The 1960s and 1970s were the hay day for classic rock, with many bands from that era producing some of the most memorable tunes out there. A brief look — and even an in depth one — at Rolling Stone’s “The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time” will show an overwhelming number of those albums being the product of the rock bands and artists from the ’60s and ’70s.
After the 1970s, the tone of rock was definitely changing. Though the golden age for classic rock has long since ended, some of the era’s greatest rock groups haven’t gotten quiet. Here are 7 of classic rock’s greatest bands that are still touring to this day.
1. The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones formed in 1962 — prime time for hitting the rock ‘n’ roll scene — and they certainly hit the ground running. In no time at all, they had albums topping the charts, and they kept it up for almost ten years — with most of their albums hitting the No. 1 rank in the UK or U.S., sometimes in both places, and with almost none of their albums failing to break the top 5.
As with almost any rock band with a few years behind it, the Rolling Stones have faced numerous changes to the line-up, including the loss of instrumentalist Brian Jones. However, founding members Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have stayed strong in the band for years, and though he wasn’t a founding member, drummer Charley Watts joined the band so early on that he can easily be considered an essential member of the band throughout the years.
While many rock bands don’t stand the test of time, the Rolling Stones have managed to persist. More than 50 years after the formation of the band, they are still touring around the globe, with concerts lined up for the rest of 2014.