Erin is best known for her portrayal of Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days. Besides for starring in an unsuccessful spin-off of Happy Days, Erin lived a relatively regular life. She had a couple of guest roles here and there until she passed away after being diagnosed with throat cancer.
The career of Brooke Shields began when she was young; she modeled as a child and starred in a provocative role at age 12 in the film Pretty Baby. She attended Princeton University, graduating with A’s and B’s. A steady stream of film, stage, and TV roles followed, including The Blue Lagoon, the film she is widely recognized for still. Brooke just landed a big, recurring role in the 19th season of Law And Order: SVU. Along with acting, she stays busy as an animal rights activist.
Kathleen Turner is best known for her Golden Globe winning movies Romancing The Stone and Prizzi’s Honor. Since then, she has had a steady stream of roles in movies, including in Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides. Stage acting on Broadway is also on her résumé, with two Tony nominations. As she got older, her body went through changes as a result of rheumatoid arthritis treatment, as well as for substance abuse. In 2017, she got a new role in a film called Someone Else’s Wedding.
Once the star of The Woman In Red (alongside Gene Wilder), Weird Science, and Hard To Kill (with future husband Steven Seagal), Kelly LeBrock has decided to abscond from society. She raised her kids, “away from the limelight,” in a house in the middle of nowhere countryside, “with no TV for 24 years!” Her daughter Arissa brought her back to television on Growing Up Supermodel. On the reality show, Arissa, a plus sized model, looks to achieve the model status Kelly had when she was young.
After rising to fame as the ditzy blonde daughter of Al Bundy on Married… With Children, Christina Applegate has had a steady stream of roles in comedy movies. She appeared alongside Will Ferrell in Anchorman, alongside Ed Helms in Vacation, and most recently, she is in a dramatic movie about an affair called Crash Pad. Christina was unfortunately diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008, but luckily due to early detection and a double mastectomy, she is cancer-free. Now, she dedicates time to raising funds for cancer research.
Wielding an Amazon fighting staff, Renee O’Connor’s character Gabrielle on Xena: Warrior Princess fought enemies for the show’s six-season run. Although she is best known for the role of Xena’s sidekick, she started off as a commercial actress, even appearing in a TV ad for McDonald’s. Since then she has acted in many movies and even started her own production company, ROC Pictures (from her initials). In 2017, she starred in two movies in post-production: Watch The Sky and A Question Of Faith.
Tempestt played the fourth child of the Huxtable family on The Cosby Show. After eight seasons the award winning series ended, and Tempestt moved onto smaller TV movies and guest roles on shows. She also picked up a bachelor’s degree from NYU. In 2012, she was a main cast member alongside Anthony Anderson in the TV show Guys With Kids, by creator Jimmy Fallon, but the show only lasted one season. She is currently the host of Clean House, an interior design show on the Style Network.
Coming from a family of actors and actresses that includes half-sister Blake Lively of Gossip Girl fame, Robyn Lively was born to pursue the thespian arts. She starred in Teen Witch, a movie that became a cult classic, and still shown late at night at some cinemas. The film’s rapping sessions and fashion have become engrained in culture. Since then, Lively has had a consistent run of TV appearances. In 2017, she has a movie, Small Town Crime coming out, and three projects for 2018.
Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler sang the mega hits, “Total Eclipse Of The Heart,” and “It’s A Heartache,” and since then has not stopped performing. In 2013, her latest album, Rocks And Honey, came out. Off this album is the single “Believe In Me,” which she performed as the representative of the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest in the same year. In 2017, Bonnie sang her mega hit during the Great American Eclipse, as the lyrics of “Total Eclipse…” fit so well.
On Happy Days, Scott Baio played Chachi Arcola, the baby cousin of Fonzie. He is very politically active, and is a supporter of the Republican party, saying that President Reagan made him proud to be American. He frequently engages people with controversial tweets. On television, he was the star of the successful VH1 reality show Scott Baio Is 45…and Single. Most recently, Baio played a father for 3 seasons of Nickelodeon’s See Dad Run.
“Whatchu’ talkin’ about Willis?” This famous line from Diff’rent Strokes said to Todd Bridges’ character. After eight successful seasons, in line with the stereotype about child stars, Todd sadly got involved in substance abuse. This led to serious legal trouble; Johnny Cochran came to his defense for an attempted murder charge, and Bridges was acquitted. Bridges played Monk, a prominent recurring role on Chris Rock’s sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. Now, he has multiple films in post-production, as well as a role in an upcoming TV series called Fly.
In The Goonies, Chunk was the aptly named, rotund comic relief, and the origin of the truffle shuffle. After the Spielberg hit, he was featured in a couple of CBS game shows. However, he grew up and gave up on acting, focusing instead on academics, studying at UC Berkeley. Although being Chunk helped, and he used this name recognition to become president of the students association while in school. Now, he is an attorney, after getting a JD from UCLA law school. He specializes in entertainment law.
In The Breakfast Club, Ally Sheedy was the “basket case,” famously using her dandruff to complete a piece of charcoal artwork with some “snow.” She was in another brat pack movie, St. Elmo’s Fire. Since then, she has been in a film that garnered praise from film critics called High Art in 1998, and was in an 0ff-Broadway production of Hedwig And The Angry Inch. Most recently, she was in the 2016 dark comedy Little Sister and had a cameo in X-Men: Apocalypse.
The leader of the Goonies, Mikey Walsh, was played by Sean Astin when he was just 13 years old. Unlike many child stars whose fame fizzles out, Sean was able to score another huge role as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. He continued on to star in more film and TV, for example in 50 First Dates and 24. Recently, Sean played a major role in the Netflix hit Stranger Things. Off screen, Sean stays in shape by participating in Iron Man competitions.
In the seventies and eighties, long-haired singer-songwriter Steven Tyler of Aerosmith was a huge rockstar for songs that are still popular today like, “Dream On,” and “Walk This Way.” Sadly, because of various issues including substance abuse, the band fell apart. Rising from the ashes, Aerosmith re-formed, and came out with more hits. More recently, Tyler was a judge on American Idol for two seasons. In 2016 he released a solo album, and in 2017 he is still touring with Aerosmith.
Mickey Rourke’s first love was boxing. He eventually started acting and had a huge success in the 1980’s in the movie 9 1/2 weeks. However, in the early 1990’s, Rourke left acting to pursue boxing professionally. When he retired from the sport, he returned in supporting roles in successful films in the early 2000s like Man On Fire. As a leading character in mainstream movies, he made a huge comeback in films like Sin City, Iron Man 2, and The Wrestler. His next movie, Tiger, is completed.
Madonna is an artist who has somehow remained appealing and popular from the 1980’s until today. She re-invents herself from record to record, and somehow doesn’t look like she’s aging despite being 59 years old currently. Her latest album, Rebel Heart, was released in 2015, and she was able to make millions from touring that album. In 2016, she supported Hilary Clinton, holding a concert in support of her candidacy. Recently, she adopted four-year-old twin sisters from Malawi.
A legend of folk rock, Neil Young had many albums out as a solo artist or as part of major bands like Buffalo Springfield or Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Politically, Young made music that is entwined in the fabric of United States history like “Ohio,” and “Southern Man,” which spawned a heated response from Lynyrd Skynyrd. In 2005, he had a brain aneurysm that was luckily treated with no major complications. He announced in 2017 a new album, Hitchhiker, which is a mix of old and new songs.
She’s called the Princess Of Pop or the Goddess Of Pop, but she started out as a soap opera star on Neighbours. Her biggest hit, “Can’t Get You Out Of My Head,” is, according to Yahoo! music, “the catchiest song ever.” In 2005, she was diagnosed with breast cancer, and was thankfully successfully treated, and returned to an acclaimed tour. More recently, she was a judge on The Voice (the UK and Australian versions). In 2017, she announced that she’s working on a fourteenth studio album.
From 1985-1992, Jeremy Miller played Ben Seaver on Growing Pains. After starring in the pilot of Ghostwriter, he was booted from the cast, and besides a couple of Growing Pains reunions has not had huge roles. He spent years recovering from an substance addiction, which he attests began at the shockingly young age of 4. However, in 2017, he can boast 4 new films, two which are already in post-production. Perhaps he is on the cusp of a powerful comeback!
Lisa Welchel was a child star who started off her career in The New Mickey Mouse Club, but probably is best known for her almost decade-long role as Blair Warner on The Facts Of Life. She became a devout Christian at age 10, and was devoted enough to release a Christian pop album in 1984. After a long hiatus from the screen, she appeared on Survivor: Philippines and won $100,000 prize money. In 2013, she co-hosted the talk show The Jeff Probst Show.
Peg Bundy always had a comeback to Al’s snide comments on Married…with Children. She actually had a career singing backup for major stars like Bob Dylan before her TV career. After Married, Sagal played guest roles on shows and was finally cast in 8 Simple Rules, which unfortunately ended with the death of John Ritter. She recently starred in a main role in her fourth husband’s show, Sons Of Anarchy. She revealed recently that she’d had an affair with Kiss’ Gene Simmons.
Traci Lords started her career scandalously: as an adult film actress who was underage (she used fake identification). After the scandal came out, she went legit, and studied acting. She had a major hit in the feature film Cry-Baby (one of many film and TV roles). She also pursued singing, and had a hit single “Control” which went double platinum. In 2015, she was on Celebrity Wife Swap. In 2016, she collaborated with a fashion line. This year, she has her directorial debut in The Unquiet Grave.
In the daytime soap opera Search For Tomorrow, Morgan Fairchild played Jennifer Pace for four years, graduating to primetime soap opera Dallas as the original Jenna Wade. She got a nomination for a Golden Globe for her starring role in NBC’s Flamingo Road. She is a self-declared science nerd, and is also deeply informed about political issues. It has been said that she knows, “more about terrorism than 99.9 percent [of] Americans—and most members of Congress.” She tweets to keep her 60,000 followers informed.
Due to her stunning performance in 1981’s Ragtime, Elizabeth McGovern was nominated for an Oscar. Since then she has worked steadily with big names like Robert DeNiro, Mickey Rourke, and Brad Pitt. She was even once engaged to Sean Penn, who she met on set. Along with acting, she is a singer-songwriter. Recently, she had a major role in Downton Abbey and has two movies coming out in 2017. She has two children with Simon Curtis, a British director and producer.
Bo Duke from The Dukes Of Hazzard was a role the John Schneider secured at the young age of 17. He had a smattering of TV guest stars until 2001 when he had a starring role in Smallville. All throughout, John has been a singer-songwriter of country music, releasing nine studio albums. After hearing Johnny Cash talk about Christianity, Schneider became born-again. He was most recently in Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots, and has many new projects coming out this year.
Richard Dean Anderson
Although Anderson started off on General Hospital, he is best recognized as Angus MacGyver from MacGyver. After the success of MacGyver, Anderson starred in a couple of films, but returned to television in 1997 to star in Stargate SG-1, a role that effectively lasted a decade. The last film he starred in was a spinoff movie of the series, called Stargate: Continuum. Now, he mostly focuses on being a single dad to his teenage daughter, as well as helping environmental organizations.
Although she is famous for being Tom Cruise’s love interest and flight instructor in Top Gun, Kelly McGillis is farther from being with Cruise than anyone. She came out as a lesbian, but only after two marriages to men and having two kids. The BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated actress is classically trained, and used her skills to act on stage. She is returning to the screen, though. In 2017, she scored a lead role in the thriller Mother of All Secrets.
Margot Kidder started her film career in 1968, and worked in various roles opposite stars like Gene Wilder and Robert Redford. The role that gave her mainstream recognition was Lois Lane in the Superman series of movies, the first of which came out in 1978. In 1996, she suffered a manic episode that was widely publicized, and was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder. She had many relationships, including a six-day-long marriage. In 2015, she won an Emmy for her work in R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour.
Audiences might have been too occupied with the ghoulish killer character from Scream to remember Neve Campbell, who was the lead female actress in the role. The whole Scream franchise was very profitable, including a fourth installment in 2011. More recently, Neve played a recurring character on the Netflix political hit House Of Cards. Her son Caspian was born in 2012. She is currently in the midst of filming Skyscraper, alongside Dwayne Johnson, which is set for release in 2018.
Playing the upbeat character Barbara Good on BBC’s The Good Life brought Felicity Kendal to prominence. However, she came from a theatre family and had her first role on stage as a baby, so Felicity felt that she should return to her roots. She spent the last couple of decades on West End or off-West End stages; most recently, she has been cast in a 2017 revival of Lettice and Lovage. She converted to Judaism, and says she experiences anti-Semitism from people confused about her religious choices.
Since the success of Superman, there was a need for a female equivalent character. Wonder Woman was the answer. Lynda Carter is so closely intertwined with her three seasons as Wonder Woman, that she still today is asked about the new Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot (Lynda gives two thumbs up). Carter is also a recording artist and recorded five songs recently for the video game Fallout 4. DC comics is so close to her heart, she was offered and accepted a role in 2017’s Supergirl TV show.
Delta Burke became known to American audiences after her role as ex-beauty queen Suzanne Sugarbaker on Designing Women. This is based on a real-life achievement: Burke was crowned Miss Florida when she was a high school senior! Sadly, labor disputes and personal issues with the other castmates resulted in her release from her contract at the end of five seasons of the seven-season show. She struggled with weight fluctuations and is a compulsive hoarder. In 2012, she was part of a failed pilot called Counter Culture.
When she was known just by her first name, Tiffany Darwish was a teen icon and singer-songwriter. She was commercially successful, but her later work never lived up to her first album. She posed in Playboy magazine in 2002. Recently, she’s been in a string of reality shows, including Celebrity Fit Club, where she lost 28 lbs. In 2014, she appeared as a contestant on Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off and placed third. Her last album was in 2016, called A Million Miles.
Although she had major roles in TV shows T.J. Hooker, Dynasty and Going Places, she is best known for her role as Amanda Woodward on Melrose Place. Since then she has had roles in many TV shows, including Spin City, although most shows she was in lasted only a season or two. Depression and anxiety plague her life, which culminated in an alleged attempt on her own life. In 2016, Locklear appeared in a TV movie and Tyler Perry’s Too Close To Home.
Tawny Kitaen was given the name Julie, but at age 12 decided on her own that she wanted to be called Tawny. She became well known as the girl from multiple Whitesnake music videos. Since then, Tawny had multiple TV roles, none of which lasted more than 2 to three seasons. Multiple legal issues plagued her, including a domestic violence charge, which led to her divorce from MLB player Chuck Finley. She stars in the TV series Moms Anonymous in 2017.
Rebecca De Mornay
In Risky Business, Rebecca De Mornay played Lana, a mischievous working girl who got Tom Cruise’s character in trouble while his parents were out of town. After that, she had a couple of big roles, notably in 1991’s Backdraft. Briefly, she was engaged to legendary musician Leonard Cohen, but ended up with two daughters fathered by Patrick O’Neal, a sports reporter. Recently, she starred in a film alongside John Travolta called I Am Wrath, and starred in Netflix’s Jessica Jones.
They call her “The Body” for her impressive record: five Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers! Modeling was her first venture, and she was super successful at it, with a host of magazine covers, runway shows and corporate endorsements. She worked as an actress in various roles, and she hosted Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model. She dated Billy Joel, and was also married multiple times to multi millionaires. She is getting a divorce from her latest millionaire husband, Donald Soffer, this year.
Phoebe Cates is the girl in the red bikini from the unforgettable fantasy scene in Fast Times At Ridgemont High. The scene was nothing compared to her previous, even racier movie, Paradise, where she appeared sans clothing. She made a shift and focused on garnering a younger fan base with Gremlins. She married actor Kevin Kline and they had two kids, one son and one daughter. Cates has not had a movie role since 2001. Now, she operates her own boutique store on Madison Avenue called Blue Tree.
In the 1980’s, Daryl Hannah starred in multiple huge films, such as Blade Runner, Splash, Crimes And Misdemeanors, and, Wall Street. Her on-screen career has been steady since then. Notable roles include an assassin in the Kill Bill series as well as a role on the Netflix-produced show Sense8. Hannah has had high profile relationships with major celebrities including John F. Kennedy Jr., Jackson Browne, and, currently, Neil Young. The environment is extremely important to her; she’s been arrested many times at protests.
Immediately, when you think about Olivia Newton-John, you think about Grease and the classic soundtrack. However, she is a standalone artist as well who has won four Grammys, and is one of the highest selling artists of all time. In 1992, she had breast cancer but luckily recovered. As recently as 2015, she had a hit single, “You Have To Believe,” which reached the number one spot on the Billboard Dance Club Song Chart. Sadly, in 2017, her cancer has returned- in her lower back.
Starring alongside John Cusack in Say Anything… was her biggest role on screen, which she is still known for today. She has had an impressive history of relationships. First, she dated Anthony Kiedis, the lead singer and frontman of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Then, she dated and married Beastie Boys member Adam Horovitz, only to separate and divorce. She had a daughter with David Netto, but they eventually broke up. Now, she’s with Ben Lee, Aussie singer and actor, and they have a daughter as well.
Lysette Anthony acted alongside Woody Allen in Husbands And Wives and also has been in British sitcoms and soap operas. Her casting on Hollyoaks came to an end this year, but she is starring in an upcoming film called When the Devil Rides Out. She has had 3 major relationships. The first was a marriage to an artist, Luc Leestemaker. The next was to American director David Price. Finally, she was with composer Simon Boswell for six years, whom she has a son with.
Bo Derek dropped out of high school at 16 and started a relationship with John Derek, who was 30 years older than her. They had to relocate to Germany, as their laws allowed them to date (and eventually marry). She was John’s fourth wife. Her big acting break came in the movie 10, which made her an international teen idol. John died in 1998 of heart failure, and since then she has been dating actor John Corbett. In 2017, she had a role in the film 5 Weddings.
Daniel-San, or, Mr. Daniel in Japanese, from The Karate Kid was played by Ralph Macchio. He went on to star in other hit movies My Cousin Vinny and a film adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. Since then, he’s played small roles and TV guest spots, including many winking roles where he reprises his Karate Kid character. In 2018, he will do the latest reprisal for a series on YouTube Red where the rivalry between Daniel and the Cobra Kai is reignited 30 years later.
Henry Thomas played Elliot from E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial when he was just nine years old. Since then, he had been annoyed with the box that this put him in, as nobody cared about his latest project, just about the 1981 Spielberg hit. It is fair, as he had acted in films like Gangs Of New York alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. In 2017, he is starring in a Netflix movie based on Stephen King’s novel Gerald’s Game. He eventually came to terms with and embraced his E.T. role.
On Who’s The Boss? Danny Pintauro played Jonathan, Angela’s son. He has not acted much since, and has been a Tupperware salesman, as well as the manager of as restaurant. He came out as gay in 1997, and has been married since 2014. Also, he has been HIV positive since 2003, and he has become an advocate for celebrities with HIV, defending Charlie Sheen when the media released information about his medical condition. A 2016 web series he stars in explores the challenges of publicly having HIV.
As a kid, Emmanuel Lewis starred in Webster as a character with the same name. At this young age, he had success and was even a spokesperson for Burger King. Since then, he has been involved with Tae Kwon Do training and Freemasonry. In a bizarre turn of events, he is a singer who is big in Japan; his single “City Connection” got to number two on the Japanese charts. He has not had an acting credit in a decade, but was featured on a live podcast in 2014.
Everyone knows Mark Hamill from the Star Wars saga. Fewer know about his voice acting prowess: he’s been the voice of DC’s Joker character since 1992. He tried to avoid being type cast after Star Wars, acting in many roles opposite to his Luke Skywalker character. However, he has returned to the world of the Jedi in at least two more Star Wars films. He has two more films coming out, though, that are not sci-fi in 2018. Hamill has three kids and one granddaughter.
As a member of the brat pack, Judd Nelson was in The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo’s Fire. He has acted steadily since then, appearing in the 2017 film The Downside of Bliss and has a 2018 film coming out as well. Along with acting, Nelson has authored four books that were released on Kindle in 2013. He hates the term ‘brat pack’ and the journalist who came up with it, who he said he didn’t like from the beginning.
The catchy pop hit “Take On Me” was written and performed by A-ha. Morten Harket was the lead singer up until A-ha broke up in 2010, only to re-form in 2015. He also released six solo albums. He has five children: three kids from his first marriage, a daughter from a girlfriend, and most recently, another daughter from his current girlfriend. A 2016 review of an A-ha concert said that Morten lacked stage presence, literally standing behind the other members of the band.
Known for her role as Mallory Keaton on Family Ties, Justine Bateman has had a surprisingly academic recent history. After the end of the sitcom, she has had small roles on TV until about 2013. She also started a production and consulting company. She joined her brother Jason Bateman on his TV show Arrested Development in a guest role. After high school, she was not contractually allowed to go to university, so she enrolled in UCLA 2012, when she was 46, to study computer science.
In the new wave band The Go Go’s, Jane Wieldin played rhythm guitar. They were signed in 1981, and had some hits in the same year. Later on, she pursued a solo career, and had a hit single, “Rush Hour.” In 2011, she and the other girls from the band had a reunion tour. At the turn of the millennium, she was also on television on Spyder Games, and was a voice actor on Mission Hill. Her latest credit is in 2016, for the horror film HoneyBee.
Tiffani Amber Thiessen
Tiffani Thiessen has multiple successes on different shows. She portrayed Kelly Kapowski on Saved By The Bell and Valerie Malone on Beverly Hills, 90210. She played in various roles since then and has an upcoming Netflix show, Alexa & Katie. She had a tumultuous time when her boyfriend committed suicide in 1999. Once engaged to actor Richard Ruccolo, she ended up married to actor Brady Smith in 2005. Their first child was a girl, and five years later, she gave birth to a boy.
Although Lori Singer is best known from the screen as Ariel from Footloose, she is also a very successful cellist. After studying at Julliard, she has performed on some of the world’s premier stages, like Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall. Her acting credits are sparse, but include work with big names. In 2013, she produced an acclaimed documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. Most recently, in 2017, she acted alongside James Franco in The Institute.
After multiple cast members left the Diff’rent Strokes spin-off sitcom The Facts Of Life after the first season, Nancy McKeon was recruited for the second season. She played Jo Polniaczek until the end of the show, eight seasons later. Since then, she has performed in a slew of TV movies, and played roles on various television shows, including a role on the two-season run of the Disney Channel show (featuring Demi Lovato) Sonny with a Chance. She married in 2003, and has two daughters.
On Diff’rent Strokes, Dana Plato played Kimberly Drummond, who dealt with bulimia, which raised awareness to the audience as the character sought help and change. Plato was let go from the show before its ending because she got pregnant with her son. Her life entered a sad decline: an accountant stole a majority of her money and she started abusing substances. She tried to rob a store once and was caught. Her downfall came with an overdose at age 34, with her son committing suicide a decade later.
Raquel Welch is known as a teen idol who popularized a fur bikini in One Million Years B.C. She still works today: her latest film credit is 2017’s How to Be a Latin Lover. Welch has been married and divorced four times over the years, and she doesn’t think she wants to marry again. Even at age 76, she is still praised for her stunning fashion sense and figure; in her mid-sixties, she was picked to be the face of MAC Cosmetics Beauty Icon series.
Sadly, Tracey Gold is known for her very public battle with anorexia, rather than her role as Carol Seaver on Growing Pains. She first started dieting young, as she was surrounded by Hollywood culture. The writers of the show were ruthless as well, drawing national attention to her teenage weight gain which led her to become even more obsessed with weight loss. At one point, she was a tiny 80 lbs. Luckily she was able to undo the damage to her body and was able to bear children.
As a page 3 model, Samantha Fox posed topless from her teenage years, garnering praise as a teen idol. Fox transitioned to making pop music afterward, and had a big hit in “Touch Me (I Want Your Body).” Her relationships have been varied: she was linked with the famous criminal Peter Foster, Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley, and, in a surprise move, with her female manager Myra Stratton. Unfortunately, Stratton died in 2015 from cancer. In 2017, she played the lead in the TV movie A Study in Red Trilogy.
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 – Then
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”.
David Coverdale – Now
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.
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.”
Mick Jagger – Then
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.
Mick Jagger – Now
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 – 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 – 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 – Then
Not only does he have piercing blue eyes and exquisite charm, but 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 – 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.
Noel Gallagher – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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.“
Dave Grohl – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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.
Billy Idol – Then
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.
Billy Idol – Now
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 – 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 – 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. Today, Morrissey is a vegan and is dedicated to being an activist for animal rights.
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.
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.”
Tommy Lee – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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.
Gwen Stefani – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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.
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.
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.
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.
Corey Taylor – Then
Slipknot was 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 – 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 metal 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 – 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 – 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.