We’ve all been there: working jobs just to make a dollar.
For most rock stars, the road to success wasn’t traversed overnight. Many of our idols had to work dead-end gigs to help cover recording costs or provide a stable income outside of live shows.
We’re looking at 10 music superstars that worked the grind before making the big time.
Job: Assistant to Editor at Glamour & Vogue
Gene Simmons also worked as an elementary school teacher and a hotel pool lifeguard.
Job: Military Code Breaker
Cash worked in the cryptographic intelligence unit of the army.
When Rod wasn’t digging holes in London’s Highgate Cemetary, he also professionally played soccer with the Brentwood Football Club.
After dropping out of high school, one of Cobain’s first gigs was returning to the same halls as a custodian.
Job: Fish Handler
Working for a seafood wholesaler, Cornell would sweep up the guts of a slimy market.
Job: Sheet Metal Worker
It was at this job Iommi chopped off the end of one of his fingers. The prosthetic fingertip helped develop his distinct guitar style.
Chuck Berry’s gifts extended far beyond music, and surprisingly included esthetics!
Job: Bus conductor
Not quite the ‘policeman’ gig you were hoping for.
The gig only lasted for two weeks.
Job:Porter at a Mental Health Facility
He reportedly earned four pounds, ten shillings a week.
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