Rock’s Biggest Mustaches



Planet Rock celebrates Movember

Rock’s Biggest Mustaches

Author: Scott ColothanPosted on November 2, 2022
Last updated November 3, 2022

To celebrate the launch of Movember, Planet Rock is taking a look at some of the biggest mustaches in rock music history.

Throughout November, Planet Rock presenters Paul Anthony and Darren Redick join a global community of people growing mustaches for Movember.

Launched in 2003 with the goal of changing the face of men’s health, Movember is an annual event that raises awareness of issues such as prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health.

Paul Anthony and Darren Redick make Movember

You can learn more about Paul and Darren’s Movember fundraiser and check out their follicular progress RIGHT HERE. There’s also a chance to win a custom Motörhead Movember guitar amp!

To provide Paul and Darren with enough inspiration for their mustaches, we’ve rounded up some of the iconic rock stars sported over the decades. Check them out in all their glory below!

The most beautiful rock mustaches:

Derek Smalls mustache

Spinal Tap bassist Derek Smalls (aka Harry Shearer) has worn his mutton chop mustache since joining the band in 1967 after original bassist Ronnie Pudding left. In fact, Smalls’ voluminous mustache has outlasted at least 12 Spinal Tap drummers.

James Hetfield’s mustache

The Metallica frontman is clearly aesthetically inspired by the Lion from The Wizard of Oz, however, unlike his feline lookalike, Papa Het has a creepy figure complete with his mustache.

Jesse Hughes mustache

Jesse Hughes, leader of the Eagles of Death Metal, and his bushy walrus mustache.

Jimi Hendrix’s mustache

Guitar legend Jimi Hendrix and his pencil mustache which some say nods to rock n’ roll pioneer Little Richard.

Little Richard’s mustache

Alongside Clark Gable, David Niven and George Orwell, rock n’ roll pioneer Little Richard was one of the famous faces that became synonymous with the pencil mustache. In fact, Richard Wayne Penniman sported the same style of mustache for seven decades.

Lemmy’s mustache

Along with fellow rock star Derek Smalls, late Motörhead legend Lemmy was one of the longtime strongholds of the mutton chop mustache.

Duane Allman’s mustache

The Allman Brothers Band frontman was truly one of the greatest guitarists of all time, and he also sported arguably the most facial hair in rock music history with his colossal ginger mutton chop mustache. . Duane Allman was in his early twenties when he shot to fame, but his dramatic mustache made him look twice his age.

Carlos Santana’s mustache

In addition to his line of visually striking hats, Santana’s eponymous kingpin Carlos Santana has had his trademark mustache throughout his storied career.

Justin Hawkins mustache

For a few years in the late 2000s, Justin Hawkins of The Darkness sported this impressive handlebar mustache. We reckon he should bring it back!

Freddie Mercury’s mustache

The late Freddie Mercury began rocking his legendary mustache during Queen’s commercial revival in the 1980s. Thanks to Live Aid in particular, Freddie’s mustache is easily one of the most iconic in rock history.

Bill Kelliher’s mustache

Mastodon guitarist Bill Kelliher’s beast of a mustache is perfectly in tune with the heavy metal band’s mammoth-sounding music.

Frank Zappa’s mustache

The avant-garde musician’s mustache is so iconic that it even bears his own name – the aptly named Zappa Mustache. The Zappa combines a bushy, voluminous mustache with a wide, soulful patch under the lower lip.

David Crosby’s mustache

The Byrds and Crosby, photos & The Nash musician has sported an impressive mustache throughout his storied career. Asked by a Twitter user in 2021 about the secret to growing a bushy mustache, Crosby replied, “Kiss pretty women…a lot.”

Tony Iommi’s Mustache

Writing in his memoir Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi said he first started growing a mustache to hide a scar on his lip. Revealing he was eight or nine at the time of the injury, Iommi wrote: “(I) was running on that gravel road when I tripped and along my lip. The scar is still there now. The kids even started calling me Scarface, so I have a terrible complex about it.” As this 1986 photo shows, Tony Iommi’s mustache is now firmly entrenched in rock n’ roll folklore.

Taylor Hawkins mustache

The late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and his impressive horseshoe mustache in 2013.

Jeff Baxter’s Mustache

Both a walrus mustache and a horseshoe mustache, the former Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers guitarist’s mustache is a marvel.

Rudolf Schenker’s mustache

Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker and his fantastic mustache in the late 1970s.

Phil Lynott’s mustache

Dublin’s prodigal son Phil Lynott has been another mustache stronghold throughout his career with Thin Lizzy and beyond. Combined with her hairstyle, it created a truly seminal look.

George Harrison’s mustache

The so-called silent Beatle started sporting a mustache in 1967 when the band released their concept album ‘Sgt Pepper’ and, aside from a few years, it was a mainstay of his look until his untimely death in 2001.

Johnny Depp’s mustache

The Hollywood Vampires actor and rocker’s mustache follows the contours of his upper lip and is often paired with a soulful patch and goatee. Depp made tabloid headlines in October 2022 when he shaved off his mustache and beard.

Roy Wood’s mustache

Before Electric Light Orchestra and Wizzard when a gargantuan beard took over his face, Roy Wood had this extraordinary mustache when he was a member of The Move.

Axl Rose’s Mustache

Axl Rose is only famous for three things: being the frontman of Guns N’ Roses (and briefly AC/DC), showing up late on stage, and his beloved red horseshoe mustache.

The Beatles mustaches

George Harrison, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and Paul McCartney all debuted their mustaches on the cover of their 1967 album ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. Such was their pervasive popularity, the Fab Four were credited with rekindled the popularity of mustaches around the world.

Jon Lord’s mustache

No Greatest Mustaches countdown would be complete without Deep Purple’s keyboard wizard Jon Lord. Later in life he embraced a goatee, but in the 60s, 70s and 80s his mustache reigned supreme.

John Bonham’s mustache

Powerful Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham and his handsome mustache in 1968.

Dave Brock’s mustache

Space rock legend David Brock of Hawkwind fame with his equally legendary mustache.

Neil Peart’s mustache

The professor’s mustache in the late 1970s was almost unparalleled in beauty. A mustache from heaven.

Glenn Frey’s Mustache

The spectacular mustache of Late Eagles founder, singer and guitarist Glenn Frey in 1978.

Nick Mason’s Mustache

The shiny and wonderful horseshoe mustache of Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason in the 1970s.

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