Best in Show

Some musical artists do more than play music, they put on a show! Excelling in theatricality, these bands feature elaborate costumes and stage productions. Even on CD, their showmanship shines through.

  1. GWAR - Perhaps the most visually arresting of all costumed bands, their politically charged performances often involve spraying the audience with various fluids.
  2. KISS - With fire-breathing and pyrotechnics, KISS is a fiery force to be reckoned with.
  3. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Appearing on stage wearing light bulbs or simply socks, The Red Hot Chili Peppers always play with panache.
  4. Lady Gaga - Utilizing a team of artisans called the Haus of Gaga, Lady Gaga has revitalized the theatrical music movement.
  5. Elton John - Only Sir Elton Hercules John can pull off $5,000 spectacles that spelled his name in lights, Donald Duck costumes and ostrich feathers.
  6. Alice Cooper - Combining horror and vaudevillian elements, Alice Cooper is considered a pioneer in shock rock.
  7. Marilyn Manson - Controversial and creepy, Marilyn Manson is always in full-makeup when in the public eye.
  8. Slipknot - These heavy metal rockers wear scary masks when they rock out.
  9. Blue Man Group - Perhaps the least frightening band on the list, the Blue Man Group is a family favorite.
  10. David Bowie - Poster boy of the glam rock era, for three years he was the androgynous alien Ziggy Stardust.

Honorable Mention: Madonna - Whether bedazzled or just pushing the fashion envelope, she has inspired many costumed rockers.

Written by Tara on June 30, 2010

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