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    Tue, 26 Oct 2010 11:36:26

    The Top Ten (Actually Thirteen) Rock Halloween Costumes Featuring Korn, Axl Rose, Elton John, Rick James, Madonna and U2 - ARTISTdirect.com contributor Mark Phillips lists the ten, actually thirteen, best rock stars to dress up as for Halloween, including Korn, Rick James, Madonna, U2, Axl Rose and more...

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    This Sunday marks Hallowe'en, and if you don't have a costume yet, you'd better get in gear! If you need some ideas for your digs on the big night of scare tactics, here are the top dance-macabre numbers—so put on your "Sunday Beast."

    Everyone wants to be a rock star, and Hallowe'en is the perfect excuse to do so, so rock out with your… costume on! Why, what did you think we were going to say?

    ARTISTdirect.com contributor Mark Phillips re-caps the top ten (actually thirteen) best rock 'n' roll Hallowe'en costumes.

    George Michael


    We're thinking George Michael circa the "Faith" video is a great costume. All you need is a wife beater (the tank top, not the despicable violent husband archetype), a leather jacket from Goodwill, some aviator sunglasses and a pair of tight jeans. You can accessorize a bit with boots and a bandana, and you're ready to shake it for all the ghouls and goblins.

    Axl Rose


    Why not celebrate the biggest costume party of the year looking like one of the biggest rock stars and male divas (divos?) of all time? You can get a red bandana, a ripped tank top, tight jeans (ask a hipster or an emo kid if you can't find some), and a pair of swiveling hips. For extra authenticity, you can act crazy and no-show at your own Halloween party!

    Lacey of Flyleaf


    I only suggest this costume if you're a petite girl with an amazing voice. Just kidding! Flyleaf's "All Around Me" was an iconic rock video from the last three years—how about getting a little grey dress and splattering some paint on it? If people can't tell who you are, put your hands up in the air—they'll be sure to recognize you then.

    Elton John


    You can get your tiny dancer on with a flamboyant Elton John get-up. We suggest hitting up your local thrift store for a bright suit and some ostentatious sunglasses. Now, you are ready to "rock-it, man!" Get it? Yeah, me neither…

    Rick James


    We're surprised that this costume idea didn’t blow up more back in 2003, in the wake of Dave Chappelle's hilarious Rick James parody from the short-lived, yet genius Chappelle's Show. It may not be as timely as it once was, but it's still a great costume. Be sure to get yourself a wig of dreads, some crazy boots, and a rhinestone shirt and you’ll bring the party to raise the dead. Seriously- you will. Have you seen those early eighties music videos?

    Ziggy Stardust (aka David Bowie)


    Ok, this one is a bit different: we know that Ziggy Stardust isn't an actual artist, but rather a character portrayed by David Bowie in the classic rock album, The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. I believe the book adaptation of that album was written by J.K. Rowling, wasn't it? Either way- you'll get a lot of high fives if you pull this one off on All Hallows' Eve. For you gals looking for an alt-identity, maybe Beyonce's Sasha Fierce character?

    Madonna


    Madonna is nothing short of a musical icon, and with the material girl you have the luxury of picking which era you want to flaunt. Mid-eighties Madonna, or the early nineties "vogue" era are probably your best bets. Or, you could be Evita! Or, not!

    Bono of U2


    Bono is not only a rock star, he's a political force. You can convince your fellow trick-or-treaters to change the world, while you wander where the streets have no name-brand candy. It’s up to you as to which era-Bono you want to portray. However, we recommend that you steer clear of the U2 Pop-era version with the fake-muscle shirt. Awk-ward!

    Janis Joplin


    For the ladies who don’t think Beyonce is their type, this is a more down to earth option. Janis, the classic rock icon, can be pulled off with a trip to the thrift store for some hippie-era threads. Or, you can just hit up that crazy aunt of yours who got a little too into the Sixties and thinks the government is watching her every move.

    Jonathan Davis of KoRn


    KoRn are a classic Halloween band- between candy corn and the classic late '90s South Park Halloween episode on which the band members of Korn guest-starred, this hard rock band epitomizes the holiday of horror like no other. Get yourself an Adidas jump suit and some dreads, and you’re ready to kick it "old skool," Korn-style.

    Garth Brooks


    We are definitely stretching the limits of "rock" Halloween costumes with this selection! However, this is a great costume and easy to execute. All you need is a black cowboy hat, a long sleeved button down, jeans, and a headset microphone (which isn’t that difficult to get for cheap). Guaranteed to be a hit!

    Joan Jett


    Joan Jett has a strong, distinguishable look- the leather jacket, the "jett"-black hair (sorry, I had to) and the rock-and-roll attitude. She's also a very timely costume idea with The Runaways movie coming out earlier this year.

    Knucklehead from Five Finger Death Punch


    Ok, I know this one isn't an actual person, but rather the seemingly ubiquitous "mascot" or logo of true metal stalwarts Five Finger Death Punch. In previous interviews, 5FDP have mentioned that their logo, Knucklehead, who appears on both their album covers and many of their tee shirt designs, was modeled after Iron Maiden's "Eddy." They have even made a very limited run of authentic "Knucklehead" masks. Unfortunately, they are not available to the public for purchase, but you can get a "Knucklehead" neoprene mask. Apparently the latex masks are in production for next Halloween, however. Just one more year to go!

    Whatever your Halloweekend plans (or costumes), be safe, rock out, and don’t trust anyone over thirty- unless they’re giving out some awesome candy!

    —Mark Phillips
    10.26.10


    Who are you going to be for Hallowe'en?



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