Celebrity Heavy Metal Maniacs: These Stars Like Their Amps Turned Up to 11
Picture this: You’re driving down the Pacific Coast Highway with Cameron Diaz, while you’re both belting out some vintage Iron Maiden. We know, it sounds like some kind of metal fanboy’s dream, but believe it or not, the ‘Charlie’s Angels‘ screen queen is a fan of the British rockers and of metal, in general. Yeah, that rules.
Today, Noisecreep takes a look at Diaz and nine other celebrities who love cranking out heavy metal.
Not only does the ‘Ghost Rider’ star love classic metal, his 21-year-old son, Weston, is the lead singer of a black metal group called Eyes of Noctum.
Jada Pinkett Smith
“I listened to all kinds of metal as a kid. Metallica, Guns N’ Roses,” said Smith in an MTV interview. She took her metalhead fandom to the next level in 2002 when the actress formed Wicked Wisdom. Smith is the lead singer in the band who has also been a featured performer on the famed Ozzfest tour.
The actor is a huge Guns N’ Roses fan and is close with singer Axl Rose who even donated the band’s classic 1987 single, “Sweet Child o’ Mine” for use in Rourke’s 2008 critically acclaimed film, ‘The Wrestler’ — for free!
The English screen goddess is an avid ’80s metal fan and concert goer. “Oh yah, I’m definitely an old rocker,” said Weisz in an interview earlier this year with The Telegraph.
The Canadian comedy icon showed his love for extreme metal when he cast Cannibal Corpse in an unforgettable scene in his 1994 hit, ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.’
The Disney teen queen might record PG-rated pop songs, but she surprisingly also loves brutal metal acts like Lamb of God and Dimmu Borgir. “I would love to secretly do some work on a metal band’s album,” Lovato told MTV in a 2008 interview.
In a 2011 radio interview, Gaga revealed that an Iron Maiden concert changed her life. “It was my first Maiden experience and I just realized in that moment in the show that that was the kind of artist I wanted to be,” said the singer of the 2011 live experience.
Besides being one of Hollywood’s busiest comedic actors, Black also fronts Tenacious D, a comedic rock duo. On their 2001 self-titled debut album, Black represented his heavy metal roots by recording ‘Dio,’ a tribute to the late former Rainbow, Black Sabbath and solo star, Ronnie James Dio.