10 Best Musician Cameos in Film and TV
Alice Cooper in Wayne's World
It's nothing new for actors to want to be musicians and musicians to want to be actors. Unfortunately, few do both well (Donald Glover/Childish Gambino is one of the rare exceptions).
Thankfully, rock stars and rappers can still get their fill of the Hollywood life by popping up (often unexpectedly) in movies and TV shows. Here are 10 of the best film cameos by musicians.10. Mastodon -- Game of Thrones
Without spoiling too much of the just-finished season of HBO's hit show, there was a scene toward the end of the season that most of Westeros' fans had been waiting for since the first time they heard the words "Winter is coming." Hidden among the masses of Wildlings in that scene were all four members of Atlanta-based metal band Mastodon. Sure, they might not stand out from the crowd too much (Wildlings happen to look a lot like most metal bands), but if you know when to look for them, you can totally see them.9. Kanye West -- Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
There was almost a temptation to put Kanye's brief cameo in The Love Guru instead, solely for the reason that virtually no one saw that movie and even fewer would remember that Kanye was in it.Anchorman 2
won out, because although the movie was guaranteed to be loaded with cameos, none of them were as memorable as Yeezy (except maybe Harrison Ford turning into a werewolf). Was the fight scene over-the-top, gratuitous, and way too drawn-out? Absolutely, but it's totally worth it to squeeze a handful of awesome cameos into the movie, including Kanye as the host ofMTV News
.8. Stevie Nicks -- American Horror Story: Coven
When Nicks' name was first mentioned on the third season of FX's supernatural horror series (before it became a slightly gorier version ofGlee
), it seemed like an amazing pop culture reference to one of music's most famous "witches." When Nicks actually appeared, it was clear this was more than just an appropriate reference, but actually a perfect fit. The Fleetwood Mac singer played herself (as a witch), and even performed a bit of music, but the real showstopper was that shawl and the twirling that goes with it.7. Jack White -- Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Sure, Dewey Cox was full of hilarious music references and great cameos, but were any of them as perfect as Jack White as Elvis? Nope, they weren't. White's obviously an Elvis fan (he anonymously bought and re-released the King's first recording), and his minute of screen time might be the best part of the entire movie. Is White the best Elvis impersonator ever? Probably not, but he may be the most entertaining (and musically talented) Elvis to appear in a recent movie.6. Blink-182 -- American Pie
Not only did Blink-182 contribute a song ("Mutt") toAmerican Pie's
soundtrack, but they were also the highlight of one of the movie's most memorable scenes. Having the band sit around a computer and express their interest and then disappointment in Jim's "inadequacies" would've been good enough for most movies, butAmerican Pie
took it a step further. The band appears with a small monkey for little to no reason other than sheer entertainment value. Had the cameo contained some inappropriate banter between Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge (back when DeLonge was still in the band), this could've ranked way higher.Next Page
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