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POSITIONS: Bass, Vocals, Songwriter
ASSOCIATED ACTS: Pink Floyd, Roger Waters (Solo)
HIGHLIGHTS: "Money," "Another Brick in the Wall, Pt. II," "Brain Damage"
COMMENTARY: Legendary bassist and half of the creating force behind Pink Floyd, Roger Waters is an industry legend. He was the first bassist off the board, and in a position that is so vital but with minimal depth overall, great pick at this spot.
POSITIONS: Drums, Vocals
ASSOCIATED ACTS: The Who
HIGHLIGHTS: "Baba O'Reilly," "Won't Get Fooled Again," "I Can't Explain,"
COMMENTARY: Widely known as one of the greatest drummers in rock history, Keith Moon was in a band with Pete Townsend and was still probably the most known name in The Who. A safe pick at this point in the draft with two drummers already off the board, selecting Moon at this point was the right thing to do. Nobody wants to have the band with the bad drummers.
ASSOCIATED ACTS: Guns N' Roses, Velvet Revolver, Slash's Snakepit, Slash (Solo)
HIGHLIGHTS: "Welcome to the Jungle" (Guns N' Roses), "Sweet Child O' Mine" (Guns N' Roses), "Fall to Pieces" (Velvet Revolver)
COMMENTARY: Undeniably the most instantly recognizable guitarist in rock history — both in image and in overall playing style — you can tell Ethan wanted him, and he wasn't going to risk anyone stealing him from under his nose. When you've got someone high on your draft board, you take them when they're available, and this pick shows that Ethan had a sound in mind that he was going to stick to.
POSITIONS: Guitar, Vocals, Songwriter
ASSOCIATED ACTS: Chuck Berry (Solo)
HIGHLIGHTS: "Maybellene," "Johnny B. Goode," "Roll Over Beethoven"
COMMENTARY: Chuck Berry is the father of rock 'n' roll music. He took R&B, blues, and country music, and created the genre that inspired this entire draft. His uptempo music along with his signature duck walk (see photo above) makes him a perfect frontman.
COMMENTARY: Like many people in this draft, Duane Allman was an extremely talented artist who died way too young. You know you've got to be damn good for Eric Clapton to allow you to have a guitar solo on one of his songs (see: "Layla"). The Allman Brothers Band played southern/country rock — you can start to see a direction for Kevin's draft strategy taking shape with the picks of Allman and Dylan.
HIGHLIGHTS: "Layla" (Derek & The Dominos), "Blue Sky" (The Allman Brothers Band), "Don't Keep Me Wonderin'" (The Allman Brothers Band)
ASSOCIATED ACTS: The Allman Brothers Band, Session Musician (Derek & The Dominos, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett)
POSITIONS: Guitar, Vocals
POSITIONS: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards, Songwriter
ASSOCIATED ACTS: Prince (Solo), The Revolution, New Power Generation, The Time, 3rdeyegirl
HIGHLIGHTS: "Purple Rain," "Let's Go Crazy," "Kiss"
COMMENTARY: Probably the most versatile pick thus far, it's hard to put Prince in a genre, which might just be what you need in the Rock Draft to diversify your group. He's a plug-and-play type artist that you can play anywhere, and in a band, he will ensure nothing but perfection.
COMMENTARY: One of the last truly band-making bassists left in the draft, Jones' selection at 13th overall should surprise no one. He's already been a part of a supergroup, so this isn't new territory for him, and with prior picks of Jimi Hendrix and Keith Moon, Trevor is definitely raising eyebrows with these big-name picks.
HIGHLIGHTS: "Dazed and Confused," "The Song Remains the Same," "Ramble On"
ASSOCIATED ACTS: Led Zeppelin, Them Crooked Vultures
POSITIONS: Bass, Keyboards, Mandolin
JOHN PAUL JONES
POSITIONS: Vocals, Songwriter, Harmonica
ASSOCIATED ACTS: The Doors
HIGHLIGHTS: "Riders on the Storm," "Five to One," "The End"
COMMENTARY: Jim Morrison was the perfect marriage of crooning and rock 'n' roll; the definitive sex symbol of rock in the '60s. He was so iconic and important during that time that everyone had an opinion of Morrison in the late '60s, whether it was positive or negative. It looks like Bryce might be creating some sort of psychadelic rock group — Morrison would pair well with Waters or Bonham, or maybe both.
COMMENTARY: The lead drummer of legendary prog-rock band Rush, Neil Peart's fame might supersede that of his own band due to the reputation of his technical skills in drumming. With Vince picking Jack White earlier in the draft, perhaps he's looking at joining White and Peart together in the same band — two highly proficient musicians with musical IQs that are unrivaled.
HIGHLIGHTS: "By-Tor and the Snow Dogs," "2112," "Tom Sawyer"
ASSOCIATED ACTS: Rush
POSITIONS: Vocals, Guitar, Songwriter
ASSOCIATED ACTS: Nirvana
HIGHLIGHTS: "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "All Apologies," "About a Girl"
COMMENTARY: He's rock and roll Jesus. He came to us for a short period of time to save us from shitty hair metal, and before we could truly appreciate him, he was gone. He changed culture, his lyrics are timeless, and every frontman of any grunge band — you know, the style he invented — wanted to be him. Solid pick for your frontman.
POSITIONS: Guitar, Vocals, Drums, Piano, Songwriter
ASSOCIATED ACTS: The White Stripes, The Dead Weather, The Raconteurs, Jack White (Solo)
HIGHLIGHTS: "Seven Nation Army" (The White Stripes), "Fell In Love With a Girl" (The White Stripes), "Steady, As She Goes" (The Raconteurs)
COMMENTARY: The most recent addition to the elite group of guitar gods, Jack White modernized rock music to the sound of the 21st century, and don't sleep on his drumming chops. His music has always been a little eccentric, but then again so is he — and we wouldn't have it any other way.
ASSOCIATED ACTS: Led Zeppelin
HIGHLIGHTS: "Moby Dick," "Good Times Bad Times," "When the Levee Breaks"
COMMENTARY: Dude is a straight beast on the drums. There's a reason why Animal from The Muppets was modeled after him. He was the backbone of Led Zeppelin and they were never the same after he died.
POSITIONS: Guitar, Vocals, Songwriter
ASSOCIATED ACTS: Jimi Hendrix (Solo), The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Band of Gypsys
HIGHLIGHTS: "Purple Haze," "Machine Gun," "Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)"
COMMENTARY: A no-brainer at number three overall (we're actually surprised he wasn't taken at number one) Jimi Hendrix is not only the greatest guitarist of all time, but possibly the greatest music artist to ever live. In the era of the counterculture, Hendrix was both the face and sound.
POSITIONS: Drums, Guitar, Vocals, Songwriter, Bass
ASSOCIATED ACTS: Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Them Crooked Vultures, Queens of the Stone Age, Scream, Tenacious D
HIGHLIGHTS: "Everlong" (Foo Fighters), "Territorial Pissings" (Nirvana), "No One Knows" (Queens of the Stone Age)
COMMENTARY: A logical pick at number two, Grohl is easily the biggest and most consistent name in rock 'n' roll over the past 30 years. His drumming took Nirvana to the next level, and after Cobain's passing, he stepped in front of the mic and made Foo Fighters the biggest rock band of the last two decades. Hard to argue with this pick.
POSITIONS: Songwriter, Vocals, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano
ASSOCIATED ACTS: Bob Dylan (Solo), The Band, Joan Baez, Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash
HIGHLIGHTS: "Like a Rolling Stone," "Blowin' in the Wind," "Tangled Up in Blue"
COMMENTARY: Widely held as the greatest songwriter of all time (and severely underrated for his guitar, harmonica, and piano skills), Bob Dylan is a truly logical first pick. I'm now excited to see what Kevin does in the rest of this draft by taking Dylan; he has a solid track record of working with other bands, such as The Band and the Grateful Dead, making him a great addition to any possible ensemble.