When The Head Banging Stops
We always like to remember to have a bit of fun here at SR, and that got us thinking what happens to rock stars when they’re out of the limelight. Does the crazy lifestyle shift gears to something painfully sensible when the cameras stop rolling? When legendary grindcore bassist Shane Embury isn’t playing marathon gigs for an instant, or when Swedish death metallers Evocation aren’t busy putting their final touches to their new album, The Shadow Archetype, how do they get their kicks and what do they do away from the scene?
Well, Embury, who turns 50 this year, is a bit of a dog and cat lover – “I have four cats who are f***** crazy – I love them!” he said a few years back – and did you know Evocation’s Marko Palmén studied Psychology at the University of Gothenburg. Okay, maybe not so surprising, but you get the idea.
Bruce Dickenson is another too who may be most well-known due to Iron Maiden, but away from all things heavy is also a qualified commercial airline pilot and an aviation entrepreneur. He has actually quite often flown the band around when on tour and, back in 2016, during their , he Book of Souls World Tour, the band upgraded to a Boeing 747, dubbed Ed Force One and named so in honor of their mascot, Eddie. He has also found time to write two books and is a bit of beer brewer.
Ozzy Osbourne – the lead vocalist of Black Sabbath until he was fired in 1979 – is another that has branched out over the years. He has appeared in MTV reality show, The Osbournes, and contrary to what might be assumed, is a man of principle let us say, kneels backstage, hands clasped and has a private moment, before going on to perform his usual raucous set.
“All the stuff on stage, the craziness, it is all just a role that I play, my work,” he told the New York Times back in 1992. “Believe it or not, I can’t even watch slasher films. They freak me out.
“I’m like Vincent Price. He was really a regular guy in private, into cookery as a hobby and all that.”
Private lives tend to be just that. Dorothee Pesch – known more commonly as Doro Pesch or just Doro – has been trained as a Thai boxer and has a real love for painting and design.
“On-stage, I’m hard, even though I’m actually very sensitive, very soft and almost shy. Contrary to what people think, the real person is very humble,” she has revealed in the past.
“I started as a graphic artist… I like to paint, I like all kinds of classic arts, I learnt it way back not even on computer, but manually, drawing by hand and enjoyed it all.”
A number of heavy metal stars also indulge in a spot of gaming, and many know about the importance of importance of etiquette in casinos to do, including of course Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian. He has actually played against professionals too, and not so long ago – 2009 – was placed just outside the top 1000 in one of the main events in Las Vegas. He’s also been transformed into a ‘White Walker’ on the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones too, but that’s another story…