Top 10 Best Musician Cameos in Movies
Some are obvious while others can easily be missed even after repeated viewings
Movies that star musicians have a tendency to turn into disasters (see Glitter, Who's That Girl, Crossroads etc). There are a few exceptions but for the most part, films where the rock star is simply filling in as a cameo tend to fair a lot better. Here are our favorite movie appearances by musicians.
Gwen Stefani - The Aviator
In this Martin Scorsese adaption of Howard Hughes' life, Gwen Stefani (No Doubt) appears briefly as the 1930s actress, Jean Harlow. She can be seen walking next to Howard (played by Leonardo DeCaprio) in one of the earlier scenes.
Alanis Morissette - Dogma
Kevin Smith's once controversial, comedic take on religion, Dogma, raised quite a few eyebrows back in 1999. In the movie, Jesus was black and God was a woman; the latter was played by Alanis Morissette.
Keith Richards - Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End
I'm not entirely sure if this cameo was planned or if Keith Richards (The Rolling Stones) just drunkenly walked onto the set--it was probably both. Either way, he fit in quite well as Captain Teague in Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End.
David Bowie - Zoolander
David Bowie did a magnificent job of playing the role of Nikola Tesla in the movie The Prestige. However, we decided to give him the nod for his judging abilities during the walk-off scene in Zoolander.
Joe Cocker, Bono and a bunch of other people - Across The Universe
The latest The Beatles musical was a great flick filled with tons of cameos. Joe Cocker, known for his incredible rendition of With a Little Help From my Friends (which also served as the intro to The Wonder Years), plays a pimp and a homeless person. Bono (U2) makes an appearance performing I am The Walrus. Even Salma Hayek shows up as one of the Bang Bang Shoot Shoot nurses.
Flea - The Big Lebowski
I must have seen the cult classic, The Big Lebowski, at least a dozen times and not once had I realized that Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers was one of the nihilists. Vere's ze money Lebowski? Ve wants ze money.
Alice Cooper - Wayne's World
Wayne and Garth bump into Alice Cooper at a party in Wayne's World and ask him what he's doing in Milwaukee. Alice gives them a history lesson on the city's native roots. Does this guy know how to party or what?
Billy Idol - The Wedding Singer
Robbie (Adam Sandler) decides to tell his sympathetic story to the passengers in first class; one of which is rockstar Billy Idol who plays himself. Billy Idol gets it, why can't she?
Jack White - Walk Hard
Dave Grohl - Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters) is considered a music god of sorts, but in The Pick of Destiny, he plays Satan during the final scene. He accepts a rock off against Jack Black and Kyle Gass. The challenge: if Tenacious D win, Satan has to pay their rent, if they lose, Kyle has to go to hell.