25 Best Heavy Metal Musician Movie Cameos Of All Time

25 Best Heavy Metal Musician Movie Cameos Of All Time

We picked out the best cameos we could find. Hope you enjoy them! 🤘

DEE SNIDER -  Pee-Wee's Big Adventure (1985)

Pee-wee has just retrieved his missing bicycle from a movie set, and after taking his bike back, some security guards begin to chase him down. Pee-wee rides his bike through several film sets in an effort to evade security, one of those sets involving the filming of some sort of Godzilla project.

Eventually, Pee-wee makes his way down an alley where, lo and behold, Twisted Sister is in the midst of filming what is likely a music video. Band front-man Dee Snider and company appear in the scene, the band all on a car driving down the alley. Pee-wee and the band realize there is a chance they may collide with each other but Pee Wee swerves and misses the car but let's just say someone in a red suit wasn't so lucky.

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BLACKIE LAWLESS - The Dungeonmaster (1984)

Geeky computer whiz Paul (Jeffrey Byron) is  not happy to discover that his long-suffering girlfriend, Gwen (Leslie Wing), has been abducted by villainous sorcerer Mestema (Richard Moll). Mestema promises to release Gwen if Paul can complete seven different challenges in seven different realms. Paul consents, and Mestema equips him with a computerized wristband capable of firing lasers and transports him to face the perils he must survive if he ever wants to see Gwen again.

Segue to a full blown W.A.S.P concert at the Troubadour and have Paul fight the band members while they play “Tormentor” from their 1984 debut.

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VINCE NEIL - The Adventures of Ford Fairlane (1990)

Ford Fairlane is seen sitting on a beach smoking with great melancholy as the film opens. A flashback initiates, showing a roaring crowd at a concert at Red Rocks Amphiteatre in Morrison, Colorado, given by fictional popular heavy metal band, "The Black Plague". Lead singer Bobby Black makes an eccentric entrance down a zip-line from Creation Rock onto the stage and begins performing. Shortly into one of the band's songs, Bobby Black starts gagging and collapses dead on stage.

After the lead singer of The Black Plague is murdered onstage, shock-jock Johnny Crunch, an old friend who came west with Fairlane to become a rock star, hires Ford to track down a mysterious teenage groupie named Zuzu Petals, who may have a connection to Black's death.

The members of the fictional band Black Plague are played by professional musicians: Vince Neil, lead singer of Mötley Crüe, Ozzy Osbourne bassist Phil Soussan, and drummer Randy Castillo, and Quiet Riot guitarist Carlos Cavazo.

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ROB ZOMBIE - Airheads (1994)

Airheads is truly the mid-'90s distilled into film. It stars Adam Sandler, Brendan Fraser, and Steve Buscemi as rockers who take over a radio station by force in order to get their demo tape played over the airwaves. At one point, a cop played by Chris Farley has to go to the Whisky a Go Go to get the tape from Fraser's girlfriend.

At the club, White Zombie just happens to be on stage in the middle of ripping through "Feed the Gods." Zombie doesn't get to do anything other than look cool in a cowboy hat and sunglasses, but it's still worth checking out.

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ALICE COOPER - Wayne's World (1992)

Early in the film, Wayne and Garth scored backstage passes to an Alice Cooper concert, and after rocking along to Cooper's "Feed My Frankenstein", the pair went backstage to meet the man himself. In a hilarious twist, Cooper was revealed to be a civil gentleman, and though he had a reputation as a troublemaker, Wayne and Garth watched as he discussed the history of Milwaukee with his bandmates. Remembered as one of the funniest musician cameos in a movie, Cooper's down-to-earth personality clashed with Wayne and Garth's adoration of him, and he could only watch as they exclaimed that they were "not worthy!"

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ROB HALFORD - Spun (2002)

The movie is a comical tale focusing on the anarchic adventures of a college drop-out named Ross who has an unhealthy appetite for illegal drugs, particularly amphetamine sulphate, or speed. Having met a heavyweight dealer and drug manufacturer, Ross agrees to become his driver, a job that leads him into a series of manic and increasingly bizarre situations that distract him from his personal quest to find his errant girlfriend.

"The Cook" (Mickey Rourke) supplies Spider Mike with drugs from a meth lab he has set up in a motel room. Cook's meth lab catches fire and destroys the motel room; he flees to the adult film store, where he is arrested after the owner (Rob Halford) calls the police.

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SEBASTIAN BACH - Rock of Ages (2012)

The songs of Journey, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard and other artists underscore a tale of big dreams in Hollywood. Soon after hopping off a bus from the Midwest, aspiring singer Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) immediately finds herself in trouble. Coming to her rescue is Drew (Diego Boneta), a bar-back at the legendary club the Bourbon Room. With stars in their eyes, the young lovers chase their dreams, but a misunderstanding involving rock god Stacee Jaxx (Tom Cruise) threatens to tear them apart.

Sebastian Bach appears at a protest with rival groups squaring off against each other. The two sides end up doing a mashup with one side singing "We Built This City" and the other side singing "We're Not Gonna Take It".

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PAUL SHORTINO - This Is Spinal Tap (1984)

"This Is Spinal Tap" shines a light on the self-contained universe of a metal band struggling to get back on the charts, including everything from its complicated history of ups and downs, gold albums, name changes and undersold concert dates, along with the full host of requisite groupies, promoters, hangers-on and historians, sessions, release events and those special behind-the-scenes moments that keep it all real.

Shortino was cast as the notorious Duke Fame, he’s seen en route to his own sold-out “Enormodome” concert, strutting past Spinal Tap in what’s supposedly a Memphis hotel—“in actuality a Burbank Holiday Inn,” says Paul. Fame’s manager, played by Howard Hesseman, snubs the Tap with the classic line, “We’d love to stand around and chat, but we gotta sit down in the lobby [and] wait for the limo.”

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GENE SIMMONS - Trick or Treat (1986)

Horror comedy featuring rock gods Gene Simmons and Ozzy Osbourne. A bullied 'metal head' obtains a mysterious demo record of a recently deceased hard rock star with startling consequences.

Not long after Curr's death, Eddie visits the local radio station to talk to his DJ friend Nuke (Gene Simmons). Nuke grew up with Curr and is under no illusions about the dead rocker, who he describes as being "always angry", but seeing how badly Eddie is grieving, Nuke gives him a demo record containing Curr's last recording. It is the only copy in the world. Eddie is over the moon with it and it's not long before he discovers the record contains hidden messages that can only be heard by playing the record backwards.

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OZZY OSBOURNE - Little Nicky (2000)

In a perfect world, he'd be happy to head-bang in his room all day to heavy metal music. But no, his mom is an angel, his old man is the devil, and like all good fathers, he insists that Nicky get involved in the "family business." Nicky could think of 666 things he'd rather be doing than corrupting souls or spewing evil, but when his father's command over Hades is threatened by his bullying older brothers, it's up to unbalanced Nicky to restore the balance between Good and Evil on earth.

Ozzy makes a climactic cameo near the film’s end, helping Nicky defeat one of the film’s villains (disguised as a bat) by biting its head off—a reference to The Prince of Darkness’ most infamous on-stage antics.

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ZACK WYLDE - Rock Star (2001)

A wannabe rock star who fronts a Pennsylvania-based tribute band is devastated when his kick him out of the group he founded. Things begin to look up for Izzy when he is asked to join Steel Dragon, the heavy metal rockers he had been imitating for so long. This film is loosely based on the true story of the band Judas Priest.

In the movie, Zakk plays the role of Steel Dragon guitarist Ghode, with his bandmates being A.C. - portrayed by Jason Bonham and Jorgen - portrayed by Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson.

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ROBERT TRUJILLO - Encino Man (1992)

California teen Dave Morgan (Sean Astin) is digging a pit for a pool in his backyard when he happens upon a caveman frozen in a block of ice. Aided by his goofy friend Stoney (Pauly Shore), Dave transports their discovery to his garage, where the Neanderthal thaws and is revived. When Dave and Stoney find the living and thoroughly bewildered caveman, they attempt to pass him off as a foreign exchange student named Link (Brendan Fraser), resulting in many misadventures.

The band playing at the prom in the climax of the film is hybrid funk-metal supergroup Infectious Grooves; featuring Mike Muir of the thrash punk band Suicidal Tendencies doing vocals, Dean Pleasants on guitar, Adam Siegel of Excel on lead guitar, Stephen Perkins of Jane’s Addiction on drums, and Robert Trujillo of Suicidal Tendencies, who currently plays bass with Metallica.

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KIRK HAMMETT, ROB HALFORD, SCOTT IAN and TOM MORELLO - Metal Lords (2022)


For teenage misfits Hunter and Kevin, the path to glory is clear, and that is to devote themselves to metal, win Battle of the Bands and be worshipped like gods.

In one scene Kendall invites a drunk Kevin into the pool and flirts with him. While they make out, his conscience materializes as heavy metal musicians Scott Ian, Tom Morello, Kirk Hammett and Rob Halford. Halford makes Kevin realize he loves Emily and goes back to her. Also missing Hunter, he discovers he was sent to rehab by his father as punishment.

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LARS ULRICH - Get Him To The Greek (2010)

An ambitious executive at a record company, Aaron Green (Jonah Hill) gets what looks like an easy assignment: He must escort British rock legend Aldous Snow (Russell Brand) to L.A.'s Greek Theatre for the first stop on a lucrative comeback-concert tour. Snow, however, has different plans. Learning his true love is in California, the rocker vows to win her back before starting the tour, forcing Aaron to pull out all the stops to get Snow on stage in time.

In one scene, Ulrich plays himself, snuggling up to Brand's character's love interest, Jackie, played by Rose Byrne, in bed. While we prefer to see Ulrich sitting behind a kit and not bedding a young filly, this clip speaks volumes to the power of rock stardom when it comes to seducing hot chicks.

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LEMMY KILMISTER - Eat The Rich (1987)

A satire directed by Peter Richardson that reunited Lemmy with most of the cast of The Young Ones (which Motörhead had made an incredible appearance on three years previously) and a who’s who of British alternative comedians and rock royalty – both Paul McCartney and Bill Wyman appear. Set around a restaurant called Bastards, it follows put-upon server Alex (Lana Pillay), who is driven to murder by a world devoid of compassion.

Lemmy plays Spider, an assassin who looks exactly like the lead singer of Motörhead, and has Motörhead stickers on his briefcase. He also wrote six songs for the film’s soundtrack, including the title track.

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JAMES HETFIELD - Destiny Extremely Wicked, Shocking Evil, And Vile (2019)

The film follows the relationship between notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, played by Zac Efron, and his longtime girlfriend, played by Lily Collins, who at the time had no knowledge of Bundy's crimes. Hetfield will play officer Bob Howard, a Utah highway patrol veteran who was the first law enforcement officer to arrest Bundy in 1975.

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RONNIE JAMES DIO - Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)

Musicians JB (Jack Black) and KG (Kyle Gass) begin a friendship that could lead to the formation of the greatest rock band in the world. To make that dream come true, the righteous duo embark on a quest to find a legendary guitar pick that possesses supernatural powers.

In the beginning, Jables, a young rocker living in an oppressive, religious household, prays to a poster of Ronnie James Dio, and is given a vision of his future.

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CANNIBAL CORPSE - Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

Ace Ventura is an unorthodox Miami based private detective who specializes in retrieving tame or captive animals. He struggles to pay his rent and is often mocked by the Miami Police Department, led by Lieutenant Lois Einhorn, who finds Ventura insufferable. Two weeks before the Super Bowl, the Miami Dolphins' mascot, a bottlenose dolphin named Snowflake, is kidnapped at Joe Robbie Stadium. Melissa Robinson, the team's chief publicist, hires Ventura to find Snowflake.

Jim Carrey opted to put his favorite band, Cannibal Corpse, into the movie; they appear in the scene where Ace goes to meet Woodstock, on stage playing the song "Hammer Smashed Face". However, due to the explicit lyrics in the song, television captions shows then-lead singer Chris Barnes singing "grr!" over and over.

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KANE ROBERTS - Shocker (1989)

After being captured for a series of gruesome murders, Horace Pinker, a television repairman, faces execution by the electric chair -- but a deal with the devil allows him to come back as electricity. Once he changes into his new form, Pinker goes after the detective that brought him down, Lt. Don Parker, as well as Parker's adopted son, Jonathan. However, Jonathan's mysterious connection to Pinker through dreams might help track the killer's moves.

Kane Roberts is seen as a road worker who pulls out a knife and threatens to kill Jonathan with it.

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AEROSMITH - Wayne's World 2 (1993)


After Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers) has a dream in which Jim Morrison tells him to put on a rock concert, he and fellow late-night TV star Garth Algar (Dana Carvey) try their hand at promoting. Several musical acts show little interest, leaving the pair uncertain about their ability to put on a successful show. Meanwhile, Cassandra (Tia Carrere), Wayne's rockstar girlfriend, has a new manager (Christopher Walken) who is trying to steal her away, and Wayne's antics only make things worse.

Aerosmith were featured in Wayne's World 2 performing their songs "Dude (Looks Like a Lady)" and "Shut Up and Dance" on stage at the Waynestock music festival after Jim Morrison of The Doors promised Wayne, "if you book them, they will come" in a dream.

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JON BON JOVI - Young Guns II (1990)

En route to Mexico from the United States, Billy the Kid (Emilio Estevez) and his associates are pursued by federal agents hell-bent on bringing them to justice. But when Billy, Doc (Kiefer Sutherland) and Chavez (Lou Diamond Phillips) prove too difficult to track down, the frustrated authorities enlist an old friend of theirs, reformed outlaw Pat Garrett (William Petersen), to take down the elusive gunslinger. But Billy has a head start, and his crew of outlaws is growing by the minute.

Jon Bon Jovi makes a brief cameo in Young Guns 2. The Bon Jovi lead singer plays a bandit attempting to escape during the prison scene. He gets shot and dies.

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KERRY KING - Studio 666 (2022)

Members of the rock band Foo Fighters move into an Encino mansion steeped in grisly rock 'n' roll history to record their much anticipated 10th album. Once in the house, Dave Grohl finds himself grappling with supernatural forces that threaten both the completion of the album and the lives of the band members.

Slayer guitarist Kerry King makes a hilarious cameo as Krug, the Foo Fighters' cable grunt and low-level sound technician.

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GUNS N' ROSES - The Dead Pool (1988)

In the fifth installment of the Dirty Harry series, gritty cop Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is fresh off the conviction of a major mob boss. When horror film director Peter Swan (Liam Neeson) develops a "dead pool" betting on celebrity deaths, he is shocked when a serial killer begins targeting those named, including TV reporter Samantha Walker (Patricia Clarkson) and Callahan himself. Action and violence abound as Callahan tracks the killer in an attempt to stop the murders.

Guns N' Roses' role in the film was small. The only time the entire band appears together is during a funeral, as they quietly pay respects to a rock n' roll comrade.

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WHITE LION - The Money Pit (1986)

Young lovers Walter (Tom Hanks) and Anna (Shelley Long) are house-sitting the New York City apartment owned by Max (Alexander Godunov), Anna's ex-husband, who suddenly decides to toss them out. Needing a new home, they settle on buying a country estate outside the city, which is available for a suspiciously low price. It soon becomes apparent why, as doors fall off their hinges, staircases come tumbling down and a bathtub falls through the floor. The couple's relationship suffers similarly.

White Lion, with a fictitious female member (portrayed by Louise Robey), had a brief part in the movie.

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ARMORED SAINT - Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992)

After learning in "Hellraiser II" that he used to be British air force Capt. Elliot Spencer (Doug Bradley) -- before he was sucked into another dimension and turned into the pain-craving creature known as Pinhead -- Spencer's soul ends up in limbo. Meanwhile, Pinhead is sealed in a column, which is bought by J.P. Monroe (Kevin Bernhardt). In a dream, reporter Joey Summerskill (Terry Farrell) learns from Spencer she must reunite his two halves to send the murderous Pinhead back to his world.

Armored Saint made a brief appearance in the film. They played at a Goth night club owned by J.P. Monroe called the Boiler Room. They performed the song "Hanging Judge".

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BONUS CAMEOS

JOEY BELLADONNA - Pledge Night (1988)

It's hazing season at Phi Up and the boys are up to all sorts of nasty pranks on their hapless pledges, in between regular bouts of 'wetting their whistles' at the campus watering hole...with some of the area's beautiful sorority babes. But this is going to be one literal 'hell week' as they unwittingly unleash the spirit of Acid Sid.

Anthrax singer Joey Belladonna appears as Young Sid, a character who meets his end after getting boiled to bits in a tub of acid, only to come back to wreak havoc on his former college campus.

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JANI LANE - High Strung (1992)

It stars Steve Oedekerk (who also wrote the script with Robert Kuhn) as Thane Furrows, an uptight children's author who rarely leaves his house, eats only cereal, and is irritated by everything around him.

Jani Lane plays the part as the upstairs noisy neighbor. Steve challenges Jani to an armwrestling match to settle the noise once and for all.

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ACE FREHLEY - Remedy (2005)

Christian Maelen directed and stars in this gritty and riveting mystery about a drug-addled artist who becomes a prime suspect when he is unable to remember if he witnessed his friend's killing.

Ace Frehley gives an erie performance as a junkie drug dealer.

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LITA FORD - Highway To Hell (1991)

Charlie Sykes and his girlfriend Rachel Clark are traveling to Las Vegas to secretly get married to each other. The decide to follow through a secondary road, and while fueling their car in "Sam's Last Chance" gas station, they are advised by the owner and attendant Sam to not sleep after the second tree in the road. They fall asleep in the car, and a policeman arrests Rachel. Charlie returns to the gas station, and Sam tells him that she has been arrested by a Hellcop, and he has to go to hell if he wants to rescue his fiancée.

In one part of the movie Lita Ford plays the part of a hitchhiker.

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DON DOKKEN - Far Out Man (1990)

An aging hippie goes on a road trip in search of his long lost family. He meets up with his son (Paris Chong, Tommy's real-life son). Together they go off to see America. A majority of Tommy's real life family have roles; daughter Rae Dawn plays his daughter and wife Shelby has a lead role as his ex.

The band Dokken has a brief appearance when Tommy says he can't hear and tells the band to turn the music down.

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PAUL STANLEY/GENE SIMMONS - Why Him? (2016)

During the holidays, loving but overprotective Ned (Bryan Cranston) travels to California to visit his daughter Stephanie (Zoey Deutch) at Stanford University. While there, he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward boyfriend, Laird (James Franco). Even though Laird is a multimillionaire, Ned disapproves of his freewheeling attitude and unfiltered language. His panic level escalates even further when he learns that Laird plans to ask for Stephanie's hand in marriage.

In an attempt to warm up to his possible in-laws, Laird recruits the talents of Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley in hopes of getting their blessing to marry their daughter.

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