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Famous Musicians Without Sunglasses: Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Slash pic. no glasses!

Updated on April 3, 2015
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3 of the 5 Traveling Wilburys are able to shed their sunglasses.
3 of the 5 Traveling Wilburys are able to shed their sunglasses.

Famous Musicians Behind the Sunglasses

Ever wonder why some musicians hide their appearance always behind sunglasses on stage? Their mysterious looks are part of the persona, but some wear sunglasses so much that you never see them without. Here are a few I've selected for the spotlight.

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Donning the glasses was a must for Roy, who was one prescription away from being legally blind.
Donning the glasses was a must for Roy, who was one prescription away from being legally blind.
The coolness of the dark lenses fit right in with the coolness of this great but shy musician
The coolness of the dark lenses fit right in with the coolness of this great but shy musician
Jeff Lynne as he has been for decades with his trademark aviator glasses
Jeff Lynne as he has been for decades with his trademark aviator glasses
Here he is at an evening charity bash with his lovely wife.
Here he is at an evening charity bash with his lovely wife.
Slash, seen here with Fergie, has an image that hasn't changed since the 80's
Slash, seen here with Fergie, has an image that hasn't changed since the 80's
Top hat a must for typical Slash
Top hat a must for typical Slash
Cigarette optional when propping him up with hat, glasses and guitar for a show.
Cigarette optional when propping him up with hat, glasses and guitar for a show.
High tea with Ozzy... well, unusual, but healthier than his usual. Hey, he's happy! So is the prince of darkness himself! Maybe it's the lady, who knows.
High tea with Ozzy... well, unusual, but healthier than his usual. Hey, he's happy! So is the prince of darkness himself! Maybe it's the lady, who knows.

Natural State: With Sunglasses

Seen in their natural state, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, Slash, and Ozzy are happy rock stars doing their thing. Whether it be shyness (all have admitted to some degree of stage fright), vanity, or marketing, these rockers and their spectacles have become synonymous.

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More UVB Than Sun, Available Where the Sun Don't Shine

Slash without his glasses looks like a person getting a mugshot. The hat helps only a little bit.
Slash without his glasses looks like a person getting a mugshot. The hat helps only a little bit.
Roy Orbison wore his glasses of necessity, marketing, and shyness. The shyness is only on stage though.
Roy Orbison wore his glasses of necessity, marketing, and shyness. The shyness is only on stage though.
Off stage, for photos, he had no problem taking them off, as long as he didn't have to see.
Off stage, for photos, he had no problem taking them off, as long as he didn't have to see.
Proof that Jeff Lynne wasn't raised wearing aviator glasses.
Proof that Jeff Lynne wasn't raised wearing aviator glasses.
Here Jeff looks unhappy sans lunettes de soleil
Here Jeff looks unhappy sans lunettes de soleil
Being off stage, his humor overcame shyness.
Being off stage, his humor overcame shyness.
If you close your eyes on stage all the time, you might as well just wear some damn glasses.
If you close your eyes on stage all the time, you might as well just wear some damn glasses.

Unmasked: Who is Happy and Confident?

Without the sunglasses, only Roy Orbison shows any zest at all. The other guys have looks on their faces that remind me of my cat during a bath... the look of resignation as the shampoo is lathered about.

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    quicksand 4 years ago

    How about Stevie Wonder?

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