1980s musician comebacks

Posted by Shazy on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Fame is fickle, but these musical stars of the 1980s have reinvented themselves and their careers to step back into the limelight with some of the biggest comeback stories. See who's still touring, looking for love and starring in movies.
Paul Abdul
Before Paula Abdul moved "Straight Up" the pop music charts in the 1980s, she was a famous cheerleader.

After a few dormant years, she burst onto the scene again in the 2000s as a judge on the hit show "American Idol". Abdul left the show after eight years but is back on TV and is giving music another shot.

Kylie Minogue
Former Australian child actress and pop star Kylie Minogue topped the charts in 1987, but soon declining record sales led to declining popularity.

The pop diva rose to prominence again in 2000 with a hit single. Despite a serious health setback in 2005, Minogue is touring again and released her 11th album last year.

Bret Michaels
Bret Michaels sang his way into 1980s glam rock superstardom.
After the group broke up, he wrangled his way back into the spotlight as the star of a reality TV show in 2007. In the midst of major health woes, Michaels was "hired" in another reality competition and just released a new album.

LL Cool J
Hunky hip-hop star-turned-actor LL Cool J once made a coveted list for artists. LL released his final Def Jam album in 2008. Since then, he has taken to acting in a popular TV drama and on the big screen.

Duran Duran
With their combination of new wave, funk and rock, Duran Duran became a sensation in the 1980s with a ditty about a woman with a strange appetite for love. The band has never disbanded and recently released its 13th studio album. How did it do on the charts?

Guns N' Roses
The lead singer of Guns N' Roses has been the only consistent member of the 1980s hard rock group, which boasts the highest-selling debut album of all time. After a nine-year hiatus in the 1990s and several tumultuous lineup changes, the band shocked the public with a surprise appearance.

Guns N' Roses' comeback -- minus one famous former member -- has been marred by several incidents at live concerts.

This quirky band from Akron, Ohio, gained a cult following in the early 1980s. Devo's kitschy mix of science-fiction themes and synchronized instrumentation has influenced other new wave bands. They debuted a new album and music video in 2009. Devo is still touring to large audiences.

Steven Tyler
Steven Tyler made music history in the 1970s and 1980s with the rise of some self-proclaimed bad boys. The band hit a low in the early 1980s after drug abuse caused friction among members. But in the late 1980s the bluesy, hard-rock group scored a number of hits with a comeback that has been called one of the most spectacular in music history.

Tyler says his new high-profile job won't break up the band, which continues to perform and record music after 41 years.

Cyndi Lauper
New York City native Cyndi Lauper became one of the biggest pop stars in the 1980s with a string of party hits. Lauper has clung to her star power and last year released her 11th album. But she failed to pass the ultimate test on a high-powered reality show.

Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston was queen of the 1980s and 1990s but crashed and burned after public battles with drugs and her ex-husband.

The diva bounded back in 2009 sporting a new look and a new album with a highly publicized comeback. But the star hasn't been able to escape harsh critiques, and some fans were a bit disappointed.

Jon Bon Jovi
Despite professional setbacks, 1980s rocker and heartthrob Jon Bon Jovi has transformed his glam rock fame into political activism, a successful solo career and even acting. Still performing, Bon Jovi just collected a record payday in concert sales.

Michael Jackson
After becoming the King of Pop thanks to the mega-success of 1982's "Thriller", Michael Jackson increasingly became synonymous with headlines alleging drug abuse and child molestation rather than his music.

The pop star recently had a posthumous comeback. After his death in 2009, Jackson sold more than 8.2 million albums, making him the best-selling artist of 2009.


After spending four years in the Army, rapper-turned-actor Ice-T made a name for himself writing raps and later releasing an album in 1987. His music career has since faded, but he stepped back into the limelight starring in his own VH1 reality show in 2006.

Today, Ice-T is best known for his role on the NBC police drama "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit"