What do I mean by an "and the" band? Examples: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band; Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Graham Parker and the Rumour.... So which 'and the' band was the greatest of them all? My pick? If ever there was a backing band that would be a dream to play with it would be....The Heartbreakers as in Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Can you imagine being Tom Petty and going in to the studio with a simple song you wrote on acoustic guitar and knowing that the brilliant band you have with you will be able to flesh it out? Campbell, Lynch and Tench will be adding their parts.....WOW! Astonishing and creative players. The Heartbreakers: the best "And The" band of all time. Runner up -- The Spiders From Mars simply because of Mick Ronson. Once again...imagine bringing a sketch of a song to the studio and it will be Mick Ronson who will be adding his guitar to it. Wow!