Classic Rock Acts You’ve Seen in Concert: Poll

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Since you’re a fan of the classic rock era, we wonder how many of the greats you’ve been fortunate enough to see perform live. We’ve listed 100 of the biggest names and fully recognize that many of your favorites may not be listed. (You’ll notice that such acts as the Doors, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin are also omitted since Jim Morrison, Hendrix and Joplin have all been gone for so long.)

Count up which ones you’ve seen and share with your friends to see which of you is the concert champ. (And, no… tribute bands don’t count… )

If you’ve ever said “I’ll see [them] next time”… Do yourself a favor and do it! Many of your favorite classic rock acts still rule on the road. Now is as good a time as any… Treat yourself… and don’t have any regrets.

Tickets for 100s of artists are available at Ticketmaster and StubHub.

How Many of These 100 All-Time Classic Rock Greats Have You Seen Perform Live?



Alice Cooper

Allman Brothers Band

Bad Company

The Band

The Beach Boys

The Beatles (or individual members)

Jeff Beck

The Bee Gees

Pat Benatar

Chuck Berry

Black Sabbath


Bon Jovi


David Bowie

Jackson Browne

The Cars

Cheap Trick


Eric Clapton

The Clash

Joe Cocker

Elvis Costello

Creedence Clearwater Revival (or John Fogerty)

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (or CSN)

Deep Purple

Def Leppard

Neil Diamond

Dire Straits

Doobie Brothers

Bob Dylan



Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Fleetwood Mac


Peter Frampton

J. Geils Band


Grateful Dead

Guns N’ Roses

Hall and Oates



Iron Maiden

Jefferson Airplane

Jethro Tull

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Billy Joel

Elton John


Judas Priest


Carole King

The Kinks


Led Zeppelin

Huey Lewis and the News

Little Feat

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Steve Miller Band

The Monkees

The Moody Blues

Van Morrison

Motley Crue


Willie Nelson

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Pink Floyd

The Police


Queen (with Freddie Mercury)



REO Speedwagon

Rockpile (or Dave Edmunds or Nick Lowe)

The Rolling Stones

Linda Ronstadt




Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band

Simon and Garfunkel (or individual members)

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Steely Dan

Cat Stevens

Rod Stewart


Talking Heads

James Taylor

Traffic (or individual members)


Van Halen

Stevie Ray Vaughan

The Who

Stevie Wonder


ZZ Top

Score Yourself!

80-100: You’re among the fortunate few! (BTW, how’s your hearing?)

60-79: Take a bow! (You’ve obviously got a broad taste in music.)

40-59: Well done! (We bet you have a nice concert T-shirt collection.)

20-39: Uh oh! (If you’re over 50 years-old, where have you been?)

0-19: You’ve got lots of catching up to do! (Time to get your calendar out.)

Related: Links to 100s of current classic rock tours

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  1. T
    #1 T 26 December, 2017, 19:50

    70’s Rock Rules

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  2. DirtySanchez
    #2 DirtySanchez 27 December, 2017, 07:46

    Johnny Cougar Top 100? Not even close…

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  3. Mike L
    #3 Mike L 27 December, 2017, 13:01

    Saw 60 of them..many a bunch of times. My hearing is definitely messed up after seeing at least 1000-1200+ concerts/shows from little bars, to Arenas and stadiums as well as playin gigs myself. Finally getting some good ear plugs this week cause tissue just doesn’t cut it any more.

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  4. GG
    #4 GG 27 December, 2017, 14:40

    From 1969 thru 1973 the Clarence White/Roger McGuinn BYRDS were arguably the best live band in the USA . Saw them 15 times during that period…..

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  5. the fox
    #5 the fox 27 December, 2017, 17:07

    I saw 84 of them.

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  6. Cheesy
    #6 Cheesy 28 December, 2017, 01:13

    Allman’s live at the Fillmore. “Second Winter”,&”Uncle Meat”- Frank Zappa.

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  7. Guy
    #7 Guy 29 December, 2017, 18:39


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  8. Dovey
    #8 Dovey 29 December, 2017, 21:42

    Why don’t you have “or individual members” on all the bands mentioned? There are 2 – 3 I couldn’t count because o’ that.

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  9. Everynight Charley
    #9 Everynight Charley 30 December, 2017, 08:16

    I did not see Nirvana. I do not remember with total clarity if I saw Neil Diamond and R.E.M. I did not see the Velvet Underground but the list says that seeing Lou Reed suffices for the count. I finally caught up with Guns N’ Roses recently (and loved it). So, I have seen 97, 98 or 99 of the artists on this list, plus hundreds of other well-known artists not on the list. This past summer I celebrated my 50th anniversary of concert addiction.

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  10. Everynight Charley
    #10 Everynight Charley 31 December, 2017, 01:20

    How could the Sex Pistols not be on this list? I never did see the Pistols live, but did see all the individual members, including Sid Vicious, in later bands.

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  11. Bluzrider
    #11 Bluzrider 16 June, 2018, 08:36

    62, and some of them a couple of times, and some a whole lot more than that, take the Allman Brothers, must have seen them at least 15 times.

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  12. Jeff
    #12 Jeff 16 June, 2018, 13:17

    no Kansas?

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  13. Leif
    #13 Leif 17 June, 2018, 20:31

    No Humble Pie!

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  14. Guy Smiley
    #14 Guy Smiley 31 December, 2018, 20:41

    32, which may seem low (Though I am still under 50) but… it should count for something if you’ve seen many of these acts multiple times.

    Saw the Grateful Dead almost 20 times, and if you count the Garcia Band, as well as the surviving members together or apart in the post-Garcia years, then the number more than doubles.

    Also, saw the Allman Brothers more than 10 times, and Gregg solo a couple more.

    Billy Joel 10 times, including three times with Elton (and Elton by himself once).

    Also multiple times for McCartney, Dylan, Stones, Paul Simon, Petty, Pink Floyd/Roger Waters, Elvis Costello, Clapton, and Springsteen. Hell, I’ve even seen The Monkees three times! Neil Diamond too.

    Then we have the omissions: Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Los Lobos, Buddy Guy, B.B. King and Bonnie Raitt are all missing?

    Add in some of the younger pups: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, Avett Brothers and String Cheese Incident and the number gets a lot higher.

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  15. Zephed69er
    #15 Zephed69er 1 January, 2019, 03:19

    I saw 30 of the 100 bands listed live

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  16. Noah3
    #16 Noah3 1 January, 2019, 09:14

    Vanilla Fudge? Still touring with 3 original members.

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  17. Jon
    #17 Jon 1 January, 2019, 11:23


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  18. Rock Goddess
    #18 Rock Goddess 21 August, 2019, 08:42

    Many of the band I have seen are not listed. I saw the Doors, Janis Joplin, Bob Marley and the Wailers, Joni Mitchell, many blues performers. I met Willie Dixon in 1976. Well over 100 concerts.

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  19. Roy Capewell
    #19 Roy Capewell 24 August, 2019, 20:12

    I’ve seen 37 of them

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