30 Bands That Are Still Rocking on Tour After 40 Years

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Nothing says summer like a rock concert, and these 30 legendary bands know how to put on an epic performance better than anyone else. Each one of them has been together for 40 years or more, and all of them are on the road this summer or are launching a major tour later in 2018. Find out if your favorite band made the list of the most popular bands of all time that are still playing live and see if they're coming soon to a city near you.

The Rolling Stones


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Lead singer Mick Jagger, now 74, once said he wouldn't perform after hitting 50, but the greatest band in rock 'n' roll keeps rollin' on. Original members Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Charlie Watts are all over 70, but age hasn't slowed the Stones down yet. If you're lucky enough to procure a ticket for their European "No Filter" Tour, expect to hear a setlist of 22 iconic hits including: "Sympathy for the Devil," "Tumbling Dice," "Brown Sugar," "Gimme Shelter," and "Jumpin' Jack Flash." The tour wraps in Warsaw on July 8.

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Glenn Frey may be gone, but the Eagles are still flying high as Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit carry on with a summer tour that's guaranteed to wow fans. Classic songs such as "Tequila Sunrise," "New Kid In Town," "Victim of Love," "Life In the Fast Lane," and "Hotel California," comprise a fraction of their extra-long setlists. Glenn Frey's son Deacon is now in the band and the lineup also includes country superstar Vince Gill.

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Lead singer Roger Daltrey is hitting the road for a short summer tour with members of The Who's touring band. At several shows, he will be performing the entirety of the rock opera "Tommy" backed by a full orchestra. Expect to also hear iconic and rare hits: "My Generation," "Love Reign O'er Me," and "Baba O'Riley." Joining this iteration of the band is co-founder Pete Townshend's younger brother, Simon.



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Originally called the Chicago Transit Authority, this jazz-influenced rock band formed back in 1967. Today, with over a 100 million records sold, Chicago is one of the most successful touring rock acts. Original bassist/singer Peter Cetera no longer tours with the band, but you can still see original members Robert Lamm, Lee Loughnane, James Pankow, and Walter Parazaider. REO Speedwagon joins them for the 2018 tour.

The Steve Miller Band


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Steve Miller is a classic-rock radio staple, known for hits like "Jet Airliner," "Rock'n Me," "Fly Like An Eagle," and "Jungle Love." Miller and Peter Frampton have teamed up for an incredible summer tour, sharing the stage for songs like "Stranger Blues." Their musical styles are similar and the pairing is like a fine wine, better with age.



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Longtime lead singer Steve Perry may be gone, but the Journey goes on with Arnel Pineda cranking out the main vocals. Earlier this year, Journey teamed up with English rock band Def Leppard for a 58-city tour which will wrap mid-October. Supporting bands for this tour include Pretenders and Cheap Trick.



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With 10 multi-platinum albums and 16 Top-30 hits, Foreigner is one of the most popular rock acts in the world. These guys continue to propel sold-out tours and album sales. Their latest tour includes favorites "Cold As Ice," "Feels Like the First Time," and the ballad "I Want To Know What Love Is."

Billy Joel


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The Piano Man has sold over 150 million records and ranks as one of the most popular recording artists. He's also the only non-classical pianist to be immortalized with a portrait in the Steinway Hall collection in Manhattan. You'll hear classics, "Movin' Out," "Allentown," "Uptown Girl," and of course, "Piano Man" on his 2018 tour, which wraps up in December at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Fleetwood Mac


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This Grammy Award-winning band is on tour again, this time without guitarist Lindsey Buckingham (the second time he has left the band before a major tour). Original members John McVie, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood, and Stevie Nicks are joined by Neil Finn from Crowded House and Mike Campbell from Tom Petty's Heartbreakers for this tour.

Hall and Oates


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Their first album came out in 1972 and didn't do very well, but today they're one of the most successful touring duos. Philadelphia natives Daryl Hall and John Oates having sold more albums than any other duo in music history. On tour, they dip into their four-decade repertoire to deliver a setlist full of hits like "Sara Smile," "Kiss On My List," "Private Eyes," "Maneater," and "You Make My Dreams." For their North American Summer 2018 Tour they're co-headlining with Train, whom they've teamed up with to release a new single, "Philly Forget Me Not."

Paul Simon


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Rhymin' Paul Simon has decided that this tour will be his last. Expect to hear classics from "Graceland" and other solo albums, plus favorites from his years with Simon and Garfunkel. Paul Simon will be on the road until September, when he winds up his tour in his hometown of New York City.



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With over 40 years of record-breaking tours, there's no reason for Kiss to stop now. Drummer Eric Singer and lead guitarist Tommy Thayer join original members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley for this tour. Their legion of fans, called the Kiss Army, will become the Kiss Navy this year when their tour takes a turn on a Kiss cruise where fans can "Rock And Roll All Nite" and party every day.

Earth, Wind & Fire


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Described by Rolling Stone as "innovative, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing," Earth, Wind & Fire is known for its rousing horn section and elaborate stage shows. Although founder Maurice White died in 2016, the remaining members are still going strong. The band has teamed up with Nile Rodgers and Chic for "2054 – The Tour," which kicks off July 12 in Oakland, CA.

The Grateful Dead (now Dead & Company)


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Through the years, psychedelic rock band The Grateful Dead has toured endlessly, followed by a trail of loyal Deadhead fans. Lead singer Jerry Garcia died in 1995, but cofounder Bob Weir has been on the road ever since with varying iterations of the classic Grateful Dead lineup. Weir is back this summer with Dead & Company, featuring John Mayer on guitar and vocals.

The Beach Boys
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It might be better to call this the Beach Boy tour, since singer Mike Love is the only one of the original band members who will be performing. Love is marking the 50th anniversary of endless surf and summer with a world tour that also includes longtime member Bruce Johnston and John Cowsill. The show continues through late 2018.

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Not to be outdone, Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson is also hitting the road in 2018, performing the classic album "Pet Sounds" in its entirety. Wilson is on the road with fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin all summer and into the fall. Then, he'll head back on tour, performing "The Beach Boys' Christmas Album."

Elton John


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The bespectacled British pop pianist has decided to go out in style with one last world tour. Expect favorites from his huge catalog of hits on the "Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour," which begins in September and continues until 2021. By then, Elton John will be 74 and probably ready for a break.



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Yes, you guessed it. This band hails from Boston and their unique sound is a blend of acoustic and electric guitars and lead blended harmonization in thirds. Their debut album, Boston, released on August 25, 1976, ranks as one of the best-selling debut albums in U.S. history with over 17 million copies sold. The current setlist includes: "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind," and "Don't Look Back."



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The Bad Boys from Boston have been entertaining fans with their blend of rhythm and blues and rock 'n' roll since 1972. Although they aren't touring currently, guitarist Joe Perry has said the band is planning a series of shows to celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2019.

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Steely Dan didn't tour during their peak years, but they've been a summer concert staple for the past decade or so. Founding member Donald Fagen is on tour again until October. Expect a tribute to bandmate Walter Becker, who died in 2017, along with favorites like "Hey Nineteen," "Green Earrings," "Peg," and "My Old School."



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These pioneers of progressive rock are celebrating the band's 50th anniversary with a North American tour that kicked off in June. The band's current line-up consists of singer Jon Davison, guitarist Steve Howe, drummer Alan White, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and bassist Billy Sherwood. They're on tour through the end of July.

Rod Stewart


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While he started out as a rather wild British rocker with an insatiable penchant for blonde models (he's married two of them), Rod Stewart now wears silk suits and ties, and has been knighted. For this tour, he's teamed up for the second time with award-winning singer Cyndi Lauper. Song include a collection of hits, "You're In My Heart," "Maggie May," and "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?"

The Doobie Brothers
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With their rugged, authentic approach to rock 'n' roll, The Doobie Brothers are biker bar stalwarts. They got their start in 1969 in Northern California when drummer John Hartman chanced a meeting with singer Tom Johnston. Their collaborative approach to music has allowed them to remain fresh, yet never forsaking their American boogie-jamming roots. Johnston and Patrick Simmons are the only original members in the current line-up. The Doobies will be on the road until November.

Blue Oyster Cult


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The BOC formed on Long Island, New York in 1967 and gained popularity during the MTV era when their music video "Burnin' For You" premiered in 1981. Locals know the band sometimes performs in small clubs under their original name, Soft White Underbelly. Expect to hear their hit single "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" a classic of the heavy rock genre. Jefferson Starship, Kansas, and Grand Funk Railroad will open some shows.

Boz Scaggs


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The eldest son of a travelling salesman, William Royce "Boz" Scaggs learned to play guitar when he was 12. He met another future rock star, Steve Miller, in high school and became the vocalist for Miller's first band. He secured a solo contract in 1968 and generated hits during the 1970s with "Lido Shuffle, "Lowdown," and "Harbor Lights." Expect to hear these tracks as well as new tunes from his new release, "Out Of The Blues" on his tour.

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The bearded blues-rock trio of Texas has been together since 1970 and are among the 100 best-selling artists in the United States. Known for their spinning Dean guitars covered in sheepskin and their fascination with hot rods, like the fire-engine red 1933 Ford coupe featured in their 1980's hits , "Legs," "Sharp Dressed Man," and "Gimme All Your Lovin'." ZZ Top is now on tour though August.



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Known for their power ballads and mix of acoustic piano and synthesizers, Styx first established themselves as a progressive rock band back in 1972. In May 2018 fans got a treat when they played the iconic song "Mr. Roboto" live, for the first time ever. The band is touring through October with Joan Jett and the Blackhearts joining on many of the dates.

Deep Purple


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These British proto-hard rockers have been around since 1968 and were once dubbed the loudest band in the world by the "Guinness Book of World Records." This summer, the hard rock legends will join Judas Priest on their North American Long Goodbye tour.

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Multi-instrumentalist Todd Rundgren has been at the forefront of progressive rock and was an early adopter of computer technologies in music. He's engineered and produced notable albums by Hall and Oates, Meatloaf, and Cheap Trick, and his 1983 hit "Bang the Drum All Day," has been featured in many sports arenas, commercials and movie trailers. Rundgren and his band Utopia — Kasim Sulton, Willie Wilcox and Ralph Schuckett -- have reunited for a 2018 tour that runs through November.

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The ex-Beatle knows better than most that it takes a little help from friends to get by, especially when you're on tour. The latest iteration of his All-Starr Band includes Colin Hay of Men At Work and Steve Lukather of Toto. Ringo is on tour in the U.S. through the end of September.