From green to Grinspoon
EVER wondered what a rock star gets up to when they are no longer constantly on the road?
Grinspoon bassist Joe Hansen became a greenskeeper when the band announced in 2013 it would be going on hiatus after 18 years.
“It was kind of weird actually,” the Sydneysider said.
“At first it’s like ‘this is cool, I’ve got all this time off’ but then you start to think what am I going to do long-term because I’ve been in a band for 20 years and you can’t just sit around the house all day.
“I started doing a bit of work behind the scenes at various festivals and I also lived across the road from a bowling club, so I became the assistant greenskeeper for a few years. I’d get up at like 5.30 in the morning instead of going to bed at 5.30 in the morning and I loved that for a while.
“I’m not a morning person so I quit that after a while, but it was really fun and I learnt heaps of different things.”
Thankfully the hiatus did not last, with the band getting back together in 2017 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its first full-length album Guide To Better Living