Since it’s a WDHA’s Big Daddies of Metal Weekend here on the Rock of New Jersey, we are paying homage to some of the coolest, most rockin’ dads on the planet. A big congratulations goes out to our Big Daddy of Rock winner, Mike Glynn!
Now don’t get me wrong, we wouldn’t trade in any of our own dads but think how cool it would be to say that you grew up with some of these rockers as your ‘Old Man.’ All the dads on this list are some of the most well known dads in rock. Some, not all, are fairly balanced, albeit, for the rock world anyway. So in no particular order, we created a great Father’s Day list to celebrate all the rockin’ dads!
Having your dad be the godfather of theatrical rock and roll has got to be pretty cool. If nothing else, your house would by far be the coolest to go to during Halloween growing up. Although, as seen in this funny commercial, it may be tough to try and argue lyrics to songs that dear old dad wrote when you’re trying to get out of going back to school.
Your dad is known as the “Red Rocker,” he has had amazing success in bands like Montrose, Van Halen and Chickenfoot and of course, as a solo artist as well. But the greatness doesn’t stop there kids, he is an amazing entrepreneur as well, creating an amazing Tequila line, as well as hot spots in Tahoe and Mexico, called the Cabo Wabo. Maybe tif there is any drawback to being the child of Sammy Hagar, is that dad can’t teach the Hagar kids how to drive 55? One thing is for sure, dad can teach them how to party!
The Snider kids are one of a few on this list that were lucky enough to be featured on their own family reality series, entitled ‘Growing Up Twisted.’ It has to be pretty neat to be the son of Dee Snider, one of the coolest frontmen in the business. Dee’s oldest son Jessie is following in his pop’s footsteps, as he is getting into music also. Here’s a video of Jessie performing with his ‘Twisted’ dad some years back in a New York City club.
So you’re dad is one of the most talented musicians and singers on the planet and he’s been in two of the most popular bands in rock history, so what do you do? Follow in his footsteps of course! Looks like the apples haven’t fallen too far from the Grohl family tree as Dave’s daughters both seem to have gotten dad’s musical talents. Dave’s one daughter Violet actually goes on the road and performs as a backing vocalist for the Foo’s and it looks as if Dave’s younger daughter Harper has a future in music also! Check out Harper taking over the drum kit during a Foos show below.
Eddie Van Halen
If you’re the son of guitar legend Eddie Van Halen, not only is your dad probably one of the best guitarists on the planet but you got named Wolfgang. Both of those factors automatically rates you pretty high on the cool meter. On top of that, you get to grow up, learn the guitar from a guitar legend and then later, grow up and head out on tour with dad’s band. Enough said.
If your dad is a fire-breathing demon, spitting blood with really cool face paint, they really isn’t much to argue about how cool he is. But like every dad no matter whether he is in a rock band or not, they always find a way to embarrass the kids. If you’re Nick and Sophie Simmons, the son and daughter of Gene, Kiss’ legendary bassist, the embarrassment just happens to be magnified a little since you have a reality TV show called ‘Gene Simmons Family Jewels‘ and all.
When your dad is in a band, it’s cool. When your dad is the Lord of Darkness, well that just takes it a whole different level. Growing up with one of the founding fathers of heavy metal and one of the most insane lead singers of all time sets the bar pretty high for all the other dads out there. Ozzy Osbourne’s son Jack created a documentary though entitled ‘God Bless Ozzy Osbourne‘ to show the softer, behind-the-curtain- side of his father. Then more recently, went out on the road with daddy-o, so to speak, on a great reality show called Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour. No matter what side of Ozzy is shown, he’ll always be one of the coolest dads by far.
We wish all our rockin’ dads a very happy and headbangin’ Father’s Day. Thanks for all that you do! Enjoy your day with WDHA!