For many, face paint, costumes and outrageous personas only surface on All Hallows’ Eve. These bands, however, keep up the gambit year-round for their fans – no matter the effort
For many, face paint, costumes and outrageous personas only surface on All Hallows’ Eve. These bands, however, keep up the gambit year-round for their fans – no matter the effort. Rolling Stone selects of some of the most haunting and unforgettable.
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The guitar virtuoso is known for his unique look, wearing a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket on his head and a facemask inspired, he has said, by Michael Myers in Halloween 4.
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The Village People
The good-time disco group took its stage appearance from the gay community’s love of men in uniform – construction worker, cop, Native American, leather fetishist.
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The hardcore metal band took to wearing anonymous serial-killer-style masks so they could “crawl inside” their music.
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KISS poses for a portrait for the cover of their self-entitled first album Kiss which was released on February 18th, 1974.
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Jerry Only of Misfits performs on stage at House of Blues.
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A masked singer wears colourful clothing as part of the Swedish fusion band Goat.
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Frontman Tobias Forge, better known by his stage name Papa Emeritus, of Swedish hard rock group Ghost performing live on stage at Bloodstock Open Air Festival in Derbyshire, on August 12th, 2017.
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The M.C. Bat Commander of The Aquabats performs during Riot Fest at National Western Complex on September 2nd, 2016.
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The French duo claim their outfits are no joke – they became robots after a studio explosion.
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In addition to their grotesque comic book costumes, Gwar spice up their shows with parodies of celebrities and politicians.
Empire Of The Sun
Luke Steele of Empire Of The Sun.
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The American rapper Daniel Dumile is better known by one of his many aliases: King Geedorah, Metal Fingers, Viktor Vaughn, Zev Love or like here pictured as MF Doom.
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Peter Gabriel with Genesis
Amazingly, members of Genesis have said they were not under the influence of any particular narcotic during their early years as a wildly theatrical stage act.
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Insane Clown Posse
They’re “wicked clowns”: “Fuck keepin’ it real – we just keep it entertaining.”
Canadian performer Deadmau5 aka Joel Thomas Zimmerman.
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Orville Peck is a masked country musician who made his professional debut in early 2019.
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These conceptual punks arrived in matching HazMat suits and reached the height of their fame in the early MTV era wearing flowerpots on their heads.
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The Bloody Beetroots
The Bloody Beetroots in concert.
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George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic
(L-R) Ray Davis, George Clinton, Fuzzy Haskins of the funk band Parliament-Funkadelic perform onstage at Ungano’s Night Club in 1969 in New York City, New York.
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Nadia Tolokonnikova of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot performs during the Vive Latino music festival in Mexico City, 2018.