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’90s Rock Stars Then and Now: 10 Alt-Rock Heroes Revisited

What are yesterday’s rock stars up to today? More importantly, how do they look? Ever curious and nostalgic, we decided to check in with Trent Reznor, Billy Corgan, Chris Cornell and some of our other favorite ’90s alt-rock superstars to see what they’re up to these days. Many have weathered the years much better than you may expect. Others, well … scroll through our list of ’90s Rock Stars Then and Now and see for yourself.

1. Trent Reznor then was the long-haired and skinny king of Nine Inch Nails.

Trent Reznor
YouTube

Now, he’s a short-haired and muscular Oscar-winning composer who, in addition to leading a reconstituted NIN, fronts How to Destroy Angels.

Trent Reznor
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2. Anthony Kiedis then was rocking the long-hair look.

Anthony Kiedis
Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

The Red Hot Chili Peppers singer has since chopped his flowing mane and grown a porn-star mustache — but he’s still shirtless, still buff and still looking fine.

Anthony Kiedis
Christopher Polk, Getty Images

3. Then: Dave Grohl in his goofier days, yucking it up with late Nirvana mate Kurt Cobain.

Dave Grohl
Ke.Mazur, Getty Images

Now: Grohl dons a sharp suit and skinny tie as frontman of the Foo Fighters. He’s also a film director, drummer-for-hire, serial collaborator and public speaker — and he still seems like an all-around likable guy.

Dave Grohl
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

4. Billy Corgan then was a cherub-faced rocker with short, boyish locks.

Billy Corgan
YouTube

Now, the Smashing Pumpkins singer is an Uncle Fester lookalike who shaved his head for 1995′s ‘Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.’

Billy Corgan
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

5. Time has always been on Beck‘s side. He looked boyishly handsome back in the ’90s…

Beck
Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

… and now, the singer hasn’t aged one bit. Dude looks almost identical to his young self.

Beck
Scott Gries, Getty Images

6. Then, singer Eddie Vedder was a reluctant rock star.

Eddie Vedder
Paul Natkin, Getty Images

Now, the Pearl Jam frontman has aged remarkably well. If he still hates fame, he wears it better.

Eddie Vedder
Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images

7. Then, Chris Cornell was the subject of many a schoolgirl crush.

Chris Cornell
Steve Eichner, Getty Images

Now, the Soundgarden singer turns more heads than ever, and his band is back in action. Does that mean no more Timbaland albums?

Chris Cornell
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

8. Then, Gavin Rossdale was the pretty-boy frontman of Bush.

Gavin Rossdale
Brenda Chase, Getty Images

He still is, although his wife, Gwen Stefani of No Doubt, remains his better half.

Gavin Rossdale
Mark Metcalfe, Getty Images

9. Then, Blur‘s Damon Albarn looked like the prep-school grad that he was.

Damon Albarn
YouTube

Now, Albarn’s fronting the reunited Blur, although he does look a little bit worse off for the wear.

Damon Albarn
Kevin Winter, Getty Images

10. Courtney Love emerged as a superstar during Hole’s ‘Live Through This’ days.

Courtney Love
Vevo

Love, having lived through plenty, soldiers on with more than a little work to show for it, if you catch our drift.

Courtney Love
Larry Busacca, Getty Images

Next: See the Cast of 'Home Alone' Then and Now

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