Longest running bands still recording/touring with the original members
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.
I saw one incarnation at The Twisted Wheel (one of the two venues). Couldn’t wait for the DJ to get back on if my amphetamine obscured memory of the period serves me correctly! 🙂Posted 3 years agojulianwilsonMember
Not an answer at all, but I saw the Yardbirds live the other day and there were 2 original members and three lads who must have been in their 20’s. This also meant they rocked rather hard for a 47-year-old act though
iirc there are 2 discreet/different versions of the Animals that still tour, each with one original bloke in them.Posted 3 years ago
i don’t think Brendan O’Hare was technically an original member?
Well quite – wasn’t an original member, did go on to be the drummer for 2.5 albums or so, then replaced by someone else, then they were replaced by Francis Mcdonald who did half of the first album.
If we are going to play that game, then Black Sabbath – they have played fairly recently with the original line up.Posted 3 years ago
If we are going to play that game, then Black Sabbath – they have played fairly recently with the original line up.
Erm, they did a press conference as the original line up and promptly fell out with Bill Ward and he didn’t play the shows.
Question on definitions – how are we meant to define “original line up?” – most bands go through changes in the formative period, but often establish a stable line up prior to recording the first album. U2 fall into this category, t’Edge’s brother was originally part of the band, but had left before they recorded, and they’ve kept a stable line up for their entire recording career.
And what about bands that change their names? U2 also fall into this category btw.Posted 3 years ago
Having looked at the wording of the question again, I’m taking it as being original members, with no new members, but it doesn’t say that all the original members have to be there, so on that basis, since the official members of the band are Brian May and Roger Taylor, I’m calling Queen (1971?)Posted 3 years ago
Ward played with them and recorded stuff around 2001 definitely – I saw them.
If thirteen years ago counts then that does open the field up somewhat. If that was the last thing they had done together then maybe you could have it, but since they have subsequently both played live and made an album without Ward, I don’t think you can really..Posted 3 years ago
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