I’ve been listening to Led Zeppelin on Pandora (by happenstance, “Black Dog” popped up on the Van Morrison channel–go figure). It inspired me to find out how the Beautiful Male icons of my youth have aged. Check it out.
Robert Plant was something special, a strutting, sensual, androgynous Seventies Sex God. He’s very craggy now, but it’s OK. He just needs to lose the hair. See Roger Daltrey below. Current age of RP: 65.
Waters, the genius behind Pink Floyd, is now reminiscent of Richard Gere, but with more personality. I am amazed at how hot he looks (Current age: 70).
Belfast-born Van the Man will always be sexy as long as he can sing. So saith Linnet. Amen. (Current age: 68)
Pete was never as good-looking as Roger Daltrey, but let’s face it. He was the brains of the operation. And that in itself gives him Beautiful Man status. (Current age: 68)
Keith Richards (yep, you already know where this is going)
What can I say, Keith? Too much hard living, perhaps? (Current age: 69)
Roger has wisely kept his hair short since he became… ahem… a mature man. (Current age: 69)
Yusuf gets extra points for virtue on the Beautiful Man scale, but drops substantially in the Sex God stakes. Which is probably just fine with him. (Current age: 65)
Sweet Baby James is still very sexy. But he looks best in a hat. (Current age: 65)
The verdict? I say Roger Waters, Roger Daltrey, and James Taylor have aged the most gracefully and retained the greatest share of mojo. (Townshend gets honorable mention!) What do you think?
- Comfortably Numb – Van Morrison & Roger Waters (rhubblog.com)
- Roger Daltrey Interview: Who Album Next Year (Maybe), Tour in 2015 (wcbsfm.cbslocal.com)
- Who’s Last? Pete Townshend Says Who’s Farewell Tour Will Be In 2015 (wncx.cbslocal.com)