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Before They Were Famous – The Download 2020 Yearbook

The Download Yearbook is back! We’re showing you what rockstars looked like when they were in high school.

So, get ready to shout ‘no way!’ as we dig out old photos of Bruce Dickinson, Brody Dalle, Serj Tankian and many more #DL2020 artists before they were famous.

Bruce Dickinson

Look closely at the black and white picture and you can see it’s none other than a young Bruce Dickinson from our headliners Iron Maiden. It’s hard to believe that this cherubic boy with the pudding bowl hair cut would go on to scream the immortal, “6 6 6, the number of the beast, hell and fire was spawned to be released!”

 

Serj Tankian

Even without his signature goatee, you can tell that it’s a young Serj Tankian just from his smirk. It wouldn’t be long before he’d go on to form Soil, with Daron Malkian, and eventually hypnotize us as the front man of the mighty System of a Down

Daron Malakian

We couldn’t flashback to Serj without looking up SOAD guitarist and  Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School classmate, Daron Malakian. Young Daron was studying  Maiden, Def Leppard, Ozzy Osbourne and Judas Priest to go on to graduate to become of the sickest metal guitarists of all time.

Brody Dalle

Bree Joanna Robinson aka Brody Dalle first picked up the guitar when she was  just 13 years old and living in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. It wasn’t long before she started her first band Sourpuss, moved to the City of Angels and formed The Distillers.  And, the rest is herstory.

KISS

Ok, ok we may have cheated a bit on this one. But, if we were to imagine what a KISS high school would have been like, this would be it. Top of the curriculum? Rock And Roll All Nite.

Chino Moreno

Deftones‘ singer Chino Moreno looks like butter wouldn’t melt in this photo from McClatchy High School. But, he was already rocking out with Deftones’ guitarist Stephen Carpenter and drummer Abe Cunningham.

Taylor Momsen

How could we do a Download Yearbook without including Taylor Momsen? The Pretty Reckless front woman first found fame in The Grinch as Cindy Lou Who. Thankfully for us she ditched acting and wrote the classic banger, ‘Make Me Wanna Die’.