MusicRadar readers tip prog acts as rock and metal bands fill 8 of the top 10 spots in new poll

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Live machine: Rush

Rush have been voted the best live act in the world today – and rock and metal bands make up 24 of the top 30 list, while locking out the top 8.

MusicRadar readers have shown their favour for prog rock in the poll, which sees Porcupine Tree and Dream Theater in fourth and fifth positions, following Iron Maiden and Guns n’Roses.

The publication says: “The Canadian trio have been taking their hugely popular brand of progressive rock on the road for nigh-on four decades.

“They’re still selling out arenas across the globe. Anyone who’s attended their recent Time Machine shows will confirm Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart are nothing short of captivating for three and a half hours.

“You’d really have to go some to pip Maiden to the post when it comes to theatrics and intensity. And although we’d struggle to pick some of the current members out of a police lineup, there’s no denying when the Guns n’Roses circus comes to town, all eyes and ears are fixated on it.

“Axl might not show, there might be a riot – but rock’n'roll is supposed to be dangerous, right?”

MusicRadar readers’ top rock acts in the world today

1. Rush
2. Iron Maiden
3. Guns n’Roses
4. Porcupine Tree
5. Dream Theater
6. Muse
7. AC/DC
8. Metallica
9. U2
10. Rammstein
11. Foo Fighters
12. Roger Waters
13. Bon Jovi
14. Radiohead
15. Rage Against the Machine
16. Bruce Springsteen
17. Rolling Stones
18. Green Day
19. Paul McCartney
20. Aerosmith
21. Pendulum
22. Black Keys
23. Machine Head
24. Journey

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