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  • Am struggling to think of anything older than ZZ Top.

    Anyone else?

    ti_pin_man
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    Aerosmith?
    Motley Crue – although ZZtop and Aerosmith are older.
    Heart, think its still the original band and they were around in the 70’s.

    EDIT: Rush? U2?

    Premier Icon kennyp
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    Rush changed their drummer after their first album, about 40 years ago. Since then though the line-up hasn’t changed a bit.

    ti_pin_man
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    and of course aerosmith have parted company with various members in the past, albeit reunited. I suspect Heart may be the same. Motley isnt that old and of course neither is U2.

    Premier Icon mogrim
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    Are the Rolling Stones still touring?

    Junkyard
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    the line up changed though as one died

    Status Quo – are they still the original line up?

    Mersey beat one – jerry and the pacemakers?

    The Stranglers are currently on their 40th anniversary tour with three out of the original four still producing studio work and two of the originals on stage. Jet Black’s health isn’t up to touring now.

    warton
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    Are the Rolling Stones still touring?

    Ronnie Wood?

    Status Quo – are they still the original line up?

    No, drummer and bassist. I only know this as there was a program on BBC4 on Friday about them.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    The Stranglers are currently on their 40th anniversary tour with three out of the original four still producing studio work and two of the originals on stage.

    Er, so not the Stranglers then!

    Premier Icon vinnyeh
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    The Seekers. Kind of.

    Stones have lost Jones, Wyman and Taylor at a a minimum, over the years.

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    the answer is “Golden Earring” – all original members, formed in 1961 (I cheated!)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Earring

    Woody, from your linked article;

    Current members of Golden Earring are Barry Hay (vocals, guitar, flute and saxophone, member since 1967), George Kooymans (vocals and guitar, founder of band), Rinus Gerritsen (bass and keyboard, founding member), and Cesar Zuiderwijk (drums and percussion, member since 1970).

    Sorry, but if you’re going to cheat, at least do it properly! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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    Stones have lost Jones, Wyman and Taylor at a a minimum, over the years.

    Fair enough, didn’t bother to check the detail – they all seem so old I kind of assumed they were original ๐Ÿ™‚

    Premier Icon woody2000
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    My bad. I was looking at another page, then noticed there was a Wiki page and never checked it!

    I was looking at this

    The Oldest Rock Bands still Performing Today, Then and Now

    Which said:

    Current members:

    Name: Marinus โ€œRinusโ€ Gerritsen
    Role: Bass
    Original Member: Yes
    Time: 1961 โ€“ Present

    Name: Barry Hay
    Role: Vocals
    Original Member: Yes
    Time: 1961 โ€“ Present

    Name: George Kooymans
    Role: Guitars
    Original Member: Yes
    Time: 1961 โ€“ Present

    Name: โ€œCesarโ€ Zuiderwijk
    Role: Drums
    Original Member: Yes
    Time: 1961 โ€“ Present

    I took that to mean all original ๐Ÿ˜ณ

    Premier Icon DezB
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    I think its definitely not Dr Feelgood:

    How they can call themselves Dr Feelgood, I don’t know!

    Junkyard
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    Its hard most of the ones I think off have dead members such as the Beach Boys or the Bee gees …i am racking my brain alphabetically!!!

    bokonon
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    ZZ Top changed their drummer after the first release.

    Longest ever was probably The Four Tops – 1953 – 1997, but they are no longer going as the original line up.

    LS
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    ^ Sort of – I think the first album was Gibbons, Beard and Hill but there had been other people with Billy before they got to that point?

    If there’s any doubt, you could always qualify it with ‘and still producing great music’ – that way ZZ Top definitely win ๐Ÿ˜€

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    The Osmonds / Jackson’s?

    iolo
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    Atomic Kitten?

    I think the first album was Gibbons, Beard and Hill but there had been other people with Billy before they got to that point?

    That is indeed true. So not too sure if my own suggestion fits the bill or not! I suppose we could qualify it from their first album release!

    Oh, and this;

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwjyBKPYtlo[/video]

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    Chas & Dave?

    bokonon
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    ZZ Top – The first single (Salt Lick) was Gibbons, Greig and Mitchell, replaced afterwards with Gibbons, Beard and Hill – so not the “original” line up of ZZ Top, because there is a record made with a different one.

    bokonon
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    Unless of course you start from the fist album, rather than first release.

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    I reckon it’s U2..

    bokonon
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    Chas & Dave?

    Duo’s can’t count, because if it was a different line up, it would not longer be Chas and Dave – e.g. the Everly Brothers – spent a decade apart doing other things, but no one was the every brother in the interim…

    bokonon
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    Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young – probably stretching the rules ( a lot) but the line up hasn’t changed since they started with that name in 1969.

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    Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

    still recording/touring – last toured 2006

    Pigface
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    Sex Pistols if you can call them a band these days. Matlock, Cook, Jones and Rotten

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    Sex Pistols if you can call them a band these days. Matlock, Cook, Jones and Rotten

    How could you forget Sid?

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    Sid was a replacement.

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    I don’t think reforming for the annual gig can be considered “touring”.

    I’m still winning with U2 ๐Ÿ™‚

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    Nine Inch Nails- consistently throughout their life have been Trent Reznor and 4 blokes nobody knows the name of.

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    sugarbabes

    Vinte
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    Jethro Tull ๐Ÿ˜€

    BikePawl
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    Well, if he’s^^ going to say Jethro Tull, I’ll nominate Fairport Convention ๐Ÿ˜ˆ

    peterfile
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    A bit closer to home, I’ll be having dinner with one of Teenage Fan Club on Saturday night.

    1989 to present.

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    Well, if he’s^^ going to say Jethro Tull, I’ll nominate Fairport Convention

    Certainly can’t be Jethro Tull, as they changed bass players from Glenn Cornick to Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond (JHH played on “Aqualung”) and it can’t be Fairport either, because Richard Thompson and Dave Swarbrick were in the original line-up.

    bokonon
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    Teenage Fanclub lost Brendan O’Hare after Grand Prix, or maybe thirteen – before Songs from Northern Britain at least.

    nick1962
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    Definitely not The Drifters that’s for sure though they must hold some sort of record for the most personnel ever.I remember when they were playing in two different venues in Manchester at the same time on the same night with two completely different line ups.They’ve aged well too ๐Ÿ™‚

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