10 Vegan Rock Stars

Check out 10 famous musicians rocking the vegan lifestyle.

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Apart from rocking the crowd every night, some famous rock musicians are also rocking the vegan lifestyle. Whether it's for health of ethical or any other reason, these boys and gals carry the vegan flag in the guitar-driven world.

October 1st was the World Vegetarian Day, so check out the rundown, as well as their quotes on being vegan below.

Geezer Butler

"I was brought up vegetarian. Me mum didn't eat meat, and a lot of it was because we had such a big family. We had seven kids in the family, and me dad used to get about $30 a week to feed us on, so there was never that much meat around anyway. So I didn't really miss it," Black Sabbath bassist told Attention Deficit Delirium.

"Then the older I got, when we started doing up riders for the road, as soon as you would say you were vegetarian, people always would think you had fish for some reason. I said, 'How is fish a vegetable?' I always had these arguments with them and I always had eggs and everything. I just decided to do vegan stuff, nothing to do with any animals or anything. I just went full vegan from there."

Thom Yorke

"I gave up meat in the early Nineties, touring was playing havoc with my digestion," Radiohead frontman told GQ Magazine.

Alissa White-Gluz

"I'm definitely vegan for ethical reasons, but all of the other benefits, like the environmental benefits, health benefits are a happy bonus," former The Agonist and current Arch Enemy vocalist stated back in June.

"The second on your tongue is not worth a lifetime of torture. That fleeting moment of tasting something isn't worth somebody else's life and you actually don't have to sacrifice any taste to go vegan anyway, since there's such a wide variety of delicious food included in the vegan diet."

Geoff Tate

Former Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate is not a vegan anymore, but he was one for well over a decade. He told New Times: "I'm not a vegan anymore, but I was for about 15 years, I guess.

"That was very difficult on the road. People hadn't heard of it yet. There wasn't a lot of selections to choose from on the menu. But since then, it's really caught on and a lot of people kind of eased up on the meat consumption quite a bit in our country. I think meat in moderation is probably a good idea for a lot of reasons."

Bryan Adams

"I became a vegan for my health 20 years ago," the rocker told The Guardian. "I abide by the rule that if it looks like it's going to clog your system, it probably will. People don't understand about me being vegan, but I'm not a preacher, I simply have my view on what works for me. 

"It would be wonderful to convince people without having to say much. For example, I'm very slim due to my diet. When I see men and women my age with their guts hanging over their trousers I wish someone was able to explain the benefits of diet, and that they are likely to be toxic and blocked from the things they've eaten."

Weird Al Yankovic

Not fully a vegan, but your favorite rock comedian is giving his best. "I am still a vegetarian, and I try to be a vegan, but I occasionally cheat," he told OnMilwaukee.

"If there's a cheese pizza on the band bus, I might sneak a piece."

Phil Collen

Def Leppard guitarist is in an amazing shape, and he claims that being vegan plays a critical role in it. "Last year when I was 53, I was bench pressing twice my body weight," he told Ecorazzi when asked about potential physical issues of vegan lifestyle. 

"I've never thought I'd be able to do that. I think, you know, if you eat 80% raw or try to and the less cooked stuff the better. The less, you know, sauces and condiments and all that stuff, I think you're better off. That's it really. I mean, a lot of the time, me and my wife, we just rustle up something really quick... mixed greens, veggie burger, hot chili peppers and maybe a little bit of soy sauce."

Anthony Kiedis

Once named the sexiest vegan alive, Red Hot Chili Peppers set the record straight by pointing out that he's not fully vegan, but definitely supports the ideology. "I'm not a true vegan," he told Maxim. "I dabble in sustainable fish and dawdle in the consumption of eggs. Steak doesn't speak to me, and tempeh is so-so. I'll savor a solitary apricot that's been kissed by my baby."

Joan Jett

"I was on the road eight months a year, and meat was too heavy to eat late at night, so I ate other things. I slowly lost my taste for meat, and at the same time, I experienced a slowly dawning awareness that it is unnecessary to eat animals in order to live in this world," she told Peta2.

Morrissey

"I see no difference between eating animals and pedophilia. They are both rape, violence, murder. If I'm introduced to anyone who eats beings, I walk away."

Know more vegan musicians? Share them in the comments.

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    N-D
    There are a lot of vegans and vegetarians among famous people (musisians, actors, spotsmen, writers etc). Here's the list of only few rock musicians who came to my mind (actually there are much more if you'll find): Rage Against The Machine [all members] Kirk Hammett (Metallica) Nirvana [Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic] Arch Enemy [Angela Gossow, Michael Amott, Alissa White-Gluz] Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) The Beatles [Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr] Red Hot Chili Peppers [Anthony Kiedis, Flea] Green Day [Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt] The Mars Volta [Cedric-Bixler Zavala, Omar Rodríguez-López] Black Sabbath [Geezer Butler, Bill Ward, Ozzy Osbourne (recently)] Rise Against [all members] Travis Barker (Blink-182) Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) Serj Tankian (System Of A Down) Steve Vai Brandon Boyd (Incubus) Carcass (all members) Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) Jarvis Cocker (Pulp) Peter Gabriel (Genesis) Barney Greenway (Napalm Death) Billy Idol Dolores O'Riordan (The Cranberries) Derrick Green (Sepultura) Marc Bolan (T-Rex) Prince Grace Slick (Jefferson Airplane) Jeff Beck Gwen Stefani (No Doubt) Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) Bob Marley Rob Zombie etc.
    DaysofGrace
    Brandon Barnes of Rise Against isn't vegan. You're correct that all of the others are.
    Cardbored
    Isn't Brandon just not straight edge? Heard in an interview or documentary that he occasionally smokes.
    metallicaboeh
    Brandon and Joe are vegetarians, Tim and Zach are vegans. Joe eats pizza everyday and I'm sure there is not everywhere they're touring a pizzaria that has a vegan cheese substitute or whatever.
    Brewah43
    Was Kurt vegetarian/vegan? I thought he said he was but was one of his many stories he told. I could be wrong or maybe he really was.
    good sir
    I think he was. Although he did once say, "Yes I eat cow, I am not proud."
    Bad Kharmel
    the famous people thing is simply the affect of affluence, and a result of living in a post-material world, but if you go in the opposite direction you find in countries like China they don't even know what a vegan is, and if you move to the third-world they understand even less of the concept, simply put veganism is a first-world problem in the truest sense, you have to have a lot of money to worry about where your food came from
    Regression
    That's a load of rubbish. There are plenty of vegetarians and vegans in China, eating meat is in fact associated with wealth there. India is a very poor country, but they consume very little product from animals - for ethical, not economic reasons. It's not exclusive to first-world countries at all.
    CWhiteGuitar
    Down voted for inaccuracy, Kurt wasn't a full vege and he gave it up for a while after bean was born then went back then dropped it again. Prince stopped eating meat after the jehovah thing. Cedric and Omar have eaten meat before. Majority of people on that list eat meat, at least fish. Just because you eat more vegetables than meat doesn't make you a vegetarian.
    robowen66
    In response to the prince comment, Jehovah's witnesses do not preach or teach anything about diet. As one, I just thought I'd clear that one up.
    Nuclearcrayon
    Cool Article but I personally think Morrissey took things way too far with that comment.
    eddiehimself
    Morrisey is just a bit of a pretentious **** in general to be honest.
    N7Crazy
    He forbade the other members of the Smiths of being photographed eating meat when they were still going - It's types of vegans like him that piss me off, while people like Bryan Adams are alright. Veganism is like genitals, it's good that you have it, just don't shove it in my face at any given oppertunity while saying it's good for me.
    Bigmouth93
    He's not actually vegan either, he's had cheese and butter on his riders only a few years ago, and there's nothing to say he has changed that since, so not entirely factual.
    TJ1991
    Yeah, he's never actually claimed to be vegan. Even the quote they used only suggests he's vegetarian.
    bunnyh0pz
    I read the title of this article as "9 Rock Stars You Might Not Know are Vegans and Morrissey"
    mykahgump777
    morrissy is a pompous ass, "hey I don't like these kinds of people, why don't I make myself sound like a douche"
    HUNDuffman
    is morrissey always a simplistic shit talking peon like this?
    N7Crazy
    As a huge Smiths fan, and someone who enjoy's his solo work, yes. He's kinda a pretentious twat.
    Stud_Muffin
    Hate to ruin the list, but most true vegans wouldn't wear leather (as most are in the pictures) and a lot of these eat meat...Geoff Tate eats meat now after a long time of being a vegan, and Mr Kiedis...how is 'sustainable fish' a vegan option?
    Izzy-Sweet
    To be fair, there isn't much given to us on this list that defines them explicitly as "vegans" as opposed to "vegetarians". Not to mention, in the case that they are fully vegan, fake leather does exist and it can be quite convincing now.
    im not mental
    Don't forget Barney Greenway from Napalm Death! Also, Devin Townsend is vegetarian. Also, this was a pretty cool article. I went vegetarian about a year and a half ago for environmental reasons and I didn't know people like Geezer Butler and Anthony Kiedis were the same.
    mur268
    moby
    N-D
    Yes, you're right. This article is about rock musicians who are vegan, but Moby is a vegan and fighter for animal right for a long time too.
    MrKew
    the only one I was expecting was Tim McIlrath from Rise Against...well, next time I guess
    kasrafallen
    Tomo Miličević from 30 seconds to mars also vegan. and one of the biggest fighters for animal rights !
    Izzy-Sweet
    Interesting article. I hold no issue with vegans so long as they don't try to hold a moral high ground about it. So basically, as long as you're not as much of a dick about it as Morrissey (seriously, wtf was that quote?). Alissa kinda sucks on that front too, actually.
    whitecrow9
    "former The Arsonist and current Arch Enemy vocalist". How about former The Agonist vocalist... EDIT: they fixed it
    medialint
    Morrissey can go to hell, good for the rest of them. Now excuse me but I have got some bacon to get frying ..
    Corner9
    Maybe it's healthier, but very little tops a fatty burger or steak. I'm 3/4 carnivore anyway haha
    fokkertism
    Pointless anti-meat propaganda that has no place on UG.
    link no1
    Or just a bit of random trivia some might find interesting. I don't think that anybody is going to stop eating delicious steak and orgasmic Bacon because or this, and only a few idiots will say these people are wrong. Well...Maybe you could argue Morrissy's argument. Eating some tasty tasty Chicken doesn't feel the same as raping and killing a baby. I mean, babies taste awful.
    N7Crazy
    If you remove the insides (except the heart, that's a delicacy), put some spices on it, and let it roast for 1½ hours, it can be delicious - The meat is very tender. Excuse me for a moment, there's a truck outside from "Flowers By Irene" that's holded up in my driveway.
    Northernmight
    <.< I gotta admit, i love debating with people who do this for "Ethical reasons". They're complete idiots. And when you point out the flaws in their ways, such as, not partaking at all in an industry does not do as much for animal wellfare as actually supporting the part of the industry that treat the animals well, they get mad and whine. And in 99% of the cases, if you press'em enough, you'll get them to admit that it's all an egotistical thing, to make them feel that they are better people. Ego-masturbation. I should know, my sister is vegan
    kus-kus
    well you sound like a guy who's not going to preach his opinion to anyone
    angusisking
    Complete utter BS. Should I even begin to count the logical fallacies going on here?
    Zappo
    awesome... now do a list of lactose intolerant artists.. or artists who don't like indian food.. or you know... something about music
    FlavorOfSound
    Guys, look at me. Hey guys... guys seriously, look at how I choose to lable myself. Guys, do you care yet?
    Eissari
    There are some people that think they are vagans just because they eat less meat and eat more vegetables and fruits.
    DexterF
    Now a list of rock stars who give back to the community and stay away from products from vendors who exploit people and buy fair traded coffee, please.