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Our Favorite Classic Rock "Middle Children" In Honor Of Middle Child Day

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...

MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Michael Anthony performs during Sammy's Beach Bar Rum And Cabo Wabo Tequila Present Emeril Lagasse And Sammy Hagar's Rockin' Beach Party Sponsored By Del Monte Fresh Produce during the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival at Beachside at Delano on February 22, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images for Food Network SoBe Wine & Food Festival)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 22: Michael Anthony performs during Sammy's Beach Bar Rum And Cabo Wabo Tequila Present Emeril Lagasse And Sammy Hagar's Rockin' Beach Party Sponsored By Del Monte Fresh Produce during the Food Network South Beach Wine & Food Festival at Beachside at Delano on February 22, 2014 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Larry Marano/Getty Images for Food Network SoBe Wine & Food Festival)

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.

 

CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 18: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters.) Ringo Starr attends the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio.  (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - APRIL 18: (EDITORS NOTE: This image was processed using digital filters.) Ringo Starr attends the 30th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 18, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)


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.

 

CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 10:  Musicians Art Garfunkel (L) and Paul Simon of Simon & Garfunkel perform onstage during the 38th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Mike Nichols held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 10, 2010 in Culver City, California. The AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Mike Nichols will premiere on TV Land on Saturday, June 25 at 9PM ET/PST.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)
CULVER CITY, CA - JUNE 10: Musicians Art Garfunkel (L) and Paul Simon of Simon & Garfunkel perform onstage during the 38th AFI Life Achievement Award honoring Mike Nichols held at Sony Pictures Studios on June 10, 2010 in Culver City, California. The AFI Life Achievement Award tribute to Mike Nichols will premiere on TV Land on Saturday, June 25 at 9PM ET/PST. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI)


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.

 

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 08:  Musician Dave Davies of the Kinks attends the "Entertainment" premiere during the Sundance NEXT FEST at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on August 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Sundance)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 08: Musician Dave Davies of the Kinks attends the "Entertainment" premiere during the Sundance NEXT FEST at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on August 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Sundance)


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.”

 

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22:  Guitarists Brad Whitford (L) and Joe Perry of Aerosmith perform onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)
LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 22: Guitarists Brad Whitford (L) and Joe Perry of Aerosmith perform onstage during the 2012 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 22, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)


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.