I was getting ready to do a "What If...AC/DC" entry for today and as I started to write this sentence: "AC/DC is the biggest rock band in the world..." it dawned on me that this might not be true.
In fact, I guess I really don't know which rock band is *the* biggest of them all.
I think AC/DC definitely has to be in the mix. I mean, their current sold-out world tour is testament enough to their longevity, massive record sales notwithstanding.
If I was looking for the biggest American rock band, the title would easily go to Aerosmith. The band has been around forever, still enjoys mass appeal and has huge name recognition. Of course, Van Halen is huge - but can we count them since it's not really the original lineup anymore? I think to win the distinction as "biggest of them all" the current lineup needs to be fairly true to the original. I think the Rolling Stones definitely count, lineup changes and all because, well, they are the Rolling freaking Stones. Mick Jagger can just *think* the word "tour" and millions of dollars hit him over the head.
The really big bands are fading I fear. I'm not sure we are living in an entertainment climate that can produce another rock act that will be around for 20, 30 or even 40 years. We've all got too many distractions and too many choices and it seems that cultivating the next "big" band isn't high on that many people's priority lists. We better choose the big one now - while they still exist.
So, I'll ask again: "Which rock band is the biggest of them all?"