It's awesome being a famous performer: everyone knows who you are, your music reaches millions of people worldwide, and the millions just keep flowing in. However, it's easy to forget that a lot of these people consider themselves artists, and often want to try to expand their art away from what people expect.
In the music world, this tends to lead to side projects. While some of these turn out great (and sometimes even more popular than the bands they spawned from), in the case of these 9 projects, they're more weird than anything.
Garth Brooks - Chris Gaines
The country legend decided to try his hand at more regular rock fare, but didn't want his longtime fans to get confused or put off by an album that sounded nothing like his other stuff. The solution? Grow an emo haircut, wear eyeliner, and change his name to Chris Gaines. No, we are not kidding.
Sir Paul McCartney - Liverpool Oratorio
The hardest-working Beatle may have had plenty of successful bands following the dissolution of the band that made him famous, but his Liverpool Oratorio project wasn't one of them. It was an eight-movement classical piece (like, not classic rock, actual classical music) that loosely told his life story. Weird.
Mike D - Country Mike
You might not know Mike D's name, but chances are you're familiar with his work. As a third of the main trio that made up The Beastie Boys, Mike's responsible for co-writing some of the definitive rap songs of all time. So of course, he had to make a country album as a joke and distribute it to friends and family.
Tommy Lee - Methods of Mayhem
Formed on the eve of his divorce from Pamela Anderson, the Motley Crue drummer formed a rap-rock side project with people like Fred Durst, Snoop Dogg, Lil' Kim, Kid Rock and George Clinton making guest appearances. The album actually went Gold, but let's be real here: when was the last time you thought about it?