Today is Middle Child Day. The most overlooked of holidays, it typically feels under-appreciated and taken for granted. So we want to give it some love by taking a look at who would be considered a “middle child” in rock n’ roll (and no, they’re not all bass players). If only this day were as great as oldest child day...
Michael Anthony - The Van Halen bassist found out in 2006 he was replaced by Eddie Van Halen's son, a then 15-year-old Wolfgang, on the Internet, which might be one of the most egregious middle child-esque shaftings in rock history.
Ringo Starr - Ringo is the anti middle child. He peacefully accepted his role as lesser Beatle. People forget that when The Beatles first started, Ringo was the most accomplished musician of the four. But still, he’s by far the most overlooked Beatle, and that’s a travesty.
Art Garfunkel - You’d think it would be impossible to have a middle child in a duo, but you’d be wrong. Art really got treated like crap by fellow bandmate Paul. Even after they had supposedly made amends and were recording a reunion album, Simon went and erased all of Garfunkel’s vocals and released it as a solo album. Seems like Simon just wanted to burn that bridge over troubled water.
Dave Davies - Sibling rivalry never ends, even if you’re touring the world making millions of dollars. Even if you’re both in your 60s. No, Dave will never be getting back together with older brother Ray, so don’t hold your breath. The final straw came at Dave’s 50th birthday party in 1996. In an interview with the Daily Mail, Dave said, “The last time we were all together was at my 50th birthday party. Ray had the money and I didn’t, so he offered to throw it for me. Just as I was about to cut the cake, Ray jumped on the table and made a speech about how wonderful he was. He then stamped on the cake.”
Brad Whitford - “Hey, you know, I play guitar too.”
Brad Whitford probably had to pull out this line to many a groupie chasing after bandmates Steven Tyler and Joe Perry back in the day. Regardless if it worked or not, Whitford is one of the greatest rhythm guitarists of all-time and leads the charge of underrated rockers. He had to put up with the Toxic Twins and all their drama, which seems worthy of a medal in its own right. And he’s responsible for writing some of their best songs, including “Last Child,” “Permanent Vacation,” and “Nobody’s Fault.” See, middle children can be cool too!
Blake Froling is a classic rocker who can be seen on the road belting out AC/DC songs in his car.