In this Dream Tour segment, the hard rock artist, Kitt Wakeley, reveals who he would want on his ultimate tour lineup. You can check out their picks, after the break.
Having the ability to select a line-up of artists to tour with is as overwhelming as a kid in a candy store. How do you choose? And when you do choose, you’re always wishing for more. There are so many considerations for qualifiers. Talent? Showmanship? Legends of Songwriting? Personal Heroes? Or just really nice guys?
When it comes to a showman and really nice guy to interact with would be Tommy Lee of Motley Crue. The power of his drums and the charisma he exudes from behind the kit would bring major energy to the stage.
I couldn’t travel without at least two guitarists. One of my favorites is Nita Strauss. She’s a brilliant guitarist and superstar performer on stage. It would accent Tommy’s energy and create pure audio and visual ecstasy for the audience. However, the second guitarist is where I’d go nuts trying to narrow down the final choice. (not that I could actually pick Nita over them either) The tone, clarity, and genius of Steve Vai? Joe Satriani? John Petrucci? Nuno Bettencourt? Andy Timmons? I’d go out of my mind trying to pick.
Bass players are just as hard to select. I may have to go back to the Motley Crue well for energy, charisma, and nice guy, Nikki Sixx. Another major option would be Billy Sheehan. As much as I like either of them, if I’m going for true legendary status and songwriting genius, as well as nice guy, Paul McCartney would be my top pic. I’ve seen him jam with some rockers a few times and he held his own.
I’d have to go with a two keyboard lineup. Both are legends, songwriting geniuses, and masters at their instruments. Stevie Wonder and Elton John. Again, I’ve seen them both jam and blend in with some of the heaviest rockers there are and to see the rockers feed off their energy was intoxicating.
Here comes the curveball. There are some incredible female vocalists out there. There’s a long list of them who have major energy, but the one that I’ve seen in numerous environments is P!nk. Yeah, that’s right. The first time I heard her was when we were at the Grammy’s several years ago. Her voice dominated all the current pop stars. I realize there are rivals, who she would say are better, but bad girl, charisma, and showmanship would complement the stage.
The end result is pure ear candy.