In addition to signing formal documents and being scolded by our parents, most of us avoid using our middle name. (You will rarely see me include Matthew in any byline or biography.)
Still, there are many reasons why people – and specifically musicians – may prioritize it over their actual first name. Maybe it sounds cooler? Maybe they do not feel represented by what is written on their birth certificate?
That can be a number of things, and that’s what this list aims to uncover. Regardless of their motivation for it, here are 12 rock artists that we bet you did not know go by their middle names.