Ten rockers who found religion

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We all dream of finding fame and fortune in our chosen fields, but when people actually do get rich and famous, they often discover that money can't buy happiness, or love, or whatever it is the Beatles were singing about. What's the answer, then? God? Meditation? E-meter auditing? When musicians get religion, they usually do it in a hilariously public way -- because if the adoration of millions of fans doesn't do the spiritual trick, then telling your millions of fans about your brand-new connection with the universe surely will.

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10. Madonna
While not technically a religion unto itself, Kabbalah -- or Jewish mysticism -- is a unique and convoluted system of belief that requires decades of study to begin to penetrate. Madonna seemed surprised that she drew flak from the Jewish community for taking one of the world's most dense and esoteric disciplines and turning it into a T-shirt that read, Kabbalists Do It Better. Apparently, she thought that adopting the name Esther and donating millions of dollars to schools teaching Kabbalah would be all the Talmudic street-cred she would need. "It would be less controversial if I joined the Nazi Party," she told the New York Daily News. Would it, though, Madonna? Would it, really?

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9. Dave Mustaine
Veteran of Metallica, Megadeth and countless hours of inebriation, Dave Mustaine decided to leave Alcoholics Anonymous to focus on Christianity. He subsequently refused to play with any band that showed Satanic leanings, preferring instead to learn the ways of peace and tolerance. In 1988, he welcomed gay fans into the fold with the observation that "it says in the Bible that men should not lay with men like they lay with women. I mean, I don't wanna fuck up and not go to heaven." More recently, he expressed skepticism over Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship and accused the President of having staged mass shootings across the country in order to promote an anti-gun agenda. Rock on, dude.


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11 comments
jmdeshazer
jmdeshazer

Arthur Kane of the New York Dolls converted to Mormonism several years before he died.

K194
K194

You left out Beck, who returned to his Scientology roots several years ago. Not coincidentally, this is also when his music began to suck.


David Kotzebue
David Kotzebue

Barry McGuire, Little Richard, Larry Norman, Leon Patillo, Richie Furay, BJ Thomas, Al Greene.

DarlingCR
DarlingCR

10 rockers who got duped... there, I fixed the title..

Sanaya Tanksalvala
Sanaya Tanksalvala

There's a rock and roll star on the television. Giving up his music gonna take up religion.

karnisky
karnisky

A real Who's Who of "rock stars" there. Apart from Dylan they had (I won't even put this in present tense) very little talent, unless you regard "former Beatle" George as still relevant today. 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Dave may have found Jesus but he lost MILLIONS turning his soul away from Metallica !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

Yea. ICP & Slayer are my two favorite christian bands !!!

Drugs make these musicians REALLY STUPID & GULLIBLE !.....

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