Everyone needs a hobby. Even rockstars. What else are they to do with all their free time and money? Hobbies range from the mundane, to the unusual, to the outright wacky. Unsurprisingly perhaps, the hobbies of the rich and famous often end up lurching towards the wacky end of the spectrum. Though not always, it has to be said, some rockstar’s hobbies are downright dull, such as The Pet Shop Boy’s favourite past-time, which is listening to the Archers on Radio 4!
Today we’re going to look at the 7 weirdest rockstar hobbies and if you’ve heard of a rockstar with an even weirder hobbies than we’ve been able to unearth then please let us know in the comments. We could use a good laugh.
1. Grandmaster Flash – Mug Collecting
Every time he goes on tour, Grandmaster Flash picks up a souvenir mug from every city, state, and country where he plays. He has amassed over five thousand souvenir mugs during his career. Quite the achievement, to say the least. When asked about where he keeps his collection, Grandmaster Flash said, “The room temperature is correct and the place is insured.” Which raises the question: How much would one get from an insurance company for a room full of souvenir mugs? Our guess is, not much.
2. Neil Young – Model Trains
Not only is Neil Young obsessed by farming and the harvest, he also loves model trains. When Young auctioned off a part of his model train collection in 2017, some pieces were valued at $9,000! He got into the hobby in the early 90s as a way to entertain and bond with his disabled song.
Proceeds from the auction went to the Bridge School for disabled children in California.
3. Jack White – Taxidermy
Trust a pale, pasty, weirdo like Jack White to be into Taxidermy. Apparently, White owns a veritable menagerie of stuffed animals, including a baby giraffe (of all things!), a goat, a hyena, and an elephants head which White procured while appearing on the History Channel show, ‘American Pickers.’ True story.
4. Matt Bellamy – Letterboxing
Although it sounds rather sordid, letterboxing is actually a rather innocent game involving random boxes and clues. To become a letterboxer one must hide a weather resistant box in a public space and then post clues as to its whereabouts online. For some reason, Bellamy is really into it.
5. Robbie Williams – UFO Spotting
We’re not entirely certain about classify this as a hobby, it might be more appropriate to call it a mild mental illness, but hey, who are we to judge. Robbie reckons he’s seen 3 UFOs in his life, but if you interpret the term UFO to simply mean ‘something that is flying but you don’t know exactly what it is,’ then 3 is probably an underestimate. At one point, Robbie threatened to quit music, buy a beat-up RV covered in antenna, and pursue his interest full-time. Sadly, he carried on with the music.
6. Bill Wyman – Metal Detecting
Metal detecting sounds like one of those mundane, boring hobbies, but actually, if you think about it, its pretty weird. As in, its pretty weird that anyone would find it interesting. But perhaps, after a life-time of sex, drugs, and rock and roll all one wants is a bit of piece and quiet…and to find rusty old bits of metal on the beach.
7. Gary Numan – Flying
Before is music career took off, Numan was busy learning to fly. When he was a kid he was a plane spotter, watching planes take off and land at London’s Heathrow airport. After acquiring his licence, Numan spent 15 years doing air displays, which he says was, “Amazing”.