Famous Musicians and Their Interesting Hobbies

We always have a keen interest in knowing more about our favorite musicians and the various influences on their music. After all that success and fortune, it is interesting to see what these musicians like to do in their free time. Many of these musicians feel equally passionate about their hobbies. Here are some famous musicians and their interesting hobbies:


David Mustaine Loves Horses

David Mustaine, the famous metal singer of the Megadeth band, is well known for his energy and passion in the Megadeth concerts. However, it is a little-known fact that the singer loves to spend his time quietly with horses. He is a horse breeder and has a ranch with a great collection of animals. You will find videos of him on the Internet where he takes his miniature horse Rocky out for a walk.

Flea is Great at Playing Chess

Michael Balzary, also more popularly known as Flea, the well-known bassist of the legendary band Red Hot Chili Peppers, has always been well known for his charming and unique personality and intelligence. His slapping technique of playing bass is something his fans absolutely love.

Did you know that this talented guitarist is also a fierce chess player? He loves to play chess while he is on tours, and he is apparently quite an expert at it. In fact, he even played against a Norwegian chess champion and was quite impressive in how he played.

Sir Rod Stewart’s Obsession with Trains

Rod Stewart is said to be completely obsessed with trains. He has reportedly taken over two decades to complete a sophisticated train model. He invests millions into making these train models, and he is so passionate about this hobby that he even works on the layout and books a separate room for his trains when he is touring.

Neil Young Loves Trains Too!

Neil Young has been part of many groups, and he is also the co-founder of the band Buffalo Springfield. He is regarded as one of the greatest songwriters and performers of all time. This genius musician has a very innocent hobby in his free time. He loves to play with model trains and feel like a child in his free time. In fact, he is said to even have a mini-world with lots of trains and tracks at his place.

Eric Clapton Spends a Lot of His Time Fishing!

Eric Clapton, the legendary blues guitarist well known for his songs ‘Layla’, ‘Wonderful Tonight’ and ‘Tears in Heaven’, loves to spend his time fishing. He came in the news for catching a huge 42 ½ inches fish on the Vantsdalsa river in Iceland.

It was said to be the largest Atlantic salmon of the summer, and it weighed about 28 pounds. Clapton also builds his very own cane rods and displays the same skill in fishing that he displays on the stage with his guitar. He also has several cane rods named after him.

Bruce Dickinson is Great at Flying Planes and Fencing!

Bruce Dickinson, the lead singer of the incredible ‘Iron Maiden’ band, is a man of many talents. He even worked as a commercial pilot and flew the band around in the Ed Force One for the Iron Maiden tour that lasted for 17 months!

Apart from being a licensed Boeing 747 pilot, he is completely immersed in the sport of fencing. In fact, he was even once ranked at number eight for fencing in the UK. He even once fenced the Norwegian Olympic silver medal-winning, Bartosz Piasecki in Oslo, Norway.

Scott Ian Enjoys Online Gambling

Online gambling has undoubtedly taken the Internet by storm. Many avid gamblers made the transition from gambling in land-based casinos to gambling on the Internet. For instance, you can see a huge percentage of the gambling population flock to the top roulette sites at Slotsformoney.com.

Scott Ian, the rhythm guitarist and founder of the famous thrash metal band Anthrax, loves the convenience of online gambling and always makes time for it on his tours. He is so serious about Poker that he even participated in the 2008 and 2009 World Series of Poker!

Maynard James Keenan’s Winemaking Hobby

Maynard James Keenan, the frontman for the progressive metal band “Tool”, is an expert at making wines. He hasn’t just let it remain his hobby. He has successfully turned his hobby into a business and owns the Caduceus Cellars. He currently has five different blocks in Northern Arizona and is regarded as a wine star by many people.

In Conclusion

Although many of these musicians have a very busy and demanding lifestyle, it is interesting to see how they always make time for their favorite hobbies and have other things to be passionate about. It just goes to show how we can make time for our hobbies and have a more satisfying life.

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As Editor-in-Chief of Gear Gods, I've been feeding your sick instrument fetishism and trying unsuccessfully to hide my own since 2013. I studied music on both coasts (Berklee and SSU) and now I'm just trying to put my degree to some use. That's a music degree, not an English one. I'm sure you noticed.

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