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Which Late Rocker Do You Wish Was Still Making Music? – Readers Poll

Kurt Cobain Ronnie James Dio Dimebag Darrell
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There are quite a few rock stars over the years that were still vital in the music world at the time of their passing. There’s little doubt that many of these musicians would have gone on to make great music and only add to their catalogs had they not met with death. This Readers Poll asks you, music fans, which late rocker do you wish was still making music?

We’ll start our list with several legends from the ’70s and ’80s. Though AC/DC have gone on to great success with Brian Johnson, there’s no denying the body of work that frontman Bon Scott provided for the band. Drummer John Bonham‘s presence in Led Zeppelin was so major that the group called it a career after his passing. Ozzy Osbourne axeman Randy Rhoads was one of the emerging greats in an era of guitar heroes when his life was cut short in a plane crash. And Metallica‘s Cliff Burton was regarded as one of the best bassists in rock when he perished in a bus accident.

In the ’90s, we lost Nirvana‘s Kurt Cobain and Sublime‘s Bradley Nowell at the height of their bands’ careers. And the 2000s brought the deaths of Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley, Pantera guitar great Dimebag Darrell and Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. Our list concludes with rockers passing in the last few years like Dio and Black Sabbath frontman Ronnie James Dio, Slipknot bassist Paul Gray, Beastie BoysAdam “MCA” Yauch, Suicide Silence frontman Mitch Lucker and Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman.

There’s a lot of great talent there taken while each musician was still creatively vital. This will be no easy choice, but of all the rockers listed, which do you most wish was still around to make music?

Previous Readers Poll: Favorite Korn Album

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