List: 10 Must-See Movies That Feature Rockers
Lights! Cameras! Guitars? Yeah, guitars! With the news of Black Veil Brides’ Andy Biersack and Asking Alexandria’s Ben Bruce making their cinematic debut in ‘American Satan,’ here are 10 other rockers who jumped from the big stage to the big screen!
While some played themselves or were featured as the musical relief in their respective movies, others took on character roles that range from whimsical to serious. In fact, one star on our list even earned herself a prestigious Golden Globe nomination for playing the underage wife of Hustler founder Larry Flynt–read on to find out who! So, cancel your plans for the weekend, throw popcorn in the microwave and check it out. Let us know which ones you’ve seen and which ones you’re stoked to watch for the first time!
1. Marilyn Manson in ‘Jawbreaker’
The Pale Emperor has a lengthy acting resume for his many appearances in television and film. His first on screen role was that of the stranger whom Courtney Shane [played by Manson ex, Rose McGowan] sleeps with in an attempt to frame him for the murder of Elizabeth Purr in ‘Jawbreaker.’ Manson also appeared as Christina in ‘Party Monster,’ The Shadow on ABC’s ‘Once Upon a Time,’ Ron Tully on ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ and a handful of others.
2. Courtney Love in ‘The People vs. Larry Flynt’
Much like Manson, Courtney Love has extensive acting credits, even appearing on ‘Sons of Anarchy’ as well. However, her greatest cinematic accomplishment was playing the biographical role of Althea Leasure Flynt, the wife of controversial pornographer Larry Flynt. Her performance earned her a Golden Globe nomination for the ‘Best Actress—Motion Picture Drama’ category. Love hasn’t hung her acting shoes up just yet as she is slated to play the role of Kitty Menendez in a Lifetime movie about the Menendez brothers, who heartlessly slayed both of their parents for financial gain in 1989.
3. Alice Cooper in ‘Wayne’s World’
When Wayne and Garth make it backstage in this cult classic because, well, they’ve got badges, they meet shock rocker extraordinaire Alice Cooper, who gives them an impromptu history lesson on Milwaukee. When Cooper invites the guys to hang with him, they notoriously bow before him and exclaim, “We’re not worthy!” Alice Cooper also performs “Feed My Frankenstein” in the film, which at the time, was not a known song of his. Longtime manager Shep Gordon took a risk and strong-armed the director into allowing Cooper to perform something new rather than an already established single. Gordon knew what he was doing as the song quickly became a hit, helping the album ‘Hey Stoopid’ reach a higher chart position.
4. Ronnie James Dio in ‘Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny’
Don’t we all wish we could just pray to Ronnie James Dio after a hard day and have him suddenly appear in our bedrooms with sage-like advice? That’s exactly what happens in ‘Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny’ when a young J.B. [Jack Black] prays for the rock god’s guidance following a bout with his oppressive father. J.B. doesn’t take R.J.D.’s words lightly as he quickly escapes his oppressive father so he can rock!
5. Infectious Grooves in ‘Encino Man’
If you’ve watched any '90s movie about Californian high schoolers, it should be apparent that they had the coolest proms ever where they were treated to performances by legit, established rock bands. In Pauly Shore’s ‘Encino Man,’ that band happened to be Infectious Grooves—a funk metal band featuring Suicidal Tendencies frontman Mike Muir, ex-Suicidal Tendencies/Metallica bassist Rob Trujillo, Jane’s Addiction drummer Steven Perkins, and former Excel guitarist Adam Siegal.
6. Cannibal Corpse in ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’
Metalhead Jim Carrey lets his horns fly in ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.’ When Ace Ventura fleas to a Cannibal Corpse concert, he crowdsurfs his way to the stage and performs “Hammer Smashed Face” with the band, complete with guttural vocals and all! It was Carrey himself who cooked up the idea to have the band perform in the film since he’s a genuine fan of extreme metal genres.
7. Gwar in ‘Empire Records’
Sit down, Rex Manning, Gwar were the real musical stars of ‘Empire Records.’ When Mark chomps down on some “special” brownies while watching Gwar’s music video for ‘Saddam A-Go-Go,’ he hallucinates himself joining the band right before they promptly kill him. Gwar’s music has also recently been featured in the film ‘Little Sister.’ During a scene where nun-to-be and reformed goth Colleen tries to cheer up her brother, who was disfigured in the Iraq war, she puts on white holy attire, covers herself in red jello and dismembers a baby doll all while dancing to Gwar’s “Have You Seen Me?”
8. Dave Grohl in ‘The Muppets’
Dave Grohl has only performed in the most legendary of bands—Nirvana, The Foo Fighters and The Moopets, a Muppets tribute band. In 2011’s ‘The Muppets’ movie, Dave Grohl appears as Animool, the Animal ringer in The Moopets. Grohl returned to rock out with Jim Henson’s creatures on a 2015 episode of ‘The Muppets’ television show as well.
9. David Bowie in ‘Labyrinth’
Speaking of Jim Henson, lest we forget Bowie’s brooding and vaguely erotic performance as Goblin King Jareth in the 1986 classic, ‘Labyrinth.’ After teenager Sarah Williams wishes that the goblins would take her baby brother away, the creatures swiftly move in and kidnap him. Jareth grants Sarah 13 hours to find the child in his dark and terrifying Labyrinth.
10. Layne Staley in ‘Father Rock’
Prior to Alice In Chains, singer Layne Staley was in a glam metal band called Sleze. The band can be caught rocking out in the ‘Father Rock’ film.