check:
    Kings of Leon - Frontier City
    A live version of Broken Boy Soldier by The Raconteurs...

    This isn't breaking house rules is it? :S

  • Comment number 54.

    Vocals - Damon Albarn. Shows good versatility performing several different genres and is a terrific lyricist.
    Guitar - Buckethead. Amazing guitarist, it's a crime he wasn't on the shortlist.
    Bass - Les Claypool. My idol as a bassist. If he isn't on the bassist shortlist then this show is void.
    Drums - Dave Grohl. Simple really, doens't need explanation.

  • Comment number 55.

    Freddie Mercury (Queen) - A totally under-rated singer; try singing We are the Champions and hitting THAT note. Charisma and the ability to hold 250,000 people in the palm of his hand. He had it all.

    Jimi Hendrix (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) - He invented rock guitar. The first and still the best.

    Neil Peart (Rush) - Whether it is 4/4, 3/4, 5/8 or 23/16 he makes it sound natural. Along with Geddy Lee he forms the tightest rhythm section I've ever heard.

    Geddy Lee (Rush) - See above. Not a bad singer either.

    Led Zeppelin - As a rock band they were the blueprint. Ask the musicians in the top ten lists who they'd vote for.

    Reserves - Steven Tyler: singer (Aerosmith), Brian May: guitarist (Queen), Dave Grohl: drummer/guitarist (Nirvana/Foo Fighters), Flea: bassist (RHCP)

  • Comment number 56.

    In terms of legendary status:

    Vocals: Brian Johnson / Kurt Cobain / Freddie Mercury / Mick Jagger
    Lead Guitar: Jimmy Page / Hendrix / Slash
    Rythm Guitar: James Hetfield / Angus Young
    Bass: Lemmy Kilmister
    Drums: Dave Grohl / Keith Moon / John Bonham

    In terms of ability (& song writing)

    Vocals: Mike Patton (Faith No More)
    Lead Guitar: Eddie Van Halen / Chuck Schuldiner (Death)
    Rythm Guitar: Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)
    Bass: Cliff Burton (Metallica)
    Drums: Thomas Haake (Meshuggah)

  • Comment number 57.

    There are many innovative and influential drummers in the list - but the main man is missing - NEIL PEART. Maybe not mainstream enough but the daddy of the drum solo and the master of poly rythms.

  • Comment number 58.

    Frontman .Kurt Cobain the best "scream" ever heard in music.

    Subs Layne Stalely & Richard Ashcroft.

    Lead Guitarist.Kurt Cobain.Left hand genius.

    Sub Noel Gallagher.

    Bassist.Kris Noveselic. 6 FT 7" Man monster .

    Sub Manny.

    Drums Dave Grohl

    Sub Chad Channing.

  • Comment number 59.

    Vocals ....Robert Plant
    Guitar ....Rory Gallagher
    Bass.......Jack Bruce
    Drums......John Bonham

    Sorted!!

  • Comment number 60.

    Vocals/Guitar - Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys)
    Lead guitar - Brad Shultz (Cage the Elephant)
    Drums - Matt Tong (Bloc Party)
    Bass - Walter Gervers (Foals)

  • Comment number 61.

    Heard the one about the music lover that dies and goes to Hell..?

    Bill Hicks walks onto stage to introduce the band... “Ladies and gentleman, please welcome for your entertainment tonight... Bon Scott on vocals, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa on lead guitar, Phil Lynott on bass, Miles Davis and Louis Jordan on horns, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart on keyboards and John Bonham on drums.”

    (Rapturous Applause)

    ...and then they start playing The Birdy Song!

    “Da da dada da dada, Da da dada da dada, Da da da da...”

  • Comment number 62.

    DRUMS BRIAN DOWNEY or maybe even COZY POWELL
    BASS PHIL LYNOTT or DUSTY HILL
    RYTHMN GUITAR SCOTT GORHAM
    LEAD GUITAR ANGUS YOUNG, STEVIE RAY VAUGHN, JIMI HENDRIX, BILLY GIBBONS or maybe even NIEL YOUNG
    VOCALS BRUCE DICKINSON, BON SCOTT, PAUL ROGERS, GRAHAM BONNET or possibly JANIS JOPLIN

  • Comment number 63.

    How on earth can you have a telly program about Rock drummers and not mention Neil Peart of Rush- the professor on the drum kit and a man who can make a drum solo intresting!!
    Mind you I'm shocked that there is no mention of Rush anywere, but looking at some of the selections from the experts it makes me wonder if they know what rock is?

    Still here's my ultimate dream group.
    Vocals, Roger Daltery (the Who) or Robert Plant (Led Zep)
    Bass/keyboards Geddy Lee (Rush)
    Bass and Brass, John 'the ox' Entwistle (the Who)
    Lead guitar Pete Townsend (The Who) / Jimmi Page (Led Zep)
    rythm Guitar Alex Lifeson (Rush)
    Drums Neil Peart (Rush) or Keith Moon (the Who)

  • Comment number 64.

    Tbh it's impossible to come up with one general fantasy band so it's probably best to have one for a particular genre. Even then it's hard to choose one so here are my suggestions...

    (rock/metal) Drums. Chris Adler (lamb of god)Or Tomas Haake (meshuggah) not just because they are metal drummers but because they are so technically amazing and mind blowing

    Lead guitar. Dimebag (pantera)/Slash (GnR)/Eddie Van Halen. dimebags riffs are epic and slash and Eddie are facemelting

    Vocals. James Hetfield (metallica) or Brian Johnson (AC/DC)for the corse sounding vocals

    bass. Rob Trujillo (metallica)

    (everything else)

    drums Phil Collins/ Chad smith

    guitar/vocals Hendrix/ Bellamy/ grohl/ Santana

    bass flea

  • Comment number 65.

    My fantasy band will be split into two. The first will be artists still alive. The second will be those no longer with us.

    First

    Vocals: Mick Jagger (The Rolling Stones)
    Guitar: Eric Clapton (The Yardbirds, Cream)
    Bass: Paul McCartney (The Beatles, Wings)
    Drums: Ringo Starr (The Beatles)
    Keyboard: Alan Price (The Animals)

    Second:

    Vocals: Freddie Mercury (Queen) - 1946-1991
    Guitar: Jimi Hendrix (The Jimi Hendrix Experience) - 1942-1970
    Bass: John Entwistle (The Who) - 1944-2002
    Drums: Keith Moon (The Who) - 1946-1978
    Keyboard: Rick Wright (Pink Floyd) - 1943-2008

    Notable mentions:

    John Lennon - Rhythm guitar - The Beatles
    Brian May - Lead guitar - Queen
    Liam Gallagher - Vocals - Oasis
    Elvis Presley - Vocals/guitar - Solo
    Jimmy Page - Lead guitar - Led Zeppelin
    David Gilmour - Lead guitar - Pink Floyd
    Chuck Berry - Vocals/guitar - Solo
    Bob Dylan - Vocals/guitar/harmonica - Solo
    Rick Wakeman - Keyboard - Yes
    John Bonham - Drums - Led Zeppelin
    Roger Daltrey - Vocals - The Who

  • Comment number 66.

    Vocals/Guitar:Devin Townsend
    Lead Guitar:Steve Vai
    bass:Lemmy
    Drums/Gene Hoglan

    it would be awsome

  • Comment number 67.

    Top band moment. I've read a few of these and have to agree with companygimp - where was Neil Peart in the drummers episode??

    Drums - Neil Peart
    Bass - Geddy Lee
    Guitar - Alex Lifeson

    Oh hang on... I'll try again

    Drums - Richard Jupp
    Bass - Pete Turner
    Guitar - Mark Potter
    Keyboards - Craig Potter
    Vocals - Guy Garvey

    Really, really sorry... this is the my own personal living fantasy band:

    Drums: Dave Grohl
    Bass: Flea
    Guitar: Tom Morello
    Keyboards: Jordan Rudess
    Vocals: Eddie Vedder

    Oh, and dead fantasy band?

    Drums: John Bonham
    Bass: John Entwistle
    Guitar: Frank Zappa
    Keyboards: Richard Wright
    Vocals: John Lennon

  • Comment number 68.


    Vocals: Chris Cornell

    Lead: John Frusciante

    Rhythm: Malcolm Young

    Bass: Adam Clayton

    Drums: Matt Cameron





    Eddie Vedder

  • Comment number 69.

    Vochals/guitar: Mike Vennart (Oceansize)

    Lead guitar: Paul Gilbert (Racer X)

    Guitar: Brent Hinds (Mastodon)

    Bass: Justin Chancellor (tool)

    Drums: Mike Portnoy (Dream theater)

    If I had to choose a new spot for vochs and guitar it would be Ginger from the Wildhearts.

  • Comment number 70.

    This would be my fantasy band:-

    Lead Singer - Joey Tempest (Europe)

    Bass Guitar - John Paul Jones (Led Zep)

    Keyboards - Mic Michaeli (Europe)

    Rhythm Guitar - Izzy Stradlin (GNR)

    Lead Guitar 1, 2 - Slash (GNR) & Michel Schenker (UFO)

    Drums - John Bonham (Led Zep)

    Backing Vocals - John Wetton (Asia)

    The writing & music would be immense!

  • Comment number 71.

    dont think any of these have been mentioned, sorry if they have, bit hard being to check them all as it was name you fantasy band and people are naming what seem like football teams, and subs

    vocals. joe strummer
    guitar. mick jones
    bass. paul simonon
    drums. topper headon

    im happy with that as my fantasy band

  • Comment number 72.

    my fantasy band is....
    vocals- paul rodgers-free

    guitar- ritchie blackmore -rainbow

    bass- steve harris - iron maiden

    drums - cozy powell- rainbow

    keyboards- richard wright

  • Comment number 73.

    Drums - Stephen Morris (Joy Division)
    Guitarist - Johhny Marr (Smiths)
    Bass - Pino Palladino
    Keyboards- Tony Mansfield (New Musik)
    Singer - Ian Curtis (Joy Division)

  • Comment number 74.

    Lead Singer:Jim Morrison

    Drums:Keith Moon

    Lead Guitarist:Jimi Hendrix

    Bass:Cliff Burton

    Keyboards:John Paul Jones

    It's probably very bad but i don't care

  • Comment number 75.

    Fantasy band eh? Well, here goes:

    Singer - Tough one this but I'm gonna go for Geoff Tate from Queensryche. His vocal range and delivery are superb.

    Drummer - Neil Peart. And it is shocking that this man isn't on the official shortlist.

    Bassist - Steve Harris of Iron Maiden. Great bass player.

    Keyboards - Mark Stanway of Magnum. A hugely under-rated band (why guitarist/songwriter Tony Clarkin hasn't been recognised for the body of work he has achieved is one of the great rock scandals). Mark can be as OTT as anyone and easily can play it atmospherically simple. A superb keyboard player.

    Guitarist - I'm gonna pick two, one for essentially rhythm work and the other for the flashy stuff. For the rhythm section I'd select James hetfield of Metallica. For the flashy stuff I'd pick Joe Satriani.

    There are many worthy people I've left off the list but that combination I think would make a fantastic band capable of any style of rock thrown at it.

  • Comment number 76.

    Roger Daltrey - Jimi Hendrix - Keith Moon - Jack Bruce - Rick Wakeman

    Don't know how well they would work together but if they could it would be one hell of a group.

  • Comment number 77.

    Vocals; Ronnie James DIO, Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad) Roger Daltrey or Lisa Gerrard (Dead Can Dance, she's got a brilliant voice)

    Guitar; 'Fast' Eddy Clark, Joop Roelofs :D (Q65), Ritchie Blackmore

    Bass; Lemmy (because his Rickenbacker sound), John Paul Jones, John Entwistle, Phil Lynott

    Drums; Gene Hoglan (Strapping Young Lad, Death, Fear Factory), Keith Moon, Ian Paice

    Hammond; Jon Lord!

  • Comment number 78.

    Frontman - Bruce Springsteen
    Bass - JP Jones
    Drums - Keith Moon or Bonzo
    Guitars - Rory Gallagher (lead) - Pete Townshend

    Hard to choose for all of them!

  • Comment number 79.

    Vocals/Guitar/Keyboards:Stevie Winwood

    Lead Guitar/Vocals:Brian May

    Bass/Vocals:John Deacon

    Drums:John Bonham

  • Comment number 80.

    Vocals = Phil Anselmo (Pantera)
    Guitar = Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
    Guitar = Phil Demmel (Machine Head)
    Bass = Alex Webster (Cannibal Corpse)
    Drums = Mario Duplantier (Gojira)
    Keyboards = Janne Wirman (Children Of Bodom)

  • Comment number 81.

    ROBERT PLANT – Lead vocals
    [good range – from rock vocals full of originality and flare, to slow ballads. Also the right attitude and charisma]
    FRANK ZAPPA – Lead Guitar
    [really musical. Could play long solos that weren’t indulgent or dull. His subversive personality always in the background, keeping the band on their toes]
    JAMES JAMERSON – Bass
    [a strong musical personality and sheer ability. The bassists’ bassist]
    JOHNNY MARR – Rhythm Guitar
    [in The Smiths he had to perform both lead and rhythm roles. As a rhythm guitarist, he would have the licks, the drive, the love of music, all going at the same time]
    DONALD FAGAN – Keyboards, Vocals
    [fantastic musical personality and knowledge. A good second vocalist]
    JAKI LIEBEZEIT – Drums
    [little known guy from krautrockers Can. He has technical precision, cut his chops in jazz, and was full of musical ideas]

  • Comment number 82.

    Freddie Mercury-vocals and piano
    Jimmy Page-guitar
    Paul McCartney-bass and vocals
    Neal Peart-drums

    This is one of several alternatives that I've settled with after a long hard think.

  • Comment number 83.

    Drummer - Dave grohl
    lead guitar -tom morello
    bass guitar - jeff ament (pearl jam)
    vocals -drydent mitchell (alien ant farm) or chris cornell,couldnt decide
    rythm- malcom young

    would be epic

  • Comment number 84.

    vocals- steven tyler
    lead guitar- slash
    rhythm guitar- izzy stradlin
    bass guitar- sid vicious
    drums- tommy lee

  • Comment number 85.

    1 Question....WHY wasnt Neil Peart featured in the drummers section? He is the MOST skilled out of the guys featured!!!

  • Comment number 86.

    Drummer Igor cavalera (Sepultura)
    Vocals Corey Taylor (Slipknot)
    Bass Guitar Cliff Burton (Metallica)
    Lead Guitar Marty Friedman (Megadeth)

    That should be just about it. The program was funny you lot seem to think it`s got a guitar in it it must be rock music... oh you poor misguided fools.
    And also that old crap was any good...it wasn't. Really it was OLD CRAP!

    Go listen to "Arise" by Sepultura. feel the power.. it`s quite nice (tm)

  • Comment number 87.

    My dream band would be

    kurt cobain-vocals

    Jimi Hendrix-lead guitar

    Jack white-rythum guitar

    john entwistle-bass

    Dave grohl-drums

  • Comment number 88.

    I've just watched (in shifts) the almost four hour epic on BBC4 about Tom Petty, on I player. What an incredibly talented man he is. I've voted for Mike Campbell as my rock group guitarist, and the final five minutes of this show justifies it..He is a guitar god. Some may disagree, but they'd be wrong.

  • Comment number 89.

    dream band would be....

    joe perry ( aerosmith )-lead guitar

    rick allen (def leppard)-drums

    Mike Dirnt (green day)-bass

    chris cornell(Soundgarden)-vocals

    Roy Stride (scouting for girls)-keyboard .....randomly popped into my head that one

  • Comment number 90.

    There's so many amazing musicians to choose from and most of you may have not heard of these but one of my favorite line ups would be

    Pete Riley - Drums (Keith Emerson/Republica)
    Tom Jenkinson aka Squarepusher - Bass
    Guthrie Govan - Guitar (Dizzee Rascal/Asia)
    Corey Taylor - Vocals (Stone sour/Slipknot)



  • Comment number 91.

    On the bass, i would say Sting
    On the drums, i would go for Dave Grohl
    Lead Guitars: Matt Bellamy and Jimi Hnedrix
    vocals would be Matt Bellamy
    and finally rythm guitar would be johnny Marr
    and then the Reggae beats would be Bob Marley

  • Comment number 92.

    Whoever said Bonham, Page, Jones and Plant beat me to it.

    But if not that...

    Jack Black - Vocals
    Paul Gilbert - Shred
    Bootsy Collins - Bass
    Benny Greb - Drums

  • Comment number 93.

    sup my dreeeeeaaaam band would be :

    vocals: Roger Daltrey (The Who)

    Lead: Jimi Hendrix (The Jimi Hendrix Experience)

    Rythum: Izzy Stradlin (Guns 'n' Roses)

    Bass: Flea (Red Hot Chilli Peppers)

    Drums: Keith Moon (The Who)

    All of them are idols and total ledgends

  • Comment number 94.

    why was their no mention of anthony keidis in the front man show? the man has so much energy and is no stranger to hedonism, he has to of been worth at least a mention!

  • Comment number 95.

    #1 band in heaven I'd like to see when I die

    Vocals – Robert Palmer
    Lead Guitar – Frank Zappa
    Rhythm Guitar – Lowell George
    Bass – Marc Bolan
    Keyboards – Mozart
    Drums – John Bonham

  • Comment number 96.

    Sorry but can't see how a program on this subject managed to ignore so may talented drummers in favour of the blindingly obvious or easy to track down for an interview.
    Neil Peart, Tommy Aldridge, Brian Downey, Barry Barlow all deserved a mention. I suppose that's the penalty for being good at what you do but not fashionable enough.
    My Band
    Peart/Bonham - Drums
    Geddy Lee/Tony Levin - Bass
    Plant/Mercury - Vocal
    Guitar Page/May/Lifeson/Van Halen
    (No prizes for spotting a trend here)
    Keyboard - John Paul Jones
    How long before 'musical differences' would have that lot splitting up?

  • Comment number 97.

    Vocals - Hansi Kursch
    Lead Guitar - Henjo Richter
    Rhythm Guitar - Jon Shaffer
    Bass Guitar - Steve Harris
    keyboards - Jens Johansson
    Drummer - Anders Johansson

  • Comment number 98.

    Vocals: W. Axl Rose (Guns N' Roses)
    Lead Guitar: Slash (Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver)
    Rhythm Guitar: Ricky Warwick (The Almighty)
    Bass: Lemmy (Motorhead)
    Drums: Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater)

    or

    Vocals: Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour)
    Lead Guitar: Scott Ian (Anthrax)
    Rhythm Guitar: Dave Mustaine (Megadeth)
    Bass: Cronos (Venom)
    Drums: Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Grip Inc.)

  • Comment number 99.

    Lead Singer: Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones)
    Lead Guitarist: George Harrison (The Beatles)
    Drummer: Matt Tong (Bloc Party)
    Bassist: Barry Fratelli ,a.k.a Barry Wallace, (The Fratellis)
    Keyboards: Lukas Wooller (Maximo Park)

  • Comment number 100.

    My fantasy band already exists, and it goes by the name of Dream Theater!

    If I was to pick from any other bands:

    Vocals: Bruce Dickinson
    Lead guitar: Steve Vai
    Rhythm guitar: Dave Mustaine
    Bass: Cliff Burton
    Drums: Rick Allen

    Personally, I think the beeb should stop acting like rock ended in the '80s. Perhaps if they were to mention some of the amazing bands that are technically way better than some of the classics, as well as actually still recording new albums as opposed to releasing 'remastered' versions of the same thing. (AC/DC's Iron Man ring any bells?). Nile, Machine Head, Dream Theater, RATM, Trivium, Lamb of God, Chimaira... I could honestly go on for hours. Perhaps a programme at the end looking at where rock/metal has moved on to, as opposed to always just looking back. Is Matt Bellamy the only truly 'modern' guitar player on the list? Also, why are half the musicians featured on the programme not listed on the site?

 

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