Rock stars who are good at sports

9 January 2022, 09:00

Liam Gallagher and Damon Alban enjoy some sporting banter in the 90s
Liam Gallagher and Damon Alban enjoy some sporting banter in the 90s. Picture: Photoshot/Getty Images

Rock ’N’ Roll isn’t just about downing tequila and staying up late. Some musicians also like to keep fit and stay competitive. Here are a selection of rock stars who will surprise you with their sporting ability.

  1. Liam Gallagher

    The former hard-partying Oasis frontman is now a proponent of running as a way of life. He recently told Radio X: "I f**king love it, man. Some days, when you’re hungover, you’re thinking, I can’t be arsed, but once you get out there, it’s the best thing ever. Everything just falls in to place."

  2. Rod Stewart

    Rod The Mod almost became a pro footballer at one point, having trials for Brentford. The blues won out, however… although he’s still a personality in the soccer world, as this infamous clip shows.

  3. Johnny Marr

    The legendary guitarist had trials for Nottingham Forest and Manchester City until Morrissey came along.

  4. Tom Grennan

    The young singer songwriter told us: “I played for Luton Town, which was wicked. And then I went off to Stevenage for a while and was managed by Luther Blissett. He ended up kicking me out!”

  5. Robert Smith

    The Cure frontman is a fan of Queens Park Rangers, and was a winger for Wasps (Three Bridges) when he was at school. He traded it in for a life of punk rock, gloom and make-up.

    Robert Smith in 1985: note the trainers
    Robert Smith in 1985: note the trainers. Picture: dpa picture alliance / Alamy Stock Photo
  6. Tom Smith

    The Editors frontman - together with bassist Russell Leetch - ran the London Marathon in 2011 with a time of 4 hours and 15 minutes.

    Tom Smith performing with Editors at Y Not Festival, 2016
    Tom Smith performing with Editors at Y Not Festival, 2016. Picture: Alex Williams / Alamy Stock Photo
  7. Bruce Dickinson

    The Iron Maiden singer is a well-known fencing champ.

  8. Win Butler

    The Arcade Fire frontman loves a bit of slam dunkin’ in his spare time.

  9. Alice Cooper

    The Lord of Dark Glam Rock is a well-known fan of the golf course,

  10. Bob Marley

    The reggae legend was a keen footballer and would play while recording, touring and relaxing. However, the story that he died from cancer caused by an injury caused while playing the sport isn't true.