Billy Gibbons, Frank Beard, and Dusty Hill formed the blues-rock band ZZ Top in Houston 1969. The band gained national attention with their strong blues roots and country twang. Their greatest albums include “Eliminator,” “Tres Hombres” and “Fandango.”
Today, ZZ Top still performs and tour together extensively. The bearded band has been traveling the world on “The Tonnage Tour” in 2017 and is due to launch the American leg of the concert trek in the fall of 2017.
Black Sabbath is one of the pioneers of heavy metal music. The band includes the infamous Ozzy Osbourne (right) along with Geezer Butler, Tommy Iommi, and Bill Ward. The band has undergone multiple lineup changes over the years but has left an indelible mark on rock’n’roll culture.
Due to Ozzy Osbourne’s issues with drugs and alcohol, in 1979, he was replaced by vocalist Ronnie James Dio — who was then replaced by various other frontmen over the years. Then something great happened: The original lineup, including Ozzy, reunited in 1997. The group has frequently performed together since then. Today, Ozzy — who’s been plagued by cheating scandals in recent years — still tours on his own and will perform in the summer of 2017 at various amphitheaters. Tommy Iommi (left) is still an active musician too, as is Geezer Butler (right).
Pink Floyd was an incredibly influential English psychedelic rock band in the ’70s. It was founded in 1965 by Roger Waters, Syd Barrett, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. Guitarist David Gilmour (second from right) replaced Syd in 1968 due to Syd’s mental health issues. Members always had a rocky relationship with one another but produced some of the most mind-bending concept albums of all time, including “The Wall” and “The Dark Side of the Moon.”
In 1982, the band split amid mounting tensions between Roger Waters (right) and David Gilmour as well as the exile of Richard Wright — but members have come together here and there for one-off shows over the years. In 2014, David and Nick Mason (left) reunited to release “The Endless River,” which included recordings of Richard, who died in 2008. Roger has continued on with his highly successful solo career and has become an exceedingly vocal and polarizing political activist.
Aerosmith formed in 1970 with Steven Tyler, Tom Hamilton and Joe Perry and the band was completed with rhythm guitarist Brad Whitford and drummer Joey Kramer. Known for its groundbreaking funk-blues-rock sound, Aerosmith is one of the best-selling rock bands of all time.
Like many rock bands of the ’70s, Aerosmith has experienced its fair share of issues, which included drug and alcohol abuse and the 1979 departure of Joe Perry, who left to embark on a solo career. But after he and Brad Whitford, who’d subsequently left, returned to the fold in 1984, the band regained its early success after the release of “Permanent Vacation” in 1987. They’ve toured extensively ever since. In March 2017, Aerosmith announced plans for new music. But after nearly 50 years as a band, they’re also embarking on a farewell tour in 2017 that is expected to last several years as they travel the globe playing their hits.
The Eagles were a massive rock band birthed in Southern California in the ’70s. The band released an album every year from 1972 to 1976 and disbanded in 1980 following 1979’s “In the Long Run.” Glenn Frey, Bernie Leadon, Don Henley and Randy Meisner all went on to pursue their own solo careers. Bernie was replaced by Joe Walsh in 1975 and Randy was replaced by Timothy B. Schmit in 1977.
Don Henley (left) and the late Glenn Frey (second from left) had the most successful post-Eagles solo careers, but the band came back together in 1994 and continued to tour throughout the ’90s into the 2000s. In 2007, they released “Long Road Out of Eden.” In January 2016, Glenn died while recovering from intestinal surgery. Don has since kept a relatively low profile, while Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit perform regularly. In May 2017, Don confirmed that Glenn’s son Deacon Frey and music star Vince Gill would be performing with the Eagles during the band’s 2017 summer festival appearances.
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