The frontman of Guns N' Roses has responded to a recent "world's greatest singers" study which found that he had the greatest vocal range out of a number of popular singers. His reaction comes as an expanded study reveals that Faith No More's Mike Patton actually holds the crown.
Axl Rose reacted humbly to the findings of ConcertHotels.com, offering his own list of the greatest vocalists. He penned a response to Spin after reading an article the magazine published about the study.
Axl sent the following statement to Spin:
"Big thanks to all the fans and media for the props reacting to the Spin top vocalists article. From what I could tell, the original article was for the most part only talking about the professionally recorded vocal range of the singers they compared calling the entire group 'The World's Greatest Singers.' It's very flattering and humbling to be included in such an illustrious ensemble.
"If I had to say who I thought the best singers were, I'd say first that I don't know there's a definitive answer as in my opinion it's subjective, and second that my focus is primarily rock singers.
"That said, I enjoy Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Dan McCafferty, Janice Joplin, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Don Henley, Jeff Lynne, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Scott, Etta James, Fiona Apple, Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and a ton of others (predominantly 70′s rock singers) and would rather hear ANY of them anytime rather than me! Peace! Axl."