Music fans have always been fascinated with rock stars that die young. We’ll always remember Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix at the top of their game, while the cynical argue that death didn’t allow them to tarnish their perfect careers.
Of course, our obsession with rock’s dead always leads to more questions: Would Joplin end up with a career as good as Springsteen’s? Would Nirvana eclipse In Utero? What would they all look like today?
Well, PR agency Sachs Media Group thinks they have the answer. They’ve started the Rock ‘N’ Roll Heaven Series, which simulates what since-passed musical legends would look like today. And while they haven’t riddled these stars with liver spots, skin tags, and spare tires, we’d like to think their renditions are accurate.
So, here’s a compilation of what 13 stars looked like then and what they’d look like now.
Janis Joplin, she of the legendary Pearl, would’ve been 70 this year.
The King would’ve been—or, depending on who you ask, is—nearly an octogenarian in 2013. He’d be a sprightly 78.
At 77, this legendary singer / actor / everydude would’ve been the heartthrob of the nursing home.
Bob Marley, at 68, looks excellent, salt ‘n’ pepper dreads and all.
Mama Cass—of the Mamas and the Papas—died of a heart attack in 1974, right at the height of a sold-out solo tour. Today, she’d be 72.
Kurt Cobain, were it not for his suicide, would be 46 this year. We assume he, like his bandmate Dave Grohl, would be a rock dad for the ages.
The legendary founding member of the Beach Boys would be 69. And, if we’re to believe these renditions, looking sharp.
A 73-year old John Lennon would marvel at the fact that, in 2013, his signature round specs are back in style.
2013 would mark seven decades of Jim Morrison, who we assume would have a sagely beard by now.
The Carpenters Drummer, who passed 30 years ago, would’ve been 63 this year.
The Who’s Keith Moon, apparently, would still be rocking a wonderful bowl cut at age 67.
Happy 71st, Jimi!