Freddie Mercury or Prince - who was the best frontman?

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Who was the better/more entertaining frontman?

  1. Freddie Mercury

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  2. Prince

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  1. 67blackcherry

    67blackcherry Supporting Member

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    I've always said Freddie Mercury was the best frontman by far - he was the whole enchilada, the real deal; excellent singer, songwriter/lyricist, performer and musician. However, reflecting back on Prince since his passing, I'm thinking perhaps he was the better frontman...
    Freddie (IMO) could hold an audience in the palm of his hand as he did at Wembly, 90,000+ but Prince was no slouch and could sing, dance & play guitar with the best of them.

    What say ye?
     
  2. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    I don't tend to think of Prince as a frontman. I tend to think of him as the show -- like James Brown.
     
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    Freddy Mercury best front man ever? Ill take Ray Davies.

    And as between Mercury and Prince, Ill take Prince.
     
  4. Turi

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    We should stop comparing people to each other.
    Since Princes death, I've just been thinking it's stupid to compare musos to musos or people to people in general.

    I've done it myself in the past.. it's not right.
    Doesn't feel right.
     
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  5. GuitarGuy66

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    Prince. It's not like he pranced around with a guitar neck.

    HE USED THE WHOLE GUITAR, NOT JUST THE TOP.
     
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    Yeah the whole concept is absurd...especially when the people being compared are so totally different in their approach to their craft.

    It's like asking who's better.....Jimi, Metheny or Segovia?

    Just asinine.
     
  7. Mystix

    Mystix Silver Supporting Member

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    No contest - Mercury.

    Prince - I never liked his singing. It was either thin falsetto - or whispery thin head voice. Both left me cold.

    Freddie Mercury had serious vocal ability.
     
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    Here we go again with the competitions.
     
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    Yeah but who has a better mustache?
     
  10. Turi

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    Prince had a ridiculous vocal range.
    He definitely used his falsetto a lot (I love it), but man you have got to hear how low the guy could go.. check out "Most Beautiful Girl In The World", showcases some of his range but still nowhere near what he could achieve.

    He also straight up belted and screamed/screeched and what not as well not to mention his normal singing voice.
    Anyone who thinks he just falsettos everything isn't familiar with his work.
    He also layered like a million harmonies with himself everywhere in a million different voices/ranges.
    It's actually difficult to comprehend anyone could think he was all falsetto.

    I'm not comparing him to Freddie btw, I'm a huge fan of him too and love his voice and ridiculous vocal range.
    I'm just saying, Prince had an enormous vocal range.
     
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    Always thought that was the Wolf!
     
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    This makes me think of the erroneous quote that's being flogged to death on social media and repeated as fact by my coworkers: "when Eric Clapton was asked what it felt like to be the worlds best guitarist he said 'I don't know - why don't you ask Prince'":facepalm

    Can we stop that now:dunno

    Please:red

    For the children:cry:
     
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    I'd say that Prince wouldn't have been able to front Queen anymore than Freddie
    Mercury could assume Prince's leader position.

    They are different animals - with different skill sets and talents.
     
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    Equal. Prince had a wider appeal. Both were similarly talented. Freddie could do the one man band thing too.
     
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    Generally speaking, any answer you get to these questions will be biased to personal taste. Kind of silly.
     
  17. A-Bone

    A-Bone Montonero, MOY, Multitudes Gold Supporting Member

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    Isn't that one of those quotes thats gets ascribed to all sorts of people? Like that urban legend about Rod Stewart and stomach pumping, I mean.
     
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    Where would he have been without Prince?
     
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    I saw The Time once and none of them were slouches, insane show.
     
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