Time Is Still On Their Side: Top 1960’s Acts Still Touring
Time Is Still On Their Side
Top 1960’s Acts Still Touring
These top acts from the 60’s are still touring and giving us new music. For these artists and bands there are no such thing as retirement, and their fan base keeps growing, proving that when you do good music, it can last and cross through the decades arriving fresh today as it was back in the 60’s. All of these artists either started or reached their popularity during the 1960’s and there’s no plans for stopping anytime soon.
The Rolling Stones
The Rock N’ Roll history fusions with the history of The Stones, they have been the inspiration for other Rock legendary acts and artists since the 60’s, some already gone such as Jimi Hendrix or Jim Morrison. These living legends seem to get their energy from playing live. Active since 1962 they have been constantly touring since then despite even the fact Mick Jagger went through heart surgery in 2019, and was back on the road less than one month later. In recent years, the Stones remain one of the most active touring bands. In 2015 released their latest album “Blue And Lonesome”
Watch the Rolling Stones playing “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” live in London, 2018 during their “No Filter” tour
The driven force that makes Dylan still an active touring name today it’s not getting Nobel Prizes for sure. The poet and songwriter, active since the early 60’s still delivers new music and live shows today.
Watch Bob Dylan performing “It Ain’t Me Babe” live in Lisbon, Portugal 2018
“Slow Hand” has been active since the mid 60’s, was part of some of the most iconic Rock bands and acts, Yardbirds, Cream, Plastic Ono Lennon Band, Derek and The Dominoes and even the short lived supergroup The Dirty Mac, he has never really been on hiatus and despite some under the influence problems and health problems still delivers a good live show when he has to.
The Beatles legend has been active since the late 50’s. Reached the height of his popularity at a young age when he was part of The Beatles. Since 1970 he has been leading a very successful solo career, and during the 70’s with his band The Wings. McCartney tours constantly and released recently his new album “Egypt Station”. Also, the former Beatle has just announced the dates for a 2019 tour.
Watch Paul McCartney playing a surprise gig at the new Cavern Club in Liverpool, 2018
Active since the late 60’s when he was brought into the L.A scene by Frank Zappa, Alice Cooper (initially a band) reached the height of his popularity during the 1970’s and even after descending into near madness in between, along with some substance abuse problems he successfully brought himself back to a leading position in Rock music, today aside of his own solo career he also plays with his supergroup Hollywood Vampires, selling out concerts around the world.
Watch Alice Cooper performing “School’s Out” live at the Greek Theater, Los Angeles 2018
The Beach Boys
California band The Beach Boys have been active since the early 60’s, considered at a certain point of their career the american version of The Beatles, it was indeed The Beatles that got inspired by their album “Pet Sounds” to compose “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”. They have been through ups and downs through their career and went through personal dramatic events and losses, but today, the remaining and founding members of The Beach Boys live a very successful touring career.
Watch The Beach Boys current line up featuring original members Brian Wilson and Al Jardine performing “Good Vibrations” live in Berlin, 2018
Wild rockers The Who have been active since 1964, they gained popularity by the mid 60’s and by the late 60’s were a powerful live act as it’s shown on memorable footage such as the one from Woodstock 1969. During the 1970’s they continued to peak in their career delivering innovative studio albums and explosive live performances. Having lost their drummer and founding member in 1978, they continued touring and making new albums until the early 80’s. They returned in the 1990’s for the joy of many rock fans, tragedy stroke again in 2002 when they lost their founding member and bassist John Entwistle. Today, Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend make no plans for retirement and their live concerts are still explosive as they were back in the 70’s.
Watch The Who performing “Baba O’Riley” live in San Francisco, 2017
He hasn’t stopped since the late 60’s. Elton begun his career as part of bands such as the one from legendary Long John Baldry, after kicking out his solo career in 1970, he hasn’t stopped. He survived the 70’s decade of excess, reinvented himself as a Pop icon in the 80’s and again in the 90’s as a matured singer and songwriter. Elton delivers new albums and tours constantly nowadays.
Active since 1966, Led Zeppelin’s own Robert Plant no longer wishes to be part of any Zeppelin reunion, but after the gigantic and iconic 70’s career and a weaker 1980’s one, he has spread through several different musical styles, and affirms himself as world artist, he makes new music and tours constantly, in his concerts, it’s not unusual that he sings some Zeppelin hits.
Watch Robert Plant performing “Whole A Lotta Love” live at BBC 2017
Active as a band since 1968, Deep Purple are considered one of Hard Rock’s and in a way, Heavy Metal’s most enduring acts. Started out as Psychedelic style band in 1968, reached their peak in the 70’s during the Heavy Metal years. After a succession of changes in their line up and the loss of some core members such as Jon Lord, Deep Purple are touring with original singer and founding member Ian Gillan.
Watch Deep Purple performing “Smoke On The Water” live in Detroit, 2018
Active since the early 1960’s. Ringo found fame as the drummer of The Beatles. After the band brook up he had a less successful solo career than his other band mates, however as been very active either in music, movies or art. He has his own band today with whom he regularly tours and still going strong.
Active since the late 1960’s, Fleetwood Mac were initially a British Blues Rock band, After a successions of changes in their line up,by the mid 1970’s they found the success formula when brought Americans Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham to their line up. This remains the most well known band line up and the one they produced albums such as “Rumours” and “Tusk”.
The “Iguana” doesn’t makes any plans to retire any time soon. Active since the mid 60’s, Iggy first reached some popularity with The Srooges, their first album from 1969 sold poorly but the band was an act to see live particularly due to Iggy’s bizarre performances on stage such as smearing peanut butter all over his body. Considered to be the Godfather of Punk Rock, Iggy has lived an intense life and career. Today, he is a sober artist who still plays good music with passion and delivers new albums for our pleasure.
Watch Iggy Pop performing “I Wanna Be Your Dog” live in Montreux, 2018
He gained fame as the lead singer and guitarist for Creedence Clearwater Revival. After the band breaking up in the early 1970’s, he went on to have a mildly successful solo career. The surviving members of the band still tour as CCR, due to feud among them, Fogerty tours solo but still playing an energetic live show and playing some of Creedence Cleartwater Revival’s memorable songs.
Watch John Fogerty performing “Bad Moon Rising” and “Proud Mary”, live in Indiana, 2018
Krieger is mostly well known as The Doors guitar player. He composed some of The Doors greatest hit songs such as “Light My Fire”. He never reached the same popularity in his solo career than when he was in The Doors, during a few years from the early 2000’s to 2012 he toured successfully together with The Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek featuring as a first The Doors Of The 21st Century and later Riders On The Storm. After Manzarek’s death in 2013, Krieger keeps playing and releasing new music and recently played with Alice In Chains their classic “Rooster”.
Watch Robby Krieger performing with his band, Live 2019
Other top 60’s acts still touring
Crosby, Stills & Nash
Simon & Garfunkel
The Moody Blues
Blue Oyster Cult
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