Ten Movie Stars Who Tried to Be Rock Stars
Tonight's headliner at Hard Rock Live is Steven Seagal. Yes, that's Steven Seagal, the ponytailed 1990s action star who was Hard to Kill, Under Siege, and Marked for Death, and, no, he will not be onstage performing martial arts moves or dispensing hair care advice.
He'll be playing guitar backed by a blues band he dubbed Thunderbox, which may or may not be the name of an unfilmed action script he planned to star in. But Steven Seagal is not the only movie star to have looked for further fame and fortune in the world of music. Here are ten other famous actors who longed to be rock stars.
10. Eddie Murphy
Back when he was funny, it seemed Eddie Murphy could do no wrong. Trading Places, 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop, Coming to America. That Golden Child touch continued in the recording studio as "Party All The Time" produced by Rick James had a convincing 1980s funky groove and hit number two on the Billboard charts. Things were much more awkward and terrible in his 1992 duet with Michael Jackson, "Whatzupwitu."
9. Keanu Reeves
While not quite having the impact of Wyld Stallyns, from his Bill and Ted movies (which according to the mythos was not only the greatest band in the world but also facilitated contact with aliens), Keanu's band Dogstar -- for which he played bass and provided backup vocals -- did get opening gigs for David Bowie, Weezer, and Bon Jovi.
8. Bruce Willis
Flying high from becoming a star from the television show Moonlighting, Willis released the album The Return of Bruno in 1987 featuring the talents of Booker T and the Temptations wasted on awful covers of "Under the Boardwalk" and "Secret Agent Man."Next Page
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