What kind of music do I like? Just about anything that strikes me as being nice to listen to. Since I don't experiment as much as I should, this tends to be stuff that's typically classified as "classic rock", plus anything else that's grabbed my interest.
Some artists who have done stuff that I like: Journey, Styx, Kansas, Bad Company, Black Sabbath, Dio, Tom Petty (in moderation only ) Three Doors Down, QueensrÃ¿che, Jethro Tull, Bush, Creed, Billy Squier, Blue Ãyster Cult, whoever was responsible for the Akumajou Dracula X: Nocturne In The Moonlight soundtrack
As for a group that I can listen to for quite a while without getting sick of it, I think QueensrÃ¿che would be the one, particularly if it's Operation: Mindcrime.
Def Leppard: Radio played the shit out of their old stuff to the point where I can't stand it anymore. "Slang" was awesome, it was great hearing them have fun and experiment styles a bit, but after that they tried going back to the 80's stuff and it sucked.
Limp Bizkit: 3 Dollar Bill Y'All was great, but after that, when they got big, they started sucking. The newer stuff is okay in small doses, but I can't stand listening to a whole CD at once.
Wow... Nobody flamed me for mentioning Vanilla Ice...
You have good taste Karny my boy. I once saw Aphex and Two Lone Swordsmen play in the basement of this shop in Leeds with only about 50 people, it was fantastic. Anyone with an interest in site design should check out their label at www.warprecords.com. Other stuff I like:
It's not all about prowess, but the virtuosity does make a big difference. The great thing about prog is that it encompasses so many genres, so you can have one album that has ballads, metal and orchestral pieces all together (sometimes within the one song
IMO, "progressive" is really just a label without much substance behind it, kind of like "alternative". It's just a buzzword that's supposed to mean something along the lines of "different/better than all the normal stuff". Of course, once a label like that is popular, it takes on a sort of secondary meaning based on what bands people decide to label with it, so maybe it's not fair to say that. I don't know. Blah.