Top 10 Rock and Metal Bands Most Likely to Retire by 2020

My predictions are based on:
- age of the band members
- lineup problems (health issues, key members died)
- reading between the lines of some interviews.

However, you never know.
I don't want these bands to retire but I know it will happen one day.

The Top Ten

1 AC/DC AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson more.

In all honesty, I hope that Angus does retire the band. If he did his own little project, like "The Angus Young Band" or something like that, then that would be perfectly fine. But the band's lineup has become such a changed animal that it's not fair to call it AC/DC anymore, especially not without Malcolm. The fact that Cliff Williams was ready to leave the band after the tour was over sounded the final death knell for me. - Gg2000

They should finish off that new album and do one last world tour - ToddHoward

Been dragged out for too long. Let the legacy begin already. - ParasN2000

It's not the same without Malcolm. - Userguy44

2 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). more.

It's a miracle this band is still around - Metal_Treasure

They are getting really old now. Don't know if they are going to carry on after 2020.. We'll see.

I'm pretty sure the band is made up of White Walkers. - truckturner

3 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, more.

Their counterparts from Black Sabbath already disbanded in 2017. But on the other hand, Deep Purple's 2017 album was awesome and Ian Gillan still has it. - Metal_Treasure

I think they've been playing long enough to deserve a retirement. Especially Ian Gillan; his voice has been singing for so long that I think it definitely deserves the rest. - Gg2000

Can't believe this legendary band will retire. They exist pretty long. - Userguy44

4 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964. The most recognizable lineup was Roger Daltrey (lead vocals), Pete Townshend (guitar), John Entwistle (bass guitar), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and more.
5 Iron Butterfly Iron Butterfly Iron Butterfly is an American rock band best known for the 1968 hit "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida", providing a dramatic sound that led the way towards the development of hard rock and heavy metal music.
6 Poison Poison Poison is an American glam and hard rock band that achieved great commercial success in the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s.

This group hasn't done anything since more than 10 years now. We don't talk about them anymore.

I hope they will retire soon. - Metal_Treasure

7 KISS KISS Kiss is an American hard rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons and the band's original manager, Lew Linet.

Don't forget, though, they already cried wolf once back in 2003, and knowing Gene and Paul, they'd probably go ahead and send younger guys out in the makeup as KISS. - Gg2000

They've announced their "final" tou4 for this year so you would think so.. - ParasN2000

I believe they are going to stop in 2019.

8 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band that formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. They are often referred to as one of the greatest metal bands of all time, and are even commonly called “The Metal Gods”, after one of the songs on their 1980 album “British Steel”. more.

The most signature sound of this band is Rob's voice. As long as he wants to sing, I think Judas Priest could go on.
However, I remember Rob said that their 2018 album (awesome by the way) happened mainly because their young guitarist Richie Faulkner (in his 30s) was urging the band to make an album. Well, next time Richie may not succeed to convince the band. - Metal_Treasure

Metal legends will never die. - Userguy44

9 ZZ Top ZZ Top ZZ Top is an American rock band that formed in 1969 in Houston, Texas. The band is composed of bassist and lead vocalist Dusty Hill, guitarist and lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, and drummer Frank Beard.

I would at least like to see them celebrate their 50th anniversary. They've still got quite a bit of life in them; I think they'll last at least three to four more years. - Gg2000

10 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm more.

One of the most well aged bands I think. - Userguy44

I don't know these guys are still going very strong.

I swear, when Iron Maiden will retire it'll be the end of the world.

In Oct-Nov 2018 Steve Harris said that they were at the end of their career but "we certainly think we could carry on for a while yet, but you just never know. I think you’ve just gotta take it as it comes, especially when you get to our age, I suppose." - Metal_Treasure

The Contenders

11 Aerosmith Aerosmith Aerosmith is an American rock band, sometimes referred to as "the Bad Boys from Boston" and "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band".

I still want to see them. - Userguy44

12 Scorpions Scorpions Scorpions are a German rock band formed in 1965 in Hanover by Rudolf Schenker. Since the band's inception, its musical style has ranged from hard rock to heavy metal.

I saw them this year and they were still amazing. - Userguy44

13 Uriah Heep Uriah Heep Uriah Heep are an English rock band formed in London in 1969 that was one of the top rock bands in the early 1970s. Twelve of the band's albums have made it to the UK Albums Chart (Return to Fantasy reached No. 7 in 1975). Uriah Heep's distinctive features include a massive keyboard sound, strong vocal more.
14 Manowar Manowar Manowar is an American heavy metal band from New York City, New York. Formed in 1980, the group is known for lyrics based on fantasy and mythology.
15 Whitesnake Whitesnake Whitesnake are a rock band formed in England in 1978 by singer David Coverdale, after his departure from his previous band Deep Purple.

In May 2019 they released a new album! - Metal_Treasure

I put them last because on the one hand, they are releasing a new album next year, 2019, which proves they still do something.
But on the other, I have the strange feeling that this album might be their final album. I would like to be proved wrong though. - Metal_Treasure

Another band I really want to see live. - Userguy44

16 Slayer Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. more.

Slayer announced their official disbandment in 2019. That was the reason I didn't add them to this list - because it's known and there's nothing to predict. - Metal_Treasure

If it's true what they say, than they don't play anymore after 2020.

17 Van Halen Van Halen Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

Van Halen was much better when Sammy Hagar entered the picture in my own opinion. I don't really have any disagreements on this one. - UltraSaiyan419

18 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk, punk rock, and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1986. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative more.

I don't think so. - Userguy44


19 Blue Cheer Blue Cheer Blue Cheer was an American rock band that initially performed and recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was sporadically active until 2009. Based in San Francisco, Blue Cheer played in a psychedelic blues rock style, and are also credited as being some of the earliest pioneers of heavy metal, more.

Their drummer, Paul Whaley, died in Jan 2019. RIP. - Metal_Treasure

20 Saxon Saxon Saxon are an English heavy metal band formed in 1976, in South Yorkshire. As one of the leaders of the new wave of British heavy metal, they had eight UK Top 40 albums in the 1980s including four UK Top 10 albums and two Top 5 albums.

I don't know. In 2018 they released a pretty solid album and the band sounded very good. The singer sounded like his voice hasn't changed since the 80s. - Metal_Treasure

21 Diamond Head Diamond Head Diamond Head are an English heavy metal band formed in 1976 in Stourbridge, England. The band is recognised as one of the leading members of the new wave of British heavy metal and is acknowledged by thrash metal bands such as Metallica and Megadeth as an important early influence.
22 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". more.
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