This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw the people of UG community discussing the matter of the finest keyboard players ever to perform within guitar-driven acts.
We received a fair chunk of votes and over 300 comments, all of which were summed up into a Top 25 rundown.
Before kicking things off, the honorable mentions are pretty much all dudes mostly known for playing other instruments in their bands, but have also contributed some mean keyboard lines.
Specifically, the honorable mentions are:
- Freddie Mercury
- Eddie Van Halen
- Steven Wilson
- Trent Reznor
- Matt Bellamy
25. Gregg Allman (The Allman Brothers Band)
Kicking things off, it's the one and only Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band!
24. Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead)
Up next is Radiohead's multi-instrumentalist Jonny Greenwood, who shaped the band's guitar and keyboard sound.
23. Tony Banks (Genesis)
The man who defined the keyboard sound of the mighty Genesis, Mr. Tony Banks, is up next at No. 23.
22. Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers)
Dewitt noted: "What's up with all these keyboard players being the shining star in their respective bands?
"I think this is the third time I've said it (and the third time I've meant it), but he is the most musically talented member of the Heartbreakers. There are a lot of songs where you'd forget he's even in the band, but when he gets the chance, he tears it up in the most tasteful ways."
21. Josh Silver (Type O Negative)
At No. 21, give it up for Josh Silver of Type O Negative!
20. Michael Pinnella (Symphony X)
At No. 20, the only member of Symphony X apart from Michael Romeo who appeared on each of the band's records - Mr. Michael Pinnella.
19. Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish)
Keyboardists aren't that often band leaders within the rock realm, and Mr. Tuomas Holopainen of Nighwish stands out as one of the select few.
18. Adam Holzman (Steven Wilson, Miles Davis, etc.)
Up next is the son of Elektra Records founder Jac Holzman, Mr. Adam Holzman, one of the individuals who performed with the highest number of bonafide music legends on the entire list, including Miles Davis, Ray Manzarek, Marcus Miller, Steven Wilson, and more.
17. Derek Sherinian (Planet X, Dream Theater, Alice Cooper)
Fun fact - every Dream Theater keyboardist made the list! Kicking things off, it's Mr. Derek Sherinian at No. 17.
16. Roddy Bottum (Faith No More)
At No. 16, you folks voted for Roddy Bottum of Faith No More.
15. Don Airey (Ozzy Osbourne, Deep Purple, Rainbow)
At No. 15, one of the most notable keyboardists in hard rock history - Mr. Don Airey. The list of acts the man performed with really speaks for itself - Gary Moore, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Whitesnake, Saxon, Wishbone Ash, Steve Vai, Colosseum II, Ten, Sinner, Michael Schenker, Rainbow, Empire, Thin Lizzy, Brian May, and more.
14. Nameless Ghoul ['Air'] (Ghost)
Up next, the nameless one on keyboards...
13. Billy Powell (Lynyrd Skynyrd)
This week's Lucky 13 is late great Billy Powell, the piano man of the mighty Skynyrd...
12. Jens Johansson (Stratovarius)
Delving into the realm of power metal for a change, you folks gave plenty of love to Mr. Jens Johansson of Stratovarius.
11. Per Wiberg (Opeth)
Up next, former Opeth keyboardist Per Wiberg brings us a step closer to the Big 10.
10. Kevin Moore (Dream Theater, Fates Warning)
As noted, each and every individual who played keyboards in Dream Theater can be found on this list. At No. 10, give it up for Kevin Moore!
9. Christian 'Flake' Lorenz (Rammstein)
Up next, it's that weirdo from Rammstein, give it up for the man!
8. Ray Manzarek (The Doors)
Up next, a genuine keyboard legend who needs no introduction, Mr. Ray Manzarek...
7. Janne Wirman (Children of Bodom)
Picking it up a notch in terms of heaviness, No. 7 goes to Janne Wirman from Children of Bodom.
6. Rick Wakeman (Yes)
Another legend - Rick Wakeman of Yes!
5. Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater)
The highest-ranked Dream Theater keyboardist on the list happens to be the band's current keyboard master, Mr. Jordan Rudess.
Travislausch noted: "He gets a lot of flack from fans who can't get the fuck over Kevin Moore or Derek Sherinian (though to be fair, those guys are also pretty amazing), but I really like what he brings to the table in playing, emotion (he actually can play grippingly emotional stuff, contrary to popular opinion), and innovation in technology (it's because of him that half of my synths are now smartphone-based!)."
4. Geddy Lee (Rush)
Not many bass players can boast with being ranked among greatest keyboardists, but Mr. Lee is one of them...
3. Richard Wright (Pink Floyd)
At No. 3, give it up for late great Richard Wright...
2. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin)
In case you missed it, here's 20 awesome things you didn't know John Paul Jones did...
1. Jon Lord (Deep Purple)
And at the throne of UG this week, with legitimate gold, the one and only Jon Lord...