- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 1, 2005

The Rolling Stones are set to release “A Bigger Bang” on Tuesday, marking their 24th studio album and fifth decade in the recording biz. With the exception of a near crackup in the mid-‘80s, the Stones’ career has basically been uninterrupted. Aside from a death and a resignation or two, its core lineup has remained the same for more than 40 years. Unlike these name-only marathon bands:

The Beach Boys — Or should we call them the Mike Love Boys? Must consult legal papers. Lucky for fans, the real deal, Brian Wilson, has revived his solo career.

Chicago — Multiple personnel changes — including the departure more than 20 years ago of key bassist-vocalist Peter Cetera and the death of singer-guitarist Terry Kath — and the loss of major-label support haven’t stopped this hardy troupe from sticking to its horns.

The Temptations — They tour the casino circuit relentlessly, but just one original member of the illustrious R&B; act, Otis Williams, survives. Various Temptations replacements, including Dennis Edwards and Damon Harris, still coast on the fumes of the group’s moniker.

Journey — Guitarist Neil Schon has been the only constant in a band that has undergone various incarnations, first as a mid-‘70s offshoot of Latin rockers Santana and, most famously, as the Steve Perry-led purveyors of ‘80s lite metal.

Foreigner — Like Mr. Schon, guitarist Mick Jones is the last man standing in this once-mega-popular Anglo-American arena rock act. Recently, Mr. Jones recruited new drummer Jason Bonham — son of the late John Bonham, sticks-man for Led Zeppelin — who knew better than to end up on this list.

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