10 rock music biopics that need to be made

30 July 2020, 21:00 | Updated: 30 July 2020, 21:01

After Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, which other acts are in need to the big screen treatment? Radio X picks a selection of movies we’d like to see…

  1. Fleetwood Mac

    Fleetwood Mac in 1975
    Fleetwood Mac in 1975. Picture: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

    Another astounding omission from the biopic pantheon, the Mac’s career is a living soap opera as it is, and would need no script doctoring to make it interesting. From their start as a hardcore blues act in England to the high flying Los Angeles years, this would be a corker. In 2013, Stevie Nicks said: “Nobody is making a movie about my life. When there is a movie about my life being made, everybody will know. And it will be serious.” You have been told.

  2. Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1988: Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Hillel Slovak, Jack Irons
    Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1988: Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Hillel Slovak, Jack Irons. Picture: Gie Knaeps/Getty Images

    If you’ve read Anthony Kiedis’s autobiography Scar Tissue, then you’ll know that the Chili Peppers story is a rollcking good yarn. A story of redemption and some hair-raising escapades.

  3. Aerosmith

    Aerosmith in 1974
    Aerosmith in 1974. Picture: Gems/Redferns/Getty Images

    It’s incredible that the Toxic Twins Steven Tyler and Joe Perry haven’t been portrayed on screen as their biography Walk This Way is a gripping read. Some astonishing tales of addiction, intervention and tying scarves to your mike stand would make this a winner.

  4. The Who

    The Who in 1965: ete Townshend, Keith Moon, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle.
    The Who in 1965: ete Townshend, Keith Moon, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle. Picture: The Visualeyes Archive/Redferns/Getty Images

    There’s a Keith Moon biopic in the works, but London’s loudest band have a tale to tell too: the mod era, smashing up equipment, concept albums, splits, fights and bassist John Entwistle dying while on tour. Would they skirt around Pete Townshend’s brush with the law, though?

  5. Led Zeppelin

    Led Zeppelin in 1969: John Bonham, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page
    Led Zeppelin in 1969: John Bonham, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page. Picture: Robert Knight Archive/Redferns/Getty Images

    The hard-rocking quartet would show Motley Crue up as the rank amateurs they are when it comes to raucousness and debauchery. Thing is, could they even put half the things that are supposed to have happened in Stephen Davis’s landmark biography Hammer Of The Gods? Hmmm…

  6. Mick Jagger

    Mick Jagger As Seen By Jean-Luc Godard, 1968
    Mick Jagger in June 1968. Picture: Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images

    One Direction lad Harry Styles was apparently in the frame to play the lead Rolling Stone, but he claimed it was all talk. We’d still like to see it, however, as the Brian Jones film Stoned (2006) wasn’t half bad and there’s the whole of the 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s to get through with Sir Mick - and it’s all full of incident: movie making, marriages, kids, terrible solo albums, heart surgery, the lot.

  7. The Fall

    Mark E Smith of The Fall performing at The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK on 12 December 1982
    Mark E Smith of The Fall performing at The Lyceum Theatre, London, UK on 12 December 1982. Picture: David Corio/Redferns/Getty Images

    The ongoing saga of the Manchester post-punkers would be an epic, by turns hilarious and tragic. But who would play irascible frontman Mark E. Smith? Start thinking now!

  8. New Order

    New Order in 1989: Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Peter Hook and Gillian Gilbert
    New Order in 1989: Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Peter Hook and Gillian Gilbert. Picture: Bob Berg/Getty Images

    They’ve done the Joy Division story with Anton Corbijn’s Control, but what about the next part? Lots of bad vibes, low slung bass, the car crash that was The Hacienda and Peter Hook splitting with the rest of the group. Plus, the making of Blue Monday, yeah?

  9. The Cure

    The Cure In Brazil, 1987:  Simon Gallup, Boris Williams, Robert Smith, Laurence Tolhurst and Porl Thompson.
    The Cure In Brazil, 1987: Simon Gallup, Boris Williams, Robert Smith, Laurence Tolhurst and Porl Thompson. Picture: Michael Putland/Getty Images

    Currently enjoying a critical appraisal 40 years after they were founded, Robert Smith’s creepies from Crawley may not sound like the most gripping subject of a movie, but take a look at founder member and former drummer Lol Tolhurst’s autobiography, Cured. It ends with Tolhurst an alcoholic and being told he couldn’t come on the Disintegration tour - the subsequent legal battle would be a dramatic highlight.

  10. Rod Stewart

    Rod Stewart and Britt Ekland in 1975
    Rod Stewart and Britt Ekland in 1975. Picture: Ron Galella Collection via Getty Images

    Rod The Mod: from young blues singer to international stardom as Mr Britt Ekland (for a while), his tale has it all - and he’s up for it, too. Speaking to the Daily Mirror recently, Rod said: "I haven't seen the Elton John biopic, but I'd love one of me." It would need to be called "Blondes Have More Fun", of course.