2015 marks the band's 50th anniversary. Talk about music longeviety! The German band gained prominence in the 80s when their style of rock ballad became a staple on radio airwaves. And even now, hits like Winds of Change and White Dove can still be found on playlists, proving their timeless classics can transcend generations.
Known for their gothic make-up, elaborate outfits, pyrotechnic performances and all-round mayhem during live shows, KISS is a heavy metal glam band that relies heavily on showmanship to complement their music style. Described by Rolling Stones magazine as the 'American Black Sabbath', Kiss was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the tail end of 2013. If you still can't get enough of them, catch them Down Under next month.
Lead singer Steven Tyler's gig as judge on American Idol a few seasons back ensured that Aerosmith remained in the public eye. Oh and it helps that they're also the best-selling American hard rock band of all time with more than 150 million records worldwide. With a base in blues rock, their sound is made even more distinct by Tyler's unique vocal prowess. They were last seen this summer touring the US but don't count out worldwide gigs just yet.
Many would know Def Leppard as the band with the one-armed drummer (Rick Allen). After a road accident, the band sought the help of engineers to create a custom machine with which Allen could continue to be part of the band and be a part of its vast success. Throughout the years, the English band has gone through Allen's accident, a death of one of its members and a change in musical direction to keep on making records. Their 2015 offering will be out on October 30.
Their Eddie 'the head' mascot is as popular as the band itself and his many shapes and forms have graced literally most, if not all, of their album covers. The English heavy metal band has experimented with different vocalists throughout its history but in the end, and fortunately so, original vocalist Bruce Dickinson returned to the fore just in time for the band to get its signature sound back. Here's a little trivia for you: Dickinson is a licensed commercial pilot, a businessman, has competed in fencing and was given an Honorary Doctorate in Music by Queen Mary University. Certainly not your typical rocker.