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53 Old Rockers ~ Then & Now

176 Comments 29 July 2010

[UPDATED – November 1, 2011]

After years of copious sex with numerous partners, drinking booze to excess, smokes, and drugs; endless performances in concert, on tour, and in studios; after years of sleep deprivation, staying up until all hours of the night or into the next day’s morning; after years of questionable diets and physical activity; what would you look like?

Some of our favorite rockers have fared better than others…


Sir Michael Philip “Mick” Jagger (b. July 26, 1943)
musician, singer-songwriter, the lead vocalist of The Rolling Stones



Keith Richards (b. December 18, 1943)
guitarist, songwriter, singer | Band: The Rolling Stones



Steven Tyler (b. March 26, 1948)
singer, songwriter, front man & lead singer | Band: Aerosmith



Deborah “Debbie” Harry (b. July 1, 1945)
singer, songwriter, actress, lead singer | Bands: New Wave, Blondie



Bret Michaels (b. March 15, 1963)
singer, lead singer | Band: Poison



John Lydon aka “Johnny Rotten” (b. January 31, 1956)
singer, songwriter, television presenter | Band: Sex Pistols



Alice Cooper (b. February 4, 1948)
singer, songwriter, musician



Iggy Pop (b. April 21, 1947)
singer, songwriter, musician



Patti Smith (b. December 30, 1946)
singer, songwriter, poet, visual artist



Ozzy Osbourne (b. December 3, 1948)
singer, songwriter, lead vocalist | Band: Black Sabbath



Bob Dylan (b. May 24, 1941)
singer-songwriter and musician



David Lee Roth (b. October 10, 1953)
vocalist, songwriter, lead singer | Band: Van Halen



Pat Benatar (b. January 10, 1953)
singer



Rod Stewart (b. January 10, 1945)
singer, songwriter



David Bowie (b. January 8, 1947)
rock musician



Robert Plant (b. August 20, 1948)
singer, songwriter, lead vocalist & lyricist | Band: Led Zeppelin & solo career



Stevie Nicks (born May 26, 1948)
singer-songwriter | Band: Fleetwood Mac & a solo artist



Charlie Watts (b. June 2, 1941)
drummer | Band: The Rolling Stones.



Tommy Lee (b. October 3, 1962)
drummer | Band: Mötley Crüe



Meatloaf (b. September 27, 1947)
musician and actor



W. Axl Rose (b. February 6, 1962)
lead vocalist, musician | Band: Guns N’ Roses



Joan Jett (b. September 22, 1958)
guitarist, singer, songwriter | Bands: The Runaways, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts



Vincent Neil Wharton (b. February 8, 1961)
lead singer, musician | Band: Mötley Crüe



Ronnie Wood (b. June 1, 1947)
Guitarist, bassist | Band: The Rolling Stones



Eddie Van Halen (b. January 26, 1955)
lead guitarist | Band: Van Halen



Tom Petty (b. October 20, 1950)
singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist | Band: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers



Anne & Nancy Wilson – Band: Heart
Ann Wilson (b. June 19, 1950) lead singer, flautist & occasional guitar player
Nancy Wilson (b. March 16, 1954) singer, songwriter & guitarist



Ted Nugent (b. December 13, 1948)
guitarist and vocalist



Nikki Sixx (December 11, 1958)
musician, bassist | Band: Mötley Crüe



James Hetfield (b. August 3, 1963)
lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist | Band: Metallica



Steve Perry (b. January 22, 1949)
Singer, songwriter, lead vocalist | Band: Journey



Cherie Currie (b. November 30, 1959)
lead vocalist | Band: The Runaways



Sting (b. October 2, 1951)
singer-songwriter | former lead singer and bassist of the band: The Police



David Crosby (b. August 14, 1941)
guitarist, singer, songwriter | Bands: The Byrds; Crosby, Stills & Nash; CPR



Bruce Dickinson (b. August 7, 1958)
singer, songwriter | Band: Iron Maiden



David Coverdale (b. September 22, 1951)
rock singer | Bands: Deep Purple, Whitesnake



Neil Young (b. November 12, 1945)
singer, songwriter



Grace Slick (b. October 30, 1939)
singer, songwriter | Bands: Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, others



Paul Hewson aka “Bono” (b. May 10, 1960)
lead vocalist | Band: U2



Saul Hudson aka “Slash” (b. July 23, 1965)
lead guitarist | Band: Guns N’ Roses



Jon Bon Jovi (b. March 2, 1962)
lead singer | Band: Bon Jovi



Joseph “Joe” Elliott (b. August 1, 1959)
lead vocalist | Band: Def Leppard



Richard “Richie” Sambora (b. July 11, 1959)
lead guitarist | Band: Bon Jovi



Gene Simmons (b. August 25, 1949)
rock bassist, vocalist | Band: KISS



Linda Ronstadt (b. July 15, 1946)
recording artist



Annie Lennox (b. December 25, 1954)
recording artist | Band: Eurythmics



Bruce Springsteen aka “The Boss” (b. September 23, 1949)
singer-songwriter



Courtney Love (b. July 9, 1964)
lead singer | Band: Hole



C. C. DeVille (b. May 14, 1962)
lead guitarist | Band: Poison



Billie Idol (b. November 30, 1955)
rock musician Band: Generation X, Solo Career



Madonna (b. August 16, 1958)
recording artist, actress & entrepreneur



Paul McCartney (b. June 18, 1942)
musician, singer-songwriter & composer | Band: The Beatles and Wings



“Son, someday you will make a girl very happy, for a short period of time. Then she’ll leave you and be with new men who are ten times better than you could ever hope to be. These men are called musicians.”
~Anonymous

Your Comments

176 Comments so far

  1. Robin says:

    Love,Love,Love Billy Idol.

    Billy’s picture selected for “then” was taken around 2004-2005. He has aged quite a bit in the last five years but I think he still looks really good.

  2. christian says:

    Steven Tyler looks pretty nasty

  3. Orgasmatron says:

    Lemmy’s missing.

  4. Aaronthebaron says:

    lemmy will always look the same man (“orgasmatron”)

  5. meg says:

    Billy Idol went to Coral Castle!!!!!!!!

  6. dario says:

    I’ve been to Coral Castle! Billy Idol went there! Sweet Sixteen! I’d do anything… for my Sweet Sixteen! Go Meg! Billy is soooo hot! He would make a great vampire!

  7. MOWGLI says:

    PAUL MCCARTNEY IS HAVING A STROKE IN BOTH PICTURES HAHAHHA

  8. HarleyGurl says:

    Steven Tyler does NOT look nasty!! I think he looks great, and always has :) Others who have aged well are Nikki & Tommy, Ozzy, James Hetfield, Joan Jett, Stevie Nicks & Cheri Curry!

    IMO, the nastiest looking one is David Lee Roth!! YUCK! WTF happened to his nose?

  9. Kaylee says:

    awwhhh, they have all the Motley boys but Mick Mars. They have Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, and <3<3Nikki Sixx<3<3 but no Mick:'(

  10. Ken says:

    What the hell happened to Grace Slick? I don’t care how old she is. But a Rock Chick of her stature should take better care of herself. Linda Rondstat, too.

  11. Hugo says:

    The David Lee Roth pic is a bit unfair. The young shot is a staged photo where he’s made up and possibly airbrushed and the “now” photo is an unflattering candid closeup, no makeup or nothing.

  12. Tim Rathbun says:

    No matter what these exceptional people look like today there is one thing we can all say. They gave us songs that put us back in time to that exact spot that we first heard there songs and help us remember the good times and good freinds of that time. To that we all say thank you all!!!

  13. Chrystelle says:

    Nikki Sixx <3, Steven Tyler <3 & Bret Michaels look GREAT !! !!

    Good aging genes ;) . . . .

  14. Caf says:

    wow joan jett was beautiful and still is.

  15. Debbie says:

    Rod the Rocker is still Hot As Ever……
    you do know that Every Picture Tells A Story!!!!

  16. Tommy says:

    People get old. It happens to everyone. Why are some people fascinated by this?

  17. slaughterscma says:

    paul = Faul

  18. AC/DC still kick ass says:

    where the hell is Brian Johnson

  19. :D says:

    xDDDD Robert Plant’s before pic. thinks mustaches are tasty??

  20. Felipe says:

    Steve Perry ROCKS

  21. #Winner says:

    What time has done to them? I think you mean,
    Cocaine is a hell of a drug.

  22. Eline says:

    Bon Jovi still looks hot!

  23. toniponi says:

    you should get prof. Brian Cox on here!! :D

  24. Lisa says:

    Steven Tyler is the HOTTEST man i have EVER seen 40 yrs ago or today. . . and that will NEVER CHANGE

  25. kk says:

    mr Morrison and Curt Kobain missing :-/ :-P

  26. cherry says:

    were is Adam Ant? and madonna looks groose…

  27. Kari says:

    Ha! Billy Idol looks like Willem Dafoe’s long lost half-brother. :P

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  29. jaygatron says:

    Looks like Bruce is still the boss.

  30. Subwoofers says:

    Time is such a bitch. somebody shoot me now before before i get this way. in the face.

  31. Rommel says:

    You could of added Ray & Dave Davies of the Kinks..” God Save The Kinks”

  32. jishda says:

    that’s not ozzy , that pic is of randy rhoads

  33. These pictures confirm what I have been feeling . We are getting old . Scary , very scary .

  34. gg5000 says:

    Best: Joan Jett.
    Worst: (or most tragic) Linda Rostand

  35. andrew r says:

    The Beatles and Paul McCartney are overrated. Rolling Stones is real music, Beatles was bubblegum music of the 60′s. Junk.

  36. maybe? says:

    sex cigars booze… Maybe we should all learn something. All this proves is that we should all live the coke life. Most of the people I know that are 40-60 have aged a hell of a lot worse then them… Lets go back to the good ol’ days, more sex drugs and rock n’ roll!

  37. Maurice says:

    Oh, man. “Hope I die before I get old…talkin’ ’bout my gen..er..ation..” Holy geriatrics, Batman! HaHa LOL ;)

  38. A_Dude says:

    Madonna’s biceps make my wanna puke!

  39. bretsangel says:

    This reminds me of the scene in “The Devil Wears Prada” where Andy had to learn all the peoples names with their pictures. I would have never “gone for” Mr. Michaels early on because he was just not my type…but he sure is now.
    Mr. Osbourne looks great then and now, however they could have had one of him smiling, at least. I like the idea of him as the Wizard on the “Talk”

  40. SnowPyramid says:

    Blondie’s awesome. She looked great in Videodrome and still looks great today.

  41. ALICIA NORRIS says:

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. Likes rock says:

    Whoa… Joan Jett still looks hot… and I’m only 25 years old..

  43. Gabba says:

    eww courtney love as disgusting as ever, and joan jett, woow she still hot

  44. Kristine says:

    I think Meatloaf is the only one that has improved with age. ;)

  45. Renton says:

    Yes, why is no one mentioning how Madonna finally looks her age in the ‘now’ photo?

  46. Jenni says:

    Pat Benatar still looks great.

  47. ukgal9 says:

    Most look better now.

  48. Laura says:

    Bono hasn’t aged all that well, but back in his day, damn. That old photo reminds me of my bedroom walls in the 80′s. He was so hot, even with the bad mullet hair.

  49. Alexa says:

    Terrible picture of Slash. He looks better than that now (after a bit of a chubby moment a couple of years ago.) Bon Jovi, Cherie Currie, Joan Jett, Nikki Sixx, and The Boss still look great. As does Duff McKagan. (bassist of Guns N’ Roses. Not sure why he isn’t in here!) Hot hot hot.

  50. janscutter says:

    how did Bon Jovi’s chest hair go from bark to almost blond? does he get that died also?


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