Monday, July 27, 2009

Ultimate Dream Band

I asked some of the area's greatest rock stars and rock fans what their ultimate dream band would be. Here are the results, with more to come: [YOU DECIDE--WHO HAS THE BEST ONE?]

Nick Hartman (Guitarist/Vocalist in La Crosse’s brand-spankin’ new band “Steel Ponies”)
· Vocals: Bobby Kimball (Toto)
· Lead Guitar: Eric Clapton
· Rhythm Guitar: Nancy Wilson
· Bass: Geddy Lee
· Drums: Keith Moon
· Keys: Geoff Downes (The Buggles, Asia, Yes)

Brent “Brownie” Brown (Genius behind La Crosse’s “Burnt Brownies”)
· Vocals: Al Green
· Lead Guitar: Jerry Garcia
· Rhythm Guitar: Joe Pass
· Bass: Victor Wooten
· Drums: Kevin Screenes
· Keys: Scott Joplin

Tim Powers (Bass player for La Crosse’s very own “Smokin’ Bandits”)
· Vocals: Chris Robinson
· Lead Guitar: Warren Haynes
· Rhythm Guitar: Keith Richards
· Bass: John Paul Jones
· Drums: Zigaboo (The Meters)
· Keys: Chuck Leavell

Lisa Jorgenson (Pianist, Keyboardist/Vocalist in “Steel Ponies”...and, yes, creator of this blog)
· Vocals: Burton Cummings (The Guess Who)
· Lead Guitar: CC Deville
· Rhythm Guitar: George Harrison
· Bass: Rick Danko (The Band)
· Drums: Alex Van Halen
· Keys: Lyle Mays (Pat Metheny Group)

Andy Peterson (Music connoisseur/Coolest person ever)
· Vocals: David Bowie
· Lead Guitar: Eric Clapton
· Rhythm Guitar: Brad Nowell (Sublime)
· Bass: Les Claypool (Primus)
· Drums: Max Weinberg
· Keys: Jack Sabol-Williams (Shoeless Revolution)
· Horn Section: Ben Peterson, Karl Denson, Wynton Marsalis

Josh Escher (Nikki Sixx in Oshkosh’s “Sleaze Patrol”)
· Vocals: Garth Brooks
· Lead Guitar: Dimebag Darrel (Pantera)
· Rhythm Guitar: Ted Nugent
· Bass Roger Maganelli (Less than Jake)
· Drums: Dave Lombardo (Slayer)
· Keys: Lisa Jorgenson

Cat Pinnell (Rockin’ Bass player in “Steel Ponies”)
· Vocals: Freddie Mercury
· Lead Guitar: Jimi Hendrix
· Rhythm Guitar: Joe Perry (and if Jimi would let him, he could solo once in a while…)
· Bass: Richard Pinnell (close second is Jaco Pastorius…but he was a little crazy and I acknowledge he had an attitude! My daddy-o is drama-free!)
· Drums: Neil Peart
· Keys: Herbie Hancock

Reed Grimm (The incredible Singer/Drummer in the Twin Cities’ “Shoeless Revolution”)
· Vocals: Bobby McFerrin
· Lead Guitar: John Scofield
· Rhythm Guitar: Fareed Haque
· Bass: Mike Janish
· Drums: Brian Blade
· Keys: Mozart
“This is strictly based on musical ability and not personality. I think all of them might be hard to work with, but all we have to do is throw Dan Dreisen into the mix and everything would be smooth sailing :)” --Reed G.

Neil Dreger (The Professor/Hippest Rock star in Rochester, NY)
· Vocals: Sting
· Lead Guitar: Slash
· Rhythm Guitar: Peter Buck (REM)
· Bass: Tony Levin/Rocco Prestia (two basses are always better than one!)
· Drums: Dennis Chambers
· Keys: Lawrence Hobgood

Britt Severson (Master of children and stringed instruments)
· Vocals: Freddie Mercury
· Background Vocals: Axl Rose
· Lead Guitar: Lita Ford
· Rhythm Guitar: Prince
· Bass: Bootsy Collins
· Drums: Neil Peart
· Keys: Elton John

Eric Streske (Guitar God of “Shoeless Revolution”)
· Vocals: Paul McCartney
· Lead Guitar: Eric Krasno (Soulive)
· Rhythm Guitar: John Mayer
· Bass: Jaco Pastorius
· Drums: Adam Deitch
· Keys: Neal Evans (Soulive)

Jack Sabol-Williams (Keyboard/Percussion virtuoso of the world and “Shoeless Revolution”)
· Vocals: Freddie Mercury
· Lead Guitar: Eric Krasno
· Rhythm Guitar: George Harrison
· Bass: Chris Wood
· Drums: Steve Jordan
· Keys: John Medeski

Ben Peterson (Saxophonist/Bassist/Guitarist/Drummer/Clarinetist/Flautist…am I missing anything? Oh yes, and he’s also in “Shoeless Revolution”)
· Vocals: …Pending… (Ben’s still thinking)
· Lead Guitar: Eric Clapton
· Rhythm Guitar: Eric Streske
· Bass: Gabe Nelson (Cake)
· Drums: Michael Bland (Prince’s band)
· Keys: Brad Mehldau

Noah Singer (Co-creator of Classic Rock Hangman/Connoisseur of life and amazingness)
· Vocals/Keys: Richard Manuel (The Band)
· Lead Guitar: Stevie Ray Vaughn
· Rhythm Guitar/Background vocals: Hank Williams
· Bass: Bootsy Collins
· Drums: Vinnie Colaiuta (Drummer on Frank Zappa’s “Joe’s Garage”)
*Noah’s band is called “SANDWICHES.”

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