Live Poll: Rock Bands That Have Lasted Over 30 Years

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Dedicated to my all-time favorite band, who captured a vision and turned it into a dream.

The following bands have since their formation lasted more than thirty years. Some bands took time apart and were reunited, while others kept going continuously. Many have struggled through tough breaks and setbacks; members have come and gone; but they never lost sight of what they believed in, and so they held the dreams within their hearts, always remaining true to themselves along the way.

Which of these rock* bands that have lasted over thirty years is your favorite? Or, which one would you most like to discover?

*including subgenres progressive metal, progressive rock, heavy metal and hard rock

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls042889436/
Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/tFY5JgPIPnk/
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Rolling Stones
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Journey, hands down!  All the members are talented, but it really rides on Steve Perry's voice.  He is THE BEST singer I've ever heard.  :)  Too bad he's not with them anymore, but he still does great solo.
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Please consider including Helloween - formed in 1984 and still going strong!

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Thanks, but they are a power metal band, and even though it's a subgenre of heavy metal, I would like to stick to bands that lie closer to the four genres I listed.
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love this question...love this poll...love your list...and the fact that uriah heep is on there makes it perfect...

just two comments...one...journey is listed as a hard rock band when they are not even rock...they are a pop band at best but certainly worth listing...

the second thing is more difficult...genesis...you say in your intro 'they never lost sight of what they believe in'...so...does that mean you are refferring to the brilliant peter gabriel led genesis...or the crappy phil collins commercial led genesis...they are two very different bands...
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Well, Journey could be a little hard rock sometimes; online I think they are listed as soft rock. 
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i'd settle for journey and soft rock...now what about genesis...
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In fact, Journey has played all of those rock sub-genres: 
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Genesis is really problematic to follow the criteria because they technically hard to accomplish the first 30 year, then 10 years dead for public, then commercial step up... No matter Phil or not.
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love this question...love this poll...love your list...and the fact that uriah heep is on there makes it perfect... 
Thank you, rocky.

When I wrote the intro I strongly had Dream Theater in mind, and I realize the words might not apply to every band in the list. Even so, I would like to keep Genesis.

Journey are certainly not a pop band, but I changed it to rock instead.
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My fav is The Sweet
And of course Queen
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Jessica, great poll!
However, one replacement says for itself.

In the initial list, all "Big Three" pioneers of the progressive metal are included, and there is no one band for punk rock.  I suggest The Cure instead of Fates Warning (#8).

And it would be really great to find a room for this unique rock band:
Red Hot Chili Peppers
I think they need no introductions )))
Moreover, they do deserve -- look at their soundtracks list (even if not complete).

Thanks
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I second the Cure. Awesome Band.
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Thanks, but since I didn't list punk rock as one of the subgenres I included, I won't be adding any. Likewise, Red Hot Chili Peppers is more of a funk band, and don't really fit into this list.

And since this poll is a tribute to my favorite band, I think it's pretty obvious that I would include the big three of the prog metal genre. :) 
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A powerhouse list with almost too much great music in it! 

I'd say that it probably lacks Mashina Vremeni (formed 1969), The Residents (formed 1969), Yello (formed 1979), Depeche Mode (formed 1980), Front Line Assembly (formed 1986), Blue Man Group (formed 1986) and a few more... but there's literally nowhere tto fit them on the list already. Potential for a Part 2?..  

On a mostly unrelated note: my own band, Errors in Geography, sort of exists for 11 years already... It basically formed with me and my close friend in 2008 and since almost evolved into a very odd collective, which never have been in the same room fully (although all members know each other), working from distance... Our main achievement so far is a video album, although we plan to release a few proper albums this year, as well... Sorry for the plug. It's just that I can't believe we still exist in 2019 and even produce new music. Oh, and we are actually named for the goof type on IMDb! :)
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Cool!  :D
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definitely cool nikolay...after 48 years singing professionally, i just got to release my first album...it's called 'futility's last request'...it's available at cdbaby.com...

let us know when yours is available....peace...
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NarniaisAwesome, thanks!
 
rocky-o, thanks!  We usually distribute through Bandcamp but I was also considering other options lately, just in case and that case mostly being things like Spotify... Can't find the link for your album with title alone, unfortunately: if it is distributed through CDBaby it should be on places like YouTube Music and iTunes?  
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it's a vinyl l.p....and i dont know about the youtube or itunes stuff...

is your stuff an actual cd or l.p....or is it just streaming...
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p.s...if you go to cdbaby and get into their music store, then type in the title, it should pop up...

thanx for checking...
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rocky-o we're definitely planning a physical release, if a very limited one. I dream at some point to release our stuff on a proper vinyl LP, but for now it is a bit out of our range. However I have some new old stock audiocassettes and since I adore the format I plan to use those as well. 

I've found your album! Looks fantastic! I love the idea of recording the tracks with genuine NY ambience. Totally goes into my "to buy" list (I tend to plan music hauls carefully because in Ukraine that same amount of money may be food for the week, so I choose best possible moments to buy me some music in hauls when finances are okay for that). 
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food is important....
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rocky-o for me being able to support my favorite artists and independent releases is, perhaps, just as important. I often feel terrible spending much money on food but the problem is that I have health issues which will show themselves if I lose weight and gaining weight is hard, so... 

Still, I very much want that vinyl and will specifically manage my budget to buy it somewhere this year! 
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well...god bless your health...i know how rough that can be...i currently take about forty pills a day myself....

but i do understand supporting indi artists...that is a passion of mine as well...
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The Rolling Stones or U2. It will be very hard for me to choose. : )

FYC:

My favorite band, REM (solid 31 years before retiring, although they still play together occasionally  and they're doing a concert in the UK in July)
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I considered R.E.M., but as they are more alternative/folk rock I think they are too far away from the other bands in the list.
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'Certainly alternative but they didn't do any folk. They did a few songs that were a bit alt-country but overwhelmingly did rock. 'Listening to 'Monster' right now and it's heavier than anything U2 or the Stones, both of whom I love, ever did. And U2 has a lot more in common with REM than with any of the bands on the list; the Stones, too, I think, as the Stones and REM were often so bluesy. 
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I'll add them.
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Thanks, Jess, but either way, of course -- I hope I didn't sound pushy, yikes. : )

I think I also link REM with some of these other bands, too, because they covered Aerosmith's "Toys in the Attic" and Metallica and REM are big fans of each other, except that when REM did "Shiny Happy People," Lars Ulrich supposedly vomited, lol. I completely understand that impulse: they've been my favorite band since I was about 16 or so but I hate that song, even though I know even the music is supposed to be ironic. The only redeeming thing about it, besides the intended irony, is that REM went onto Sesame Street and performed "Shiny Happy Monsters" with a bunch of the monster-muppets.: )
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It's a dilemma for me to choose any of these bands, I love them for the most part, but the strong contenders for me would be
AC/DC
Pink Floyd
Black Sabbath
But I think I would stick with the first
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Queen and G&R

My two all-time favorite songs:

Bohemian Rhapsody (Queen)
November Rain (G&R)
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Yes, November Rain is beautiful and sweet!
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Here's a different version of November Rain from a Finnish group called Steve 'n' Seagulls (and yes, they're named after Seven Seagal).  It's really great and I can't decide which I like better!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvrogxMHmlg
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i'm sorry, but i always get a twing when i hear someone talk about november rain...

i used to perform a piano instrumental which i wrote back in the 70's called 'peace'...many had heard it a billion times prior to november rain coming out, and when november rain did come out, everybody thought it was my song..,the music is identical...

and i'm not saying for one second that i think someone from guns-n-roses borrowed my song...it's just that it was a beautiful and sweet song when i wrote it first...

now that that's out of my system...let's get back to the fun stuff...

peace....
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Interesting!  Not that this song is really in the same category as your story, but there was a guy on YouTube that writes piano music, and one day he found himself accidentally writing The Office theme, lol!  I guess when a song is great, musical people can write it over and over.  ;)

Also, you said before that you have a band... is your Peace song online somewhere?
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unfortunately...that was a long time ago...none of my previous bands and i ever recorded anything (except perhaps some old reel-to-reels of live gigs)...

however i do have a vinyl album available now on cdbaby...it's called futility's last request...(and i actually was going to include some of my instrumentals including peace, but due to health issues it made it difficult to play piano or guitar...)

but this one does have some songs and some new york street poetry...and a whole lot of new york atmosphere...and it's kinda inexpensive which dont hurt either...

thanx for asking...
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I'm glad you've got an album!  I hope you health will soon allow you to pursue more music.  Good luck!
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Hi Jessica! This may be a stupid question and I may have overlooked it, but: "dedicated to my all-time favorite band" - which band?
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Dream Theater. :)
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And it's not a stupid question. I don't think it's very evident unless you are a fan, as I use references to song lyrics in the intro. I also put two letters in bold to make it clearer, but in a subtle way: Dedicated to... dt = dream theater
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Thank you. :)
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If the Moody Blues, REM, & Genesis make the list of "rock" bands, where's Fleetwood Mac, the Eagles, & the Bee Gees?
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Hi,

The Moody Blues and Genesis are progressive rock, and R.E.M. was added upon request. 
Fleetwood Mac would probably qualify, but I would rather not remove any of the options in the list. I'm sorry.
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Scorpions for me. "Rock you like a Hurricane", "The Game of Life", and "Send Me an Angel" are among the most powerful songs I have ever heard.

The Queen and Pink Floyd are longtime favorites for me, though I don't love all of their songs. Iron Maiden is the band that turned me into a metal fan in my teen years, but I love their often thoughtful lyrics much more than their vocal performances.

I like a hand-full of songs from most of the other bands listed, though R.E.M. is among the few American bands that I take seriously. I loved "Bad Day" and their satirical take on the "Teflon whitewashed presidency" of Ronald Reagan. And I found "Everybody Hurts" to be a good reminder that you are not the only person with problems, and that you are not alone in feeling that (as the lyrics go): "Sometimes everything is wrong". 




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hey dimos...which scorpions album do you like better...'in trance' or 'virgin killer'...
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Heard 'Still Lovin' You' for the first time the other day... I don't even know what to say.  I'm mind blown.  It's got that awesome 80's rock sound, but it's so... beautiful.  Almost a classical sounding tune.  Their best song.  Back when rockers (and singers in general) had real talent and put effort into their tunes, not to mention almost all of them having distinct and powerful voices.  Seriously, compare the two:

Maroon 5: Girls Like You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJOTlE1K90k
Scorpions: Still Lovin' You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYyarcp5LtU

Not wanting to offend fans of contemporary music, but you must admit they're much different.
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NarniaisAwesome, I'd say that todays music is far less mainstream-concentrated. Most niche genres were relative outsiders industry-wise up until mid-2000's, but now that we have Internet and self-distribution platforms there are great performers of all kinds who are comfortable not being huge. 

I had a very interesting conversation with my best friend about music which started by him saying that he's worried that most of the artists he greatly admires (and he's mostly listening to rock and metal, although he has a wide range) are either relatively old or dead and he can't pinpoint whether we have anyone of same power, energy and talent right now of our own age (26-27). It got me thinking hard about that and I quickly remembered that Ramona Andra Xavier (aka Vektroid, aka Macintosh Plus) is exactly my age while being an accomplished inventor of a genre hailed as one that revolutionized self-distribution in Internet in general, vaporwave. I really like vaporwave and I always use Xavier to motivate myself, even though such motivation is a bit double-sided. After all, she was 19 when she made the most known album of that genre. I'm 27 and I'm yet to do anything which might have any mark on culture yet, despite years and years of trying. Then again, maybe it's all about the process. Another agesake of mine, PilotRedSun, is notably reclusive and had fewer releases over recent years, despite being, in my humble opinion, one of the best animators and musicians of my generation, who already made an impact of pop culture which is more and more visible with years and having a slowly but surely expanding cult following...
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