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22 Photos Of Bands Before And After They Were Famous

Many famous bands have a long path to becoming household names.

Musicians have to learn to play instruments, write songs, go in and out of rehab, tour, rehab again. Finally, if they’re lucky, they hit it big with a song about the worst heartbreak of their lives or one about how they really like drinking at parties.

Either way, it’s rehab again.

Lastly, they write a memoir about how to all happened, and in that book, there are photos from the early days that remind us that we too were young once. These photos of bands from before and after they became famous are the nostalgia trip we all need right now.

What’s truly mindblowing to me is that there was a time when The Beatles were just some dudes in Liverpool. I often wonder if they can remember a time when they were anonymous dorks or if they’re as shocked by the photos as we are.

Come, won’t you? On this trip down memory lane.

Here are photos of your favorite bands taken before and after they got famous:


1. AC/DC

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2. The Beatles

the beatles backstage when they were very young, Photos of bands before they were famous, weird old photos, famous musicians when they were young, old pictures of band, wow, nostalgia, music, rock

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3. Depeche Mode

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4. The Bee Gees

Bee gees as teens playing music, Photos of bands before they were famous, weird old photos, famous musicians when they were young, old pictures of band, wow, nostalgia, music, rock

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5. Metallica

Metallica drinking beer backstage as kids, older and posing onstage, Photos of bands before they were famous, weird old photos, famous musicians when they were young, old pictures of band, wow, nostalgia, music, rock

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6. Iron Maiden

Iron maiden young and old, Photos of bands before they were famous, weird old photos, famous musicians when they were young, old pictures of band, wow, nostalgia, music, rock

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7. Green Day

Green day band black and white old photos, versus now, Photos of bands before they were famous, weird old photos, famous musicians when they were young, old pictures of band, wow, nostalgia, music, rock

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8. Linkin Park

Linkin Park first band photo, Photos of bands before they were famous, weird old photos, famous musicians when they were young, old pictures of band, wow, nostalgia, music, rock

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9. The Rolling Stones

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The Rolling Stones

10. Bruno Mars

Bruno mars old photo singing as a kid, Photos of bands before they were famous, weird old photos, famous musicians when they were young, old pictures of band, wow, nostalgia, music, rock

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11. Coldplay

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12. The Sex Pistols

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13. The Pixies

Pixies, Photos of bands before they were famous, weird old photos, famous musicians when they were young, old pictures of band, wow, nostalgia, music, rock

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14.

U2, Bono young, Photos of bands before they were famous, weird old photos, famous musicians when they were young, old pictures of band, wow, nostalgia, music, rock

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15. The Cure