You can visit Multitrackmaster.com to check out isolated tracks from hundreds of rock bands both new and old. We’ve all grown up hearing the classics and while some of those bands are no longer around, leaving us to enjoy the music they gave us by always looking back, some of the old bands continue to keep rock alive.
Whether it’s through recording new music, continuing to tour through each decade, or participating in the music industry of today through some other capacity, many of the old bands are still getting it done, rocking with fans of their sound since the beginning while gaining a new audience who are just now discovering them.
These five bands haven’t stopped entertaining us as they continue to keep rock music very much alive:
1. The Rolling Stones
Mick and the boys were set to head out on a 15 date tour around the United States, called the No Filter Tour. The band has been together since 1962 and most recently celebrated their 50th anniversary with a book, a documentary about the band called Crossfire Hurricane, and a compilation album spanning the past half-decade with also included two new tracks. They also toured the United States, played some shows in the UK, and followed that with dates in Asia, Australia, and the Middle East.
2. The Who
Down to just two members, Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey, the Who had not been playing too many live shows together until their 25th anniversary reunion shows took place in 1989. Seven years passed when, in 1996 they start performing again and have been doing so nearly every year from 1999 to 2011. After the death of bassist John Entwistle in 2002, The Who continued to tour with Townsend and Daltrey and the two have recorded solo efforts along with new music as The Who.
Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are the last remaining members of the band with a litany of guitarists and drummers coming and going to replace original members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley (the latter has played with his former band-mates on occasion). In 2018, Kiss announced their End of the Road world tour, their alleged swan song for touring, which would get started in 2019. That final tour continues to move throughout the world, with the projected finale to be held in New York City in 2021.
The boys from Massachusetts have been rocking since the 70’s and after falling off the charts in the early 80’s, the band saw a resurgence in the late 80’s that lead them to becoming pop culture icons throughout the 90’s and beyond. A collaboration with Run DMC put them back on the map, followed by a string of top 10 hits, a theme song in the movie Armageddon and the band has been touring on and off since.
5. Iron Maiden
The English heavy metal band has gone on to become the most popular and successful heavy metal band of all time, with a reported 100 million albums sold worldwide as of 2017. They have been touring regularly throughout their 40 year career, performing more than 2000 live gigs during that time. In 2019-2020, the band was set to embark on their Legacy of the Beast tour.