Formed in London in 1970, Queen revolutionized stadium rock with outlandish and masterful performances by frontman Freddie Mercury. Their songs, influenced by hard rock and heavy metal, took harmony and pop-rock to another level completely. The number of sing-along hits they’ve produced is unmatched by other rock bands from their era. Queen has now been nicknamed “the global jukebox” thanks to its 1985 Live Aid concert.
Freddie Mercury left after his passing not only great music but also a wonderful story that was adapted into ” Bohemian Rhapsody,” one of the best ones that came out that year. Even today, many rock bands perform with Queen covers, preserving their music for generations to come.
Paving the way for the genre of progressive rock, Pink Floyd solidified their spot as one of the most internationally successful bands of all time. Formed in London in 1965, the British band was the first to play with psychedelic rock and is known, in addition, for their wildly elaborate live performances.
The band reached the height of their fame in the 70s with the release of the albums “The Dark Side of The Moon,” “Wish You Were Here,” and “The Wall.” Pink Floyd's mark on music history remains a significant influence to many. Their political, emotional, and social commentary hold onto their unique message, and their magnificent music is heard on stage until this day.
Led by rock legends Robert Plant and Jimmy Page, the rock band formed in London in 1968 has become one of the most successful and innovative rock bands of all time. Their style varies from hard rock to heavy metal, with influences from blues and folk.
Although they produced an innumerable number of hits, “Stairway to Heaven” has become a household name even for those who don’t consider themselves fans. The band has many other songs that have become great hits over the years, such as "Black Dog," "Good Times Bad Times," and other hits that are just too many to count.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The alternative rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers was formed in California in 1983. With a very typical rock style, the Red Hot Chili Peppers have garnered an unbelievably loyal and massive fan base. In 2004, the band was recorded over three nights performing in Hyde Park, London setting records for the highest-grossing concerts at a single venue in history.
Their music has influenced generations of music lovers, and they are known to be one of the best-selling rock bands in history. With over 120 million records to their name, The Red Hot Chiily peepers perform to this very day, and every concert is sold out.
The kings of Southern rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, was formed in 1964 in Jacksonville, Florida. Originally named “My Backyard,” the band’s members, Ronnie Van Zant, Allen Collins, Gary Rossington, Bob Burns, and Larry Junstrom, went through various names until finally deciding on Lynyrd Skynyrd. It came from the name of a hated gym teacher they had in high school — Leonard Skinner.
Apart from their rock classics like “Sweet Home Alabama,” “Simple Man,” and “Free Bird”, these guys know how to put on a live show better than most. Their guitar solos are a thing of beauty, and anyone who ever had the privilege of seeing them live should consider themselves lucky.