1 Ian Paice - Deep Purple
Ian Anderson Paice (born 29 June 1948) is an English musician, best known as the drummer of the English rock band Deep Purple. He has been the band's only constant member since its foundation.
Ian Paice has been Deep Purple's drummer throughout its entire 50 year history. Jon Lord was with the band until he retired in 2002, making Ian eligible for this list.
2 Robert Fripp - King Crimson
Robert Fripp (born 16 May 1946) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer. As a guitarist for the progressive rock band King Crimson, Fripp has been the only member to have played in all of King Crimson's line-ups from their inception in the late 1960s to the present. He has also worked extensively as a studio musician, notably with singer David Bowie on the albums "Heroes" and Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps), Brian Eno, David Sylvian and contributed sounds to the Windows Vista operating system. His complete discography lists more than seven hundred releases over four decades. ...read more.
Robert Fripp has been King Crimson's leader and creative force throughout its off-and-on-again 50 year history. He is, essentially, the band.
Not much else to say.
3 Angus Young - AC/DC
Angus McKinnon Young is an Australian guitarist of Scottish origin, best known as the co-founder, lead guitarist, songwriter and sole constant member of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. When performing live he does his own version of Chuck Berry's "duck walk" and has also spun on his side while ...read more.
Angus Young became the last original member following Malcolm Young's retirement in 2014 (he died three years later). Brian Johnson and Cliff Williams' departures removed all other ties with classic-era AC/DC.
Angus Young is the only member who stayed with AC/DC for the 47 years they were around
4 Alex Lifeson - Rush
Aleksandar Živojinović, better known by his stage name Alex Lifeson, is a Canadian musician, best known as the guitarist of the Canadian rock band Rush.
As I mentioned in the Geddy Lee entry, Alex (believe it or not) was the only constant member of Rush.
5 Dave Mustaine - Megadeth
David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, actor and author. Mustaine is best known as a pioneer in Thrash Metal, being the former lead guitarist of Metallica before his dismissal in 1983, leading to finding and becoming the front man of his own ...read more.
6 Tony Iommi - Black Sabbath
Anthony Frank "Tony" Iommi is an English guitarist, songwriter and producer. Best known as lead guitarist and founding member of the pioneering heavy metal band Black Sabbath, he has been the band's sole continual member and primary composer. At age 17, he accidentally lost the fingertips of his middle and ring fingers on his right hand, and considered giving up music. His boss encouraged him to continue playing by playing a record of the jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt who became famous even though his fretting hand was limited due to an injury. He carried on and down tuned his guitar for easier playing, which helped give birth to heavy metal music.
7 Ritchie Blackmore - Rainbow
Richard Hugh "Ritchie" Blackmore is an English guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work in the hard rock/metal bands Deep Purple and Rainbow. He was ranked number 16 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Metal Guitarists of All Time" in 2004, and number 50 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" in 2011. In 2016 he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as one of original members of Deep Purple.
Rainbow's first album was called "Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow" for a reason. Let's just put it that way.
8 Tom Scholz - Boston
Donald Thomas "Tom" Scholz is an American rock musician, inventor, engineer, and philanthropist, best known as the founder of the band Boston.
This is to be expected- Tom Scholz was the entire creative force of Boston. Brad Delp's tragic suicide in 2007 left Tom Scholz the only original member in the band.
9 Don Henley - Eagles
Donald Hugh "Don" Henley is an American singer-songwriter, producer, and drummer, best known as a founding member of the Eagles before launching a successful solo career.
After Glenn Frey died in 2016, Don Henley became the only original member in the band.
10 Scott Ian - Anthrax
Scott Ian is an American musician, best known as the rhythm guitarist, backing and additional lead vocalist, and the only remaining original founding member of the thrash metal band Anthrax. He also writes the lyrics on all their albums.
11 Nick Mason - Pink Floyd
Nicholas Berkeley "Nick" Mason is an English musician and composer, best known as the drummer of legendary rock band Pink Floyd.
He was the only member of the group to have played in all of their albums.
Syd Barrett got kicked out in 1968.
David Gilmour joined at that same time.
Roger Waters left the band in 1983 after the recording of The Final Cut.
Rick Wright got kicked out by Waters in 1979, during the recording of The Wall, and returned in 1987 for A Momentary Lapse of Reason.
12 Chuck Schuldiner - Death
Charles Michael "Chuck" Schuldiner (1967-2001) was an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist, best known as the founder and vocalist, guitarist and bassist of the American heavy metal band Death. He is considered the most influential figure in Death Metal, with some publications referring to Chuck ...read more.
13 Roger McGuinn - The Byrds
James Roger McGuinn known professionally as Roger McGuinn and previously as Jim McGuinn, is an American musician.
I'm looking at such a creative, fresh and informative music list after a very very LONG time.
Great list, You add new content which is all about creativity and precision, I was really disappointed with extremely biased and repetitive music lists being added again and again.
He was the only constant member of The Byrds, even when they completely changed their lineup in 1968. This shows itself in that he was the only band member to sing lead vocals on the album Dr. Byrds and Mr. Hyde.
14 Amy Lee - Evanescence
Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter, classically trained pianist and composer. She is also the lead singer to the Arkansas band Evanescence.
15 Brendon Urie - Panic! at the Disco
Brendon Boyd Urie, more commonly known as Brendon Urie, was born April 12, 1987, in St. George, Utah. He is an American singer, songwriter, musician and multi-instrumentalist. He is best own as the lead singer of the American pop-rock band Panic! At The Disco. He is the only original remaining member. ...read more.
16 Lemmy - Motörhead
Ian Fraser Kilmister, known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. He was a bassist and a singer known for his raspy voice. He died in 2015 from cancer and other health problems.
Motörhead went through nine other musicians throughout its history. Lemmy was pretty much the face of the band.
17 Gary Rossington - Lynyrd Skynyrd
He is the only original member of Lynyrd Skynyrd in its current lineup- a lineup that is somewhat controversial among fans.
18 Axl Rose - Guns 'n' Roses
William Bruce Rose Jr., better known as 'Axl Rose', is an American singer born on February 6, 1962, in Lafayette, Indiana. He Is the founder and lead singer of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. He is a celebrated but controversial figure in the world of rock.
He is the only original member of Guns 'n' Roses.
Axl is the only one who stayed in the band for the 36 years Guns Roses has been a band
19 Steve Harris - Iron Maiden
Stephen Percy "Steve" Harris is an English musician and songwriter, known as the bassist, occasional keyboardist, backing vocalist, primary songwriter and founder of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
Guitarist Dave Murray has been on every single album and tour with Iron Maiden. Steve started the band but Dave has been by his side since 1976. Their first album came out in 1980
Ah I voted by accident I realised he is not the only constant member
20 Doug Gray - The Marshall Tucker Band
He is the only original member left in the Marshall Tucker Band.
21 Billy Corgan - Smashing Pumpkins
William Patrick "Billy" Corgan Jr. is an American musician, songwriter, producer, television writer, poet, and professional wrestling promoter best known as the lead singer, guitarist, and sole permanent member of The Smashing Pumpkins.
22 Mikael Akerfeldt - Opeth
Lars Mikael Åkerfeldt is a Swedish musician, prominently known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, and primary songwriter of progressive death metal band Opeth, as well as being the former vocalist of death metal supergroup Bloodbath for three albums up until 2012. ...read more.
23 Robert Smith - The Cure
Robert James Smith is an English singer, songwriter and musician. He is the lead singer, guitarist, lyricist and principal songwriter of the rock band The Cure. He is the band's only constant member since its formation in 1976.
24 Ian Hill - Judas Priest
25 Steven Wilson - Porcupine Tree
Steven John Wilson is an English musician, singer, songwriter and record producer, most closely associated with the progressive rock genre. He is best known for his band Porcupine Tree.