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15th Apr '17 5:50:20 PM CorahsUncle
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Commonly found in rock and roll lineups, a RockTrio is a band of three members: the lineup is typically one playing guitar, one playing bass and one playing drums. The RockTrio is essentially rock and roll with a bare minimum of musicians, with one member, usually bass and (almost) never drums, doubling on vocals and the guitarist doubling the rhythm and lead parts. The RockTrio is thus commonly found in bands that stick to ThreeChordsAndTheTruth, though the format had its roots in bands that were more experimental with their music.

The RockTrio took off in the 1960s thanks to developments in amplifier technology that allowed for the volume of guitars and bass to increase. From there, the format was popularized in the blues-rock and hard rock genres before spreading to prog rock in the 1970s and falling in popularity in the early 1980s. In this first wave, the format was commonly used by bands that engaged in [[EpicRocking long, intrinsic improvised solos and bombastic jam sessions.]] This version of the RockTrio contributed heavily to the development of heavy metal, especially power metal. Some bands at this time took a "3+1" approach , having a core RockTrio with a fourth on vocals. Prog rock also introduced a variation that swapped the guitar for a keyboard, while keeping the same general idea.

After the original wave fell out of favor, the format was later adopted by punk rock and grunge bands in the late 80s and throughout the 90s, finding the stripped-down ensemble to fit perfectly with their [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth stripped down approach to music.]] Several notable punk bands from this time still exist today. The RockTrio also continued to remain popular in progressive rock, though prog as a whole was in a down period at this time. Today, the RockTrio continues to be used in all varieties, as well as in bands that [[ThreePlusTwo use it as their core while adding supporting instruments and a dedicated vocalist.]]

It should be noted that a RockTrio is more commonly referred to in the music industry as a '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_trio power trio]]''' but that name's [[PowerTrio already taken]]. Not coincidentally, the RockTrio is itself a subtrope of our PowerTrio. Musically, it could be compared to a FreudianTrio in that the drums focus on the beat (Superego), the guitar focuses on the melody (Id) and the bass reconciles the two (Ego), though this says nothing about the personalities of the musicians themselves. Despite the name, the RockTrio is not strictly limited to rock bands: several pop and metal bands have taken the general idea of the format and made it work.

Note that many RockTrios often add "touring" musicians for live shows, especially on second and subsequent tours. Typical choices are a second guitarist to handle the parts created by overdubs by the principal guitarist in the studio or a keyboard player to handle song elements that can't be recreated live by the basic setup. A multi-instrumentalist who can switch from guitar to keyboard to a wind instrument is also a common choice. These touring members often contribute additional percussion and backing vocals to tracks where additional instrumentation isn't required. Sometimes touring members become official members at a later stage leading to the band evolving beyond the RockTrio concept.

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\nCommonly found in rock and roll rock-and-roll lineups, a RockTrio rock trio is a band of three members: the lineup is typically one playing guitar, one playing bass and one playing drums. The RockTrio rock trio is essentially rock and roll with a bare minimum of musicians, with one member, usually bass and (almost) never drums, doubling on vocals and the guitarist doubling the rhythm and lead parts. The RockTrio rock trio is thus commonly found in bands that stick to ThreeChordsAndTheTruth, though the format had its roots in bands that were more experimental with their music.

The RockTrio rock trio took off in the 1960s thanks to developments in amplifier technology that allowed for the volume of guitars and bass to increase. From there, the format was popularized in the blues-rock and hard rock genres before spreading to prog rock in the 1970s and falling in popularity in the early 1980s. In this first wave, the format was commonly used by bands that engaged in [[EpicRocking long, intrinsic improvised solos and bombastic jam sessions.]] This version of the RockTrio rock trio contributed heavily to the development of heavy metal, especially power metal. Some bands at this time took a "3+1" approach , approach, having a core RockTrio rock trio with a fourth on vocals. Prog rock also introduced a variation that swapped the guitar for a keyboard, while keeping the same general idea.

After the original wave fell out of favor, the format was later adopted by punk rock and grunge bands in the late 80s and throughout the 90s, 1990s, finding the stripped-down ensemble to fit perfectly with their [[ThreeChordsAndTheTruth stripped down approach to music.]] Several notable punk bands from this time still exist today. The RockTrio rock trio also continued to remain popular in progressive rock, though prog as a whole was in a down period at this time. Today, the RockTrio rock trio continues to be used in all varieties, as well as in bands that [[ThreePlusTwo use it as their core while adding supporting instruments and a dedicated vocalist.]]

It should be noted that a RockTrio rock trio is more commonly referred to known in the music industry as a '''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Power_trio power trio]]''' but that name's name is [[PowerTrio already taken]]. Not coincidentally, the RockTrio rock trio is itself a subtrope of our PowerTrio. Musically, it could be compared to a FreudianTrio in that the drums focus on the beat (Superego), the guitar focuses on the melody (Id) and the bass reconciles the two (Ego), though this says nothing about the personalities of the musicians themselves. Despite the name, the RockTrio rock trio is not strictly limited to rock bands: several Several pop and metal bands have taken the general idea of the format and made it work.

Note that many RockTrios rock trios often add "touring" musicians for live shows, especially on second and subsequent tours. Typical choices are a second guitarist to handle the parts created by overdubs by the principal guitarist in the studio or a keyboard player to handle song elements that can't be recreated live by the basic setup. A multi-instrumentalist who can switch from guitar to keyboard to a wind instrument is also a common choice. These touring members often contribute additional percussion and backing vocals to tracks where additional instrumentation isn't required. Sometimes touring members become official members at a later stage leading to the band evolving beyond the RockTrio concept.
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* ''JosieAndThePussycats'':

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* ''JosieAndThePussycats'':''ComicBook/JosieAndThePussycats'':



* The Band With Rocks In in ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' have a slight variant: Buddy (magic guitar that can also do bass, vocals), Cliff (drums), Glod (trumpet). They briefly had the Librarian on keyboards, but [[ThePeteBest he left before they were famous]].

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* The Band With Rocks In In, in ''Discworld/SoulMusic'' ''Discworld/SoulMusic'', have a slight variant: Buddy (magic guitar that can also do bass, vocals), Cliff (drums), Glod (trumpet). They briefly had the Librarian on keyboards, but [[ThePeteBest he left before they were famous]].



* Better Than Ezra following the suicide of guitarist Joel Rundell. Jim Payne has yet to be named an official member.
** WordOfGod is that it's been offered to him, but he's politely declined.

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* Better Than Ezra following became this after the suicide of guitarist Joel Rundell. Jim Payne has yet to be named an official member.
** WordOfGod is that it's been offered to him, Payne, but he's politely declined.



* The 80s rock group Music/LosPrisioneros from Chile.
* Before all the others, there was {{Elvis Presley}}, guitarist Scotty Moore, and bassist Bill Black. Drummer D.J. Fontana joined later to make the trio a quartet.

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* The 80s 1980s Chilean rock group Music/LosPrisioneros from Chile.
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* Before all the others, there was {{Elvis Presley}}, Music/ElvisPresley, guitarist Scotty Moore, and bassist Bill Black. Drummer D.J. Fontana joined later to make the trio a quartet.



* ''Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' are sometimes this, depending on the adaptation. When they do, it's Alvin on guitar, Simon on keyboard/piano and Theodore on drums. Canonically, all three are multi-talented with instruments and the most recently films have had Simon on bass, fulfilling the traditional definition.
* ''WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussycats'' replaces the bass with a tambourine. Like with ''Alvin'', the film swapped the tambourine with a bass guitar, or rather returned to original comics, where Valerie also played bass.

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* ''Franchise/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' are sometimes this, depending on the adaptation. When they do, it's Alvin on guitar, Simon on keyboard/piano and Theodore on drums. Canonically, all three are multi-talented with instruments and the most recently recent films have had Simon on bass, fulfilling the traditional definition.
* ''WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussycats'' replaces the bass with a tambourine. Like As with ''Alvin'', the film swapped the tambourine with a bass guitar, or rather returned to original comics, where Valerie also played bass.



* ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'': The main trio, as Rudy & The [=ChalkZone=] Band/Gang (the last part changed after Hynden Walch, Penny's speaking voice, took over singing duties for the character from Robbyn Kirmsse, due to the first nine ending songs being written out of Walch's vocal range for Penny) were one in the show's ending music video segments, with Snap on guitar, Rudy on keyboard (instead of bass), and Penny on drums.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone'': The main trio, as Rudy & The [=ChalkZone=] Band/Gang (the last part changed after Hynden Walch, Creator/HyndenWalch, Penny's speaking voice, took over singing duties for the character from Robbyn Kirmsse, due to the first nine ending songs being written out of Walch's vocal range for Penny) were one in the show's ending music video segments, with Snap on guitar, Rudy on keyboard (instead of bass), and Penny on drums.



15th Apr '17 5:42:31 PM nombretomado
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* ''JosieAndThePussycats'' replaces the bass with a tambourine. Like with ''Alvin'', the film swapped the tambourine with a bass guitar, or rather returned to original comics, where Valerie also played bass.

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* ''JosieAndThePussycats'' ''WesternAnimation/JosieAndThePussycats'' replaces the bass with a tambourine. Like with ''Alvin'', the film swapped the tambourine with a bass guitar, or rather returned to original comics, where Valerie also played bass.



* The Sonic triplets in ''SonicUnderground'', with the bass replaced by Sonia's keyboard.

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* The Sonic triplets in ''SonicUnderground'', ''WesternAnimation/SonicUnderground'', with the bass replaced by Sonia's keyboard.



* In an episode of ''TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'', the title character forms one called Short Angry Freuds consisting of herself on guitar, her older brother Dennis on bass, and younger brother Ray Ray on drums.

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* In an episode of ''TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'', ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'', the title character forms one called Short Angry Freuds consisting of herself on guitar, her older brother Dennis on bass, and younger brother Ray Ray on drums.
14th Apr '17 11:57:15 PM RHCPFan
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Commonly found in rock and roll lineups, a RockTrio is a band of three members: the lineup is typically one playing guitar, one playing bass and one playing drums. The RockTrio is essentially rock and roll with a bare minimum of musicians, with one member, usually bass and never drums, doubling on vocals and the guitarist doubling the rhythm and lead parts. The RockTrio is thus commonly found in bands that stick to ThreeChordsAndTheTruth, though the format had its roots in bands that were more experimental with their music.

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Commonly found in rock and roll lineups, a RockTrio is a band of three members: the lineup is typically one playing guitar, one playing bass and one playing drums. The RockTrio is essentially rock and roll with a bare minimum of musicians, with one member, usually bass and (almost) never drums, doubling on vocals and the guitarist doubling the rhythm and lead parts. The RockTrio is thus commonly found in bands that stick to ThreeChordsAndTheTruth, though the format had its roots in bands that were more experimental with their music.
31st Mar '17 1:52:39 PM microkittycat
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* Stray Cats. The minimalism extended to the drummer who usually only had a bass drum, snare drum, and one crash cymbal.

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* Stray Cats. Music/StrayCats. The minimalism extended extends to the drummer who usually only had Slim Jim Phantom, whose usual kit comprises a bass drum, snare drum, and one crash cymbal. cymbal - which he plays standing up.
22nd Mar '17 2:22:21 PM GCTB
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* JosieAndThePussycats

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* JosieAndThePussycats''JosieAndThePussycats'':
** Josie on lead guitar, Melody on drums, and Valerie on bass (usually).
18th Oct '16 12:42:54 PM AlternativeCola
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* Following after guitarist Daichi's departure in March 2013, VisualKei band Disacore is this in a TwoGirlsAndAGuy variant: [[{{Bifauxnen}} Akira]] (vocals), Marcy (drummer) and [[TheOneGuy Shin]] (bassist). There are two guitarists playing in the band, but they're support members than official members.

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* Following after guitarist Daichi's departure in March 2013, VisualKei band Disacore Disacode is this in a TwoGirlsAndAGuy variant: [[{{Bifauxnen}} Akira]] (vocals), (vocals) and Marcy (drummer) and [[TheOneGuy Shin]] (bassist). There are two guitarists playing in the band, but they're support members than official members.
18th Oct '16 12:41:08 PM AlternativeCola
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* Following after guitarist Daichi's departure in March 2013, VisualKei band Disacore is this in a TwoGirlsAndAGuy variant: [[{{Bifauxnen}} Akira]] (vocals), Marcy (drummer) and [[TheOnlyGuy Shin]] (bassist). There are two guitarists playing in the band, but they're support members than official members.

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* Following after guitarist Daichi's departure in March 2013, VisualKei band Disacore is this in a TwoGirlsAndAGuy variant: [[{{Bifauxnen}} Akira]] (vocals), Marcy (drummer) and [[TheOnlyGuy [[TheOneGuy Shin]] (bassist). There are two guitarists playing in the band, but they're support members than official members.
18th Oct '16 12:40:05 PM AlternativeCola
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* Following after guitarist Daichi's departure in March 2013, VisualKei band Disacore is this in a TwoGirlsAndAGuy variant: [[{{Bifauxnen}} Akira]] (vocals), Marcy (drummer) and [[TheOnlyGuy Shin]] (bassist). There are two guitarists playing in the band, but they're support members than official members.
15th Oct '16 7:11:32 PM Twentington
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* Los Lonely Boys
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[[caption-width-right:300:[[WaxingLyrical Wake them up when September ends]].[[note]]Ironically, this is an outdated photo; as of 2012, they're now a quartet.[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:300:[[WaxingLyrical Wake them up when September ends]].[[note]]Ironically, this is an outdated photo; as of 2012, they're now They've got a quartet.[[/note]]]]
rock n' roll band, they've got a rock n'roll life]].]]



* According to [[ThePeteBest Pete Best]], [[Music/JohnLennon John]], [[Music/PaulMcCartney Paul]] and [[Music/GeorgeHarrison George]] ''wanted'' Music/TheBeatles to be this, but were told they couldn't tour without a drummer, hence his inclusion and subsequent replacement with Music/RingoStarr.
* Beck, Bogert and Appice; power trio featuring Jeff Beck and former Vanilla Fudge members Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice.

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* According to [[ThePeteBest Pete Best]], [[Music/JohnLennon John]], [[Music/PaulMcCartney Paul]] and [[Music/GeorgeHarrison George]] ''wanted'' Music/TheBeatles to be this, but were told they couldn't tour without a drummer, hence his inclusion and subsequent replacement with Music/RingoStarr.
Music/RingoStarr. Still, the first two songs in Music/TheWhiteAlbum were recorded in that formation as Ringo had temporarily left in struggles (Paul drummed for both tracks, and parts of "Back in the USSR" have percussion by the other two).
* Beck, Bogert and Appice; power trio featuring Jeff Beck Music/JeffBeck and former Vanilla Fudge members Tim Bogert and Carmine Appice.



* Music/{{Blink 182}}: Tom [=DeLonge=] (guitar), Mark Hoppus (bass) and Travis Barker (drums).
** As of 2015, the bands consists of Matt Skiba, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker.

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* Music/{{Blink 182}}: Tom [=DeLonge=] (guitar), Mark Hoppus (bass) and Travis Barker (drums).
** As of
(drums). In 2015, the bands consists of Matt Skiba, Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker.Skiba replaced Tom.



* The Music/FooFighters recorded their third album, ''There Is Nothing Left to Lose'' as this (as they had just fired William Goldsmith; Chris Shiflett came in for the album's tour).

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* The Music/FooFighters recorded their third album, ''There Is Nothing Left to Lose'' as this (as they had just fired William Goldsmith; Franz Stahl; Chris Shiflett came in for the album's tour).



* Music/GreenDay (pictured), though in 2012 they decided to add touring guitarist Jason White as a fourth member after 13 years with him onstage.

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* Music/GreenDay (pictured), though the ''Uno, Dos, Tré'' trilogy in 2012 they decided to add had them promoting touring guitarist Jason White as a fourth member after 13 years with him onstage.(follow-up ''Revolution Radio'' had them as a trio and Jason as backup again).



* Music/{{Nirvana}}: Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic.

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* Music/{{Nirvana}}: Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl and Music/KurtCobain, Krist Novoselic.Novoselic, and various drummers before settling on Dave Grohl. Before recording albums and during their last tour, they had was a second guitarist.



** A third example from the country was Engenheiros do Hawaii, which following the departure of ThePeteBest were a trio for their first eleven years (their last album in that formation was even ''[[LeadBassist Gessinger]], Licks & Maltz''). Then the guitarist left, and a keyboardist became a full member to grow the band to 4.



* Music/ZZTop, a.k.a. "those two bearded guys and the drummer".

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* Music/ZZTop, a.k.a. "those two bearded guys and the drummer".drummer (named Beard)".
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