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12 of the Smartest Musicians

1. Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)

Bruce Dickinson, the rock front-man, multi-talented artist, and commercial pilot, is a clear choice for this list of smart musicians.

2. Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies) 

Carla Harvey, from her diverse career in entertainment to her unexpected transition from nude modeling to studying Mortuary Science, found her true calling in music as the vocalist of Butcher Babies.

3. Dan Spitz (Anthrax, Red Lamb)

Dan Spitz, the talented guitarist of Anthrax, ventured into the world of luxury watchmaking, studying in Switzerland and earning degrees in Micro-Mechanical Engineering while adding to his collection of gold and platinum albums.

4. Brian May (Queen) 

Queen guitarist, astrophysicist, animal rights activist, and Chancellor of John Moores University, shines with intelligence and musical prowess on tour with Roger Taylor and Adam Lambert.

5. Tom Morello (RATM, Audioslave) 

Tom Morello, the guitar virtuoso and Harvard-educated political scientist, uses his intellect to fuel his music and activism, championing social justice causes with passion and skill.

6. Charlotte Wessels (Delain)

Charlotte Wessels, the brilliant vocalist of Delain, astounds with her diverse talents in classical singing, Art History, and Gender Studies.

7. Mike Mangini (Dream Theatre)

Mike Mangini, renowned drummer and former computer scientist, traded programming missiles for creating music, teaching at Berklee College of Music, and earning his place among rock's elite.

8. Dexter Holland (The Offspring)

The Offspring frontman defies stereotypes, excelling in both music and science with valedictorian status, a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and advanced degrees in Molecular Biology.

9. Serj Tankian (System of A Down) 

Serj Tankian, the iconic System Of A Down frontman, combines his musical prowess with activism, poetry, and a degree in Business and Marketing, leaving a lasting impact on both art and social change.

10. Sharon den Adel – (Within Temptation)

Sharon den Adel, the gifted mezzo-soprano of symphonic metal, impresses with her vocal talents and her fashion management degree, showcasing her intelligence and creativity on and off the stage.

11. Greg Graffin (Bad Religion)

Greg Graffin, the brilliant vocalist of Bad Religion, combines his punk rock prowess with his academic achievements, holding multiple degrees from UCLA and a PhD in Zoology from Cornell University.

12. David Draiman (Disturbed)

Diverse academic background propels Disturbed's David Draiman to iconic status in heavy music.


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