I saw Martin Smith (former lead singer of Delirious) perform with his band last week. The gig confirmed my theory that he is the best frontman I have ever seen.
Some of the reasons for this are:
- He seems to really enjoy performing live. He has a good time on stage. This makes him really good to watch. I'm sure many other people also enjoy performing, but it doesn't show as clearly.
- He engages with the crowd like no-one else. He doesn't just talk to the crowd, he converses with them. He shakes hands, makes jokes, stands on shoulders, takes song requests. It's like watching your mate play a gig in the local pub.
- He makes great use of his body when performing. Many frontmen will just stand there and sing (think Liam Gallagher). Martin Smith will jump, dance, kneel, crouch etc.
- He is creative with his music. The other day, he sang History Maker, though a different version without the classic bass/synth intro (creative), but then he sang God is Smiling over the top of it (more creativity). Some of the times he does this, I'm sure it is planned. Sometimes, I'm sure it is spontaneous.
I really have seen no-one else like him. He is the best at what he does.