If you’re a jazz fanatic, then America, the very home of the genre, is a must on your list of travel destinations. While it is true that there are some really great jazz clubs all around the world, the idea of visiting the home of the music is quite a scintillating idea. But where to go? There are so many in the country to visit, that trying to select one can be enough of a challenge on its own. So here are the top 3 must-see jazz clubs in the USA.
The Green Lady Lounge
The Green Lady Lounge is a venue that is famous for having hosted artists such as Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker. The club was instrumental in giving these artists the space to form their own kinetic form of music that was set to change the face of jazz music and an era. One of the greatest things about the Green Lady Club – there’s no cover charge. Ever! Great jazz for free? How could you say no!
The Lighthouse Cafe
The Lighthouse Cafe is one of the most famous and well-loved jazz spots in America and has become an icon in American culture and the world of jazz. It was recently mentioned in the film La La Land as being the home of ‘cool’ jazz music and has been open since 1949. That means that the bar has seen many a great musician over the years and experienced countless swinging nights! You’re guaranteed to love the place!
Referred to as the ‘Carnegie Hall of Cool,’ The Village Vanguard is probably the club you should start your tour with (if you asked me). The walls of this amazing club have seen many a legend and hosted countless great parties. The idea of being in a place that has seen more jazz and history in the making than we could comprehend should give you an idea of why it’s so popular. For jazz pilgrims, it’s a must.
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?
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.”
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 the Women’s March. That same year she recorded “Dancing Through the Wreckage”, the lead single for documentary Served Like a Girl.
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 at 46-years-old.
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.
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.
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.
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 “Great 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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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 – it was reported that she stopped singing at one of her shows and began crying over Kurt Cobain.
Courtney Love – Hole- Now
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.
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.
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 and is even set to go on tour throughout Europe in 2021.
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.
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 57 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.
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!
Freddie Mercury – Then
Freddie Mercury is regarded as one of the greatest vocalists in the history of rock music. The British singer-songwriter was known for his elaborate stage presence and rare four-octave vocal range. He was the lead vocalist of the iconic rock band Queen and personally wrote 10 out of their 17 songs on their Greatest Hits album. These records include “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Killer Queen”, “Somebody to Love” and “Don’t Stop Me Now”.
Freddie Mercury – Now
The legendary singer passed away in 1991 at just 45 years old but he was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2003, and the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2004. He also ranked 58th in the BBC’s poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. In 2018, his life was dramatically relived in the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, where Rami Malek played the star.
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.
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 “Low in High School,” was released in 2017. His dedication to music resulted in him being hailed as one of the greatest lyricists in British history.
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.
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 album “We’re All Somebody from Somewhere.“