When you consider the metal band elite, it isn’t difficult to see that they are made up of some of the most talented, passionate, and innovative musicians in the world. While this should seem like a recipe for success, not all bands last very long. Internal problems, drug and alcohol abuse, and many other factors mean that these bands break up after a while.
Then, you have the bands that are still going strong – those aging rockers with their instruments who still get on stage and give it all that they’ve got. This article is an ode to those bands: the ones that never stopped rocking. So, let’s take a look at who’s still left standing.
Although Judas Priest actually formed towards the end of the 60s, they had to compete for attention with Black Sabbath. Within just a few years, though, everyone knew their name. In fact, in their own way, they helped define the very genre of metal to many of their fans. Now, that isn’t to say that the band didn’t have their own setbacks. They were thrown into slight disarray over the departure of Rob Halford, with Tim Owens taking over the reins. Also, more recently, the band had to deal with K.K. Downing taking a final bow as well. Despite these tumultuous times, the band kept performing and touring. In fact, at the moment, they have tour dates lined up for 2019 as well.
There are some that might argue that Deep Purple isn’t a real metal band. This argument does have some merit considering that the ensemble has changed up their style and sound over the years. However, the band did influence the genre quite a bit. For that reason alone, Deep Purple deserves a spot on the list. Of course, considering that they started in the tail end of the 60s, this band had its fair share of bumps in the roads. For instance, they lost their guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and had to replace Ian Gillan with David Coverdale. They even took a hiatus in the 70s. However, they can still be found touring to this day, with Gillan going so far to say that the band still has a few more years left in them.
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Founded in the mid-70s, it isn’t surprising to learn that this band has been around for over 40 years. After all, what would the heavy metal genre even be without them? The band hit a turbulent spot with the departure of the frontman Bruce Dickinson but bounced back soon enough. Not only has the band kept creating music and albums, but they have also continued to tour. The latest tour of “Legacy of the Beast” continues in 2018.
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Last but certainly not least, there is Metallica. This band is probably a large part of why every generation spawns a whole new metal audience. The innovation and versatility of Metallica mean that they have infiltrated almost every genre of rock and perhaps music, in general. This is definitely not a band that is afraid to switch it up. Of course, this is why they have continued to remain relevant all those years after they first began playing. In fact, you will still find Metallica headlining popular venues and shows all around the world.
These bands go to show that true metal never dies – it lives on in every way possible. Each year, there are more people being drawn in by this truly spectacular category of rock music.