Saw MJ and his brothers at a concert in Massachusetts in the 1979/1980 time period. Great performer.Who are the greatest performers of all time and by this I don't mean simply people who wrote great music or songs, say like The Beatles... but people who encompass everything a performer and entertainer is, effortlessly dominated the stage and puts everything into it... ideally for me they should be able to play multiple instruments, while singing flawlessly while soaked to the skin in sweat from dancing like a loon.
You don't have to be a huge fan of their music (which some of them below I'm not) to see that there's something unique about them....
A few candidates I'd think are obvious and throw out there..
Jagger is another good one... musically I prefer The Beatles body of work to the Stones but Jagger was by far the superior performer to any of The Beatles.Mick Jagger is the greatest rock performer ever. There is a reason the Stones have been the biggest live act in the word for the last half a century.
Motley Crue were great. I wasn't a huge fan but went along to a gig around '89 with a bunch of mates and was blown away. Saw Metallica around the same period, that was fucking nuts. Come to think of it, saw Alice Cooper the week before Motley, he was a great performer as well with all the theatrics and I was a much bigger fan of him than Motley, but Motley left a far greater impression.End thread, please.
Motley Crue are a good shout as well as Metallica, Bob. Saw them both on one bill.
Steve Allen added to the atmosphere by spontaneously throwing Jerry Lee's piano bench back across the stage in front of the camera at 6:20. Allen would lampoon much of rock 'n roll all of his life, but he admired quality as he defined it. Being a piano player himself, this was one rocker he always had great appreciation for.