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Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter 

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List Rules Vote based on the artist's on-stage, between songs banter and personality only.

A concert isn't all about the music. Some of the best moments at any live show are what happens in between the songs - the musician's onstage banter, both with the audience and other band members. This is the time where musicians with good personalities can shine the most and part of why many bands are so good live. 

Some musicians could definitely have had careers as stand up comedians. Robyn Hitchcok's surreal stories are a show in among themselves. John Fogerty takes any chance he gets to take shots at Jerry Garcia. Jeff Tweedy's dry one-liners would make Stephen Wright proud. Diehard fans know that there are two different Ryan Adams one might see in concert. There's Good Mood Ryan Adams and Bad Mood Ryan Adams, but both are a true delight.

Musicians who talk between songs may be hated by some. But for the most members of the audience who are drenched with sweat, pressed up against strangers, or are getting thrown unwittingly into a mosh pit, a few moments of comic relief can be quite refreshing.

Which musicians have the best between song jokes, stories, and tales to tell? Who fills the time while tuning his or her guitar the best? Upvote the best live musicians who have good banter onstage and add anyone who entertained you between songs when you saw them in concert.
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Eminem is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Matt1345 added Hip hop
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Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Heavy metal, Hard rock
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Dave Grohl is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Arrows added Doom metal, Rock music, Grunge
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Gordon Downie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
dbourassa added Rock music, Alternative rock
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Les Claypool is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Thrash metal, Progressive metal, Rock music
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Paul Stanley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock
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Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Americana, Blues-rock, Country
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David Lee Roth is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Hard rock
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Eddie Vedder is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Grunge, Folk rock, Alternative rock
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Dave Matthews is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Adult contemporary music, Blues-rock, Pop music
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Tom Petty is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
ofthecosmos added Blues-rock, Heartland rock, Rock music
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The Who is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
ClashWho added Popular music, Pop music, Rock music
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Billie Joe Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Pop punk, New Wave, Rock music
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Tom Waits is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk music
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Townes Van Zandt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
dbourassa added Outlaw country, Folk music, Country
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Joshua Homme is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Blues-rock, Rock music, Garage rock
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Cheap Trick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Pop punk, Glam metal, New Wave
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Robbie Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
sophia ellison added Hip hop music, Swing music, Rock music
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Corey Taylor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal
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Ryan Adams is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Rock music, Heavy metal, Alternative rock
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Morrissey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Jangle pop, Indie pop, Rockabilly
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Ian Anderson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
spanhead added Blues-rock, Rock music, Folk rock
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Jack White is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
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Father John Misty is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
Indie rock, indie folk, folk rock
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Leonard Cohen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Musicians with the Best Onstage Banter
dbourassa added Synthpop, Pop music, Spoken word