Classic Rock has had a massive influence on me to getting into the Metal I love today. Rush, April Wine, AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Aerosmith, Kiss, Pink Floyd, Queen, Blue Oyster Cult, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Scorpions, Cream, Clapton solo material, Van Halen, The Guess Who, BTO, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Foreigner, CCR, The Police, Fleetwood Mac, The Moody Blues, ELO, Allman Brothers, ZZ Top, David Bowie, The Eagles, Guns N' Roses (before Slash left and they completely went too shit courtesy of Axl Rose's gigantic ego), Genesis, Yes, Peter Frampton, Ted Nugent, Fleetwood Mac, just to name the bands/musicians I grew up listening too at the age of 13 courtesy of hearing it on the radio in my Dad's truck, I'm 23 right now and still admire my Dad a great deal for exposing it too me in that format.
Of the bands I've listed on here that I like I have managed to have seen a few but that's better then none.
I've seen Rush 4 times because they play two shows each time they come too Toronto and I was lucky and very lucky to have seen my fav classic rock band on my 23rd birthday last year (which is October 14th).
I've seen The Moody Blues and they were incredible and I'm surprisingly fortunate to share a birthday with Justin Hayward.
I've seen Kiss live twice and both times they were incredible with their pyro and other stage antics.
I've seen Alice Cooper twice and he still puts on a fantastic live show with his beheadings and scaring off photographers who get too close to him.
Saw Roger Waters on The Wall tour 3 years ago it was mindblowing.
I've seen Scorpions twice and they were great; Klaus Meine still has a great voice.
Saw Van Halen last March on St. Patties Day and I enjoyed them a great deal and Diamond Dave's dance moves along with his hilarious in between song banters made the show more awesome, his notable banter I remember was of him showing a video montage of his dog named Mikey herding a group of sheep and Dave go's "Sheep are like cheerleaders, you don't want to get too close to them. Cattle, they're more aggressive, they're like uhh... uhh Canadian Hockey Fans!" The crowd laughed at that and even though I like hockey and I'm Canadian, I was howling with laughter, and I laughed at his schtick of "I forgot the fuckin' words" during one of his songs, great live entertainer.
Saw Aerosmith last year as well and man can Steven Tyler still wail away even though his past drug abuse has made him look like he's over 80 years old.
Saw Deep Purple last year and they blew me away and I remember Ian Gillan was in a boot cast but for a guy who at the time was 66 years old, he still could execute his high pitched screams.
Saw ZZ Top and they were fantastic plus Billy Gibbons' in between song banters were hilarious, since they were playing a Casino on an old Native Reserve, I remember he said "We're on an Indian reserve tonight, well the Indians aren't Canadian. When your on an Indian reserve you can do anything... well almost anything. There`s two rules, 1. No drinking during gospel music and 2. No Gospel music". He also said another hilarious notable banter in reference to Dusty Hill's hat and his Blues Look "I got to get me one of those hats, but where can I find one, where`s my blues technicians?" Then two burlesque women then came out with a fedorah for Billy and then Billy go's "Dang!" in which the crowd erupted with laughter. Finally for the last banter "We've been doing this for four decades, same 3 guys, same 3 chords", in which the crowd laughed yet again.
This sums up the bands I like, and the ones I have seen live with the frontmen's hilarious banters they busted out live. Last but not least, I dig the thread you made Laura, it's awesome