# 1 Rock Act of the 70's?

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  1. GCDEF

    GCDEF Member

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    And when they came back in the late 70s, they pretty much sucked.

    As to the Kiss comments, the mid/late 70s was their heyday, but they weren't in the same league as Led Zeppelin.
     
  2. ronmail65

    ronmail65 Silver Supporting Member

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    For hard rock... I think you gotta give it to Led Zeppelin, Kiss, Aerosmith, and Ted Nugent

    For rock / pop - then you get into Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, Bowie, etc...

    For disco / pop - the Bee Gees were pretty huge

    It's not a great indicator, because as a reference for 'point in time', you should check out the Cal Jam concerts and the Midnight Special stuff on YouTube for good live '70's rock. There's some really great performances!
     
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    1+ Led Zeppelin
     
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    The Dead were also very alive in the 70s.
     
  5. stanshall

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    if you were there: Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd
     
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    Quite true - the album didn't move that many units in the 1970s because it came out on November 30, 1979. So that was about 500k copies in a month's time (including Christmas sales). I was a Senior in HS (12th grade); that was the album that knocked Zep's In Through The Out Door off my turntable (as the "constantly played" album that is).:phones
     
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    I think you have to include The Who in there somewhere, although overall I agree it's got to be LZ.
     
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    I'd say they are the #2 Pop Act, just behind these guys/girls:

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    As for the top Rock band, everyone knows who that is, Silly Wabbits!! :rolleyes:

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    Led Zeppelin, no question.
     
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    I'm not really a Zeppelin fan but they dominated most of the 70's. Along with the likes of Elton John, Bowie, Pink Floyd, ABBA, The Bee Gee's and to a lesser degree the Stones in the latter half of the 70's.
     
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    From the OP, "I mean, I'm not even talking about pop, soul, disco etc.. just pure ROCK"

    Bee Gees and Abba weren't rock.
     
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    Dennis DeYoung and the Funky Bunch

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    I don't really have an answer but I'm interested to know what rock docs you've seen , care to make a list please ???
    , this will help with quarantine boredom :)
     
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    I'm not sure its clear if Zep was the #1 grossing live act. Can anyone confirm? They were the first to come to mind. But there are other acts that toured more frequently through that decade but didn't usually play to 80,000 people. What a crazy time back then for tours.
     
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    I saw them 2 nights in a row at MSG in '77. My Dad bought me tickets for $10 each.
     
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    I'm not sure what LZ's concert grosses where for all of the 70s, but i'm sure it's up there. they toured a lot through out the 70s, but had some sections of inactivity b/c of the various things that happened to the band. but i'm sure they are up there....

     
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    Is this even a question? Led Zeppelin is probably behind only the Beatles and Stones as the biggest rock act of all time.
     
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    I had sent in an order for Zep tickets tour in '80(?) then found out Bonham died and refund was sent back. Then I ordered two tickets to Stones at Silverdome in '81 and only one came. I didn't go and still have the ticket for that. Not a lot of luck with going to see legendary acts like this!
     
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