OK... this is not about great band frontmen, but just simply about voice range.
Do any of you guys know what other male singers have a voice range close to Freddie's? George Michael is the first one to come to our minds after his awesome performance at the Freddie tribute.
Other ones that come to my mind are perhaps Marc Anthony, Mick Hucknall (Simply Red), and perhaps some R&B singers from the 70s and 80s (although I'm not very much into the genre).
Does anyone else know who else is close to Freddie's range?
I've heard Axl Rose doing Eb1, although I doubt he could get any lower, at least in that era (Use Your Illusion). Perhaps nowadays he can, who knows. Highest notes I've heard from him are Eb4 I think (note that the high voices of 'Don't Cry' are by Izzy and Shannon), but I'm sure he can get higher than that.
Bee Gees don't sing that high as you may think at first. They sing in falsetto a lot (from '75 onwards), but their highest notes are hardly ever above D4, which is a note Fred and Roger could easily sing without falsetto. As for low notes, Maurice did sing some very good ones in 'Odessa', but I don't know which exact notes he did
A few suggestions to get the arguments going
Billy Joel (very powerful for a little guy!)
Phil Collins (again different style but big range)
Tony Vincent (great performance every night)
The guy from The Darkness (should spark a few fights)
And not forgetting... Leo Sayer!! Yep that little chap has a huge range.
Although we all know he's a child molester, I think R. Kelly has one hell of a voice.
I've found that a lot of black R&B and Soul singers like Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, and Barry White have great voice ranges.
Innocent until proven guilty Mr Jingles!!!
Justin Hawkins, The Darkness.
Tony Hadley has a great range.
(hangs his head in shame).......I always thought that Matt Goss had a pretty good voice!! (Blushes)
I can't give you specific notes (I don't really pay attention), but that man's voice stretches from here to China and back. If Audioslave ever chooses to cover Queen, I think they'd do the band proud.
"Billy Joel (very powerful for a little guy!)"
Indeed. A lot of people don't realize it because his vocals aren't really flashy, and he often says he isn't really a singer, but did some amazing vocal work. Especially around the "An Innocent Man" album. His vocals were powerful and his effective range was large.
LOL, I knew someone would have a fit at Phil Collins and it just had to be Flashman (by the way your not Joel Flashman from Northern Exposure are you?) anyway seriously, listen to some of the early Genesis stuff just after PG left, there's a fair range there, maybe not in Freds true league but anyway it was fun thinking about your reaction!
I've seen mostly solo singers who can sing close to Freddie's range, but if I had to pick a rock band singer I'd go with Jon Bon Jovi.
I saw them at Giants Stadiums in NY 3 years ago, and then Jon did this "dee dayy dooh" thing very similar to Freddie, and frankly I didn't believe that he could be able to hit notes that high.
There's actually an audio file that I downloaded once where Jon Bon Jovi did a very similar thing, and at the end he says... "I think Freddie Mercury would be proud of that one".
James LaBrie is one of the best vocalists at the moment. He's technically brilliant and has a huge range as well. He performed the american national anthem last year at the NFL final. Listen to: link
Some other great performers are Bruce Dickinson and Geoff Tate.
Maybe the dutch singer from the queen cover band, Miracle...Johnny Zwaan!
He's got a great range and at some moments you hear Freddie's voice in some songs he sung. I know, cause i've got a copy of Miracle - Live Covers cd.
<< Michael Matajevic from a little konwn band 1990-1993 or so, called Steelheart >>
Once my ex-girlfriend made me listen a song by Steelheart called "She's Gone", and I was totally blown away by the the power on the voice of that dude. Amazing and a great song that is.
Thanks so much for posting that link, Stephan! I'm a big Dream Theater fan, and it was great to hear that. Are you sure that was at the Superbowl last year? I watched it, and I certainly would have remmebered hearing LaBrie singing the anthem!
mike matijevic.. he can sing comfortably over G above the tenor high C with his head voice..not falsetto.. and i read that with falsetto he'd hit a soprano high A..i never heard..
but it's not possibble to hear a natural higher male singer than him i guess..in low notes he can hit a low A above the bas octave..