Ozzy Osbourne, Joan Jett, Billy Idol, KISS’ Paul Stanley & More Star In Workday’s “Rock Star” Super Bowl Commercial

The group of rock legends take a stance against “corporate types” who often call each other rock stars.

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Melinda Lorge is a Nashville-based freelance writer who specializes in covering country music. Along with Music Mayhem, her work has appeared in publications, including Rare Country, Rolling Stone Country, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Wide Open Country and more. After joining Rare Country in early 2016, Lorge was presented with the opportunity to lead coverage on late-night television programs, including “The Voice” and “American Idol,” which helped her to sharpen her writing skills even more. Lorge earned her degree at Middle Tennessee State University, following the completion of five internships within the country music industry. She has an undeniable love for music and entertainment. When she isn’t living and breathing country music, she can be found enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.

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Posted on February 8, 2023

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Ozzy Osbourne, Joan Jett, Billy Idol, Kiss’ Paul Stanley, Gary Clark Jr.; Photos Courtesy of Workday Super Bowl Commercial

Some of the biggest rock stars, including Joan Jett, Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Clark Jr., and KISS co-founder Paul Stanley, have joined forces to call out the corporate workforce who use the term “rock star” loosely to describe themselves when they’re doing a superb job in their careers. And it’s all part of a brand new and hilarious Workday Big Game commercial that will air as part of the upcoming Super Bowl LVII.

“Rock stars have worked hard to earn their titles,” the caption of the commercial read on YouTube. “So when the business world starts calling execs ‘rock stars’ for crushing it with Workday, the legends have something to say.”

Watch Workday’s “Rock Star” Super Bowl LVII Commercial Below

The 60-second ad for the enterprise software company Workday brings together rock legends Joan Jett, Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne, Gary Clark Jr, and KISS co-founder Paul Stanley as they team up to take back the word “rock star” by poking fun at themselves and giving folks ample reasons why they deem the term unsuitable for situations outside of the Rock n’ Roll lifestyle.

“Hey, corporate types. Would you stop calling each other rock stars?” Stanley – in full KISS garb – begins the conversation while standing on a stage amid a sea of fans and holding onto his electric guitar. “Rock stars. Please!”

KISS’ Paul Stanley

“Do you know what it takes to be a rock star,” Jett interjects before punk rocker Idol, 67, appears in a hotel room that looks completely destroyed as it features broken lamps, a shattered TV screen, and items all over the floor.

“I’ve trashed hotel rooms in 43 countries,” the “White Wedding” hitmaker tells viewers to which Jett adds, “I was on the road since I was 16.”

Joan Jett

Osbourne also adds his own commentary to describe what a true rock star is, saying, “I’ve done my share of bad things. Also, your share of bad things.”

Ozzy Osbourne

And, while the real rock stars (who play music) admit that “using Workday for finance and HR makes you great at your job,” Gary Clark Jr. says that doesn’t earn one the right to call oneself a “rock star.” He proves that by shredding on the guitar and asking, “Can you do this?”

The lighthearted commercial also features people dressed up in business ware working for corporate America and includes a character named Ted, who doesn’t quite know what to do when he’s on stage in front of an arena full of screaming fans.

Gary Clark Jr.

“It’s really fun to poke fun at yourselves,” Idol, who in the commercial also lugs around a chainsaw, told PEOPLE of the commercial. “Ozzy and me and Joan and Paul, we all have, kind of, very identifiable images, so it’s fun. I enjoyed that in The Wedding Singer, taking my persona and having fun with it. I enjoyed that then, and it’s really fun doing the Super Bowl commercial.”

“If you can’t see there’s an element of humor in what we’re doing, then I think we’re doing something horribly wrong,” he continued. “I mean, we’re serious, but there is definitely an element of humor. That’s a big English pastime, is taking the mickey.”

Billy Idol

And, when it comes to destroying those 40+ hotel rooms, Idol admits, “It’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I did have my moments breaking up hotel rooms in the late ’80s.”

Fans can keep an eye out for the Workday commercial during the third quarter of Super Bowl LVII, which will see Kansas City Chiefs take on the Philadelphia Eagles.

Chris Stapleton is slated to perform the national anthem, R&B legend Babyface is set to sing “America the Beautiful” while Rihanna will deliver the Apple Music Super Bowl LVII halftime show.

Rihanna; Photo Courtesy of Apple Music
Rihanna; Photo Courtesy of Apple Music

Super Bowl LVII, which takes place at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ., airs live on Sunday (Feb. 12) at 5:30 p.m. CT on FOX.

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Melinda Lorge is a Nashville-based freelance writer who specializes in covering country music. Along with Music Mayhem, her work has appeared in publications, including Rare Country, Rolling Stone Country, Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Wide Open Country and more. After joining Rare Country in early 2016, Lorge was presented with the opportunity to lead coverage on late-night television programs, including “The Voice” and “American Idol,” which helped her to sharpen her writing skills even more. Lorge earned her degree at Middle Tennessee State University, following the completion of five internships within the country music industry. She has an undeniable love for music and entertainment. When she isn’t living and breathing country music, she can be found enjoying time outdoors with family and friends.

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