Valerie Bertinelli – A Lifestyle Change
The Hot In Cleveland star, Valerie Bertinelli became very popular in the show together with her cast members. In 2017, Bertinelli was out of shape and over 40 pounds overweight. Of course, the media was fast to publish the scoop. She joined the Jenny Craig weight loss program and followed a strict diet combined with a regular exercise routine, she was determined to lose that weight once and for all. Today she is healthier, fitter and happier than ever.
Kirstie Alley – Losing Weight Against All Odds
The star of the all-time favorite show Cheers, Kirstie Alley knows how to constantly stay in the spotlight. Although she had many great roles and a very active acting career, Alley was still up and down the scale while working on multiple shows. During that time, she went through menopause and gained almost 228 pounds. Alley was determined at that point to lose the weight. Combining a good diet with a strict workout plan, Alley is looking stunning and happy.
Ashley Johnston – Cutting Down Sugar Is All It Takes
Johnston, who was The Biggest Loser‘s first runner up during the ninth season, managed to lose over 183 pounds including half of her body fat. She started at nearly 500 pounds when she began her weight loss journey on the reality show. With the guidance of professional trainers and nutritionists on set, Johnston successfully kept the excessive weight from coming back. She cut down sugar, prepped her meals for a balanced diet and followed a weekly exercise regimen.
Melissa McCarthy – What a Healthy Balanced Diet Can Do
We all love Melissa McCarthy’s memorable roles in many Hollywood comedies. When she became a rising star, her weight also rose to the point she decided it was time to follow a weight loss program. McCarthy had to keep her health in check, so in 2016, she started to follow a more balanced diet and hit the treadmill on a daily basis. Her hard work eventually paid off, she lost 75 pounds and has successfully managed to keep the healthy weight to this day.
Lisa Riley – The “Get Clean Diet”
The British actress Lisa Riley, gave life to Many Dingle whom she played in Emmerdale, a character that without a doubt launched her career. Riley gained even more popularity when she started working towards her fitness goals, shed a total of 140 pounds and went down to a size six – without the need to have gastric bypass surgery. According to Riley, there’s no secret sauce, she just followed a low-calorie diet and cut back on the late-night drinks.
Gabourey Sidibe – Making Healthier Decisions
Sidibe made her first-ever film debut in 2009 in the movie Precious and won an Academy Award for Best Actress. Following that- she joined the cast of the TV series, The Big C, and the American Horror Story series. For years she was fighting weight control and obesity. Sidibe was determined to lose the weight not for the sake of others, for herself. Rumour has it she underwent a gastric sleeve surgery which helped her lose 50 pounds. However, nothing has been officially confirmed.
Kelly Rowland – Losing the “Baby Weight”
Before Destiny’s Child’s final split, we all remember Kelly Rowland was quite fit during her time with the band. But, after the birth of her first child, she decided to follow a strict diet plan and a rigorous workout program. Being a mom is a bit different after all. She decided to divide her diet plan to 80% healthy foods and 20% whatever she wanted. Without having any plastic surgery Kelly lost 70 pounds and she’s rocking a hot bod we all envy.
Timothy Spall – A Healthy Transformation
After appearing in the Harry Potter franchise and Alice Through the Looking Glass, Timothy Spall gained prominence, and also quite a bit of weight in the process. However, he changed drastically and showed up as a brand new man at the Venice Film Festival. According to Spall, he credits his amazing transformation to rigorous workouts and a strict diet that he religiously follows to this day, and well he sure looks fabulous!
Khloé Kardashian – Keeping Up With Her Sisters
We obviously can’t keep up with the Kardashians with all the rumors and controversies surrounding the family. Although none of the sisters know what it’s like to work hard for the money, Khloé Kardashian had gained some extra weight in 2015 and realized she had to work hard to lose it. So she sought the help of a nutritionist who provided her with a composite diet plan. Khloe shed 40 pounds with the aid of dairy-free products, mixed sports, and routine workout sessions.
Adele – Epic Instagram Comeback
Grammy award-winning singer Adele had been on a long hiatus from social media before recently celebrating her 32nd birthday with a spectacular return to Instagram. “Thank you for the birthday love. I hope you’re all staying safe and sane during this crazy time,” she wrote in the caption. “I’d like to thank all of our first responders and essential workers who are keeping us safe while risking their lives!” Adele showed off the results of her incredible transformation, something that she has been coy about beforehand.
Kirsten Vangsness – A Simple Six Week Plan
After she rose to fame on Criminal Minds playing the gorgeous Penelope, the 45-year-old actress became a major style icon and motivator for plus-sized women. Although Vangsness has endured a lot of criticism during her career for being overweight, she decided to take matters to her own hands and lost 50 pounds, looking healthy and happy. She followed a six-week plan without any crash diets or surgery. Most importantly, she learned to love and accept herself for who she is.
David Banner – A Life-Saving Decision
Growing up while surviving on junk food is definitely not the healthiest lifestyle. As a result of this bad habit, David Banner gained over 200 pounds which developed into a deadly combination of hypertension and sleep apnea. He then immediately got on a low-calorie diet and adopted a strict fitness routine. To make things even more controlled, he switched his high-calorie salad dressing to a trimmed down version, and for his sweet tooth on his cheat days he only ate sugarless vegan cookies.
Sarah Ferguson – No Comfort Food!
Prince Andrew’s ex-wife and Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson has lost more than three stones in the past five years. She was able to keep the weight off to this day by sticking to a special diet combining egg mayo, tomatoes, and mandarins. The Duchess always found comfort in food and used it to take away the pain after her parents separated. After gaining thirteen stones, her strict fitness regimen and diet is what kept her staying fit.
Rebel Wilson – No more “Fat Amy”
The Australian actress, comedian and now producer is known for her role as Brynn in the movie Bridesmaids. After fighting obesity for years, Wilson decided it’s time to start a weight loss transformation and change her lifestyle to a healthier one. She hit the gym six days a week and managed to shed 35 pounds, and she hasn’t stopped since! It’s time to say good-bye to “Fat Amy”, and hello to the new healthy and sexy woman she is!
Peter Jackson – Lord Of The Weight Loss
Peter Jackson is one of the best filmmakers in Hollywood. With a flawless record such as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, he always had a busy schedule. But despite having all the money and resources that could provide a healthy lifestyle, it went completely down the drain. As a result, he gained a lot of weight and that meant he had to ditch high-calorie foods. He started eating more fruits, yogurts and vegetables. Jackson lost a staggering 80 pounds.
Sam Smith – A Healthier Version
The singer-songwriter shocked his fans and the entire music industry by shedding 14 pounds in just two weeks, which is truly a short period. His fans were shocked and he received a lot of support. Today, Smith is keeping his healthy lifestyle by exercising regularly and staying in shape. People speculated this transformation was so sudden due to a gastric sleeve surgery he had done. Smith never admitted it but who cares, he looks great and that’s what matters!
Dawn French – Counting Calories Is Key
It is known that some people who gained some extra pounds can have life-threatening consequences. Dawn French didn’t take her health seriously. When it was revealed to her that she was diagnosed with cancer and needed to have a laparoscopic hysterectomy, Dawn decided it was time to get rid of that extra weight. She changed her entire diet instead of getting surgery and successfully lost 98 pounds by taking long walks and intensively keeping track of her calories.
Eminem – Staying Away from Temptations
The “real Slim Shady” had a hard time back in 2007. Eminem had a life-threatening experience when he overdosed on some sleeping pills. After he checked himself into rehab, he successfully got over his addiction and felt better than ever. He decided to change his lifestyle to a healthier one by exercising regularly. He lost 149 pounds and is still keeping the weight in check today. Monitoring his diet allowed him to stay away from unhealthy temptations.
Wayne Knight – No Tummy Tuck
Wayne Knight played a chubby bespectacled postman on the legendary show, Seinfeld. Although his character was iconic, Knight looks completely different from what he looked like on the show, so he decided to lose weight without a tummy tuck or any other surgical procedure. Instead, he lived a healthy life by quitting smoking and drinking. He completely changed his diet and focused on training regularly – leading to his 40-pound weight loss transformation. He looks so handsome!
Pauline Quirke – Strict Diet
The successful actress, who started her career in the critically acclaimed film Birds of Feather was loved by many. Despite her popularity, Poline gained eight stones in just one year. She was afraid she’d be one of those has-been actresses. As a result, she followed a strict diet, which cut her size from 28 to 12. She was fully committed to her weight loss routine, and thanks to that she’s slimmer, healthier and smiles a lot more!
Crissy Metz – Losing It Once and for All
The American actress was struggling with weight issues her entire life. In the series This is Us she plays a girl fighting for her weight – somewhat of a realistic portrayal of what Metz had to deal with all her life. She was suffering from depression and anxiety attacks, so it was at that moment when she decided to take control of her weight. Starting with diets and workouts, she lost 100 pounds and continues to work on her body for a healthier future.
Sheri Shepherd – A Healthier Alternative
Shepherd launched into success when she became the co-host of The View. Thanks to the show, she had a long term career in Hollywood. After being diagnosed with type- 2 diabetes, she knew she had to get it together for the sake of her eight-year-old son. To steer her health toward the good side and look fabulous, she hired a professional trainer who helped her lose a total of 157 pounds through a planned balanced diet and a strict workout routine.
Lauren Alaina – Portion Control
The American Idol star, Lauren Alaina recently transformed into a completely new woman looking slim and fit. Her major weight loss journey began by keeping a healthy balanced diet combined with daily workouts. She admitted that she learned how to portion control to reach her goal which led her to drop 31 pounds in a year and another 21 pounds six months later. Today, she’s looking strong and healthy.
Blake Lively – Getting Her Bikini Bod Back
Blake Lively gained a significant amount of weight while carrying her child back in 2014, just like any mom would. Right after she gave birth, she had planned to appear in The Shallows the following year. She had to get her bikini bod back for this role. Lively immediately started following an intensive workout regimen without starving herself of course. She only stuck to healthy foods to keep a nutritious diet such as avocado, potatoes, and coconut oil.
Chrissy Teigen – Baby Weight, Baby Who?
Another actress who wanted to go back in shape after the birth of her first child was Chrissy Teigen. Even though she’s already gorgeous and she doesn’t need to lose so much weight, her weight loss plan consisted of a simple and realistic diet. With the help of a personal trainer she was able to get back to her former figure in no time. Well, she does have the advantages of being a celebrity – personal trainers, nutritionists, and endless cheers from her fans.
Ethan Suplee – A Brand New Man
Ethan Suplee is a long time friend and co-worker of Kevin Smith who was also overweight. They both decided to step into the weight loss journey together as part of a bet. Suplee lost an amazing 200 pounds after the challenge. Rumour has it that he had a gastric sleeve surgery to help him out, but it wasn’t confirmed. Regardless, the results do speak for themselves as he followed a regular workout regimen followed by a strict diet plan.
Nathalie Portman – A Risky Transformation
Nathalie Portman’s career skyrocketed when she won an Academy Award for Best Actress in the film Black Swan. To prepare for the role she had to go through some struggles because Ballerinas have a strict diet, she had to abide by that routine. Portman lost 20 pounds together with a nutritionist-approved diet plan. You can imagine this was not an easy task as she is already petite so to transform into an even more petite ballerina was a challenge. That’s exactly why the diet was well monitored by professionals.
Britney Spears – Gaining Control Of Her Life
The queen of pop Britney Spears was one of many popular celebrities who were constantly criticized ruthlessly by the media about her weight issues. Spears gained a lot of weight in 2007 when she had a mental breakdown. Fortunately, she was able to regain control of her life, taking her mental health day by day and going on a weight loss program. Today, the pop star is happy, healthy, and weighs only 120 pounds.
Claire Richards – Diet And Excercise Is All It Takes
Claire Richards was the front and center of the 90’s group Steps. We all danced and sang along their popular songs. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever. After the band broke up and everyone parted ways, Richards apparently turned to food for comfort, constantly adding to her weight. When she became pregnant with her first child, she gained an extra 80 pounds which led her to lose it all and go back to her old self with the help of a very strict diet.
Oprah Winfrey – Finding the Right Diet
Oprah Winfrey is one of the most influential women of our time. From living in poverty to being abused as a child she’s been through it all. Even with a net worth of $3 billion – she was having problems with her weight and ended up close to 237 pounds. After trying countless diets, Winfrey decided to lose weight with a diet that consists of 20 percent protein and 30 percent fat, together with a workout plan she dropped 160 pounds!
Joelle Ortiz – Getting Rid of Bad Influences
The rapper gained a tremendous amount of weight due to a bad diet and substance abuse. He started his fitness journey back in 2014 by exercising daily and changing his diet to a healthier alternative. Ortiz dropped a whopping 50 pounds in just a few months. He stopped drinking and using all sorts of substances that are toxic to the body. The rapper is now a completely transformed man and at the top of his healthy self.
Rachel Frederiksen – The Biggest Loser
When real people decide to completely transform their bodies it’s quite rare. In reality shows such as The Biggest Loser, not everyone can keep the weight down after the show. However, one particular contestant, Rachel Frederickson, was not only battling her weight, but she was also up against other competitors. Luckily, she won the competition and lost 155 pounds. When the finale aired people were concerned about her looking way too skinny. Luckily she did listen and gained another twenty pounds for the sake of her health.
Matthew McConaughey – Don’t Try This at Home
Saying that Matthew McConaughey is a method actor is quite an understatement. As the actor likes to reinvent himself for each and every role he takes upon himself, he managed to gain and lose weight for numerous roles. Although this is not something you should try at home, as many believe it could endanger lives, McConaughey lost 42 pounds for his role in Dallas Buyers Club. His diet consisted of very little meat and was full of greens. Losing so much weight in a short time can be dangerous without proper supervision, so don’t try it at home!
Jennifer Coolidge – Staying Curvacious and Healthy
The 55-year-old voluptuous actress we all know and love from American Pie and Legally Blond, never really cared about being skinny. Unfortunately in Hollywood things work differently. After being stuck in ‘character roles’ she decided to join a weight loss program. She lost about 30 pounds of her body weight. She retained her curvaceous figure, but she’s maintaining her weight by eating a low carb meal plan and exercising regularly. Though it has been speculated that it was all thanks to plastic surgery, nothing has even been officially confirmed.
Kevin Smith – A Second Chance at Life
When Kevin Smith couldn’t fit in his airplane seat, and later suffered from a heart attack, that’s when he knew he needed to change. He joined the Weight Watchers program and lost 51 pounds by sticking to a vegan diet. He shared his journey on Instagram: “… I was in the hospital recovering… I went to my Doctor a week later, she told me, ‘The best thing you can do for yourself now is to lose 50 pounds.’ Half a year later…I started at 256 and now I weigh 205.”
Jorge Garcia – A Vegan Diet That Changed it All
Jorge Garcia was always open about his struggles with the temptation of food. Things quickly changed when Garcia landed the role of Hugo in the series Lost which forced him to lose 30 pounds. His weight was a concern for his fans as he reached 400 pounds. With the help of a gastric bypass, Jorge lost a few pounds and began a vegan diet. His transformation was surprising and it goes to show how effective a plant-based diet can be!
Rene Zellweger – Transforming for a Role
Another actor who transformed for a role was Renée Zellweger. She needed to gain 28 additional pounds for her role in Bridget Jone’s Diary. After shooting that movie, she decided she didn’t want to keep the extra pounds and it was time to say goodbye to Bridget. So she started following a balanced diet, monitored by a professional nutritionist, and she reached her goals with spectacular results! Although it was rumored she had an eating disorder it was never confirmed. As long as she’s healthy and happy!
Charles Barkley – Weight Watchers
Most of the celebrities on this list have dealt with weight issues. However, if you thought that athletes are better at controlling their workout regimen even after they retire from sports you’d be mistaken. Charles Barkley started to forget all about training and sports and well, just like everyone in this situation, he gained some weight. Eventually, he decided to shed it all off. With the help of some intense training and a strict diet plan, he’s as fit as a fiddle.
Missy Elliot – Keeping it Balanced
With some serious hits under her sleeves and a prolific career in the music industry, Elliot was always considered a little chubby. At some point, doctors warned her that she could possibly have a stroke if she keeps the weight on. She then immediately decided to change her lifestyle. Elliot hired a professional trainer and followed a balanced diet, followed by daily workouts which helped her lose weight and become healthier. She’s looking fabulous and better than ever today!
Jordin Sparks – Feeling Your Best at Your Healthiest
Jordin Sparks, for those of you who may not know, is the daughter of Phillippi Sparks, who’s a former NFL player. She rose to fame after winning the sixth season of American Idol back in 2007. The famous singer wanted to lose some of the weight she gained over the years. She started with a healthy balanced diet and daily workouts. She reached her goal and lost 50 pounds. Today she is still keeping the weight and she looks strong and beautiful!
Ricki Lake – Hard Work Pays Off
Ricki Lake was suffering from depression for years due to her slight obesity. When she decided to start her weight loss journey she weighed 260 pounds. She followed a healthy diet and exercised every day to reach her goal but, the diet wasn’t working and she regained the weight later on. Fortunately, after joining the cast of Dancing With the Stars in 2011, Lake lost twenty pounds successfully and she kept the weight off to this day! That’s what dedication and perseverance are all about!
Jason Alexander – Jenny Craig’s Weight Loss Program
The Seinfeld actor, Jason Alexander started his weight loss journey at 195 pounds. He joined the Jenny Craig weight loss program and later became a spokesman. The actor lost 14 pounds which inspired him to continue losing more weight. He set his goal at losing another 30 pounds. He did that by cutting his daily 4500 calorie intake to 1500. He just stuck to the program with regular workouts, a simple diet, and self-motivation. The weight was gone in six months.
Mo’nique – Changing From the Inside Out
The comedian always tells women to embrace their bodies no matter what. She has been outspoken about her weight, but as for the decision to lose weight she kept it to herself. After being diagnosed with high blood pressure and diabetes, it was time to change her lifestyle. She gave up fried food, junk food, sugared products and red meat. She lost 45 pounds like a champion, with the help of a trainer she also did some weight-lifting, cardio exercises for some extra definition and strength.
Timbaland – Aging Like Fine Wine
Timbaland rose to fame even though he had a chubby teddy bear body. Now, his fans have had to come to terms with his new fit body. At the age of 45 Timbaland is stronger, healthier and looking good! After experiencing some complications with his health it was necessary to lose the extra weight so he decided to keep it natural just by following a workout plan and regimen. Timbaland lost a total of 130 pounds and looks incredibly fit.
Mama June – An Incredible Transformation
Mama June was battling her obesity issues for over a decade before she finally decided it was time to lose it once and for all. She initially went on a strict diet and followed daily workouts. As her weight was tough to lose it was not enough. She later underwent a gastric bypass surgery and had some cosmetic procedures done as well. She went down from size 24 to a size 4. She looks so much better and healthier too!
Zach Galifianakis – Funny, Healthy, and Beautiful
The famous actor was best known as a sweet, chubby, and funny guy who always made us laugh in his numerous comedic roles. The Hangover star, Zach Galifianakis surprised many of his fans when he appeared on the red carpet back in 2012, looking completely different, and extremely handsome! He dropped a whopping 60 pounds by simply changing his habits and exercising regularly. Sometimes it’s a small change that makes a huge difference.
America Ferrera – Preparing for a Triathlon
The Ugly Betty actress, America Ferrera had the most incredible weight loss transformation after she wasted years on countless diets that obviously didn’t work for her. She decided it was time to change her lifestyle completely, starting by making healthier choices. Then, the next stage was to participate in a triathlon. She prepared for the notorious competition with a rigorous routine that consisted of swimming, running and biking which helped her get fit and stay healthy. Today, she’s still rockin’ her new physique.
Tom Arnold – Changing His Eating Habits
Tom Arnold has had problems with his weight for quite some time. After the birth of his son, Arnold was determined to change his eating habits, to get this health back on track. Running after your kids and playing with them requires a lot of energy, and if you’re unfit this could be a problem. He then followed a balanced diet and worked out regularly. Eventually, he lost 100 pounds, and he’s still losing more weight! Way to go!
Perez Hilton – Nutrition and Excercise
American columnist and blogger, Perez Hilton is famous for his juicy gossips about television and movie stars. He put on a lot of weight over the years and of course that was not beneficial, as he wasn’t feeling his best. Hilton decided to work on his looks back in 2008 and lose some weight. He started to follow a strict diet and exercise daily. By changing his bad habits and combining with a strict workout regimen, Hilton dropped an astonishing 70 pounds! He looks great!
Star Jones – Determination Was All She Needed
American lawyer and television personality Star Jones worked as a prosecutor before working on NBC’s Nightly News. Later in her career she became one of the co-hosts of The View. After being diagnosed with obesity when she reached 300 pounds, Jones was determined to change. She started by gastric bypass surgery, and maybe some other cosmetic work she had done. After her recovery she lost more than 160 pounds. By combining a good diet and exercise, Jones is still keeping her healthy weight today!
Kathleen Turner – Pilates Can Cure Anything
Kathleen Turner decided it was time to adapt to a healthier lifestyle. Unfortunately, that came to a halt after she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis which causes immobility, and therefore she gained quite a lot of weight. After she spent some time in a rehab clinic back in 2002, she was ready to embark on a healthy lifestyle. The first step was to cut back any toxic substances and junk food. She incorporated pilates and yoga into her daily regimen to keep her weight in check.
The Top Live Bands of All Time
Getting to see your favorite band perform right in front of you while you cheer for them is indeed one of the best feelings ever! Music enthusiasts are often found in random concerts. However, which of the top bands really turn the crowd wild?
Grateful Dead might not be one of the most popular bands among the millennials, but if consistency had a middle name, they would probably take Grateful Dead. The fresh pop vibe from them alongside a country-esque guitar play made them a known face in the ’70s and the ’80s.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Tom Petty and his heartbreakers really did break our hearts when the lead singer, Petty passed away in 2017 after an illustrious musical career that stretched over four decades. Songs like “Learning to Fly” or “I Won’t Back Down” turned out to be timeless classics that entertained people of all ages. Over the course of 40 years, the band toured throughout the world. They still remain one of the most exciting live bands of all time.
There might be debates about Deep Purple being one of the best live bands or not, but we can all agree on the fact that it is, indeed, the loudest band to have ever played in a live gig. “Highway Star” or “Soldier of Fortune,” no matter which song is your favorite, you have to admit that this band never failed to impress the fans. Deep Purple is known for its versatility in rock music. The band called an end to their career in 2017 with one last “Goodbye Tour.”
Arcade Fire is a Montreal-based indie rock band phenomenon that formed in 2001. Their 2010 album “Suburbs” won critical acclaim and a Grammy and their previous albums and past shows also gained much acclaim. Their multiple unique instrumental experiments placed them as one of the greatest bands of indie rock. However, the reason why they are considered one of the best live performers has more to do with certain gimmicks that they play around with, starting from paper mâché heads, visual effects, Haitian percussionists, and more.
There are good songs, bad songs, legendary songs, and then there are songs that you can recall even after listening to a two-second intro. Eagles and their timeless creation, “Hotel California,” is one of those songs. Eagles rose to fame in the early ’70s, gained worldwide recognition, and fell apart within a span of only ten years. They did reunite in 1994, but their best works still remain the music that they created back in the ‘70s.
The Black Keys
The Black Keys is a dynamic duo rock band from Akron, Ohio, consisting of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, formed in 2001. Their genres include Garage rock, Blues, and Indie. They started by self-producing their records in their garage until they got a deal at Fat Possum Records. Their albums and live performances became very popular among college kids, with their single “Tighten Up” three Grammys in 2010. Their performance at Outside Lands back in 2011 is considered to be one of the best.
After Nirvana collapsed with Kurt Cobain’s sudden passing, drummer Dave Grohl decided to start a new project with a different take on alternative rock, and so Foo Fighters came to life. Since then, the band has won a total of 12 Grammys. Their performance in Wembley back in 2008 is still considered one of the best live performances ever. The band is still going strong in full flow, creating amazing music and rocking millions of their fans.
Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails, or more popularly known as NIN, is an American industrial rock band formed in 1988 in Ohio by Trent Reznor. The band had a series of members, but Reznor, as the founder, singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, stood out with his music and live shows, proving that he is nothing short of a musical genius. The album Pretty Hate Machine is still deemed as one of the most iconic albums out there. Reznor’s love for industrial rock really makes it one of a kind.
In an era when legends like Michael Jackson, George Michael, and David Bowie rocked the stage, it wasn’t easy to grab the limelight as a relatively unknown musician. But Prince made sure his actions – be it through the catchy beats, sassy lyrics, or his on-stage appearance – did not go unnoticed. Ever since his live debut, Prince entertained the crowd for more than 20 years. His best performance to date would probably be that of Super Bowl 2017, when he rocked out and played some mesmerizing music.
Mumford & Sons
Mumford & Sons is a British folk-rock band formed in 2007. The members consist of Marcus Mumford, Winston Marshall, Ben Lovett, and Ted Dwane. A unique taste of rock, their music is mixed in twangy banjos, acoustic guitar, and folk. Their one-of-a-kind music sparked their breakthrough back in 2009. Mumford’s album Babel won the 2013 Grammy for the Best Album, garnering much critical acclaim. Their live performances, lyrics, and songs brought a new kind of rock music to light.
The Allman Brothers Band
Duane and Greg Allman had no idea that their small band from Jacksonville, Florida would go this far, becoming one of the top live bands of the ‘70s! However, when they performed that famous 26-minute musical bliss that they call “Whipping Post” non-stop, the world knew that their music was here to stay. The band broke up a few times and reunited again over the course of five decades. They retired in 2014.
This is a man who doesn’t need any introduction. Widely known as “The King,” Elvis always conquered the stage, be it at his home country or abroad. Perhaps his most famous creation, “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” can be considered as one of the greatest love songs to have ever existed. From his first live show in Memphis back in 1954 to his last in Indianapolis, 1977, he made sure the magic of his music spread all over the world.
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
Jimi Hendrix wasn’t just a guitar legend or a top musician – he was an icon. Born at an age when racism was ruining America from the core, Hendrix stood up with his unique guitar playing style and incredible lyrics. Deemed as a “guitar god” by many, Jimi Hendrix and his band provided electrifying performances in their live shows. His untimely passing put an end to the band, but we will never forget their performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967!
Alice Cooper is one of those evergreen performers that simply doesn’t know how to quit. Now 72 years of age, and he isn’t leaving that blessed stage anytime soon – still touring and making music, this man is an absolute legend. With a career spanning over five decades, Alice has caught the eye of music lovers with his theatrics on stage. He might not be the most popular artist out there anymore, but classics like “Poison” surely seal his name on any music enthusiast’s chart of best songs of all time.
David Bowie – the man, the myth, the legend. This is a human being that can own the stage and make the audience go all gaga with his stardust music and exquisite appearance. One of the most popular faces on earth, Bowie was always in the spotlight with his on and off stage actions. Songs like “Space Oddity” or his collaboration with Queen on “Under Pressure” would remain to be some of the best singles out there. He toured all over the world up until his passing in 2016.
Arguably the best band in the history of band music, The Beatles were a treat to listen to in concerts and musical gigs – few as they were. This very band could produce a musical aura that made everyone fall in love with them. The band lasted for only ten years, yet they remain as the best selling musical act of all time. Songs like “Hey Jude” or “Yellow Submarine” made sure that The Beatles would forever be considered as one of the most influential bands ever.
Nobody knew them back in the ’90s. A new, raw band with a weird name like Mookie Blaylock – who would’ve thought they would be famous! Fast forward 30 years, now Eddie Vedder and his bandmates, under the name Pearl Jam, sell out in almost every venue in the world. This band is known for the unique voice of its lead singer and the beautifully crafted lyrics. No wonder they are deemed as one of the most popular rock bands.
Guns N’ Roses
Their band name says it all – this is one rebellious group of people making music because they feel like it. The fluid nature of their guitar play and the lyrics that ooze of freedom made sure that the band wrote their name in the hall of fame of band music. Singles like “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “November Rain” are the reasons why they aren’t considered as just another heavy metal band – they are destined to reach for the stars! The band is still doing concerts in 2020.
Here’s another rock band formed in the ‘70s and still roaming around the music industry, roaring with their existence. Kiss began their journey back in 1973, and following their groundbreaking success with the first live album, they never had to look back. This band is known for doing the unthinkable up on stage. From fire breathing to pyrotechnics, they did it all. Kiss is, without a single doubt, one of the most vibrant bands that ever played on stage.
Rush will go down as a ‘one of a kind’ band that took a detour from the typical songwriting about love and war and created a whole new lyric genre featuring philosophy, science, and fantasy. The band initially began as a blues-rock band, but with time, they took more of a progressive rock approach. Neil Peart, their drummer, is widely known as one of the best drummers to ever live. The band, after performing for nearly 40 years, finally came to an end in 2018 following Peart’s passing.
The first thing that comes into our mind when we hear The Doors is Jim Morrison. Easily one of the best lead vocalists of all time, this highly talented musician, alongside his band members, took The Doors to glory in a very short span of time. Following Morrison’s untimely demise, the band was never the same. Songs like “Spanish Caravan” or “People are Strange” will always uphold The Doors as one of the greatest bands to have ever existed.
Hailing all the way from Canada, Neil Young is a singer-songwriter and musician who rose to fame during the ’60s. Despite the fact that this award-winning music tycoon is now 75 years old, Young is still very much listened to and loved by younger generations. Whether he’s playing with Crosby, Stills, and Nash or going completely solo, Young undeniably pours every bit of himself into any and every show he performs. In fact, many of his shows have concluded with a 20-minute rendition of “Like a Hurricane.”
Formed in 1985, Radiohead is an English rock band that consists of five members. The band first those to fame in the UK with the release of their second album, The Bends. It was the band’s third album, though, that brought them international fame in 1997. Since then, Radiohead has become a household name — so much so that they could perhaps be one of the only rock bands that’s able to leave almost every hit song out of the setlist yet still see fans leave the arena with a smile on their face.
Born and raised in Michigan, Jack White is a 12-time Grammy Award winner and has been regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Although he’s best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the duo, The White Stripes, White has also enjoyed success with other bands as well as a solo artist. His presence on stage makes the crowd go wild and rightfully so — White’s performances are nothing short of amazing, with his unstoppable energy and natural-born talent.
Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine is a rock band from Los Angeles, California that was formed in 1991. Less than a year later, the band released their debut album, which reached commercial and critical success — and was even ranked on Rolling Stone‘s list of ‘The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.’ Since then, the band’s fame has only continued to grow. And although their shows are rare, Rage Against the Machine undeniably proves that there’s no other band truly like them.
My Morning Jacket
My Morning Jacket is a rock and roll psychedelic band that was formed in Louisville, Kentucky back in 1998. With a sound that’s rooted in rock and country, My Morning Jacket began to gather a following in the early 2000s partly due to their live performances. Not only do they capture fans with their own hits, but they also sprinkle every set with incredible covers including Rolling Stones’ “Waiting on a Friend” and Velvet Underground’s “Oh, Sweet Nuthin.'”
Formed in 1994, Wilco is an American alternative rock band based in Chicago, Illinois. Although the band’s lineup changed quite frequently during its first decade, singer Jeff Tweedy and bassist John Stiratt have been there since the original formation. Since early 2004, however, the lineup hasn’t changed and consists of Tweedy, Stirratt, guitarist Nels Cline, multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, keyboard player Mikael Jorgensen, and drummer Glenn Kotche. An award-winning group, Wilco has been known to deliver some unforgettable concerts.
An award-winning blues-rock band, Alabama Shakes was formed in Athens, Alabama in 2009. The group began its music career by touring and performing at clubs around the Southeast for about two years. The members used this time to hone their sound and write music. Before they knew it, the band was catapulted to fame, which isn’t much of a shocker. After all, each band member is filled with undeniable talent including frontwoman Brittany Howard — who is an absolute force of nature with a vocal ability that only continues to grow.
You may recognize them for their time as the house band on NBC’s The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon from 2009 to 2014. That’s right — we’re referring to The Roots. An American hip-hop band formed in 1987, the group is known for their jazzy and electric approach to hip-hop. Unsurprisingly, The Roots’ work has consistently been met with critical acclaim. Now, if you’ve ever seen them play, even as Fallon’s house band, we’re sure you can agree.
Now 71 years old, Tom Waits is one of America’s most brilliant singer-songwriters, not to mention a moving and hilarious storyteller. Although he worked primarily in jazz during the ’70s, Waits’ music since the ’80s has reflected a greater influence from blues, rock, experimental genres, and even vaudeville. Despite a lack of mainstream commercial success, there’s no doubt that Waits has influenced tons of musicians. With a huge international cult following, it’s no surprise that there have been several biographies written about him.
Dave Matthews Band
Let’s be real here, people, Dave Matthews Band is renowned for their live shows! Formed in 1991, DMB’s 1994 debut album — Under the Table and Dreaming — brought the band worldwide fame. Having sold more than 20 million concert tickets and a combined total of 38 million CDs and DVDs, DMB has no intentions of slowing down anytime soon. Two decades later and the award-winning group still knows how to keep their fans at the edge of their seats.
Known for their musical improvisation, extended jams, blending of genres, and dedicated fan base, Phish is an American rock band that was formed in Vermont during the early ’80s. After 15 years together, the band took a two-year hiatus in October 2000 before regrouping in late 2002. They then disbanded again in August 2004 before reuniting in March 2009, and have since remained together. All these years later and this jam band still knows how to put on an incredible show.
There’s no denying that Leonard Cohen had quite an amazing career. What you may find surprising about this Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, though, is that he initially pursued a career as a poet and novelist during the ’50s and ’60s. It wasn’t until 1967 that he began his music career at the age of 33 — and it’s a good thing he did, otherwise, we would all have missed out. After all, Cohen’s performances were considered some of the best. Even after a 15-year hiatus, Cohen emerged to play a three-and-a-half-hour show that was absolutely captivating.
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is an Australian rock band that was formed in Melbourne in 1983 by vocalist Nick Cave, multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey, and guitarist-vocalist Blixa Bargeld. And although vocalist Nick Cave may be the only consistent member of the Bad Seeds, the group’s 30-year run has completely dominated the world of post-punk music. Aside from releasing 17 studio albums and completing numerous international tours, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds have become known for their outrageously wild shows.
A Chicago native, Patti Smith is a singer-songwriter, musician, author, and poet. She rose to fame and even became an influential component of the New York City punk rock movement in 1975 thanks to her debut album, Horses. Nicknamed the “punk poet laureate,” Smith has been known to fuse rock and poetry in her work. Now 73 years old, it’s safe to say that Smith has found much success throughout the years. Not only has she been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but she has also been recognized for work as a writer.
The psychedelic music project of Australian multi-instrumentalist Kevin Parker, Tame Impala has been making waves in the music industry since 2007. While Parker writes, records, performs, and produces all of the project’s music in the recording studio, the touring act consists of Parker (guitar, vocals), Dominic Simper (guitar, synthesizer), Jay Watson (synthesizer, vocals, guitar), Cam Avery (bass guitar, vocals), and Julien Barbagallo (drums, vocals). If you haven’t given Tame Impala a listen, we suggest that you do — you won’t regret it.
Aerosmith is a legendary heavy metal band that to this day remains in the hearts of many. The band was formed in Boston in 1970. Their blazing performances throughout the late ‘70s to the iconic ‘80s MTV rock and roll era have moved thousands. They played with the metal genre, incorporating blues, rock, and country, which was nothing short of brilliance. Aerosmith made it to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2000. They are the best-selling American rock band of all time.
“I’ve got two tickets to Iron Maiden baby, come with me Friday, don’t say maybe.” Many people might be familiar with the infamous band Iron Maiden through these song lyrics by Wheatus. Iron Maiden is a British band formed in Leyton in 1975 and is considered to be one of the best heavy metal bands. The band originally consisted of Steve Harris, Paul Day, Dave Sullivan, Terry Rance, and Ron Mathews. The band is distinguished by its signature operatic vocals and powerful live performance. Iron Maiden is still active and still experiments with their music.
U2 consists of four Irish musicians who started their journey believing in the American dream. The Irish band was formed in 1976 by Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. in Dublin. U2 has garnered international recognition and lives to be one of the best bands of today. Their live performances move people, to say the least. It’s hard to believe that the band was created in Larry’s kitchen when they were all in school. Every live performance by U2 at the Grammy’s is unforgettable.
Muse is a rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. Their lyrics explore social alienation, hard choices, and other introspective themes. Their music also explores a much more diversified ground, although based on metal, such as mellotron, church organ, piano, and, of course, Bellamy’s falsetto. Muse has been voted as one of the best live performers time and time again by critics and music lovers alike. The Q Awards even nominated Muse for the Best Live Act award several times.
Bruce Federick Joseph Springsteen is an American singer and songwriter who has contributed invaluable songs to rock, starting from his ‘70s and ‘80s style of drama to his ‘50s-style soft-loud dynamic. Besides the hype around his socially and politically driven passionate songs, his live performances are also considered to be astounding. One such memorable performance was when he turned a poem by a steelworker into song with a touch of an Irish jig, Celtic strain, and Rock.
Metallica is one of the greatest and most popular heavy metal bands in the world. The members include James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett, and Robert Trujillo. Formed in 1981 in Los Angeles, the band is one of the most influential bands in metal rock and thrash metal owing to their bullet belts, aggressive instrumentals, and electrifying live performances. Their musical journey throughout the years has been nothing short of a thrilling roller coaster ride with die-hard fans in every corner of the earth.
The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones is another one of the classic rock bands that transformed the world of rock and roll. They still stand as an inspiration to many of the famous rock bands we know today. The English band was formed in 1962. They have incorporated blues into rock to create phenomenal music. Their earlier songs “Lady Jane” and “Paint it Black” with moving lyrics are the reasons why they are considered as one of the greatest rock bands of all time.
AC/DC was there with us during our teenage angst, and they are with us still now. The Australian rock band, formed in Sydney, Australia in 1973, gave us several reasons to love them. Their lyrics, live performances, tunes, appearances – all of it brought joy to millions. After all, they understood how it felt to be young and broken. They also gave us a distinct blueprint of an entirely new hard rock sound. They still remain as one of the top rock and roll bands to this day.
Formed in 1964 in London, the then members of The Who consisted of Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend, John Entwistle, and Keith Moon. Since its inception, it was one iconic song after another, though they had their fair share of struggles. The songs “Overture,” “Trick of the Light,” “Let’s See Action,” “Heaven and Hell,” and “I Can See for Miles” – to name a few – paved the way for modern rock. To state that their earlier live performances were loud would be an understatement, considering all the guitars destroyed on stage.
Pink Floyd was an English rock band formed in London in 1965. There’s hardly anybody who isn’t familiar with them, their music, magic, and mysteries. The members include Syd Barrett, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright, who formed the group when they were mere students. The band has given us a different kind of rock, psychedelic pop tracks, and live performances, which left masses of people in awe. Even though they had to go through a lot, the band was in itself legendary.
Led Zeppelin was, without a doubt, one of the greatest rock bands ever. Their concerts always blew people away with their explosive and dynamic live performances. They were formed in 1968 in London, with the members consisting of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham. They had varied styles, ranging from heavy metal and rock to blues and folk music. Their songs, especially “Stairway to Heaven,” bring forward a whole different kind of feeling to this day.
This British rock band was formed in 1970. Queen gave us “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Under Pressure,” “We Will Rock You,” and more. All of which are not just mere songs – they became a part of our identity, a moment, a feeling that will always signify who we are. Their music, styles, and performances during the ‘70s period were different from all other great bands. Any rock music enthusiast will agree that their 1985 Live Aid concert is the reason why Queen is now known as the global jukebox.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers is an alternative rock band formed in 1983, LA, California. Their album “Freaky Styley” was their first experimentation with a combination of punk and funk. Their experiments with funk-rock from then took the world by storm. Their live performances can be described with many words: colorful, soulful, dynamic, and energizing, but never boring. They have garnered critical acclaim all over the world and hold a special place in the hearts of their die-hard fans.