Your Favorite Power Trio

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  1. stringertom

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    I've seen and heard a few good 3-man rock bands in my time...grew up on Jimi Hendrix Experience and Cream (saw Jimi after they split), saw The Police before they went huge, caught Rush on the "Presto" tour (late 80's), ZZ Top in the mid-70's. All were great but I have to lean towards Rush...the sheer energy these three guys produce live is astounding! Even at 60, Peart is unreal on the drum kit. The Police reunion tour in '08 was very dynamic too.

    Tell us your faves and why, with any concert tales of adventure!
     
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    Emerson, Lake, & Palmer
    Jimi Hendrix Experience
    Cream
    Rush
    Blue Cheer
    The Police
    ZZ Top

    Occasional trios:
    Traffic ( 1968 )
    Genesis ( 1978-79 )
    Crosby, Stills & Nash

    Honorable mentions:
    Blink-182
    Robin Trower
    Beck, Bogert, & Appice
    Nirvana
    Green Day

    Got my first taste of power trios with Cream, JH Experience & Blue Cheer in the late 60s (and early 70s). Saw ELP numerous times in concert in the 70s and few times in the 90s. I would have to say that I considered Cream & ELP as my all-time favorite power trios (altho' I don't recall ever seeing the former in concert).

    Also saw Traffic a few times in concert but never as a trio. Caught Genesis several times (as a trio and in larger configurations). Saw CSN a few times in concert (with and w/o Neil Young & others).
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    ^ Yes, I am aware that CSN doesn't really qualify as a power trio.

    For a brief time in the late 70s we had the jazz fusion power trio of McLaughlin (guitar), Pastorius (bass) and Williams (drums) = Trio of Doom.


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    I was lucky enough to see several acts on a free-to-roam security pass at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island during the 70's. One really cool show featured Hot Tuna as headliners. A bit of the show was acoustic but when Jorma & Jack plugged in, they ROCKED! Their cover of "Killing Floor" was mammoth (~15 minutes)!
     
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    This ones easy for me.

    Scarface, Willie D, and Bushwick Bill. Best trio hands down.
     
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    Electric Eel Shock (Tokyo garage metal trio)


    Honorable Mention: Winkin, Blinkin & Nod


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    As for "power trio" top 3 are Rush, Cream and ZZ.......love Genesis but never really a trio.......even post Gabriel they ALWAYS had 5 plus on stage depending on the tour. Chester and Daryl were fixtures from 77 on.
     
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    ^ You may be right. They did record as a trio in the late 70s. I thought that I had seen them as a trio but it was over 30 years ago and there may have been a purple haze involved.
     
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    Funny story...drove from Brooklyn to Asbury Park with a friend in the mid-70's to see his fave band, Slade, play warm-up for the Top. The crowd wanted ZZ on ASAP and booed Slade off the stage after maybe 4 songs. My friend was crushed and left...he missed a very good set from them! The ride back was unpleasantly quiet...he slept off the buzz from his binge at a bar down the street. As I dropped him at his house, a Top song came on WNEW...he left cursing!
     
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    Grand Funk Railroad! America
     
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    Them Crooked Vultures.
     
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    They were my first concert, again in tiny Tully! Very loud, very power. They skirted obscenity censors with the backwards spelling of T.N.U.C.
     
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    Cool.

    I think 'Fandango' still is one of the better live albums around.

    But Budgie , man , they literally flew under the radar in the US.
    In Europe they were huge.
    Birdy nam nam.
     
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    id say The Jam although I am not that sure what power trion means.
     
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    good call. power 4 sure! set the house ablaze is a song with loads of whack in it:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dv7_p7c19VM
     
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    haven't been mentioned: Triumph, Motorhead, Angel Witch and Stray Cats
     
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    You're asking about my favorite threesome?
     
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    Oh, yeah, I had fully intended to put Stray Cats in my list above. Never saw them in concert, but one of my favorites just the same.
     
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    Yes , a threesome can mean something 4some and something quite different for some,regardless i guess it could be awesome, like music to my ears.
     
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    ye, it had to happen, i agree with Joel
     
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    However, for Australians mainly, anyone who has seen COG play in a small venue might argue they are the greatest of them all.

    (yes I'm making lists!)
     
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    Seeing them in Brooklyn last week performing Body Electric, Analog Kid, Force Ten and Manhattan Project made my life so much more complete. Even after already seeing them 20 times.

    These guys at age 60 are true GOATs.

    Epic beauty of Rush. Greatest band ever.

    It was so inspiring and emotional being a huge fan of Neil, seeing him bounce back after losing his daughter then wife 6 months later (she died of 'a broken heart' after they lost Selena).

    If you have a chance to see the current tour I highly recommend not missing it.
    I may go to Vegas to see tail end of this tour. Hard to believe they're 60 years old. Rocking hard. Epic.
     
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    For me it's Rush and it's not even close. They just have a sound that I can't seem to find replicated by anyone else. Heck, bands with 2 or 3 times as many members can't even come close. I'm actually jamming to them right now while I work on my website.

    I did have a major facepalm moment when it came to Rush recently. I was out with the family for a birthday dinner, and on the way home the local rock station is playing all of these Rush songs. Then I hear that they're playing in Philly that night!!! I felt like a total idiot. I'm an hour outside Philly, and the thought of seeing Rush on my birthday just blew my mind. It didn't help that my birthday sucked and not realizing there was a Rush concert made it worse.
     
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    yes, I am thinking of flying to the states just to catch this tour.

    my wife (amazingly) bought me the Time Machine DVD for my birthday and they are still so sharp!

    fantastic
     
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    Ahhh..Muse .. now thats a modern trio.
    Latest album recognises well the times and facts of living in the 21st century. Know what i mean??..
     
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    A few more power trio's.


    Joseph "Run" Simmons, Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, and Jason "Jam-Master Jay" Mizell

    And of course the Beastie Boys
     
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    Wasnt /Isnt he though?? i wonder why they didnt become more of an iconic recognised band. The quality and sound was amazing imo.
     
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    Peter, Paul, and Mary
     
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    Sheer power. Iggy Pop loved them.
     
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    Just dug out an old album by
    Grand Funk Railroad. 'We're an American Band' . thats an awesome song, what drive, intensity and passion. real music!
     
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    They had already added Craig Frost on keyboards for this album (produced by Todd Rundgren BTW), making the trio (Farner/Brewer/Schacher) a foursome. Closer To Home was their most popular album as a trio and it ROCKS! Pull it up sometime and be impressed.
     
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    Ok thanks will check that one out.. love their sound. Retro organic yet clean and crisp power.
     
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