Originally Posted by JGuy Grungeman
The Big 4 Bands of Prog are Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Genesis, and Yes. Believe it or not, that's the common and official decisiuon from fans and the media, such as the big four of thrash metal is Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer, and the big four of grunge is Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. All official. But if you could add a fifth member and make it Big 5, who?
For me, it would be Kansas. I feel their albums are very underrated, and they've contributed a lot to the progressive rock fanbase and to hard rock in general. I love most of their 70's albums, including their live album Two for the Show. They've had a lot of nearly perfect works.
PLEASE NO REPLACING ANY ONE MEMBER.
I would arguably say Emerson, Lake, and Palmer for a "Big 5" of prog. Personal taste, however, places Rush at the top of the heap for me. Even though I really consider them progressive hard rock. But I digress.