Four metal heavyweights who gave up other careers for music
TILL LINDEMANN SWIMMER
rammstein’s frontman was lined up to compete in the 1980 olympics in moscow. But according to an interview in Playboy, he was thrown off the team for sneaking out of a hotel in Florence during a competition because he wanted to do some sightseeing. the teutonic titan went on to, um, weave baskets.
JONATHAN DAVIS EMBALMER
Jonathan studied at the San Francisco college of mortuary Science, and worked in funeral homes and at the coroner’s office doing autopsies. he wanted to be an investigator, but ended up quitting the death industry to try his luck in Korn, where his experiences came out in the lyrics.
BEN WARD AND MARTYN MILLARD FOOTBALLERS
the orange Goblin duo were both apprentices at Queens Park rangers and quickly bonded over metallica, with martyn introducing Ben to heavier bands like obituary and Napalm Death. “I had a good couple of years, but during that time I discovered heavy metal, booze and drugs, so football fell by the wayside,” Ben confessed.
OZZY OSBOURNE SLAUGHTERHOUSE WORKER
Before he was in the first heavy metal band, ozzy had a job at a slaughterhouse in Digbeth, Birmingham. his first job there was ‘puke remover’, cutting the substance out of sheep’s stomachs. “I threw up every hour or so for a solid four weeks,” he remembered.