John Bush of Anthrax/Armored Saint's Top 20 Vocal Influences

Metal veteran John Bush of Anthrax and Armored Saint lists his top 20 vocal influences, only on -- and his influences are not all metal gods. See John Bush's favorite lead singers in the worlds of metal, rock, and even soul below. 


  • Bon Scott
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    Some singers have tons of attitude and little vocal ability.

    Others can sing their heart out, but look as stiff as a board while they're performing.

    Bon exhibited both abilities. Fiery personality that oozed out of him, coupled with a bluesy voice and awesome pitch.

    While some pompous singers brag about their fictitious 4-octave range, Bon always delivered the goods with a no-nonsense approach which screamed, "I’ll kick your ass and leave you bleeding on the floor, regardless of how many octaves I have."

    AND the women loved him!
  • (Aerosmith)

    Recently, when Joe Perry suggested that Aerosmith could go on without Steven after he fell off the stage and was trying to get his act together, I laughed hysterically and felt insulted at the same time.

    One of the greatest singers of all time, Steven was able to bridge a Motown style with the hardest of rock, creating a sound that has been emulated numerous times by many weaker front men.

    Replacing him would be impossible, as is usually the case with other irref*table legends.
  • Rickey Medlocke
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    The rumor I always heard about him was that Rick had only one lung, which always tripped me out considering the powerful voice that he had. Blackfoot’s sound was shaped by their Native American roots and Rick sang like he had a lot to prove; a very underrated band with an amazing singer (who also was one hell of a guitar player).

    "Marauder" stands as one of my favorite hard rock albums of all time.
  • Faith No More

    I’m convinced that Mike is an alien. Most definitely not of this world.

    I recently did shows with the reunited Faith No More and marveled at his incredible ability to go from screaming his brains out to crooning like an R&B singer. Using awesome dynamics and impeccable pitch, all the while leading the band like an escaped mental patient conductor.

    In a league completely of his own.