The Rockstar Ramblings: Tribute to the Microphone
Band Photo: Guns N Roses (?)
Ever since the days of Jim Morrison using his microphone stand for self arousal the mic has been a key tool for rock singers and their act. This was specifically true for the glam heavy metal acts in the eighties. Here’s a breakdown of the microphone cowboys and their unique style.
The Divas: Used as if a fashion accessory, it is still hard to think of Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot) without his black and white striped microphone. Honorable mention in this category goes to Dee Snider (Twisted Sister) for his use of a pink microphone to match his Stay Hungry costume.
The Strippers: A class of front men using the stand as an exotic dancer uses her pole. Never shy, David Lee Roth once compared a rock video to the start of an adult movie. On stage Roth uses the stand more as a prop than for singing, but make no mistake his moves are entertainment at the highest of levels. Bret Michael’s receives the honorable mention here. An integral part of Poison’s “act”, Michael’s use of the mic stand has always been around 90% sexuality, 10% tactical.
The Ninjas: As the SNL phrase “More Cowbell” goes so does this group with “More Mic”. This group used (uses) the mic and stand as if an extension of their body. The king of this move was of course Jon Bon Jovi. During the climatic part of each “live” Bon Jovi video you see Jon either extending the mic to the crowd or using it as a base as he flies through the air. Honorable mentions go to Sabastian Bach (Skid Row) for the “swing the cord and try to kill people with the microphone head” move, Axl Rose (Guns N Roses) for the “dance with the stand over his head as he spins around” move, and of course David Coverdale (Whitesnake) for the “stop watching Tawny, I also have moves” move.
The Masters: Incorporate the style and moves, and then add a place to stash your drugs and what do you have? The greatest uses of the microphone stand EVER. Ladies and gentlemen your master: Steven Tyler (Aerosmith). Tyler’s use of scarves and pouncing moves with the mic lead me to believe he would be unable to perform without it. The original use of the scarves to store illegal drugs back in the day was genius, and now today gives him a place to store his prescription drugs. Honorable mention here goes to Vince Neil (Motley Crue) for his use of scarves in the original Home Sweet Home video.
David S. Grant is the author of books Corporate Porn, Bleach|Blackout, Hollywood Ending, Emotionless Souls, and The Last Breakfast. His new novel, Blood-the New Red, will be available this fall. For more information please go to http://www.davidsgrant.com.
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