Classic rock saviors

The Digital Age has done a number on the music business. But old rockers - from Rush to Rod - have brought millions back into the world's concert halls. A Fortune picture portfolio.

John Bentley, Stephen Large, Glenn Tilbrook, Chris Difford, Simon Hanson, photographed by Trevor Ray Hart in London, backstage at The Albany, July 12, 2007
SQUEEZE
Top songs: "Take Me I'm Yours," "Tempted," "Up the Junction," "Another Nail for My Heart"

Essential albums: Cool for Cats, East Side Story, Argybargy, Singles--45s and Under

Listen to:
"Take Me I'm Yours"
"Tempted"

Why they rock: They're a classic long-tail story, selling out Madison Square Garden in 1982, 1987, and 1989, even though they never broke Top 40 radio. Despite their low profile, Dire Straits, U2, Simple Minds, the Jam, and Bon Jovi have all opened for the band.

Bottom line: Their very brief tour in small venues grossed nearly $1 million

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Genesis
Chicago
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Cyndi Lauper
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