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What are the Hidden Talents of our Favorite Rock and Metal Stars?

Added 20 September 2017, 4:17 PM

What are the hidden talents of our favourite metal and rock stars? From ostrich farming to poker, the following will reveal all you need to know about the hidden talents of a variety of musicians and singers.

Are you looking to develop a new skill or possibly enhance an existing one? You may be surprised to learn that Iron Maiden’s very own Bruce Dickinson holds a pilot’s licence and that Public Enemy’s Terminator X owns his own ostrich farm, whilst Train’s own Pat has developed his own brand of wine!

Rock legend Roger Daltrey is not only a talented singer and actor, but is also a nifty trout farmer. Blur bassist Alex James has taken his wellies out of the festival and planted them well and truly in the farm – a cheese farm, more specifically. Ever wanted to try a rock star’s cheese? We hear that Alex’s award-winning artisan cheese is pretty delicious.

Weezer’s infamous song ‘Buddy Holly’ is a classic, but would you have ever believed that lead singer and guitarist River Cuomo knits as a hobby?! Not to be outdone, The Breeders’ Kelley Deal is also a dab hand with knitting needles.

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan is a winemaker. His label ‘Winey Wine’ was shortlisted as one of Decanter’s ‘Best Chardonnays’.

In addition to flying, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson also enjoys fencing; he said, “I wanted to get back into fencing to do something outside rock ‘n’ roll. I didn’t want to reach 40 and have to say all I’d done was look out the window of a tour bus and get drunk.”

Dave Mustaine from Megadeth enjoys martial arts in his spare time and actually ranks in three different types of martial arts – not a guy to be messed with!

Queen musician Brian May is renowned for his epic guitar playing, but he is also becoming well-known for his talent for astrophysics.

The Pixies David Levering enjoys performing magic in his spare time, and considers himself a ‘mad scientist and performance artist’ – ‘Where is my mind’ indeed!

Poker remains a popular pastime on tour buses and in the casino for many metal musicians. Did you know that Anthrax’s Scott Ian is a talented poker player and has entered the World Series of the Poker Main Event in Las Vegas? Looking to embrace Scott’s favourite pastime? Why not listen to Motorhead’s classic ‘Ace of Spades’ for inspiration?

Brian Johnson (from legends AC/DC) enjoys racing and collecting cars as a hobby, as does the Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts.

These rock and metal legends show that, even if your job is a singer or musician in one of the world’s most legendary metal and rock bands, life is not all about work. Why not consider reconnecting with an old (much loved) hobby or taking up a new one? Could you favour taking up a physical activity such as football, fencing or archery? How about taking on long distance running like Ben from Death Cab for Cutie? Or, perhaps you are more of an indoors kind of person? There are lots of cool hobbies that you could consider taking up, so why not take inspiration from your favourite musicians and make that change today?
Edited 07 July 2022

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