1980s alternative rock stars - then and now

2 August 2021, 19:00

Anthony Kiedis in 1989 and 2019
Anthony Kiedis in 1989 and 2019. Picture: Frans Schellekens/Redferns/Don Arnold/Getty Images

How different do your favourite stars of the 1980s look nearly 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. Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode

    Dave Gahan in 1981
    Dave Gahan in 1981. Picture: David Corio/Redferns/Getty Images

    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.

    Dave Gahan in 2018
    Dave Gahan in 2018. Picture: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images
  2. Robert Smith of The Cure

    Robert Smith in 1980
    Robert Smith in 1980. Picture: Gabor Scott/Redferns/Getty Images

    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.

    Robert Smith in 2019
    Robert Smith in 2019. Picture: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images
  3. Bono of U2

    Bono in 1981
    Bono in 1981. Picture: Janet Knott/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

    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.

    Bono in 2018
    Bono in 2018. Picture: Sean Gallup/Getty Images
  4. Axl Rose

    Axl Rose in 1987
    Axl Rose in 1987. Picture: KMazur/WireImage/Getty Images

    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.

    Axl Rose in 2017
    Axl Rose in 2017. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty Images
  5. Michael Stipe

    Michael Stipe in 1985
    Michael Stipe in 1985. Picture: Ebet Roberts/Redferns/Getty Images

    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.

    Michael Stipe in 2018
    Michael Stipe in 2018. Picture: Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival
  6. Bernard Sumner

    Bernard Sumner in 1979
    Bernard Sumner in 1979. Picture: Rob Verhorst/Redferns/Getty Images

    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.

    Bernard Sumner in 2018
    Bernard Sumner in 2018. Picture: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images
  7. Peter Hook

    Peter Hook in 1980
    Peter Hook in 1980. Picture: Chris Mills/Redferns/Getty Images

    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.

    Peter Hook in 2018
    Peter Hook in 2018. Picture: Lorne Thomson/Redferns/Getty Images
  8. Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers

    Anthony Kiedis in 1989
    Anthony Kiedis in 1989. Picture: Frans Schellekens/Redferns/Getty Images

    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.

    Anthony Kiedis in 2019
    Anthony Kiedis in 2019. Picture: Don Arnold/Getty Images
  9. Johnny Marr

    Jonnny Marr of The Smiths in 1984
    Jonnny Marr of The Smiths in 1984. Picture: Pete Still/Redferns/Getty Images

    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.

    Johnny Marr in 2018
    Johnny Marr in 2018. Picture: Joby Sessions/Guitarist Magazine via Getty Images