Rocker Dudes – Hot Or Not?
Last Wednesday I was two days into a new office job and the sterile atmosphere of corporate America had me pining for my thrill-a-minute, adventurous and most decidedly glamorous fantasy life as a rocker chick. I imagined the cool clothes, the awe-struck fans, and the hot rocker guys drooling over me as I jetted off to far away places for awesome concerts packed with hordes of adoring mobs. (hey, I can dream, right?)
Expanding on that theme, I decided to feature some sexy hot rocker guys in today’s post. But ho and below (as my dear friend’s mother would say), I ran into a snag. I couldn’t find a lot of hot rocker guys.
What happened? thought I. I remember the heady days of the 80’s and the metal “hair bands” as they were sometimes called. Those guys were hot, right? I mean, in that 80’s kind of way, but still. Presumptive logic convinced me that it would be easy enough to find today’s version of hot rocker dudes. Turns out, not so. At least, not the type of guys I’m typically drawn to. But hey, that’s the beauty of taste, right? One gal’s George Clooney is another’s Pee Wee Herman. Nonetheless, I gamely trudged on, determined to dig up a few hotties to share. Reviewing several “hottest guys in rock” lists and with help from my rocker savvy sister-in-law, I present for you a panel worthy of your consideration, along with a few whose inclusion on the lists downright stumped me.
Let’s start with the pretty boys. Adam Levine from Maroon 5 is EVERYWHERE these days. Even CBS Sunday morning, which I’m guessing skews toward an, ahem, older crowd, had a feature story on him just last Sunday. He’s featured for his music, of course, he’s featured for his looks, and now he’s getting an acting career going. He appeared in the second season of American Horror Story and, according to his IMDB page, has a role in an upcoming movie called Can A Song Save Your Life? He’s hot, I suppose, although to be completly honest, he’s a little bit clean for me. I’m getting nit-picky, though. OK, he’s hot.
Speaking of rockers-turned-actors, here’s Jared Leto from 30 Seconds to Mars. Leto’s been in a ton of films and his film career goes back all the way to 1992. I almost didn’t include him because I almost think of him more of an actor than a rocker, but maybe that’s because I’m more familiar with his film work. I thought he was great in American Psycho, for example, and I think he earned a strong following after appearing in My So-Called Life. Anyway, he makes my hot list so get a good look, ladies.
I’m including Dave Navarro on my list because, well, he made other lists so that’s something. He’s a member of Jane’s Addiction and has also worked with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Dave’s got really great tats and is currently the host of the tattoo competition show Ink Master. He’s got kind of a cool, almost exotic look to me. I also really like that he’s done anti-fur and anti-animal testing campaigns, stripping down to the bare nothing in support of animal rights. Thanks, Dave. 🙂
Next there’s a surprising duo of Finnish rockers who appeared on several lists. If you’re into the goth rock scene, you’ve no doubt heard of Ville Valo from HIM. If you’re not into the goth rock scene, well, now you’ve heard of him courtesy of Lady Smut. Certainly Ville’s music genre isn’t for everyone, but apparently he’s also drawing attention for his kinda dangerous kinda cool look. He tends to wear a lot of eyeliner when he’s in performance mode, but I found more of a clean picture of him to present for your consideration.
Second on the Finn parade is Mathias Nygard. Now, I’m the first to admit that I’d not heard of him, but in doing my research I found some interesting tidbits. HIs band, Turisas, is named after an ancient Finnish God of War. Mathias and his band mates hail from Hämeenlinna, Finland, which is in the southern part of the country and happens to also be the place where classical composer Jean Sibelius hails from. Mathias likes to perform in some pretty crazy costumes in stage, and is an active Tweeter under his name @warlord_nygard.
Sergio “Serge” Pizzorno, from the band Kasabian, is another guy I’d not heard of before researching rockers for this post, but, well, darn. Can you say Italian ancestry? Fantastico!
Last, but in no way least, I bring you Lenny Kravitz. Some say he’s the hottest of the hot. I’m inclined to agree. Lenny’s got it going on. He’s been on the scene since the early 90’s, has worked with all kinds of musicians, and won the Grammy four years in a row for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. He’s been married a couple of times but is a spiritual guy with a tattoo on his back proclaiming “My heart belongs to Jesus.”
These next two rockers I’m including on my “honorable mentions list.” Cute, but didn’t quite make it into hot category for me. How about for you?
Lastly, I give you two dudes – Joey Jordison and Travis Barker – who appeared on several “hottest rockers” list and I just scratch my head in wonder. I mean, seriously? And by the way, I know Travis Barker was in an airplane accident which, of course, is tragic. But I’m not discussing his personal life here. This is just a superficial post about hot rockers and I gotta be honest, they’re not.
Love to hear from you all. Who’s hot? Who’s not? In the meantime, rock on!