1980s alternative rock stars - then and now

12 June 2022, 11:00

How different do your favourite stars of the 1980s look 30 or 40 years later? From Anthony Kiedis to Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode, here's what they looked like then... and how they are now!

  1. Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Anthony Kiedis in 1992 and in June 2022
    Anthony Kiedis in 1992 and in June 2022. Picture: Bill Belknap/Alamy Stock Photo/Samir Hussein/Getty

    The Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman was born in Grand Rapids Michigan on 1 November 1962. He was part of a group called Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem, which eventually morphed into the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1983. He’s been with them ever since.

  2. Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode

    Dave Gahan in March 1983 and in June 2018
    Dave Gahan in March 1983 and in June 2018. Picture: dpa picture alliance / David Jensen / Alamy Stock Photo

    Born David Callcott in Epping, Essex on 9 May 1962, the Depeche Mode singer changed his name to Gahan when his mother re-married. He’s been the frontman of the Basildon synth pop pioneers since 1980.

  3. Robert Smith of The Cure

    Robert Smith of The Cure in November 1979 and in October 2019
    Robert Smith of The Cure in November 1979 and in October 2019. Picture: Gabor Scott/Redferns/Rick Kern/WireImage/Getty

    Robert James Smith was born in Blackpool on 21 April 1959, but moved to Crawley in Sussex when he was six. He’s been the frontman of The Cure since the band formed in 1976, when they were known as Malice… and then Easy Cure. They became just plain old The Cure in 1978 and stayed that way ever since.

  4. Axl Rose

    Axl Rose in Pasadena in December 1987 and Los Angeles in August 2021.
    Axl Rose in Pasadena in December 1987 and Los Angeles in August 2021. Picture: MediaPunch Inc / ZUMA Press, Inc. / Alamy Stock Photo

    The Guns N’Roses singer was born William Bruce Rose Jr in Lafayette, Indiana on 6 February 1962 and was formerly in the band Hollywood Rose and LA Guns.

  5. Bono of U2

    Bono in April 1983 and in December 2018
    Bono in April 1983 and in December 2018. Picture: Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

    Bono was born Paul David Hewson on 10 May 1960 and got his stage name from a heading aid shop in Dublin called Bono Vox. He’s been the frontman of U2 since 1976 when they were known as Feedback and then The Hype.

  6. Michael Stipe

    Michael Stipe in May 1984 and in October 2020
    Michael Stipe in May 1984 and in October 2020. Picture: Graham Wiltshire/Hulton Archive/Getty Images/Everett Collection Inc / Alamy Stock Photo

    John Michael Stipe was born in Decatur, Georgia on 4 January 1960 and was the frontman in R.E.M. from their formation in 1980 until their called it a day in 2011 after their 15th album Collapse Into Now.

  7. Bernard Sumner

    Bernard Sumner in the summer of 1983 and September 2014
    Bernard Sumner in the summer of 1983 and September 2014. Picture: Lisa Haun/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images/Paul Treadway / Alamy Stock Photo

    Bernard Sumner was born in Salford on 4 January 1956 and has gone under the surnames Albrecht and Dickin in his time. He was the guitarist in Manchester band Joy Division from 1976 until the death of lead singer Ian Curtis in 1980. Sumner became lead singer of New Order when the surviving members decided to carry on. He’s also been one half of Manchester supergroup Electronic with Johnny Marr.

  8. Peter Hook

    Peter Hook in the summer of 1983 and August 2013
    Peter Hook in the summer of 1983 and August 2013. Picture: Lisa Haun/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images/Scott Campbell / Alamy Stock Photo

    The Joy Division bassist was born Peter Woodhead on 13 February 1956 and changed his name to Hook when his mother remarried in 1962. Following the death of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in May 1980, Hook continued to play bass as part of New Order and later formed the groups Moncao and Revenge. When the musician left New Order in 2007, he formed Peter Hook And The Light, who perform songs by his old bands.

  9. Johnny Marr

    Johnny Marr in March 1984 and February 2020
    Johnny Marr in March 1984 and February 2020. Picture: Harry Prosser/Mirrorpix/Getty Images/ZUMA Press Inc / Alamy Stock Photo

    John Martin Maher was born in the Ardwick area of Manchester on 31 October 1963 and changed his name to Marr to avoid confusion with the drummer of the Buzzcocks. He was the lead guitarist of The Smiths between 1982 and 1987 and has since gone on to a successful solo career.