13 Legendary Rock Stars with Beards


rock stars with beards

Ever since rock and roll got its start, rock stars with beards have defined some of the most iconic singers, guitarists, and drummers like Rob Zombie, Kerry King, and James Hetfield.

Rock star beards often range from full, bushy beards to theatrical facial hair that go along with other celebrity beards. For example, Rob Zombie’s braided beard shows off his eccentric tastes. Take a look at how to get these incredible rock star beard styles.

1. Dave Grohl

Former drummer of Nirvana and frontman for Foo Fighters, Dave Grohl is an icon for bearded rock stars, as well as his long hairstyle. He’s also known for jamming with fans on Instagram Live.

Rock stars like Dave Grohl with a beard
Dave Grohl’s beard is typically kept short, but he’s been known to grow it out for special events.

2. Jerry Garcia

Grateful Dead lead singer and guitarist Jerry Garcia was recognizable because of his bushy beard and hairstyle. He died in 1995, leaving fellow bandmate Mickey Hart “a complete wreck.”

Jerry Garcia's famous rock star beard
The Grateful Dead singer had one of the biggest beards in rock at one point.

3. Rob Zombie

The musician turned horror movie director has always sported some edgy bearded looks. This one below is one of his tamer styles.

Rob Zombie's rocker beard
Rob Zombie is known for dreading his beard and hair.

4. Billy Gibbons

I’d really like to point out that both Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill have incredibly long beards. That’s one of the things ZZ Top has been known for. This recent performance by ZZ Top revealed Gibbons’ yeard beard and signature style.

Famous rocker Billy Gibbons with a long bushy beard
Billy Gibbons performs with ZZ Top sporting a magnificently bushy long beard.

5. John Lennon

The Beatles frontman and lead singer frequently grew out his beard, creating a generation who wanted to look just like the “peace and love” rockstar.

The peace and love beard by John Lennon.
John Lennon let his beard grow as bushy as he liked.

6. Keke Okereke

Bloc Party lead singer Kele Okereke frequently sports a thick Garibaldi beard and dreads.

black rock stars with beards - Kele Okereke
Kele Okereke and band Bloc Party just released new music, starting a new tour in 2019.

7. James Hetfield

Metallica’s James Hetfield is known for his changing hairstyles and beards. Metal Amino pointed out his top 5 bearded looks.

James Hetfield from Metallica - rock star beard.
Hetfield liked to keep his beard and hair long in the 1980s and 1990s.

8. Kerry King

Slayer’s Kerry King never fails to do something iconic with his long beard.

Kerry King from Slayer - rocker braided beard style
King typically sports a shaved head with a long, yeard beard that is either braided or left to hang naturally.

9. John Petrucci

Dream Theater’s guitar John Petrucci has a lot to smile about, especially his thick mustache and full beard. Dream Theater was recently named one of the top 10 metal bands of all-time by Rolling Stone readers.

Guitarist John Petrucci sports a classic rockstar beard.
Petrucci has always sported a long hairstyle and beard.

10. Justin Foley

The drummer of Killswitch Engage likes to keep a shaved head while maintaining one of the longest beards in rock and roll.

Justin Foley rockin' the bald and beard look.
Foley rockin’ his signature bald and beard look. It’s been part of his style since Killswitch Engage started. Image courtesy of VIEWIMAGES.

11. Mick Jagger

While he may prefer a clean-shaven look now, Mick Jagger used to have one of the most magnificent beards in rock-and-roll.

Vintage bearded rockstar - Mick Jagger
Jagger sported this bushy beard in the mid-1970s through early 1980s, becoming an icon of rock music.

12. Dave Navarro

Jane’s Addiction lead singer and guitarist Dave Navarro loves to style his facial hair, often opting for a Van Dyke beard.

guitarist Dave Navarro loves the beard.
Dave Navarro frequently sports a soul patch and Van Dyke beard.

13. Bruce Springsteen

No list would be complete without dropping the Bruce Springsteen beard. This classic rock beard is uneven and patchy. Nowadays, Bruce sports a clean-shaven face or a simple soul patch for a little extra flair.

Classic Rock Beard - Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen was known for his classic rock beard in the early years.

Other Musicians with Beards: Honorable Mentions

I’d be remiss not to mention some of these famous rock stars with beards:

  • Frank Beard
  • Frank Zappa
  • Zakk Wylde
  • Dan Auerbach
  • Jim Morrison
  • Scott Ian
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I'm the founder of Bald & Beards, an amateur barber and I've been obsessed with men's grooming, styles, and trends for over 20 years.