Musicians Weird & Wonderful Hobbies

on 29 September 2011 in Slideshows


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Many musicians have found wacky and bizarre hobbies to keep themselves preoccupied when they're not playing stages around the world to millions of adoring fans. From cheese farming to taxidermy we've scoured to globe to bring you a list of our favourites. So countdown with us as we bring you the weird and wonderful hobbies of musicians.

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    Many musicians have found wacky and bizarre hobbies to keep themselves preoccupied when they're not playing stages around the world to millions of adoring fans. From cheese farming to taxidermy we've scoured to globe to bring you a list of our favourites. So countdown with us as we bring you the weird and wonderful hobbies of musicians.

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    Stephen Morris (Joy Division/New Order) The drummer for iconic bands Joy Division and New Order, Morris collects surplus military vehicles, and even owns a decommissioned tank he likes to drive around.

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    Alex James (Blur) The bassist for Blur, after their break up Alex bought a 200-acre cheese farm and has, to date, produced three cheeses: Blue Monday, Farleigh Wallop and Little Wallop.

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    Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones) The former bass player of Rolling Stones, Wyman is fond of metal detecting. He even has is own brand of metal detectors!

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    David Lovering (The Pixies) When The Pixies split up in 1993, David Lovering hung up the sticks to become a completely different type of entertainer — a professional magician.

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    Grandmaster Flash The rap legend collects mugs, picking up the souvenirs mugs from every state and country he visits and now he houses them in a special storage space. He has over 5,000 in his collection.

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    Jack White (The White Stripes) Probably not all that surprising to be honest, Jack White is obsessed with taxidermy much to the consternation of his wife. When fans caught on to this hobby they started sending so many stuffed animals to the star he had to plead with them to stop.

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    Cherie Currie (The Runaways) What do you do once you've conquered the world of music as one of the ultimate female icons of rock n roll? Become an accomplished chainsaw carving artist of course! Doesn't get much more rock than that.

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    Slash (Guns N Roses & Velvet Revolver) When he's not busy travelling the world touring his debaucherous style of music you'll find former Guns N Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash at home with his collection of pinball machines. Included in his collection is a GNR machine that is apparently the loudest in the world!

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    Lemmy (Motorhead) The iconic frontman for Motorhead collects Nazi memorabilia, and is regularly sporting the famous iron cross, it's even encrusted on his bass guitar. Many have accuses the singer of Nazi sympathies, accusations he strenuously denies saying the collects the memorabilia for aesthetic purposes only.

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    Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden) and Gary Numan One of the more famous hobbies is Iron Maiden lead singer Bruce Dickinson's penchant for flying planes. The band fly around in their own custom 757 dubbed 'Ed Force One', Bruce even flew a rescue plane for this stranded after the recent hurricanes in the United States. Gary Numan also has a passion for flying and is one of a very small handful of flyers with the credentials and qualifications to train aerobatic instructor pilots.

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