Listen up, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift: Not everyone can turn their pop hits into a lifetime career. Sure, folks like Prince can still demand top dollar on their tours, but for every Madonna there are about a thousand MC Hammers, who declared bankruptcy and can't seem to stay out of legal trouble. But some musicians do managed to have a normal-ish life after they're no longer touring and cutting albums. Here are just a few.
- Former Anthrax lead guitarist Dan Spitz decided he'd outgrown the metal lifestyle, so he gave away his guitars and returned to his first love: Watchmaking! You can even see photos on his website.
- David Lee Roth is probably best remembered as the flamboyant, long-haired front man for Van Halen, but he has a secret talent. In the 1990s, Roth trained as an EMT, and even worked as a first responder in the 2000s. Roth told The Guardian that he had "over 200 911 calls" under his belt.
- "Ice Ice Baby" remains a staple at 90s-themed club nights across the nation, but Vanilla Ice (real name: Rob Van Winkle) has put the jam behind him. Now, he's back with a brand-new invention on TV's DIY Network reality show, wherein he buys foreclosed houses and flips them for a profit. Turns out, he's pretty good at it.
- Jeff "Jeff Skunk" Baxter gained popularity as an explosive guitarist in bands like Steely Dan and the Doobie Brothers -- but these days, he's dealing with a different kind of explosives. Baxter, who was born in DC, now works as a defense consultant. He also chairs a Congressional Advisory Board on missile defense.
- In 2011, Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz underwent a painful divorce from Jessica Simpson's sister Ashley, with whom he has a child. But he still has one love in his life...his bar, which he opened in 2007. Wentz opened it for the same reason that any man opens a bar -- so that he can have a place to hang out with his friends.