One of the few problems you deal with when you're a moderately successful musician is figuring out what to do with your life once your career is over. Facing life off the road can be a terrifying and boring prospect after years of travel and rock 'n' roll glory. Thankfully, musical types tend to be terribly creative with their post-band career choices. Here are five musicians who took on truly bizarre professions after their musical jobs wound down.
Was: Happy Mondays' maraca enthusiast
Is: A beekeeper
Remember that guy in the Happy Mondays with the bendy legs, gormless face, and "special" dance moves? Well, he's in charge of bees now. Because, naturally, that's a skill that you immediately learn when you move to a Welsh commune, as Bez did some time ago. In case you're wondering how he's getting on with all this, the U.K.'s Independent newspaper reported last month that: "He has been stung badly after leaving his trouser zip undone... He
said around 100 bees got inside his pants and he had to run into the
woods away from the hive but was 'stung everywhere' inside his trousers." Quite the mental image.
Was: Vocalist for the Runaways
Is: Chainsaw artist
If you watch Keeping Up With the Kardashians, you may have recently seen Cherie Currie teaching Rob Kardashian how to create art from blocks of wood using only a chainsaw. What the show failed to mention entirely is that, between 1975 and 1979, Currie was the underwear-clad sex-pot that fronted the Runaways. If you too would like a chainsaw art lesson from this lady legend, her store is in Chatsworth, Los Angeles. Bring goggles.
Was / Is: Bassist for Blur
Is also: Cheesemaker
After Blur imploded in 2003, Alex James retired to a farmhouse in England's Cotswolds region and promptly started making award-winning artisanal cheeses. In keeping with Blur's ultra-British persona, James' cheeses have the most exaggeratedly English names in the history of the empire: names like Farleigh Wallop, Good Queen Maude and -- New Order fans will like this -- Blue Monday. James also writes (frequently food-related) columns for a range of British newspapers. Very strange indeed.
Was / Is: Iron Maiden frontman
Is also: Pilot / superhero dude
In the early 1990s, Bruce Dickinson decided that when he wasn't wailing for Iron Maiden, he'd quite like to learn to fly. So he did. Then, after he'd left the band in 1993, he started piloting professionally, for actual real-life airlines. But, wait -- it gets better! Not content with simply getting humans to vacations and business meetings safely, Dickinson has also performed several rescue missions, including picking up Royal Air Force pilots from Afghanistan and retrieving 200 civilians from 2006's Israel-Hezbollah conflict. Surreal doesn't even begin to cover it.
Was: Public Enemy DJ
Is: Ostrich farmer
What do you do when your hardcore rap outfit has politicized an entire generation of hip-hop lovers, but you're ready for a change? The next logical step for DJ Terminator X was to move to North Carolina and get a farm. Specifically, an ostrich farm -- which honestly isn't something we knew even existed until he got one in 2003. And since we used a video of Public Enemy collaborating with Anthrax here, we might as well mention that Anthrax guitarist Dan Spitz is now a master watchmaker. You couldn't make this stuff up.