There are many musical artists that come and go in the industry. Some stay for a couple years, some stay for decades. And some stay for over five decades. Today, we'll go over some of the bands who have stood the test of time and keep on going. Although some of the members of these bands are in their 70s and sometimes there’s been lineup changes, these artists are still touring and playing music they released decades ago, and still having the time of their lives. Here are five bands that fit that criteria.
For sake of transparency, when I use the phrase “to this day,” I’m aware that to the actual day isn’t accurate given that concerts haven’t been safe to have for over a year. By “still playing”, we are referring to the last chance that live performances could happen. This is to avoid the current state of things overshadowing the true purpose of this blog post which is to praise long-time performers and their devotion to playing their music.
Def Leppard | Formed: 1977
This band deserves credit for not only being an older band but also for continuing despite losing their guitarist Steve Clark and their drummer Rock Allen losing his arm at the height of their fame. Since 1982, they have maintained the same lineup and kept it that way for almost 40 years. Over their career, Def Leppard have released 11 original studio albums, two live albums, four compilation albums, one cover album, and three extended plays (Source). Their most recent album was last released in 2015. Since then, it’s been a lot of remastering and live albums. The band has 2021 tour scheduled at the moment.
Aerosmith | Formed: 1970
Aerosmith backstage in the 1970s (PHOTO: GEMS/REDFERNS/GETTY IMAGES)
Unlike many other older bands who dealt with many lineup changes, Aerosmith has maintained its five original members all their career as a band. Okay, technically, two members left for a brief stint in the 80s, but they’re back in the band now. Over the course of their career, the band has released 15 studio albums, six live albums, 16 compilation albums, and two extended plays. Their last album was released in 2012, but they have continued to tour to this day, with their last active tour happening being Aerosmith: Deuces are Wild, a concert residency that ran from April 2019 until 2020 (Source). Aerosmith has been together for 50 years now, and they don’t seem to show any plans of stopping given that they’ve rescheduled their European 50th anniversary shows for 2021.
Aerosmith 2019 (Image credit: Tommaso Boddi – Getty)