UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01: Photo of Lindsey BUCKINGHAM and Stevie NICKS and FLEETWOOD MAC; Stevie Nicks & Lindsey Buckingham performing live onstage (Photo by Richard E. Aaron/Redferns)
Queen’s 2018 biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” wasn’t the first film that followed the story of rockstars. But, it was definitely a game-changer because not only was it a huge box office hit, it also earned several nominations and awards. More than that, however, it paved the way for the possibility of more movies like this. Besides, it’s always interesting to see the stories of how our favorite bands or artists went from zero to hero.
So we made a list of 10 rockstars who deserve to have their stories seen by millions.
Two of Fleetwood Mac’s greatest creative forces were in the midst of a relationship trouble when they created the masterpiece that is “Rumours.” Everyone will dig the love story, how they managed to work together while hating each other, and of course, what the album’s success meant.
He went from losing a friend and bandmate to establishing one of the most successful rock acts in the 90s. It’s a truly inspiring story. He was more than content being in the background as Nirvana’s drummer but after Kurt Cobain’s tragic death and Nirvana was no more, he became the well-respected frontman of Foo Fighters and remains a relevant rock figure until today. Who wouldn’t want to see that?
Nothing quite like a bit of drama to keep people interested. Oasis was once dubbed as “The Next Beatles” but brothers Noel and Liam have been beefing for years. Viewers would definitely want to watch how it all started and we’d all love a closer look at their brotherly relationship.
Sure, we already got the 2009 film “Nowhere Boy” but it mainly focused on John Lennon’s adolescence and how he went from a typical teenage boy to establishing The Beatles. And last year, Yoko Ono announced another biopic about her and Lennon’s relationship. But perhaps the timeline we want to see is Lennon at the height of his career, The Beatles’ breakup, his pursuit of a solo career and how he changed the world with “Imagine”, a bit of his love story with Ono and the events that led to his tragic death.
Recently, Ozzy’s wife Sharon revealed she’s working on a biopic but it’s more about her than Ozzy. Well, let’s be honest, the life of The Prince of Darkness would be much more intriguing. His wild and crazy side would always be part of the package. You can’t think of Ozzy without thinking about his stage antics – eating the ear off a live bat or his backstage snorting of ants. Before he became a household name, he used to do odd day jobs and yes, an Ozzy Osbourne biopic would probably lure in millions of fans to the cinemas.
We were hugely disappointed that the Janis Joplin biopic starring Amy Adams was shelved back in 2017. Joplin led a short but legendary career in rock ‘n roll. As a teenager, she was bullied, had few friends and was generally an outcast. And with her powerful and distinctive voice, Joplin went from being taunted and called names to being one of the most iconic figures in rock ‘n roll.
So far, we only had a Netflix documentary on him. But Keith Richards is the very definition of a rockstar – a man who has led a life of hedonism but still lived to tell the tale. We can joke all we want about Richards being the only one surviving the apocalypse but he’s definitely one of the rockers we’d love to hang out with. Oh the stories he can tell!
On stage, he was this wild, unpredictable frontman. But aside from his antics, there’s not much known about him. He had a rebellious personality which made him influential in the counterculture movement. He would improvise spoken poetry during their live performances mostly inspired by philosophers and other poets. From his iconic stage persona to controversies and even legal troubles to his suspicious but tragic death, Jim Morrison’s story needs to be told on film.
Layne Staley ate, drank and breathed music. He grew up listening to his parents’ classic rock collection. He dreamed of becoming a singer at an early age and even joined bands when he was a teenager. His talent was hard to ignore. Even at 18 years old, his vocal chops could blow everyone away. When Alice in Chains took off, he did more than just sing. He also wrote music and played the guitar.
But it wasn’t long before he struggled with drug addiction. His fiancée died of drug overdose and he never got over it. He fell into depression and lost a lot of weight. It was two weeks after his death when his body was found.
He has one of the saddest and most heartbreaking stories in rock ‘n roll. He was a musical genius and without him, Pink Floyd would probably not exist. He was the primary creative force of the band especially for their debut album “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn”. Aside from his heavy use of psychedelic drugs, he also suffered from mental health issues. It affected his performances which forced the group to fire him.
In his later years, he became reclusive and took up hobbies like painting and gardening. Upon his death, the occupation listed on his death certificate was “retired musician.” If his story will be made into a film, we guarantee there won’t be a dry eye in the house.
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