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Lead vocals

RockBoar.com Picture   The lead vocalist or lead vocal (or lead singer) is the member of a band whosings the main solo vocal portions of a song. The lead vocalist may also play one or more instruments, and is usually the "leader" of their group, often the spokesman in interviews and before the public. The lead vocalist is sometimes referred to as the frontman.

   Some rock groups, such as Cream, Jefferson AirplaneEaglesPink FloydThe Beach BoysThe BeatlesKISSBlink-182Hüsker DüThey Might Be GiantsThe MonkeesThe Moody Blues,  Mushroomhead,  and  Barenaked  Ladies have or had more than one featured vocalist, making it difficult to establish a single "lead singer" or "front man."

    Other bands, such as QueenThe Jimi Hendrix ExperienceThe ClashThe DoorsOasisDepeche ModeGuns N' Roses, System of a DownAvenged SevenfoldThe WhoThe Rolling StonesDeep PurpleWingsThe CarsStyxStatus Quo, Animal Collective, and Crosby, Stills & Nash had, in addition to the designated "lead singer", one or more members who provided significant lead vocals in the course of the group's career.

     While the lead vocalist often defines the group's image and personality to the general public, several bands, such as AC/DC, Iron MaidenVan HalenAlice in ChainsINXSBostonThree Days Grace and Helloween have changed lead singers and maintained the original band name and, to some extent, identity. Other bands such as Fleetwood MacEscape the Fate, UnderoathJourneyJudas PriestGenesisAnthraxRainbowRage Against the MachineMisfits and Black Sabbath have gone in an almost completely different musical direction with the arrival of a new vocalist.


Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lead_vocalist


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