These rock stars were the gods of music who we grew up idolizing. They seemed invincible and their wild lifestyles hardly seemed to have any effect on them. On the contrary they just seemed to add that extra dash of glamour to their lives! Unfortunately some of these washed-out rock stars still try to stay in the public eye and bug us no end with their antics! Here is a list of the top ten pathetic rock stars who should know when to say goodbye.
10. David Lee Roth
David Lee Roth, with his flamboyant personality and true rock star persona, has earned many die-hard fans. He is believed to be the man responsible for the success of the band – Van Halen – and also for introducing some new elements into the heavy metal music they played. Now, with his voice completely shot, Roth is just a pale imitation of his former self.
9. Gene Simmons
Anyone who knows Gene Simmons and Kiss, will remember him all dressed up as a blood-spurting, fire-breathing demon who also played bass! Kiss announced a final farewell tour in 2000 but Gene is still very much in the public eye – hosting TV shows, starting his own talk show or developing a new line of clothing.
8. Ozzy Osbourne
Known for his dramatic flair and outlandish gestures, Ozzy Osbourne was probably one of the most controversial heavy metal performers of his time. Today, he has reinvented himself as a caring, slightly befuddled father in the reality show ‘The Osbournes’ – though it is difficult to recognize the former rock star in this new, overweight, washed-out version.
7. Alice Cooper
One of the pioneers of shock rock, Alice Cooper seemed to draw equal inspiration from horror movies and vaudeville, displaying boa constrictors and fake blood. However, there was no doubt about the quality of his music, which saw great success throughout the eighties and nineties. Since then Alice Cooper has seen a gradual decline.
6 Robert Smith
Gothic rock is an outgrowth of the punk movement and is typically sung by young men and women dressed like zombies with most of their songs featuring what else – death! Robert Smith, the pioneer of this doom-mongering music, is now fifty and does not seem to have changed any part of himself since the eighties. If that is not pathetic, what is?
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