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 they 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. When touring resumes, it will be as good a time as any… Treat yourself… and don’t have any regrets.

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

(And, again, because we’ve limited this list to 100, we fully recognize that many of your favorites may not be listed.)

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

AC/DC

Aerosmith

Alice Cooper

Allman Brothers Band

Bad Company

The Band

The Beach Boys (or Brian Wilson solo)

The Beatles (or individual members)

Jeff Beck

The Bee Gees

Pat Benatar

Chuck Berry

Black Sabbath

Blondie

Bon Jovi

Boston

David Bowie

Jackson Browne

The Cars

Cheap Trick

Chicago

Eric Clapton

The Clash

Joe Cocker

Elvis Costello

Creedence Clearwater Revival (or John Fogerty)

Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young (or individual members)

Deep Purple

Def Leppard

Neil Diamond

Dire Straits

Doobie Brothers

Bob Dylan

Eagles

ELO

Emerson, Lake and Palmer

Fleetwood Mac

Foreigner

Peter Frampton

J. Geils Band

Genesis

Grateful Dead

Guns N’ Roses

Hall and Oates

Heart

INXS

Iron Maiden

Jefferson Airplane/Starship

Jethro Tull

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Billy Joel

Elton John

Journey

Judas Priest

Kansas

Carole King

The Kinks

Kiss

Led Zeppelin

Huey Lewis and the News

Little Feat

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Metallica

Steve Miller Band

The Monkees

The Moody Blues

Van Morrison

Motley Crue

Motorhead

Willie Nelson

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

Pink Floyd

The Police

Prince

Queen (with Freddie Mercury)

Ramones

REO Speedwagon

Rockpile (or Dave Edmunds or Nick Lowe)

The Rolling Stones

Linda Ronstadt

Rush

Santana

Scorpions

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

Styx

Talking Heads

James Taylor

Traffic (or individual members)

U2

Van Halen

Stevie Ray Vaughan

The Who

Stevie Wonder

Yes

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. stephen turkfeld
    #1 stephen turkfeld 20 December, 2020, 01:02

    where is the loving spoonful? they were amazing in concert.

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  2. Raysgigs
    #2 Raysgigs 20 December, 2020, 05:19

    Ray from London , UK here.
    I have seen 93 of the 100.
    Acts like The Cars and Grateful Dead rarely played the UK.

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  3. Patty
    #3 Patty 20 December, 2020, 09:17

    I’ve seen 44 of them

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  4. PatrickH
    #4 PatrickH 20 December, 2020, 12:08

    Great list! With the exception of Beatles, Creedence, Traffic and Linda Ronstadt, I have seen or photographed them all. Thanks for posting.

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  5. Budman
    #5 Budman 20 December, 2020, 14:20

    Foghat,Nazareth, Montrose,Uriah Heep,Robin Trower,Mountain? Did you guys forget a few?

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    • Greg Brodsky
      Greg Brodsky 20 December, 2020, 17:14

      The story lists 100. From the article: “And, again, because we’ve limited this list to 100, we fully recognize that many of your favorites may not be listed.”

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  6. Moik
    #6 Moik 20 December, 2020, 17:56

    I can’t remember ☹️

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  7. Hard Day Night
    #7 Hard Day Night 20 December, 2020, 22:14

    I have seen live 77 of those 100 favorite bands.since 1972.

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  8. Zippy the affirmative Hamster
    #8 Zippy the affirmative Hamster 23 December, 2020, 02:02

    Considering I’ve only ever been to 98 concerts, and I’ve seen many acts multiple times (Moody Blues, Rush, The Ramones, and Roger Waters count for 24 shows alone), and at least half of those acts, I would never want to see in the first place – I think 22 is pretty respectable – especially since many of those bands last toured before I really could see them (Beatles, Creedence, Pink Floyd, Zeppelin). Some significant bands I saw that are not on this list: The Cure, Sex Pistols, Buzzcocks, Joe Walsh, The Replacements, B52s, Violent Femmes, Donovan, Glenn Campbell (hey if Neil Diamond is on the list, I can include Glenn)

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  9. Alias Pink Puzz
    #9 Alias Pink Puzz 23 December, 2020, 16:44

    Saw 70 – the best–The Kinks, Uptown Theater in Chicago, Fall ’80. Ray and Dave were on fire. Dave played tracks from his first solo lp. A peak performance for the band.

    The worst – Chuck Berry at Deer Creek, Noblesville, Indiana ’93. Chuck didn’t see to remember his own songs–the back up band was worthless.

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