Decades into their careers, these rock stars are still selling out arenas around the world, their screaming fans testament to the fact that they haven’t forgotten their way around the stage. The tragic death of legendary heavy metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio may have left behind a big void, but we’re glad to see his generation still holding up the fort. And now, with rumours rife that members of one of the biggest rock
Rocking since: 1981
Current members: Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil
Touring: July 31 – August 24
Motley Crue may have given up their hard drugs and barrels of booze, but they’re holding onto their hotel-thrashing rock star image for dear life. Their oldest member, guitarist Mick Mars, who just celebrated his 59th birthday in May, suffers from a form of arthritis that has led him to have a hip replacement, shaved three inches off his height, and forces his spine rigidly into place with no movement in his back and neck. Yet, Mars can still be seen conquering his guitar strings on stage nearly three decades on.
Rocking since: 1957
Touring: May 27 – June 27
Despite the wrinkling on the 67-year-old’s face, his pouty lips still earn Paul McCartney the title of cutest ex-Beatle – but looks aren’t all that’s keeping him popular. During his 2009 tour, McCartney played two-and-a-half hour sets with no breaks, belting out Beatles hits sprinkled with some of his solo work. McCartney hasn’t forgotten his roots, with tributes to John Lennon and George Harrison bringing audiences – and sometimes himself – to tears, but his wit is quick to bring back the laughter. On whether he plans to retire, McCartney told English magazine Q: “Why would I retire? Sit at home and watch telly? No thanks. I’d rather be out playing.”
Rocking since: 1970
Current members: Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton, Joey Cramer
Touring: May 17 – August 14
The demon of screaming, Steven Tyler, hasn’t lost his voice after 40 years of doing what he does best – yelling. He hits the high notes and saunters around stage like only a man who’s confident enough to wear lipstick would. The rocker, now 62, took the stage in Dubai in 2007, pulling up his shirt to reveal the words “lick me” on his torso.
Rocking since: 1975
Members: Bruce Dickinson, Dave Murray, Janick Gers, Adrian Smith, Steve Harris, Nicko McBrain
Touring: June 9 – August 21
You know a band is ancient when they have more ex-members than current members – but if the amount of people who own Iron Maiden shirts have anything to say about it, age is just a number. If anything, their rock stardom reached its peak in their 50s when lead singer Bruce Dickinson – who also trained as an airline pilot – flew the band around from stage to stage on their chartered Boeing 757-200, known as Ed Force One, during their 2007 tour. The band headlined the Dubai Desert Rock Festival earlier that year and returned to the city in 2009. A 15th studio album, The Final Frontier, is set for release this summer.
Rocking since: 1975
Touring: May 2 – September 18
Joan Jett wasn’t joking when she sang I love rock ‘n’ roll in 1981. Almost 30 years later, she’s still pulling off the jet black hair and androgynous gear, with a body that looks fit for fighting – or rocking out. Since her start in the all-girl rock band The Runaways in 1975, now the story behind a movie that made fans out of people half her age, she’s garnered success as vocalist and guitarist in Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. Jett was No 87 on Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest guitarists of all time in 2003, one of only two women that made the cut. She paved the road for ladies in rock, and she’s still jamming.