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    Posted on May 21, 2018

    Here's What 24 Alt-Rock Stars Looked Like In 2008 Vs. Today

    Spoiler-alert: They never seem to age.

    1. Coldplay's Chris Martin then:

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    He and the band scored their first Billboard No. 1 hit with "Viva La Vida," the second single from their fourth album, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends.

    Chris Martin now:

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    He and Coldplay just wrapped up a year and half long tour last summer.

    2. Paramore's Hayley Williams then:

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    Was busy promoting the bands second album, Riot!

    Hayley Williams now:

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    Still cool AF! She and the band released their fifth studio album, After Laughter, last year.

    3. Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig:

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    Had a breakout hit with VW's debut single "A-Punk."

    Ezra Koenig now:

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    He and VW haven't released a new album in five years — but the band is scheduled to perform this summer at the UK’s End of the Road Festival (so there might be new music in the near future).

    4. Garbage's Shirley Manson then:

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    Took a small break from music to play Catherine Weaver on the TV series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.

    Shirley Manson now:

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    Has released two more albums with Garbage since then; 2012's Not Your Kind of People and 2016's Strange Little Birds. The band is currently in the studio working on their seventh album, which is scheduled to drop next year.

    5. The Killers' Brandon Flowers then:

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    Was busy promoting The Killers' third album, Day & Age.

    Brandon Flowers now:

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    Is currently on a world tour in support of The Killers' fifth album, Wonderful Wonderful.

    6. M.I.A. then:

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    Had one of the hottest songs of the year with "Paper Planes."

    M.I.A. now:

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    Since 2008, she has released three more albums; 2010's Maya, 2013's Matangi, and 2016's AIM. She is also writing and producing for other artists.

    7. Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl then:

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    Dave Grohl now:

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    Still A LIVING LEGEND and still THE BEST. Also, apparently, has discovered the secret of how NOT to age at all!

    8. MGMT's Andrew VanWyngarden then:

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    Looked like a hipster art school kid. Had the infectious hit "Kids."

    9. Andrew VanWyngarden now:

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    Looks like a hipster art school kid. Recently released the awesome new wave sounding track, "Me and Michael."

    10. Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis then:

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    Hadn't aged since 1998.

    Anthony Kiedis now:

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    Grew a mustache, but other than that hasn't aged since 2008.

    11. Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill then:

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    He and Kings of Leon had a huge breakout hit with their song "Sex on Fire."

    Caleb Followill now:

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    Currently on tour in support of Kings of Leon's seventh album, WALLS.

    12. 30 Seconds to Mars' Jared Leto then:

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    Dressed mostly in all black.

    Jared Leto now:

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    Dresses mostly like he is wearing everything from a Gucci store at once.

    13. Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock then:

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    Was busy promoting the band's fifth album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank.

    Isaac Brock now:

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    While Modest Mouse hasn't released a new album in three years, they continue to tour.

    14. Incubus' Brandon Boyd then:

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    Was the ~dreamy~ lead singer of Incubus.

    Brandon Boyd now:

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    Still the lead singer of Incubus, but is also an accomplished artist now.

    15. The White Stripes' Jack White then:

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    Was super busy fronting three bands: The White Stripes, The Dead Weather, and The Raconteurs.

    16. Jack White now:


    Just released his third solo album, Boarding House Reach.

    17. AFI's Davey Havok then:

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    Was moving away from his trademark glam emo Myspace scene kid look.

    18. Davey Havok now:

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    Still part of AFI (as well as Blaqk Audio and DREAMCAR) and has fully ditched the eyeliner, eyebrow tweezing, and flat-ironed hair (aka '00s emo look).

    19. The Airborne Toxic Event's Mikel Jollett then:

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    He and the band had a big breakthrough hit with their single, "Sometime Around Midnight."

    20. Mikel Jollett now:

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    In addition to still making music with The Airborne Toxic Event, he runs a fantastic political Twitter account.

    21. Weezer's Rivers Cuomo then:

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    Was busy promoting Weezer's sixth album, Weezer (Red Album).

    Rivers Cuomo now:


    Weezer released its 11th studio album last year, Pacific Daydream, and are reportedly releasing their 12th album, the Black Album, very soon.

    22. Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz then:

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    Was touring heavily in support of Fall Out Boy's third album, Infinity on High.

    Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz now:

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    Is touring heavily in support of Fall Out Boy's seventh album, Mania.

    23. Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie then:

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    Was promoting PATD's second album, Pretty. Odd.

    Brendon Urie now:

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    He is truly a multi-hyphenate. In addition to having a new album with PATD coming out soon, he has starred in the Broadway production of Kinky Boots, as well as written a song for the Broadway musical, SpongeBob SquarePants — The New Musical.

    24. My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way then:

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    Had just finished promoting MCR's seminal album, The Black Parade.

    Gerard Way now:


    While he has kept a relatively low-profile since disbanding My Chemical Romance in 2013, Gerard recently uploaded this selfie to Instagram to show everyone what he looks like now. And, I think I speak for all of us when I say, I hope there is a MCR reunion coming soon.

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