Coming to initial success in the 1980s, Iron Maiden was integral at the beginning of new-wave British rock. The band is distinguished by its signature operatic vocals and electrifying live performance. In 2011, Iron Maiden won Best Metal Performance for “El Dorado.” They still perform and have continued their wildly successful career for over 40 years.
The band has been known for some of the greatest heavy metal hits such as “Run to the Hills, “The Trooper,” and “Two Minutes to Midnight.” They have released Platinum and Gold albums both in the US and the UK including a debut album released in 1980.
Van Halen is a classic rock band formed in 1972 in California and consisting primarily of Van Halen family members as well as lead singer David Lee Roth. Guitarist Eddie Van Halen has been compared in talent and performance style to that of Jimi Hendrix on a number of occasions. Van Halen’s live shows are powerful and energetic.
Father-son duo Eddie and Wolfgang Van Halen are known to be a spectacle at their live shows, with an electric, pure hard rock vibe. His guitar-playing abilities have been known as superb and he is considered one of the best rock guitar players the music industry has ever produced.
Founded in Boston in 1970, Aerosmith is rock and roll in its purest form. Led by the eccentric lead singer Steven Tyler, Aerosmith produces blues-based hard rock with varying elements such as heavy metal, glam metal, and pop rock. The band's live shows are pumped with classic rock and roll energy, mixed with the wild style of Steven Tyler.
Aerosmith was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in the year 2000. They remain the best-selling American rock band of all time. Over the years Aerosmith has been recognized for their superb video clips, some featuring no less than Tyler's own daughter.
Formed in 1976 by four Irish musicians in Dublin, U2 has managed over the years to garner international fame. Lead by frontman Bono; their music is laden with spiritual imagery and personal/socio-political themes. Their live performances boast an extremely large following, with long guitar solos by lead guitarist Edge known to be very elaborate in style.
U2 is one of the world's best musicians in all music fields and has 15 albums to their name, all being praised and getting huge success worldwide. Over the years, they have sold an estimated 170 million copies and won no less than 22 Grammy awards.
Originally formed in Devon, Muse elevated the 90s tenfold. Their songs have a metal base with a mellotron, church organ, and piano, but they stray with their use of electrics. Lead singer Matt Bellamy really gives the band their signature sound with his highly recognizable falsetto.
Muse has been repeatedly named one of the best live music performers by critics and music lovers alike. The Q Awards even nominated Muse for the Best Live Act award several times. They are a combination of rock, electronic, and classical music and have a unique sound that defers them from all other musicians in the industry.