Many performers have something they say or do in concert that they’re known for. For example there’s David Lee Roth’s proclamation, “Look at all the people here tonight!”. Nils Lofgren did a “flip”. Roger Daltrey closes shows by wishing the audience "Be Lucky!" (his bandmate has a few signature moves of his own…)
What other groups or artists have their own idiosyncratic bit of stagecraft?
One of the most famous is James Brown’s collapse on stage, replete with his hype man throwing a cape over his shoulders and helping the Godfather of Soul to his feet, shuffling off stage, only the be REVIVED by the Power of Funk to dash back to the mic, do a signature mic stand tip-and-grab, then scream his strangled Yeeeaaahhhhh!!! to a hungry audience.
Never follow James Brown on a bill.
Oh, and Jimi set his guitar on fire.
Mainly known as a stand-up, hoping Niel Hamburger can qualify as a popstar with his crossover into other shit, and his saying “That’s, myyyy, liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiife…”
[best use of props ever, btw, (thread idea?) with his multi-drink-holding.]
Jerry Lee Lewis and his antics. Johnny Cash, always turning his back and holding his guitar high on his chest. When the Beatles were playing in Hamburg before they really hit it big, there was another Beatle, Stuart Sutcliffe, he really couldn’t play the guitar (maybe bass guitar) well, so he turned his back on the audience.
I always thought that clip of John Lennon was acting monkey-like.
Jerry Lee would go nuts, kick the stool out, start playing with different body parts, and light the piano on fire with lighter fluid.
That having been said, in Nik Cohn’s book on rock and roll he describes JL at a show in England where he reached to pull a comb out and comb his long blonde lock back, and the crowd turned on him. It wasn’t rock and roll. It was during the trip where he got scandalized though so who knows. He probably did it in the states and it went over well.