Passing the Torch: The Musical Offspring of Famous Rock Stars – National

The concept can be expressed in different ways. It runs in the family. Like father (or mother), like son (or daughter). The apple never falls far from the tree. In any case, we are talking either about inherited characteristics or acquired abilities passed on from parent to child.

It stands to reason that if you grow up in a household full of creatives, something will rub off on the children, whether it’s something in their genes (nature) or simply because of what’s going on around them (culture). . if your parents are musicians, chances are you are a musician too.

Now imagine that mom and/or dad is a famous musician. Nice people always come. There are tours and time in the studio, parties and industry events. How not to be influenced by this environment? You have just fallen into the lifestyle. You learn to play, to write and to play. And because your parents have ties and connections within the industry, you might have an inside line to establish a career for yourself.

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Musician parents do not always mean musical children. But creativity can run in the family. For example, Duncan Bowie (originally christened Zowie by his parents, David and Angels Bowie) pursued acting. In the 1960s, Jerry Lewis’ son Gary shunned theater and comedy, instead forming a successful ’60s pop group called Gary Lewis and the Playboys. Patrick Schwarzenegger acted a bit like his dad, but his main focus was running a clothing business.

However, the list of musical offspring is very long and is growing year by year. Jason Bonham is the drummer son of John Bonham of Led Zeppelin. Norah Jones is the daughter of Ravi Shankar, the Beatles’ favorite sitar player. There’s Roseanne Cash, Johnny’s daughter. Sean and Julian Lennon are both sons of John. Four of Frank Zappa’s five children have had musical careers. R&B singer Stella Santana is Carlos’ daughter. Miley is the daughter of Billy Ray Cyrus. Adam Cohen is Leonardo’s son. Carnie and Wendy Wilson are the daughters of Brian from the Beach Boys. And more recently, Wolfgang Van Halen is following in the footsteps of his father, Eddie.

Here are a few more, along with a couple that may have escaped your attention so far.

1. Jacob Dylan

Okay, you are probably aware of this relationship. Jakob is the son of Bob and Sara Dylan. Although he is the son of the world’s most famous folk singer, he preferred punk when he was growing up, delving deep into The Clash and The Buzzcocks. A few bands followed, along with a failed design school attempt in New York. In 1989 he was in Los Angeles with a band called The Apples, which would soon morph into The Wallflowers.

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Their debut album didn’t bother charts or radio station playlists, but the second, Knock down the horse, was a great success. Jakob, the group’s only regular member, has won Grammys, hosted TV specials, and toured the world with Tom Petty and, uh, dad.

2. Joey and Jackob Armstrong

Billie Joe Armstrong met Adrienne Nesser in 1990, just as Green Day was kicking off. Their first child, Joseph Marciano Armstrong (named after Joey Ramone and Rocky Marciano), arrived in February 1995. Three years later, Jakob Danger Armstrong made an appearance.

Both boys took after their father. Joey was the first to form a band known as Emily’s Army, a version of which featured Jakob on bass. Eventually, each of them went their own way with their own bands.

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Joey’s current band is called SWMRS and has recorded quite a bit of material over the past five years.

Meanwhile, Jakob’s latest project is called Ultra Q. They sound a bit like The Strokes.

3. Eli Hewson

When he came into the world, Eli was christened Elijah Bob Patricius Guggi Q Hewson by his parents Paul and Ally. Paul Hewson is, of course, the real name of Bono from U2. Even though dad was one of the biggest rock stars in the known universe, Eli didn’t realize his dad was anything special until he was 10 years old. Even then, it took him three more years to get into music.

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In 2012, he and some school friends formed Inhaler with Eli up front. No one in the band is interested in getting help from the singer’s relatives – and vice versa. Eli tells a story about how the group was in London and found their Airbnb was unavailable. Eli phoned his mom and asked, “Hey, do you know any good hotels?” Mom replied: Well, there’s always a park bench.

The inhaler is very promising. And yes, Eli looks a lot like dad.

4. Levi Evans

Levi, who grew up next to Eli, is the only son of U2’s The Edge. For a very long time, Levi stayed away from the spotlight, although he received guitar and piano lessons from his father. For a while, he was happy to post his musical thoughts on Instagram. The comments were enough for him to start recording under the name Mutlee, which featured his raps and rhymes. In 2021, it rebrands to its own name with a styling change. It was her first single in this new phase of her career.

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5. Zak Starkey

If your father was the drummer for the Beatles, it seems logical that you should also become a drummer. Zak received his first drum set as a gift from Keith Moon, who was also his godfather. Dad taught him exactly one lesson while simultaneously trying to convince him to be a doctor or a lawyer. It did not work.

First came a garage band called The Next, followed by a gig in a reformed version of the Spencer Davis band. Then Dad had him play with his band All-Starr, which was Zak’s entry into the drum-for-hire job with a ton of other artists, including Johnny Marr of the Smiths. He has also performed with The Who, The Waterboys, Icicle Works and Hollywood Vampires. And then there was the period when he was retained for Oasis.

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6. Electrical Suspect208/S8nt

Unfortunately, the group never really had the opportunity to take off. Consisting of Ty Trujillo (son of Metallica bassist Robert), London Hudson (Slash’s kid) and Noah Weiland (son of Stone Temple Pilots’ Scott) fell apart because Noah couldn’t keep him around long enough for the group to repeat. (Like father, like son, right?) Too bad because they sounded good.

When the band broke up, London and bandmate, Niko Tsangaris, formed S8nt Elektric. They’re not bad either.

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7. Willow

Will and Jada’s daughter Willow Smith began releasing music when she was just 10 years old, having a Top 15 pop hit with “Whip My Hair.” This led to a deal with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label, resulting in several more singles from three albums. His fourth album, released in 2021, showed a big shift in direction with a more pop-punk approach. And who better to help than Blink-182’s Travis Barker?

Here are some other sons/daughters working behind the scenes.

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Frances Bean Cobain: She posted snippets of songs online (like this song, angel) for years now. It’s obvious that she has talent like her famous parents, but she hasn’t released anything yet.

Tony Cornell: Chris’ daughter has been performing since his death. His duet with his father on Nothing compares to 2 U is nothing short of stunning.

Violet Grohl: Dave’s eldest daughter also threatens a music career. Daddy even made her sing to this song, Nausea.

Myles and Layne Ulrich: With Myles on drums and his little brother Layne on bass, the Metallica drummer’s sons currently work together in a band called Taipei Houston, forging a sound that falls somewhere between The White Stripes and Royal Blood. Expect to hear more over the next year.

Olivia Veder: Last year Eddie’s daughter appeared on the film’s soundtrack flag day sing a song called My father’s daughter. A sign of things to come?

Alan Cross is a broadcaster with Q107 and 102.1 the Edge and a commentator for Global News.

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