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Posted on Jun 11, 2017

Here Is How 19 Alt-Rock Stars Looked Like In 2007 Vs. Today

RIP to all the cool bands that have broken up over the last decade.

1. Paramore's Hayley Williams then:

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Kinda looked like an emo Hogwarts student.

Hayley Williams now:

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Giving off cool AF New Wave, Deborah Harry vibes.

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

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A boy in a blousy red shirt.

Brendon Urie now:

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A man in a sharp suit.

3. The Killers' Brandon Flowers then:

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Was busy promoting The Killers' second album, Sam's Town.

Brandon Flowers now:

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Working on new music with The Killers.

4. 30 Seconds to Mars' Jared Leto then:

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Looked like a Hot Topic store vomited on him.

Jared Leto now:

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Looks like a Gucci store vomited on him.

5. Feist then:

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Her voice was everywhere thanks to her song, "1234," appearing in Apple's iPod Nano commercial.

Feist now:

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Just released her fifth album, the critically acclaimed Pleasure.

6. Foo Fighters' Dave Grohl then:

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The best!

Dave Grohl now:

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STILL THE FUCKING BEST.

7. Muse's Matt Bellamy then:

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Dressed like a typical '00s rocker.

Matt Bellamy now:

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Very dapper!

8. Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis then:

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Had just released Rilo Kiley's fourth album (and their major label debut), Under the Blacklight.

Jenny Lewis now:

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Continues to perform as a solo artist and also joined The Postal Service. Sadly, Rilo Kiley disbanded in 2011.

9. The Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan then:

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After a seven-year hiatus had just reformed The Smashing Pumpkins, sans original members D'arcy Wretzky and James Iha.

Billy Corgan now:

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IDK what's going on with The Smashing Pumpkins, but he owns a tea house in Chicago.

10. Linkin Park's Chester Bennington then:

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Had a No.1 debut with Linkin Park's third album, Minutes to Midnight.

Chester Bennington now:

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Surprisingly, Linkin Park is still a big thing!

11. The White Stripes' Jack White then:

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Had just released The White Stripes' sixth album, Icky Thump.

Jack White now:

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Sadly, he disbanded The White Stripes in 2011. Also, Icky Thump was the band's final album.

12. Red Hot Chili Peppers' Anthony Kiedis then:

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Hadn't aged since 1997.

Anthony Kiedis now:

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Cut his hair and grew a mustache, but other than that hasn't aged a bit since 2007.

13. Silversun Pickups' Brian Aubert then:

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Had just broken through to mainstream success with the band's hit single, "Lazy Eye"

Brian Aubert now:

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Still going strong with the Silversun Pickups, who, also, have had quite a few hits since 2007!

14. Spoon's Britt Daniel then:

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The coolest.

Britt Daniel now:

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Still the coolest.

15. AFI's Davey Havok then:

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Looked like a glam emo Myspace scene kid.

Davey Havok now:

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Still part of AFI, but has ditched the eyeliner, eyebrow tweezing, and flat-ironed hair.

16. Beck then:

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Kinda looked like a '70s folk singer.

Beck now:

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Looks like a '70s new wave singer.

17. 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 also does art now.

18. My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way then:

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Was busy promoting the band's third album, The Black Parade.

Gerard Way now:

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Has kept a relatively low-profile since disbanding My Chemical Romance in 2013.

19. Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz then:

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Had a No.1 debuting album with the band's third album, Infinity on High.

Pete Wentz now:

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Getting ready to drop the band's seventh album, Mania, this September.

20. 2007 Week is a week of content that celebrates the iconic music hits, tabloid-fixture stars, crazy movie & TV moments, ~trendy styles~, and much more that made the year SO important for pop culture. Take a step back in time and check out more great 2007 content here. It's what Lindsay Lohan would want!

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