The ’70s were a mighty good time to be a fan of rock, and a pretty good time to be a rocker as well. These 20 musicians, with their talent and charisma, attained the status of rock gods during the decade – but, of course, times change. Some of these great musicians have gone on to other things, while some followed rock ‘n roll tradition and aged disgracefully. Find out how they’ve all evolved since their heyday.
20. Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne became a rock star in the ’70s with his band Black Sabbath, and he never really stopped being one. Over the decades the rocker has constantly been dogged by controversy, not to mention the odd bat-beheading. But despite this – or more likely because of it – he’s still renowned today as the “Godfather of Heavy Metal.”
19. Gene Simmons
Now that he’s 67 years old, Kiss guitarist Gene Simmons seems to have grown somewhat cynical about rock. In fact, in a famous Esquire interview in 2014, he claimed that the genre was “finally dead.” And yet Simmons still relives his heyday every now and then by slapping on his trademark makeup and performing.