For fans of hard rock and heavy metal, the live concert is the ultimate experience and any band worth their Marshalls knows how to whip the crowd into a frenzy with a few well-placed “YEAHS” and “ALRIGHTS!” And then there’s Paul Stanley. Taking a cue from Humble Pie’s Steve Marriot, the Kiss singer is renowned for his over the top stage banter, first heard on the classic Alive! live record. Fans have even taken to editing together all his stage raps from various live recordings leading to a 45 minute mega-mix available here for your listening pleasure. Thankfully Paul’s not the only one to go a little too far trying to rile up the crowd so check out more of our favorite ridiculous stage raps and hilarious stage-banter from some of hard rock and heavy metal’s biggest and best.
Paul Stanley of Kiss
“WELL AL-RIGHT!” The hottest band in the land’s love god set new standards for unhinged crowd pumping. His routine’s were so routine fans knew his every word between songs and keep coming back for more.
Tom Araya of Slayer
The singer for the world’s most evil band spreads the truth of scene unity when he tells the crowd “There is only one kind of music in this world FAST HARD!” because “We are all here together to FIGHT UNTIL DEATH!” Man, I just wanted to see the band play.
Cronos of Venom
Taped by a member of Black Flag’s road crew when they shared the stage with the Fathers of Black Metal, this tape of all the Venom singer’s between song banter was passed around punk rock circles for years and was eventually released as a 7” record.
Few rockers are as enamored of the sound of their own voice as the Motor City Madman. He’s almost as fond of ladies as he makes eloquently clear in the intro to the sensitive titled “Wang Dang Sweet Poontang” from his epic Double Live Gonzo live album.
David Lee Roth with Van Halen
Diamond Dave is known as one of rock’s great frontmen, an expert at getting crowds going with his antics. Which is why it comes as some surprise when he jumped the shark in this between song bit from their reunion showcase telling a seemingly nonsensical story about his days as an NYC paramedic.
Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age
One of rock’s quickest wits, the QOTSA frontman makes quick mincemeat of an over-exuberant audience member in this NSFW live clip.
Steve Marriott of Humble Pie
One of rock’s greatest voices, the former Small Face set the standard for ‘70s between song banter when he started singing the intros to the band’s cock rock classics.
Phil Anselmo with Pantera
The Texas badass bonds with the crowd at a Pantera show by sharing a somewhat lurid story of his Father.