10 Rock Gods Who Went on to Normal Careers

1. Bruce Dickinson, the Iron Maiden frontman, is a certified airline pilot. He has even held several jobs flying commercial planes. Now he owns Cardiff Aviation, an airplane maintenance and repair company.

2. Billy Corgan, of the Smashing Pumpkins,founded his own wrestling federation, Resistance pro.

3. Alex James, The Blur bassist, has a farm where he creates his own brands of cheeses, with titles like Blue Monday, Good Queen Maude, and Little Wallop.

4. Guitar legend Johnny Marr who has performed with everyone from Smiths to the Pretenders, Talking Heads, received an honorary doctorate from Salford University, where he’s given lectures. He also competed in the 2010 New York City marathon, which of course isn’t a job, but it’s just very cool.

5. After his 1990s hit “Ice Ice Baby”, Vanilla Ice staked a new career in real estate, first as an investor, and now as a builder.

6. Guided by Voices frontman Robert Pollard has produced numerous LPs with his band, and tour, while also working as an elementary school teacher.

7. Black metal band Darkthrone consists of Fenriz, who works for the post office, and NocturnoCulto, who works as a school teacher.

8. Greg Graffin, founder of the LA band Bad Religion, obtained a PhD in zoology at Cornell University and has since found a career in academia, lecturing on life sciences and paleontology at UCLA and evolution at Cornell University.

9. Cracker founder David Lowery has a background in math. He’s worked as a quant and started numerous music-related businesses; he’s now a lecturer at the University of Georgia’s music business program.

10. Jethro Tull front man Ian Anderson wasa salmon farmer for many years. In the late 1990s he sold off part of his Isle of Skye production, and now focuses on wild cat protection.

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