Rock Stars Who Used to Be Super Hot
Time takes a toll on us all, and rock stars are no exception. Many rockers spent a lot of years taking full advantage of the party scene, which often involved drugs, smoking and excessive alcohol. Combine that with constant travel and dealing with the stress of living in the public eye, and there were bound to be some consequences down the road.
Just like the rest of us, the years have been kinder to some music legends than others. Let’s take a look at some former super hot rock stars who are showing some significant signs of wear and tear these days.
David Lee Roth
The lead singer of Van Halen probably danced, danced, danced the night away many times. In his prime, he was known for awesome hair and killer vocals. At the age of 65, the man has seen a lot, and it shows — but he certainly had a hell of a run.
In the ‘80's, almost every girl would have traded places with "Jessie's Girl" if it meant she could win the attention of Rick Springfield. The star had a lot of hits and a lot of long nights, and he has stayed in the spotlight over the years. He has appeared on several television series in supporting roles. Nonetheless, it looks like the years of partying have left their mark.
The Guns N' Roses lead vocalist used to be one of the hottest rock stars on the planet. He was known for belting out incredible vocals for some of the greatest rock songs ever written. These days, his killer body and boyish good looks have been replaced by weight gain and a nearly unrecognizable face. (Anyone else think this pic looks like Dame Judi Dench?)
George Michael used to look like the guy on the front of paperback romance novels — but with a bit more edge. Before his untimely passing, he looked more like a college professor keen on rambling about the latest conspiracy theories. Either way, he was arrested for lewd behavior before his death, and the headlines really hurt his reputation.
Richie Sambora was the lead guitarist for Bon Jovi, who recorded a load of smash hits. He was insanely attractive and really knew how to work that guitar, which made most women swoon at the very sight of him. However, after "Living on a Prayer" for a little too long, the years caught up to the 60-year-old guitarist.
Any member of the band Motley Crue probably shouldn’t be expected to age gracefully. Vince Neil is no exception, and perhaps as the lead vocalist and face of the band, the years seem to have hit him a bit harder. He used to look like the epitome of a rock sex symbol with a rocking body and big blonde hair. The Vince Neil of today isn’t quite so appealing.
Kid Rock brought his own form of Southern rock to the masses, and he used to look pretty good doing it. These days, though, he looks more like Dr. Phil dressed up as Kid Rock. There was even a meme about it that went viral on Twitter.
Where do you even begin with the Motley Crue drummer? It's certainly no surprise that this dude partied — hard. He has had his fair share of public romances — some more infamous than others. In his day, he attracted tons of people with his "bad boy of rock" swagger, and he made some pretty good music along the way.
The Limp Bizkit singer brought an entirely new type of music to the masses and gained a lot of attention for it in the mid-1990s. He also earned attention for being hot in a punk-rock mash-up sort of way. Today, he looks like a less intense version of John Malkovich, who sometimes tries to a rock a hipster-style beard.
You can't help but love Steven Tyler! He has remained interesting for as long as he has been on the scene, even though his looks have faded. Tyler can play a shocking number of musical instruments and can hit some serious notes (yesterday and today). In our minds, he will always be an icon.
The lead singer of Nine Inch Nails used to be what we thought of when we thought of the hotties of "heavy rock." With sexually explicit lyrics and the swagger to go along with them, he probably had his fair share of groupies attracted to the edgy good looks that everybody loved.
John Lydon — known famously as "Johnny Rotten" — was right there at the beginning of the punk rock scene. He had a bad boy persona, good looks and the style to pull it all together. He was once the lead singer of the then-controversial Sex Pistols and had loads of fans who adored him.
John Cougar Mellencamp
John Cougar Mellencamp told us all about "Jack and Diane" and how love could "Hurt So Good." While he used to be charmingly good looking, it now looks like he’s been through more hurt than good. Let's not be too harsh, though, he can still rock out on a guitar and get the crowd going with his many hits.
Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder looks a lot different than he did when he first hit the stage a couple of decades ago. He has been ranked as one of the best lead singers of all time, so let’s not get too critical about how he has aged.
Paul McCartney always had a vibe of his own. Unlike many other rockers, he had the type of good looks you could take home to meet your parents. He wrote some amazing music and still continues to do so. McCartney is too much of a legend to be super critical of his looks.
Jim Morrison lit the fires of many girls in his day. As the lead singer of The Doors, he was considered to be one of the hottest rock stars that ever lived. Sadly, he passed away at the very young age of 27. The decline in his good looks leading up to his death was likely due to his deteriorating mental state.
Bono is known for leading U2 to international success and looking great doing it. If it can be believed, his resume keeps growing. He's worked on scores for hit films and written songs for other rock stars. It's easy to understand how working so hard — after years of playing so hard — can take a toll on your looks.
You’ve undoubtedly heard versions of Bryan Adams music remixed many, many times over the years. He wrote classics like "Heaven" and "Cuts Like a Knife" and charmed millions with his smooth vocals and wholesome good looks. His charisma only added to his appeal.
The transformation of Iggy Pop is almost startling. While he was once considered very good looking, the years have been incredibly unkind to the Stooges frontman. He was known for taking part in wild antics while on stage, and that may have contributed to the toll of the years on his body.
The charismatic lead singer of Led Zeppelin is much more than just good looks, which is a good thing because his looks did not stick around. The evolution of his style has been very interesting to watch, however.
You can't use the term "Rock Gods" without The Rolling Stones coming to mind immediately. Richards, the lead guitarist of the band, used to be all about the rock aesthetic. His bad-boy good looks enchanted multitudes of people all over the world. Like the others, though, the years have been less than kind.
Mick Jagger had moves that were so famous a song was written about it — "Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 if you aren’t familiar with it. The Rolling Stones frontman has probably seen a lot throughout his illustrious career, so we can't blame him for not looking quite as he once did. The man is 76, after all.
The lead singer of The Cure and new inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has seen better days. Even though he was always known for his slightly gothic look, we can all agree that the look definitely goes too far at his current age. A lot can be said of his commitment to crazy hair and smeared makeup, though!
Billy Idol was pure ‘80's rock. He was basically walking sexuality before it was cool, and we can all commend him for that. Most of his songs displayed his high opinion of himself, but nobody could tell the man he was wrong! He was super hot, and he had serious style.
Rod Stewart is well known for his fantastic voice that stands out. His raspy vocals perfectly complimented his edgy good looks and made many wish they could be close to him. Lots of his music was about seduction, and it certainly worked when he was in his prime.
"Here I Go Again" is still one of the most recognizable rock songs of all time. People of nearly every generation know the words, so let's be cool about David Coverdale. Sure, his look in the ‘80's screamed Rock God, but aging is inevitable for us all.
Michael Stipe is known as the lead singer of the band R.E.M. Fans already loved the sound of their music but fell even more in love with a shirtless Stipe. His good looks paired with a unique sounding voice left people everywhere wanting more of the R.E.M. singer.
Kiss singer Paul Stanley was known for face paint and great vocals. As he aged, he fell into a trap that many celebrities find themselves in: poor plastic surgery. While Stanley used to be genuinely handsome, the surgery lifted his skin a bit too high resulting in a look that seems almost startled at all times.
Billy Joel has written a ton of hits that are still popular even today. The "Piano Man" is now 70 and hasn't released anything new in quite some time. In his day, he was sought by models and everyday women alike. He has been married three times.
Damon Albarn is known as the lead singer of Blur, and he had 90's alternative boyish good looks back then. His face was basically what you pictured every time you heard an alternative love song. Not many guys after him have tried to imitate his style — for good reason!