3. The Who
When the Who first came to America in 1967 they were crammed in the middle of a bill between the Blue Magoos and headliners Herman's Hermits. The crowd of teeny-boppers didn't know what to make of Pete Townshend smashing his guitar, Keith Moon destroying his drum kit or Roger Daltrey screaming that he wanted to die before he got old. When they returned in 1969 to support their landmark concept LP Tommy they had become rock gods, playing the disc straight through at opera houses and hailed by critics as the second coming. Keith Moon's death in 1978 hobbled the group tremendously, as did John Entwistle's in 2002 – yet even with half the band literally dead they continue to put on an amazing show.