There are many rock and metal musicians with stage names – and we mean it a lot. The trend seems to have started in the late 60s and early 70s, with shock rockers such as Alice Cooper, David Bowie and KISS. Each member of Ramones adopted “Ramone” as their last name later in the decade.
There are many reasons why people change their name. Sometimes you just don’t like the name you were born with. Other times, you’re on your way to becoming a superstar and want to be known as something else.
Stage names certainly became popular in the 1980s, especially with hair metal artists such as Motley Crue.
But there are also lesser-known cases, such as Chris Cornell, e.g. As noted by Guardianthe late singer was born with the name Christopher Boyle, but changed it to Cornell after his parents’ divorce because it was his mother’s last name.
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The real names of over 50 rock + metal icons
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