who is the best side man?

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  1. sidvicious

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    since its the holidays and these threads are a bit fun, here's another.

    to qualify, it can be anyone in an act, but not the front guy or the band member that's "all that", but someone that contributes greatly and without which the band would not be the same. i'll start with a few.

    vh - michael anthony. spot on bass and great spot on backing vocals.
    elton john - davey johnston. great guitarist, ala "saturday night's alright"
    zz-top - frank beard. tremendous drummer. in fact, this could probably go to any three piece drummer.
    robin trower. james dewar. distinctive vocals and very good bass.
    ted nugent. derek st. holmes. probably the best ever rock vocalist, and fine guitarist.
    tom petty. mike campbell. great guitarist. very classy sound and fits just right in the band.

    yours??
     
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    Isn't a "sideman" technically a musician who is hired to perform or record with a group of which he or she is not a regular member?

    Regardless,

    The Who: John Entwistle.
    Don Felder.
     
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    My first thought too.
     
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    I thought a sideman was more like Ed McMahon
     
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    Terry Geezer Butler comes to mind.
     
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    I would go with David Lindley if you're using sideman in the truest sense of the word.
     
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    Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden and also in Bruce Dickinson's solo project. he is a solid player whom I think does not get enough credit.
    John Paul Jones (LZ)
     
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    good choice. hadn't thought of him.

    how about waddy watchel? "werewolves of london", etc.
     
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    i hated roxy music, but brian eno stole the show despite ferry's dominant role in the band.
     
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    Best "side man" ever - George Martin producer for the Beatles.
     
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    Strapping Young Lad: Devin Townsend with Jed Simon
    Queensryche: Chris DeGarmo with Michael Wilton
    King's X: dUg Pinnick and Ty Tabor with Jerry Gaskill
    Thin Lizzy: Phil Lynott with Scott Gorham
     
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    Roger Glover ... rock solid and equally good in the studio.

    Cheers, Barrie.
     

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