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In order to make it big in the rock industry, you must be innovative, ambitious and one-of-a-kind. The musicians you see next are some of the most noteworthy examples of pushing the limits of the musical past. Ranging in all genres from heavy metal to classic rock to indie to rap, where are these stars in relation to their famous past?

Billie Joe Armstrong – Green Day

Billie Joe Armstrong has had his fair share of incidents as a punk star. Green Day’s guitarist has engaged in violent outbursts on stage and has also received treatment for an unspecified substance abuse problem. Armstrong has also been vocal about his bisexuality. In a 1995 interview with The Advocate, he said, “I think I’ve always been bisexual. I mean, it’s something that I’ve always been interested in. I think people are born bisexual.” At 45, Armstrong’s baby face remains intact.

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Lars Ulrich – Metallica

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich has been an integral part of the metal band for the last 30 years. With hits such as “The Unforgiven” and “Enter Sandman,” the band have sold over 110 million records worldwide and were ranked by Rolling Stone at number 61 on the list of The 100 Greatest Artists Of All Time. After a heavily publicized lawsuit against Napster, Ulrich has since cameoed in movies such a Get Him To The Greek and continues to make music and tour with Metallica.

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