Some of the most famous bands from the last century made their name during the era of the 70s. Thanks to the popularity of television, transportation, consumerism and the high regard assigned to sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll, this point in time was a perfect time to be a touring rock musician. As time progresses though new trends emerge, those once beloved sensations wither a little and something new takes the public by storm – such as the Hip Hop movement of the 1980s. Yet if you think that all the 70s rockers called it a day back in that golden decade you may be surprised to know that several acts are still going strong today, selling out stadiums and headlining festival all over the planet. Here are just a few of the big names still keeping on keeping on.
British rockers The Who formed in the 60s and grew their audience to become rock giants in the 70s, taking their staple English sound to the masses. Known for their crunchy guitar distortion and other classic effects that helped them stand out from other more pop sounding acts of the time. As they continued their streak of making rock anthems, they also managed to cement other aspects of rock history into their act. From their Marshall stacked amplifiers and their desire to destroy their guitars and drum sets at the end of a gig all turned into things associated with rock music in general. These legends of thee stage continue now though unfortunately only down to two original members.
These southern rockers from Florida are hugely responsible for bringing a different sound to rock music, blending the homely charm of Americana with the contemporary guitars and drums of modern music. Known for their hits Sweet Home Alabama and Free Bird their sound brings to mind the sensibilities of the open air forever touring rock outfits of the time. Though tragedy struck the band in the form of a plane crash, surviving members are still touring today.
With the signature screeching high vocals of Stephen Tyler and the blistering guitars of Joe Perry, Boston rockers Aerosmith had the talent to go far and indeed they did. Though there was a moment where the drug addled touring caused some conflict in the band they regrouped later on and went from strength to strength. Known for their sexually provocative tracks like ‘Love In An Elevator’ and ‘Dude, Looks Like A Lady’ the band also secured highly romantic hits such as ‘I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing’ famously used on the Armageddon soundtrack. They also performed ‘Walk This Way’ alongside rappers RUN DMC positively bridging the gap between rap and rock. Today they have a residency in Las Vegas for a constant stream of rock.
Another set of famous Englishmen who led the bandwagon during the British Invasion of the 60’s. Led by the famous Mick Jagger who gets songs created about him even recently, the band is one of the most famous acts around with over seventy albums under their name. The Stones are so popular that they face problems when performing because their crowds are too huge. Fifty years on, incredibly their touring continues to new crowds.