See What John Lennon Would Look Like at 73 (Hint: Kind of Like a College Professor!)
Here's a look at what could have been.
John Lennon, Kurt Cobain, and Elvis Presley are among the iconic musicians who were gone too soon. Now a new campaign called Rock Heaven, which is a partnership between Sachs Media Group and photo manipulation company Phojoe, kicks our sense of nostalgia into overdrive by imagining how these greats would appear — and what they would be doing — if they were still alive today.
An imagining of how John Lennon, left, would look today. (Everett/Sachs Media Group)
The late Beatle, who would have turned 73 last month, looks virtually unrecognizable as a wrinkly senior citizen. While his wife Yoko Ono is still making fun, quirky dance videos — and showing off her great legs — at the age of 80, this rendering of the "smart Beatle" looks like a college professor complete with a dull colored turtleneck and blazer. (Not a "New York City" T-shirt in sight!) Lennon's hair is the most peculiar part of the photo — he's definitely having a bad hair day with matted long bangs shooting in different directions.
Twitter user Craig Calcaterra agreed with us on the fashion, noting "Lennon wouldn't have dressed like that — but fun anyway."
Music experts and authors Dr. Reebee Garofalo, a University of Massachusetts Boston professor, and musician Elijah Wald offered their take on what the Manhattan transplant would be doing today for the feature. The singer, who was shot outside his apartment building in 1980, "would have been likely to continue his social activism with more focus," which we believe as he was an early pioneer for peace. He also "might have been the first classic rocker to embrace the hip-hop revolution," an assertion previously made by Ono — though we don't think this outfit would give him much cred in the studio. And he'd be going strong with Ono, which we agree with — perhaps with a few more "lost weekends" along the way.
We "Can't Help Falling in Love" with Presley's photo in which his unmistakable smile is captured perfectly — though, at 78, we don't think his teeth would be that pearly white unless he invested in veneers. The King's trademark black locks have grown gray, but are still full-ish and styled in the same slicked back way. However, for a man who died of a heart attack in 1977 at 42 after gaining so much weight he was described as "a grotesque caricature of his sleek, energetic former self," he looks healthier than we ever would have imagined. Also, that striped button-down shirt he's wearing seems like an odd choice because, well, there's not a rhinestone in sight.
Elvis Presley in his heyday ... and how he could have looked today. (Everett/Sachs Media Group)
While we thought Presley's photo was one of the best ones from the bunch, not everyone agreed, prompting this funny "Back to the Future" reference from a Twitter commenter: