Rock stars were seen as the greatest idols on the planet. Their powerhouse voices, controversial antics and outlandish behavior ensured that they were highly recognized around the world, but what happened these rock stars today?
David Coverdale began his career as the lead singer of Deep Purple from 1973 until 1976, prior to finding huge success with Whitesnake. During this time, Coverdale was hitting the top spots in the charts with hits including “Here I Go Again” and “Is This Love.”
Nevertheless, Coverdale’s musical abilities resulted in the artist being initiated into the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame in 2016. Interestingly, it wasn’t his accomplishments with Whitesnake that implemented it, but instead, his music from Deep Purple. That same year, Whitesnake announced that it would be embarking on a Greatest Hits tour in North America and Europe, pleasing fans by playing their most successful tracks. In his private life, Coverdale has been married to wife, Cindy, since 1997 and they have one son together.
Eddie Van Halen-Then
Eddie Van Halen is widely recognized as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, flashing his infectious smile while strumming away on the strings. As co-founder, Eddie gave his name to popular rock band Van Halen which was born in 1972.
Eddie Van Halen-Now
Van Halen’s talent and influence in rock music has been unprecedented, and n 2012, he was voted number one in a Guitar World magazine reader’s poll for “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” That same year, Van Halen underwent surgery which forced him to delay his tour by six months. Eddie has donated 75 guitars to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, explaining “I wanted to give back to the community, and especially kids in need who want an instrument but didn’t have the opportunity I had.” Eddie passed away in 2020.
As the lead singer and one of the founding fathers of iconic band the Rolling Stones, Sir Mick Jagger is amongst the all-time greats. Their hits including “Paint It Black,” and “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” earned them a number of awards. In 1989, Jagger was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2004 into the UK Music Hall of Fame with the Rolling Stones. Jagger’s unprecedented career spanned over five decades, an achievement which earned him a knighthood for his contribution to rock, in 2003.
Through his performances, millions of record sales worldwide and other ventures, it is not surprise that Jagger’s net worth is estimated to be $360 million. Jagger has been described as “one of the most popular and influential frontmen in the history of rock & roll.” Outside of music, Sir Mick is known for his very public relationships and his only marriage to model Jerry Hall. Jagger has eight children from five mothers and is a grandfather to five and great-grandfather to one.
Ozzy Osbourne – Black Sabbath-Then
Lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath, Ozzy Osbourne, was one of the most controversial and outrageous performers of all time. His on-stage antics with Black Sabbath included biting off the head of a bat, something that drew international condemnation. Ozzy later went off to embark on a solo career and his total album sales were over 100 million. However, Ozzy’s career was clouded with severe internal battles with drugs and alcohol which resulted in him having quite a few stints in rehab.
Ozzy Osbourne – Black Sabbath-Now
Ozzy’s dark battles resulted in him having medical issues in later life, but with the loving support of his wife Sharon, and three children, Aimee, Kelly and Jack, they have given him the stability that he needed. The family, minus Aimee, were given a reality show, appropriately titled The Osbournes which documented their daily antics at their home. In addition, Ozzy has also taken up appearances in movies including Austin Powers in Goldmember and Ghostbusters.
Hall & Oates-Then
Daryll Hall and John Oates worked together in a career than spanned over 50 years. The duo churned out hits including “Out Of Touch” and “Kiss On My List,” all while remaining close friends throughout. Their ability to stay together raised eyebrows, and in a 1983 interview, they were questioned how they made it work, to which Oates replied “we have our creative differences but we reconcile them.” Their friendship paid off as Hall and Oates are the third best-selling musical duo of all time, selling 40 million albums globally.
Hall & Oates-Now
In 2003, Hall and Oates were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in April 2014, they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In September, 2016, they received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the following year, they announced they would be touring US from May until the end of July 2017. Interestingly, John Oates revealed that the duo never liked being called “Hall & Oates,” saying “not anything we’ve ever wanted or liked.”
Jared Leto – Thirty Seconds To Mars-Then
Not only does he have piercing blue eyes and a exquisite charm, Jared Leto is also incredibly musically gifted. His band Thirty Seconds To Mars, sold 15 million albums worldwide, as well as winning plenty of notable awards. Leto noted that through Thirty Seconds To Mars, he wanted to create “something that had cohesiveness and kind of an atmospheric musical story to it.” Leto directed their music videos including “The Kill,” “Kings and Queens,” and “Up in the Air.”
Jared Leto – Thirty Seconds To Mars-Now
In recent years, Leto proved her was a triple threat after he successfully transitioned into feature films, and won the Academy-Award, Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actor in Dallas Buyers Club. It has been reported that Leto is a method actor, researching his roles vigorously and remains completely in character throughout the shooting schedule, something that has worked in favor of him. Leto is also known for having age-defying looks.
Noel Gallagher – Oasis-Then
In the 90s, Noel and Liam Gallagher saw huge success with Oasis. The band churned out smash-hits including “Wonderwall” and “Don’t Look Back In Anger,” until rifts began between them. In 2009, the conflict between the brothers finally came to a head and they cancelled their concert at the Rock de Seine festival, forcing Noel to state, “People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.”
Noel Gallagher – Oasis-Now
Today, Noel’s new band Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds has had its own success. After holding a press conference confirming the new music venture and album, 2011 saw Gallagher released their first self-titled album, and in 2015, the band released their second album, “Chasing Yesterday”. Their third album came in the form of , “Who Built the Moon?“, which was released in November 2017. In 2017 the band headlined the “We Are Manchester” benefit following the terrorist attack in the British city.
Steve Tyler – Aerosmith-Then
Aerosmith’s early success in the 70s was overshadowed by the band’s consistent substance addictions, in particular by band frontman Steven Tyler. It wasn’t until 1984 that Tyler entered rehab to gain control of his life and reignite the success of the band. The band overturned their troubles with the 1989 album, Pump, which sold over 5 million copies in the U.S. and produced three top-tens. In addition, Steven Tyler broadened his horizons from this record, which won the band its first ever Grammy award.
Steve Tyler – Aerosmith-Now
Between 2009 and 2010, tension between the Aerosmith bandmates came to an all time high after Steven Tyler relapsed with prescription drugs, fell off stage, and then joined American Idol as a judge without telling them. However after getting treatment, the band went onto record more music. In 2013, Tyler and his songwriting partner Joe Perry, received the ASCAP Founders Award and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 2016 Tyler released his debut solo album We’re All Somebody from Somewhere.
Dave Grohl – Nirvana And The Foo Fighters-Then
Dave Grohl has had one of the most impressive careers in rock and has been instrumental in the success of three bands. Grohl got his breakthrough in iconic rock band Nirvana, as their drummer, before going on to form his own band, the Foo Fighters, who have released nine studio albums to date. In addition to collaborating with other famous artists, Grohl has been heavily involved with The Queens Of The Stone Age, over the past decade.
Dave Grohl – Nirvana And The Foo Fighters-Now
In 2012, Grohl was estimated to be the third wealthiest drummer in the world, with a net worth of $260 million, just behind Ringo Starr and Phil Collins. Grohl has also been considered as one of the most influential rock musicians of the past 20 years, from his drumming and songwriting. Outside of music, Grohl has been an advocate for LGBT rights and spoke out against substance use, asserting that he doesn’t touch anything because it ruins lives.
Pete Wentz – Fall Out Boy-Then
Fall Out Boy frontman, Pete Wentz was hailed by People magazine, stating “no bassist has upstaged a frontman as well as Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy.” In 2009, the band went on a hiatus, and Wentz created the dub-step group Black Cards to pass the time, as well as taking on family life with now ex-wife Ashlee Simpson. However, the departures of two band members and delays in release for Black Cards meant their future was uncertain.
Pete Wentz – Fall Out Boy-Now
In February 2013, Fall Out Boy announced that their hiatus was over and they released a new single off their upcoming album, a video for the single, upcoming tour dates and a release date for the new album titled Save Rock and Roll. Aside from music, Wentz is an active philanthropist and spokesperson for The Jed Foundation’s Half of Us campaign, a program aimed at lowering the rate of teenage suicide. Having suffered from bipolar disorder, the issue hit close to home for the rocker.
Tommy Lee – Motley Crue-Then
Tommy Lee got his start as the drummer of metal band, Motley Crue, but he has managed to make a name for himself both inside and out of music with his outrageous lifestyle. Motley Crue can be most recognized for their hits including “Dr. Feelgood,” and “Girls, Girls, Girls,” resulting in them selling over 100 million records worldwide. Tommy Lee is also known for his on-off relationship with model and actress Pamela Anderson, the two were married and had two children together, before later divorcing.
Tommy Lee – Motley Crue-Now
In his separate venture, Lee starred in reality television show, titled Tommy Lee Goes to College, in 2005 where his outrageous behavior was televised, only this time, it was in a university setting. In addition, he also published his memoir, Tommyland, in 2004. In 2014 it was announced that Mötley Crüe would reunite for one last tour, with all of the four band members agreeing to a contract to curtail any future performances. The tour was set to run until the end of 2015.
Courtney Love – Hole-Then
Courtney Love has had quite the successful career with her band Hole, which she formed in 1989. Love’s lyrics and performances have been highly publicized due to their controversial nature, and her private life, including her marriage to Kurt Cobain, drew much public attention. In 1994, Love seemed to spiral out of control and her substance issues became all-consuming- it was reported that she stopped singing at one of her shows and began crying over deceased husband Kurt Cobain.
Courtney Love – Hole-Then
In 2005, Love was ordered to attend rehab after a series of legal issues and substance abuse. Following this, Love cleaned up her act and turned to music, writing a number of songs in rehab which were later released. From 2012 until 2014, Love began performing again, even completing a solo tour of the US in mid-2013. Recently, Love designed a fashion line and took up some acting roles. When Love cleaned up her act, she reunited with estranged daughter Frances Bean.
Billy Idol first found fame as a member of the punk rock band Generation X. The punk rocker went on to embark on an impressive solo career, finding success with singles including “Dancing with Myself,” and “White Wedding,” which encouraged the MTV-driven “Second British Invasion” in the United States. In 1994, Idol collapsed outside of a club from a substance overdose and from then, cleaned up his act and focused on fatherhood. By 2004, Idol’s career had declined, and he appeared in The Wedding Singer with Adam Sandler.
In 2005, Idol released is first new studio album in 12 years, which put him back in the music scene. In 2006, he took to performing again and began collaborating with other artists on their records. In October 2014, Idol released his eighth studio album, “Kings & Queens of the Underground,” which he had been working on for four years. Idol shows no signs of slowing down when it comes to both his music and his looks as he is still rocking the white spiked hair, well into his sixties.
Jon Bon Jovi-Then
Jon Bon Jovi was arguably one of the biggest teenage heartthrobs, and impressively didn’t go off the rails like so many of his counterparts. Since Bon Jovi’s formation in 1983, the band’s success boomed and they quickly began recording albums and performing at sold-out tours worldwide, playing hit’s including “Livin’ On A Prayer,” and “It’s My Life,” allowing them to sell 100 million records worldwide.
Jon Bon Jovi-Now
In recent years, Bon Jovi continues to tour around the world, performing to millions of adoring fans. In addition, Bon Jovi has dedicated himself to being a philanthropist, for organizations including American Red Cross, Habitat For Humanity, as well as The Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, his own charity. In December 2017, it was announced that Bon Jovi will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018, after winning the 2017 fan ballot with over 1.1 million votes.
Morrissey – The Smiths-Then
Legendary frontman of The Smiths, Morrissey, can be recognized for his true passion and talent to pen some of the most profound and emotional lyrics throughout the past 30 years. The Smiths produced hits including “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” and “Bigmouth Strikes Again,” but once they called it quits, Morrissey continued on alone. In 1988, Morrissey launched his solo career with “Viva Hate”, followed by “Kill Uncle”, “Your Arsenal”, and “Vauxhall and I.” The albums all produced hit singles in the UK charts.
Morrissey – The Smiths-Now
After relocating to Los Angeles, Morrissey took a hiatus before continuing his solo career in 2004 with “You Are the Quarry.” In 2013, Morrissey released his autobiography, followed by his first novel in 2015. His most recent album I Am Not a Dog on a Chain, was released in 2020. His dedication to music resulted in him being hailed as one of the greatest lyricists in British history. Today, Morrissey is a vegan and is dedicated to being an activist for animal rights.
Gwen Stefani – No Doubt – Then
Gwen Stefani hit the music scene with rock band, No Doubt, which released hits including “Don’t Speak” and “Just A Girl.” However, No Doubt was not only known for their music as Stefani’s rocky relationship with band member Tony Kanal was often plastered throughout the media. Venturing out of the band, Stefani paved her own success with a solo career in pop music, releasing her first studio album “Love. Angel. Music. Baby,“ with hits including “Hollaback Girl” and “Rich Girl.”
Gwen Stefani – No Doubt – Now
Stefani ventured outside of music to create her own clothing line which was inspired by Japanese culture. In her personal life, she was married to British musician Gavin Rossdale from 2002 to 2016 and they have three sons together. As a solo artist, Stefani won a plethora of notable awards including American Music Award, Brit Award, World Music Award and two Billboard Music Awards. Recently, Stefani joined TV show, The Voice and has been dating her co-star Blake Shelton since.
Keith Richards – The Rolling Stones-Then
Founding member of The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards was incredibly lucky to have survived his battle with substances which took place throughout the 60s and 70s. Nevertheless, The Rolling Stones are responsible for producing hits including “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” making them one of the greatest rock bands of all time. Richards consistently worked with other songwriters, (mainly Steve Jordan) claiming two writers are better than one. Richards was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1993.
Keith Richards – The Rolling Stones-Now
In 2006, Richards suffered a head injury following a freak accident in Fiji. The incident Rolling Stones’ 2006 European tour for six weeks and they had to reschedule some shows. In 2013, Richards gave a public thanks to the surgeons who saved his life following the incident. Rolling Stone magazine ranked Richards fourth on its list of 100 best guitarists in 2011. As for his relationship with Mick Jagger, Richards called him a “snob,” but added “I still love him dearly… your friends don’t have to be perfect.”
Gene Simmons – KISS-Then
KISS was infamous for their crazy face paint, outrageous outfits and stuck-out tongues as they stormed the rock charts, dominating it for the vast majority of the 80s. Their hits including “I Was Made For Loving You” and “Crazy Crazy Nights,” made them one of the most successful rock bands in history, selling an unprecedented 75 million records worldwide including 21 million RIAA-certified albums. KISS’ mass appeal drew the band members to reportedly have flings with over 4,600 women.
Gene Simmons – KISS-Now
KISS was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in December 2013 and in 2014, Kiss announced a co-headlining tour with Def Leppard. Aside from touring with his band, Gene Simmons became an entrepreneur, actor and television personality. He has his own magazine, Gene Simmons Tongue Magazine, his own label, Simmons Records, and animated series, My Dad the Rock Star. As a result, it is thought that Gene Simmons is worth an estimated $300 million, making him one of the wealthiest rock stars in the world.
Corey Taylor – Slipknot-Then
Slipknot were known for much more than their music in the late 90s, through their terrifying costumes, bizarre masks and intimidating performances. Behind the masks, things were tough for band members and lead singer Corey Taylor, in particular. Taylor went down a dark path and turned to alcohol to get away from it all. However, this resulted in his attempt to commit suicide, which his ex-wife Scarlett was instrumental in stopping him from sacrificing his life.
Corey Taylor – Slipknot-Now
Following this terrible incident, Taylor knew he has no choice but to turn his life around. The Slipknot frontman sobered up before launching alternative mental band Stone Sour in 2006. From Stone Sour’s album Come What(ever) May, the group received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Metal Performance for the single “30/30-150.” Taylor was ranked at #86 in Hit Parader’s Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time and was also named the seventh greatest heavy metal frontman by NME.
Joel And Benji Madden – Good Charlotte-Then
Joel and Benji Madden were incredibly popular in the 00s through their band Good Charlotte. Their breakthrough album The Young And The Hopeless reached great success after their hit “Lifestyles Of The Rich And The Famous,” soared through the charts. Critics have said that Good Charlotte represent “the hard-charging fury of skate-punk, the melodiousness of pop, and the spooky, mascara-smeared sensibilities of 80s goth.” In 2011, the band announced it hiatus via interview with Rolling Stone.
Joel And Benji Madden – Good Charlotte-Now
In 2011, Joel and Benji released music as a duo during Good Charlotte’s hiatus, prior to the band reforming in 2015. Soon after, they announced their new single would be called “Makeshift Love” and they would perform their first show since the hiatus in November, 2015. In 2016, the group released their sixth studio album, titled Youth Authority. The brothers have grown up over the years and Joel married TV personality and fashion designer Nicole Richie, while Benji married actress Cameron Diaz.
Debbie Harry – Then
Debbie Harry was the lead singer of the new wave band Blondie, who dominated the music charts in the late 70s and early 80s. They saw huge success with hits including “Call Me”, “The Tide Is High”, “Atomic”, and “Rapture.” After the band took a hiatus in 1981, Harry released her debut solo album, but even when Blondie regrouped the following year, Harry continued to work with the rest of the band. When the band split up for good in 1982, Harry focused solely on her solo career.
Debbie Harry – Now
Harry became known as a punk icon and went onto release five solo albums. In 2007, Debbie not only toured by herself performing in 22 venues across the United States, as well as embarking on a tour with Blondie. In 2014, Harry worked with Arcade Fire and they performed at Coachella music festival, before she started a residency of several weeks at the Café Carlyle in New York in 2015. From her career, Harry was placed on VH1’s “100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll.”
Angus Young – Then
In 1973, Angus Young formed hard rock band AC/DC together with brother Malcolm. The band released their first album High Voltage in 1975, and followed by four more, however, it wasn’t until 1979 when they released Highway to Hell, which launched them to new success and became their best-selling at the time. After their load singer Bon Scott died in 1979, the band decided to release Back in Black, in his honor, which went 22 times multi-platinum in the US alone, sold 50 million copies, and became second highest-selling album worldwide.
Angus Young – Now
In 2003, AC/DC were inducted into the Rock and Roll hall of fame and the band continued to see mass success throughout the 90s and 2000s. In 2010, AC/DC released an album of songs used for the Iron Man 2 soundtrack, which was a huge success worldwide. However, in 2014, Young’s brother Malcolm was forced to pull out of the band due to ill-health, leaving Angus as the only original member. As it turned out, Angus’ nephew stood in for his Malcolm and Axl Rose stood in on their world tour.
Pat Benatar – Then
Benatar released her album in 1979 titled In the Heat of the Night, which reached number 12 in the U.S. In 1980, Pat released her EP which contained the single “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” which was the first single to break the US top 10, selling more than a million copies and reaching gold status. In the 80s, Pat saw further success with songs including “Video Killed the Radio Star” and, “Love Is a Battlefield” which resulted in her being hailed as one of the best female rock stars.
Pat Benatar – Now
Despite winning four Grammy’s and having two RIAA-certified multi-platinum albums, Pat Benatar only released one album of new material since 1997’s Innamorata. In 2003, she released Go, but it didn’t see nearly as much success as her other albums. In 2015, Benatar released one holiday song titled “One December Night,” and in 2017 she recorded the song “Shine,” in showing her support for the Women’s March. That same year she recorded “Dancing Through the Wreckage”, the lead single for documentary Served Like a Girl.
Ted Nugent – Then
Lead guitarist of the Amboy Dukes, Ted Nugent performed with the band from 1965 until 1975, when he dropped the band name. At this time, he was signed to Epic Records together with band, Derek St. Holmes, Rob Grange and Clifford Davies, releasing albums including Ted Nugent, Free-for-All and Cat Scratch Fever. It was at this time that he was hailed as a guitar hero. In the late 80s, he joined with some other notable bands before going solo once again in 1995.
Ted Nugent – Now
In 2011, Nugent released the song “I Still Believe,” which was available to fans via free download. Although he still continues to tour, Nugent is known for his outspoken nature, and being a strong advocate for advocacy of hunting and gun ownership rights. In addition, Nugent is now a board member of the National Rifle Association, as well as being a strong supporter of the Republican Party. His ultraconservative politics have prompted fueds with the likes of Paul McCartney.
Eric Clapton – Then
Let’s be real here, people. Eric Clapton is easily one of the greatest guitarists, let alone musicians, of all time. The English rock and blues master played in several different local bands before joining the Yardbirds in 1963, although he would leave the group only a couple of short years later to play with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. After leaving Mayall, Clapton — along with drummer Ginger Baker and bassist Jack Bruce — formed what’s widely regarded as the world’s first supergroup, Cream.
Eric Clapton – Now
After Cream disbanded in 1968 due to tensions between Bruce and Baker, Clapton formed another blues rock band before deciding to pursue a (very successful) solo career. Since he went solo, Clapton has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling musicians of all time. If that wasn’t enough, he has won 18 Grammy Awards and a Brit Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music. Now 75 years old, Clapton shows no signs of slowing down.
Robert Plant – Then
Known for his powerful and electrifying voice, Robert Plant is an English singer-songwriter and musician. He got his professional start in music back in 1968 when he was chosen as the lead singer for the popular rock band Led Zeppelin. Although it took some convincing from Jimmy Page, Plant began writing songs for the band, coming up with hits including “Thank You,” “Immigrant Song,” and “The Rain Song” among plenty of others. It was with his bandmates that Plant enjoyed great success from the late 1960s to the end of the 1970s, establishing himself as the charismatic rock-and-roll frontman.
Robert Plant – Now
After Led Zeppelin disbanded in December 1980 following the passing of drummer John Bonham, Plant briefly considered abandoning music but decided to pursue a solo career — and a successful one at that. Aside from releasing solo albums throughout the years, Plant has done several collaborations with different musicians. With such a unique style like Plant’s, it’s no surprise that the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has influenced many of his contemporaries including Freddie Mercury of Queen, Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses, and Jack White.
Paul McCartney – Then
Born in 1942, Paul McCartney is a singer-songwriter, musician, record, and film producer. The self-taught musician gained international fame as one of the founding members, co-lead vocalist, and bassist for The Beatles. McCartney not only kick-started the British invasion of the ’60s but he also helped to create — along with his fellow bandmembers — records that have undeniably stood the test of time. In fact, his songwriting partnership with the late John Lennon remains the most successful in music history.
Paul McCartney – Now
After The Beatles split in 1970, Paul McCartney — one of the most successful composers and performers of all time — released his debut solo album, McCartney. He then led Wings, one of the most successful bands of the decade. By 1980, though, McCartney decided to resume a solo career. Now nearly 80 years old, McCartney has collaborated with tons of artists including Michael Jackson, Kanye West, and Rihanna. Aside from music, the Englishman has taken part in projects to promote international charities.
Bruce Springsteen – Then
Often called “The Boss,” Bruce Springsteen is a singer-songwriter and musician who rose to prominence during the early 1970s and gained international fame after Born to Run was released in 1975. He then followed this up with various other critically acclaimed records including The River, Born in the USA, and The Rising. These albums were not only musically complex but they also showcased Springsteen’s unrivaled storytelling abilities through his lyrics, which often address the experiences and struggles of working-class Americans.
Bruce Springsteen – Now
Now 71 years old, Bruce Springsteen has had an immensely successful career and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Not only has he won a plethora of awards for his work — including 20 Grammy Awards, two Golden Globes, an Academy Award, and even a Tony Award — but he was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has starred on Broadway with his E Street Band, with whom he just made an appearance as the musical guest for an episode of Saturday Night Live.
Billy Joel – Then
Born in the Bronx but raised on Long Island, Billy Joel is yet another rockstar who has had an undeniable impact on the music industry as a whole. The singer-songwriter and composer — known as the “Piano Man” — rose to prominence in the late ’70s and has had an extremely successful career ever since then. Between 1971 and 1993, Billy released 12 studio albums, plus another one in 2001. With all of that in mind, we think it’s safe to say that Billy here has certainly cemented himself as one of the greats.
Billy Joel – Now
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that Billy Joel is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. He’s also the sixth best-selling recording artist as well as the third best-selling solo artist in the United States, with over 150 million records sold worldwide! And despite the fact that he’s now 71 years old, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer still tours around the world and sells out arenas. If you’ve never had the chance to see him live, we definitely recommend that you. You’re in for a treat!
Bono – Then
Born Paul David Hewson, Bono is an Irish singer-songwriter, philanthropist, activist, and more. The Dublin native is best known as the lead vocalist and primary lyricist of rock band U2. This iconic band formed in 1976 and rose to worldwide fame thanks to their critically acclaimed record, Joshua Tree, which was released in 1987. Since then, Bono has not only received 22 Grammy Awards as a member of U2 but he also became a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.
Bono – Now
Now 60 years old, Bono — along with the rest of the U2 members — is still rocking and even making guest musical appearances on talk shows such as The Late Late Show With James Corden. Aside from his music, Bono is well known for his philanthropy and activism for social justice causes. In pursuit of these said causes, Bono has participated in various benefit concerts. His philanthropic efforts have been praised to the point that he was even granted an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
Elton John – Then
Let’s be real here. Sir Elton John is a pop culture icon and for good reason! Raised in London, John learned to play the piano from an early age. By the time he was 16 years old, John began his musical career and rose to worldwide fame with hit songs including “Tiny Dancer” and “Rocket Man.” His tribute single — “Candle in the Wind 1997” — was rewritten in dedication to Diana, Princess of Wales, and sold over 33 million copies worldwide, not to mention that it is the best-selling single in the history of the UK and UK singles charts.
Elton John – Now
Now 73 years old, Elton John hasn’t slowed down just quite yet. In 2018, the “Your Song” singer embarked on a three-year farewell tour. Intended to be John’s final tour, it’ll consist of more than 300 concerts worldwide in total. Aside from that, for the live-action remake of Disney’s original animated movie — The Lion King — John reunited and joined forces with Tim Rice, an English lyricist that he worked with to create the award-winning soundtrack for the animated original.
Anthony Kiedis – Then
Anthony Kiedis is an American singer-songwriter and rapper best recognized as a founding member and the lead vocalist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. After receiving an offer to be the opening act for a local band in 1983, Kiedis enlisted fellow classmates Michael Balzary (later known as Flea), Hillel Slovak, and drummer Jack Irons. Well, the band ended up staying together after that one show and the line-up eventually became what we know today as the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Anthony Kiedis – Now
Now 58 years old, Anthony Kiedis is still going strong with the Red Hot Chili Peppers — which now consists of Kiedis, guitarist John Frusciante, bassist Flea, and drummer Chad Smith. Throughout the years, Kiedis has recorded eleven studio albums with the band. Although his lyrical style has undeniably evolved since the start of his career, Kiedis has always been a force to be reckoned with. Together with his fellow band members, Kiedis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
Eddie Vedder – Then
Whether or not you’re a big fan of Pearl Jam, there’s no denying that Eddie Vedder really makes the band what it is. After all, he’s widely regarded as one of the best lead singers of all time and is well-known for his powerful baritone vocals. Aside from being the lead vocalist of the band, Vedder is one of three guitarists and the primary lyricist. After appearing as a guest vocalist in Temple of the Dog, Vedder was then recruited to join Pearl Jam in 1990.
Eddie Vedder – Now
To this day, Pearl Jam is still going strong, although Vedder has also embarked on a solo career in his spare time. In 2007, the multi-instrumentalist released his first solo album as a soundtrack for the film Into the Wild. His second album Ukulele Songs and a live DVD titled Water on the Road were then released in 2011. Unsurprisingly, in 2017, Vedder — now 55 years old — was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of Pearl Jam.
Sting – Then
Born Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, Sting is an English musician. He first got his start as the principal songwriter, lead singer, and bassist for the new wave rock band The Police between 1977 and 1984. Throughout their time together, The Police had five UK chart-topping albums, won six Grammy Awards as well as two Brit Awards. Although their initial sound was heavily inspired by punk rock, the band eventually switched to reggae rock and minimalist pop. In any case, thanks to Sting, we now have a ton of hits to listen to including “Every Breath You Take” and “Roxanne.”
Sting – Now
Although The Police never formally broke up, the members agreed to concentrate on solo projects — and thus, Sting’s solo career began. It was during this time that the English powerhouse proved to all his fans that he’s just as strong as a solo artist as he is with a band. As a solo musician and a member of The Police, Sting has received countless awards including 17 Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards, a Golden Globe, and an Emmy. In 2003, he and his bandmates were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Making it in the entertainment industry is hard enough, but the stress that comes from being pressured to look good alone is enough to make anyone start looking bad, fast. Let’s see how some of our favorite celebs are looking, now that they’re over 60.
Meryl Streep, 69
Meryl Streep’s acting prowess already has the world shaking in its boots and wondering what the source of her power is. Now, as the time goes on and she continues to wow us year after year in her films and on the red carpet, it’s time to ask ourselves: is she an alien? She’s been quoted on saying that she’s never been confident in her beauty, but we are here to tell her it’s way past time to look in the mirror and accept the truth.
Jennifer Lopez, 50
What is happening with Jennifer Lopez looking exactly the same as she did a decade ago? It’s no secret that J.Lo has a regimented exercise routine, but it’s been a part of her lifestyle for her whole life with a long history as a dancer. She even danced backup for stars like Janet Jackson before she had a name of her own. At this rate, she will always be Jenny From The Block, and she’ll always look like her, too.
Oprah Winfrey, 65
Oprah has simply refused to disappear from our television screens for the last thirty-something years – and it appears she’s refused to age, too. If helping other people is the secret to staying young, it’s about time this world becomes a very different place! Oprah never seems to fall short of ways to help people. She’s there with intellectual advice, spiritual advice, readable advice, audible advice, and just about every kind of advice you can imagine. But all we want is advice on how to look that good!
Julianne Moore, 57
Julianne may have gotten a fair amount of awards in her life, but it’s about time she gets one for her beauty, too. She confesses to being a junkie when it comes to skincare, embracing a few of the many helpful routines available to us all in this day and age. But the older she gets, the more she is prepared to deal with the natural aging process – which is something she wishes she could tell her younger self.
Halle Berry, 52
Your first thought is probably, “Excuse me, Halle Berry isn’t 52!” And while it may not look like it, it’s true. Her face isn’t the only flawless feature – she could rock that catsuit just as well as she did almost 20 years ago. But her diet isn’t actually about looks: it’s been quite affected by an early diabetes diagnosis at just 19, and it’s making us wonder if it could help us all look that good, too. If you’re curious, she wrote a cookbook!
We’d love to say that this supermodel’s flawless skin is simply the magical blessing of having shared a deep love with one of music’s all-time love masters, the late David Bowie, to whom she was married for decades. Because the greatest thing is just to love and be loved in return. But having lived on so many different continents, she’s probably picked up the best beauty secrets of many cultures around the world. No doubt her Somali genetics have something to do with that flawless skin, too.
Kristin Scott Thomas, 59
Kirsten is really not complaining about growing older – apparently, it suits her much better, and it looks great on her, too. She’s said, ” Youth is a terrible weight to carry. Once it’s gone there’s such relief. I no longer have that panicky need to accumulate experience. I feel more detached from people’s idea of me … And despite saying I was retiring, it turns out I like making films. Life is about changing your mind.”
Angela Bassett, 60
Despite having a timeless Hollywood face, Angela didn’t plan on becoming an actress. “I thought I wanted to be a pediatrician because my mother would clean up a pediatrician’s office,” she explained once. “So I was like, ‘Oh, OK, baby doctor.’ Until I got to college, and all the courses of science with the blood, guts and cadavers? I was like, ‘Mm, no.'” Advice she has for 20-somethings: “Don’t be afraid to do it all. Whatever you’re interested in, just go for it. Don’t wait around for a better time.”
Frances McDormand, 62
Are you kidding us, Frances? Not only is she still wearing the same smile that we all fell in love with decades ago, but those eyes – as bright as ever – still seem to stare right into your soul. But that’s not even the craziest part of her unparalleled beauty. After her bright yellow Birkenstock Oscar moment, she defied all expectations at the 2018 Academy Awards: this goddess isn’t wearing a drop of makeup. Everyone said it’s because she didn’t wear a black dress, but we all know the real trend being broken here…
Julia Roberts, 51
Once upon a time, Julia Roberts’ brother, with whom she’s had a tumultuous relationship, tried to take credit for the success in her career. Sorry, bud, but her incredible acting skills and stereotype-smashing characters won our hearts all on their own! This beauty queen has also now had the chance to be a Hollywood role model for her young niece Emma Roberts, an up-and-coming actress herself. If the genes run as strong as they look, she’s in for a beautiful future.
Cate Blanchett, 50
While the roles that Cate Blanchett has taken on over the years and the awards that she’s been nominated for have changed drastically, Cate Blanchett’s beauty just keeps shining. But she certainly didn’t aspire to be a beauty icon when she was younger – at just 15, she shaved off all of her hair. In her spare time between winning awards and being ogled, she likes to make lists and cross off her accomplishments. She can cross off defying physics anytime!
Sigourney Weaver, 69
Sigourney Weaver is not messing around when it comes to giving her career longevity. She rose to prominence in the Alien franchise, and her advice for anyone else who wants to achieve a long career in Hollywood is strong: “I’ve jumped from drama to comedy to sci-fi. You’ve got to change it up and every day go [for the ones who make you think], ‘I don’t know whether I can do this.’ I’m happy and very comfortable taking risks in my work. That’s why it’s interesting.”
Julie Andrews, 83
There’s just no beating Julie Andrews. She won an academy award – as best actress, no less – for her FIRST ever feature film debut in Mary Poppins back in 1964, and her career certainly hasn’t slowed down since then. Neither has her beauty, it seems! As a prototype of grace for both Hollywood and England, she can flash that same iconic smile in someone’s direction with many different meanings – up for interpretation. But amazingly, the smile itself has managed to stay the same for all these decades.
Carrie-Anne Moss, 51
Carrie-Anne’s face will live on in everyone’s hearts as the beautiful powerhouse from The Matrix, a dystopian film classic. But the bravery and reason she portrayed in this iconic role fully suits her personal life, too – channeling just as much of that fearless attitude when personal things get tough. She explains that her “moments of great insecurity…did ultimately inspire me to rise up higher.” If bravery can make you beautiful, that would certainly explain her looks!
Judi Dench, 84
On the long list of things you just can’t believe, consider one of the greatest actresses of all time’s greatest fear: that each movie will ruin her career. At 84 years, it’s obvious to everyone now that her beauty is indestructible. But there’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that it’s her fiery, versatile talent that keeps her in business and winning award after award. She says her success comes from always looking for something fresh in the roles she takes on.
Phoebe Cates, 56
There is no denying that Phoebe Cates could easily pass for being in her 30s at this stage in her life. The star of classics such as Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Gremlins was undeniably an iconic figure of the 80s. After tying the knot with fellow actor Kevin Kline, it seems like Cates was happy to walk away from the Hollywood spotlight and focus on building a family. The former actress still makes public appearances with Kline and fans still can’t take their eyes away from her.
Raquel Welch, 79
With her 80th birthday just around the corner, there is no stopping Raquel Welch! A poster girl over the course of the late 60s/early 70s, the actress/singer has maintained a reputation as one of the most beautiful women in the whole of showbiz. Even now, Welch is still working sporadically in TV and film and regularly appears at awards ceremonies. Despite going through four marriages and having two kids, Raquel Welch is looking incredible for a 79-year-old woman.
Salma Hayek, 52
As time goes on and Salma Hayek manages to look almost exactly the same year after year, someone finally had to ask exactly how she pulls it off. She definitely isn’t wasting her time: keeping a healthy diet and regular exercise routine, Salma makes a point out of living a healthy life, which has inspired many women her age. But she’s proud of her routine and down with a helping platform, inviting women to ask her advice and encouraging them to achieve their goals.
Elizabeth Hurley, 54
The secret to Elizabeth Hurley’s face – besides being obviously genetically blessed – is the same secret as the rest of her extraordinary body: staying active. It started as a lifestyle of health, but now that she’s modeling her own swimsuit line, it’s become essential to keep up. That doesn’t mean she’s spent the last few decades as a gym rat; she just prefers to do activities that challenge the body, and live a healthy lifestyle around it. It keeps her young…obviously.
Goldie Hawn, 72
This classically beautiful Hollywood babe-next-door has been around for a long time – but you wouldn’t know it from looking at her. It’s almost impossible to believe that she’s now 72! It’s true – she doesn’t look a day over 50. What does it take to maintain yourself this well? You might be surprised that this lady doesn’t have any unusual regimens – she simply does her best to keep healthy from the inside out. “I walk every day and I run and do all kinds of that,” says Goldie, as well as trying “to have as much fun as possible.”
Cindy Crawford, 53
When you look at Cindy Crawford, there’s no way you would think you’re looking at someone who’s been alive for over half a century. But it seems the good genes that made Crawford the top supermodel of the 90s have continued to hold strong. Her secret for keeping young is: “There’s no secret. Looking good is about eating right, getting enough sleep and drinking lots of water,” she told Redbook, “Also, you have to get moving. I work out several times a week, and I hike and ride bikes.” Noted!
Sally Field, 72
For Sally Fields, her natural beauty seems to have masked a more difficult past than many people knew. Recently, Sally has published a tell-all about her life called In Pieces that just goes to show that things aren’t always what they appear – and that hardships don’t always have to stand in our way. “I didn’t know I had a voice,” she confessed. It turns out that playing the role of others helped her hide the role of her real-life for a long time, but they’ve finally been reunited – and they look GOOD.
Jane Fonda, 81
Jane Fonda has at 81 what many of us wish we had at ages many years, even decades, younger: amazing skin, piercing eyes, and overall the face of a supermodel. But on top of that, she has some serious wisdom. With her own website featuring all kinds of life advice, she shares the many secrets of aging well – physically and mentally – that only someone of her age and looks can speak of with experience. All that being said, she has bravely acted in recent roles which tear beauty standards apart.
Stacey Dash, 52
On her iconic role in Clueless, Stacey says, “What Mona May taught me is that the most important thing about fashion is that you feel good in it. If you like it, and you feel good in it, screw whatever anybody else thinks. And that’s how I dress. And that’s what I do, and I’m fine with it. I don’t really consider anything else.” And it seems she’s taken that approach to the rest of her life now as well: she’s decided to run for office in California. We’ll see how that goes!
Geena Davis, 63
Everyone’s favorite scary sweetheart from Beetlejuice may have taken her career in different directions, but the extra work didn’t seem to age her one bit. As she grew up, political issues became increasingly important to her, and she dedicated so much time to fighting for them that she is regarded as an activist as much as she is an actress. But while fighting for the things she believed in, she never sacrificed her passion for acting in the process – simply choosing to portray “strong, authentic female characters.”
Demi Moore , 57
This is one actress who seems to have stopped time – she may look even better now than she did a few years ago! What’s Demi’s secret? “I think that laughter and smiling are one of the best antidotes to aging that you could possibly have,” she told Parade in 2010. That’s a beautiful sentiment, but the truth is that Moore has admitted to having tightening treatment and leech therapy to rejuvenate herself. If getting leeched is what it takes to look like that at 57, we’ll definitely give it a shot!
Christie Brinkley, 63
She may have repeatedly topped beauty polls, but Christie Brinkley is not just a pretty face. The first model to cover three consecutive Sports Illustrated magazines, her interest in fitness has remained a huge part of her life.