How important is the image of a band?

Does a bands image really matter? Do people really care what the band looks like? Let’s look into it.



Would anyone have ever given them a second look without the makeup and bombastic shows? Was it the image that made them or their music? I am a “Classic Kiss” fan. I admit it was the makeup that led to the Kiss Army. I learned to appreciate the music later on, and even later on realized they really weren’t stellar musicians but at that point it no longer mattered. Kiss carries on performing their classics in full makeup to sold out crowds.So with Kiss I say yes, image is predominant.



Here is a band of outstanding musicians whose image caused them some grief. Winger was often dismissed as “Pretty Boys” and never given a chance to show they ROCKED! Beavis and Butthead even poked fun at Winger. I was appreciative of the playing skills of Kip Winger – bass guitar, string arrangements, vocals Reb Beach – guitars, vocals Rod Morgenstein – drums, vocals Paul Taylor – keyboards, vocals. If you put aside the macho insecurity and just listened you will find Winger is an outstanding band.



Mop Tops, to Hippies the Beatles kept their image current to the happenings around them. They were groomed for most of their early career and set the standard for young bands of the time.A lot of bands based their own image upon that of the Beatles. Towards the later years, however, they found their own individuality which I feel reflected upon their music.

Judas Priest: 


We have all seen the progression of the “image” of Judas Priest. When they first hit the scene they were almost hippiesque in their appearance. Then they set the bar for metalheads. Leather, spikes, motorcycles…little did we know it was Rob Halford’s way of coming out to the world. Did it matter when he finally came out publicly? HELL NO because the Priest ROCKED! In my opinion they still have one of the great “looks” for a band.



The Black Veil Brides hit my radar in 2009. I told my self with a total image makeover there could be something. 2012, I was right, BVB are everywhere. While not on my regular listening rotation this band is making a name for itself. Paying homage to Kiss/Motley Crue/Glam Rock, BVB catches the eye for sure.

Does imagery affect a band? I was recently at a local show and saw several people just hanging out at the venue. I didn’t know they were a band, they got on stage played and got off. No show, no unity as band. I think that a stage performance should be just that, a performance.

Part two coming soon featuring: Twisted Sister, Slipknot, Glam bands, Death/Black metal bands, Mudvayne, Ghost,  and more!!!

Update: Looks like a three part topic: Lordi, Gwar and more to be included! Thanks Aj!

7 thoughts on “How important is the image of a band?

  1. I agree Brother Hellion. I recently went to a metal show and while I was in line, unbeknowst to me, some of the members of a band were just walking around casually near us ticket goers. When they got on stage the realization totally took effect. I guess image is important to make the initial statement, but unless you are KISS, you just need to be yourself and rock out!!! SDMF

  2. Image is everything. Imagine Zakk Wylde sporting a Beiber hair-do, wearing break-away pants n high top basketball shoes. Or, reverse that, Beiber fans going to his show and seeing Dan Kanter decked out in chains and leather power cuffs. Both fan bases would shit themselves.
    In their earlier days, could you see EVH or DLR in anything other than spandex? Chicks dig that shit which is what VH is all about.
    GWAR couldnt pull off their stuff without the costumes.
    The fans expect a certain look to associate themselves with their favorite band. The fans
    also recognize the difference between “stage
    presence” and regular everyday life. KISS doesnt
    go into the studio with all the make-up, leather n
    With the introduction of MTV and the necessity to make videos to go with a hit single, fans crave a ‘look’ to justify their own existance. Without an ‘image’ to identify themselves with their mission
    and fan base, many bands would not exist.

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