Monday, June 24, 2013
Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Elton John, Paul McCartney and Phil Collins top choice for ‘super group’
Credit: Metro UK
When it comes to the world’s greatest band, it seems only aged male rockers need apply.
Sir Elton John, Phil Collins and Sir Paul McCartney were chosen ahead of a host of musical greats when Britons were asked to cast their votes.
Late Queen showman Freddie Mercury was chosen to front the band with 40 per cent of the vote – forcing Mick Jagger, Bono and One Direction’s Harry Styles into the wings. Were it left to the men, Jimi Hendrix would have been on lead guitar but 37 per cent of women voted for Brian May.
There was no room for any female musicians – with Madonna, Kate Bush, Stevie Nicks and Karen Carpenter all missing out.
The collective age of the ‘supergroup’ would be over 300, assuming Mercury, who died aged 45, was still alive. ‘There is no doubt this is an amazing super band that would have been amazing to see live,’ said a spokesman for Barclaycard bespoke offers which commissioned the poll.
‘I think we were all surprised to see Harry Styles finish bottom for vocals. However, he was up against some tough competition.’
More than half the 2,000 people surveyed were aged under 45.