5 Most Popular Bald Musicians of all Time
Bald Musicians of all Time
This post is going to be an uncanny one, so buckle up your senses. Rock has been closely associated with thick, long flowing hair for at least 5 decades. In fact, a good number of the most prominent rock stars have astonishingly managed to keep their same teenage hair almost intact in their mid-70s. There’s even a whole genre named hair metal just because all the bands of that era kept long hair. Long hair was an essential element of the image of the 70s and 80s rock bands.
The blog is purposeful because there’s only a small number of rock legends that started balding later in life. These men have embraced the natural aging process and to make things look clearer, they have decided to shave their domes altogether. Chances are, they’re using a bald head razor right before a conference or a stage event. Else how do you think the back and sides look just as smooth as the top of the head despite sparse hair growth?
So are you convinced that rock stars don’t actually need a head full of healthy hair to rock the stage with blazing confidence? To support the claim that rockers don’t need a mane of hair to be successful in the world of art, here is a list of the 5 most popular bald musicians who have or have had a great career. Mind that some of them became bald at a somewhat young age whereas the rest lost hair only after they crossed 40. This list proves that sheer talent can overshadow looks. While this statement is true, these bald musicians still look badass but in a different way. Anyway, let’s take a look at the contenders.
- Phill Collins
Now, Phil Collins had good hair in 1973. In the ’80s, we saw a receding hairline and fans probably guessed he would go bald in the coming years. So, most readers wouldn’t have guessed him being on this list at the beginning of this page. He came to prominence when he served as the drummer and lead singer of Genesis. Between 1982 and 1990, he scored three UK and seven US No. 1 singles as a solo artist. “In the Air Tonight”, “Against All Odds”, and “Another Day in Paradise” are some of his songs that tasted mainstream popularity.
- Rob Halford
Rob Halford also has the quintessential ‘70s long hair. But soon later, his hairline started receding and after the release of Painkiller in 1990, he shaved off his dome to make things simpler. But who can forget the white, shining dome of the heavy metal god and a mammoth of a figure in the history of rock music? Popularly known as the frontman of Judas Priest, he is known for his powerful and wide-ranging operatic vocal style. He has successfully kept the leather-and-studs image for at least three decades. The receiver of the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance, Rob has managed to maintain his popularity with several generations through his music.
- Joe Satriani
Joe Satriani probably has the shiniest dome in the music industry and his dark wrap-around sunglasses interestingly complement it. Satriani still has visible patches of hair around his head which implies that he needs to maintain his dome to get that ‘Alien Surfer” look. He probably uses a head shaving kit like many other celebrities to make it look perfect.
Apart from being a virtuoso, he is popularly known as the Guru of other celebrated guitarists like Steve Vai, Kirk Hammet, Alex Skolnick, and Larry LaLonde. Joe has had a successful solo music career and guitarists around the world still worship him. He is a 15-time Grammy Award nominee and has sold over 10 million albums, making him the bestselling instrumental rock guitarist of all time.
- Billy Joel
Hair and musicians are best friends, aren’t they? It’s because hair doesn’t seem to abandon them that easily. No one could have guessed that Billy would go bald. If your memory isn’t that good, just google “Billy Joel young” and you’ll understand why. But that Piano-man hair is now history and many say that Billy shaved his crown and never looked back. Most of us remember Billy Joel from his picture on the Piano Man album cover. But neither losing hair nor growing old has not stopped the 72-year-old from performing in front of thousands of audiences.
Nicknamed the “Piano Man”, Billy Joel’s most popular hit is also of the same name, Piano Man. He is one of the best-selling music artists of all time and has had a commercially successful solo career with over 160 million records sold worldwide.
His parents provided piano lessons when he was just four years old. Later, he very much admired British Invasion and soul music and began playing in bands. He was shot to fame after the release of the “Piano Man” in 1973 under Columbia Records. The song is simply about his piano bar experience and genre-wise, it was a combination of soul, pop, and rock.
- Chris Slade
A rather uncommon name in the world of rock, Chris Slade is one of the baldest ones on this list. If you’re a rock n roll fan and don’t recall who Chris Slade is, you couldn’t be more wrong. With over 1 billion views on YouTube, the ‘Thunderstruck’ music video prominently features Chris on the drums maintaining the pulse of the song. Now, Chris was bald at the time he joined AC/DC and he drummed for the band from 1989 to 1994. He has also worked with Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Tom Jones, Tomorrow, The Firm, and Asia.