It is not uncommon to hear some of classic rock’s biggest hits in television commercials, but when the rockstars themselves appear in the ad, that is surprising.
One of the best classic rock commercial cameos ever comes via Paul Stanley, who celebrates his birthday today (January 20.) Check out his ad for Folgers coffee and five other classic rock commercial cameos.
Paul Stanley – Folgers Coffee
For reasons that haven’t been confirmed, the ad from 2000 never aired, but thanks to the wonder that is YouTube, it surfaced a few years ago, and we’re thankful it did. Frankly, it’s an effective ad, and never has anyone performed the famous Folgers tagline jingle with such gusto!
Eddie Money – Geico
Who could forget Money as the best worst travel agent in this Geico campaign?
Lita Ford – Indeed.com
She’s barely recognizable, but that conservatively dressed music teacher is Lita Ford in an ad for job site Indeed! Amazing the difference a pair of horn-rimmed glasses, a bun and a floor-length skirt makes!
Alice Cooper – Staples
The Godfather of Shock Rock appears in this Staples ad to clarify the lyrics to “School’s Out” to a very annoyed young girl who is clearly not looking forward to going back to school.
John Lydon – Country Life Butter
Appearing in a commercial seems like the most un-punk thing to do ever, but that’s what John Lydon did in the late 2000’s when he appeared in an ad for Country Life Butter. He would later say he used the money earned from the ad to fund a tour for Public Image Ltd., because he was having various issues with his record label.
Steven Tyler – Kia Stinger
This Super Bowl ad took Steven Tyler back in time thanks to the Kia Stinger.