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Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names  

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List Rules Hard rock and loud alternative rock (and sometimes punk) singers with stage names are also included here

These metal singers knew that it's tough to break into the music business, but that a good stage name might give you a leg up in a sea of boring Bruces, James, and Roberts.

A number of people on this list changed their names to make them catchier or easier to remember. "John Francis Bongiovi, Jr." or "Ronald James Padavona" both take up a lot more space on an album cover than "Jon Bon Jovi" or "Ronnie James Dio." From black metal and thrash to power metal, these stage names are memorable - and the singers who chose them knew they would be.

This list of famous stage names includes metal singers who go by nicknames and famous people who have changed their names. It does not, however, include singers who use their married surnames professionally, had their names legally changed as children, or celebrities with obviously theatrical stage names. We all can guess King Diamond wasn't born with the first name King.

But not every metal singer chose a stage name that stands out. You may have guessed that Lemmy Kilmister used a stage name, but it's the "Lemmy" part he wasn't born with, not the "Kilmister." Which of these metal singers have the most surprising birth names?

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Alex Lifeson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock
Alexandar Zivojinovich, (born 27 August 1953), better known by his stage name Alex Lifeson, is a Canadian musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer, best known as the guitarist of the ...more
Alice Cooper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Glam metal, Experimental rock, Shock rock
Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier; February 4, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, and actor whose career spans over 50 years. With his distinctive raspy voice and a stage show that ...more
Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Alternative rock, Alternative metal
Amy Lynn Hartzler (née Lee; born December 13, 1981), known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. She is the co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock ...more
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Heavy metal, Hard rock
W. Axl Rose (born William Bruce Rose Jr.; raised as William Bruce Bailey; born February 6, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and musician. He is the lead vocalist of the ...more
Bret Michaels is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Glam metal, Rock music, Country rock
Bret Michael Sychak (born March 15, 1963), professionally known as Bret Michaels, is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He gained fame as the lead singer of the glam metal band Poison ...more
Bon Scott is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Blues-rock, Rock music, Heavy metal
Ronald Belford "Bon" Scott (9 July 1946 – 19 February 1980) was an Australian singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, best known for being the lead vocalist and lyricist of the ...more
Scott Putesky is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Gothic rock, Industrial metal, Alternative metal
Scott Mitchell Putesky (April 28, 1968 – October 22, 2017), also known as Daisy Berkowitz, was an American musician, who was the lead guitarist and co-founder of the industrial metal band ...more
Gene Simmons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Glam metal, Heavy metal, Rock and roll
Gene Klein (born Chaim Witz on August 25, 1949), known professionally as Gene Simmons, is an Israeli-American musician, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, author, and ...more
Joey Belladonna is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Thrash metal, Heavy metal, Speed metal
Joey Belladonna (born Joseph Bellardini, October 13, 1960) is an American thrash metal musician, best known as the vocalist for the thrash metal band Anthrax. He is also the vocalist and drummer ...more
Jon Bon Jovi is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Glam metal, Classic rock, Rock music
John Francis Bongiovi Jr. (born March 2, 1962), known professionally as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor. Bon Jovi is best known as the ...more
Steven Tyler is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Blues-rock, Pop music, Heavy metal
Steven Tyler (born Steven Victor Tallarico; March 26, 1948) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and former television panelist. He is best known as the lead singer of the Boston-based rock ...more
Peter Criss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Glam metal, Pop music, Heavy metal
George Peter John Criscuola (born December 20, 1945), better known by his stage name Peter Criss, is a retired American musician and actor, best known as a co-founder, original drummer, and ...more
Rob Zombie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Horror punk, Noise rock, Nu metal
Rob Zombie (born Robert Bartleh Cummings; January 12, 1965) is an American musician and filmmaker. He is a founding member of the heavy metal band White Zombie, releasing four studio albums with ...more
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal
Henry Lawrence Garfield (born February 13, 1961), better known as Henry Rollins, is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, presenter, comedian, and activist. He currently hosts a ...more
Chris Slade is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Glam metal, Blues-rock, Heavy metal
Chris Slade (born Christopher Slade Rees; 30 October 1946) is a Welsh rock musician and drummer, best known for playing for the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. He is the current drummer for the ...more
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop
Christopher John Cornell (né Boyle; July 20, 1964 – May 18, 2017) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. He was best known as the lead vocalist for the rock bands Soundgarden ...more
Doro is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Doro - born Dorothee Pesch
Doro is the second solo album of the German female hard rock singer Doro Pesch. The album was released on 25 September 1990.
C.C. DeVille is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
C.C. DeVille - born Bruce Anthony Johannesson Glam metal, Hard rock
C.C. DeVille (born Bruce Anthony Johannesson; May 14, 1962) is the lead guitarist of the multi-platinum-selling glam metal band Poison. His work with the band has sold over 45 million records ...more
Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Cozy Powell - born Colin Trevor Flooks Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock
Cozy Powell (Born Colin Trevor Flooks) (29 December 1947 – 5 April 1998) was an English rock drummer, who made his name with many major rock bands and artists like The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, ...more
Dimebag Darrell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Glam metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal
Darrell Lance Abbott (August 20, 1966 – December 8, 2004), best known by his stage name Dimebag Darrell, was an American musician and songwriter. He was the guitarist of the heavy metal bands ...more
Geddy Lee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Heavy metal, Progressive rock, Hard rock
Geddy Lee Weinrib, (born Gary Lee Weinrib; July 29, 1953), known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician, singer, and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and ...more
Geezer Butler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Doom metal, Blues-rock, Rock music
Terence Michael Joseph "Geezer" Butler (born 17 July 1949) is an English musician and songwriter. Butler is best known as the bassist and primary lyricist of the heavy metal band Black ...more
Gidget Gein is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Alternative metal
Bradley Mark "Brad" Stewart (September 11, 1969 – October 8, 2008), known by his stage name Gidget Gein, was an American musician and artist. He was the second bassist and co-founder ...more
Jan Axel Blomberg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Progressive metal, Industrial metal, Black metal
Jan Axel "Hellhammer" Blomberg (born August 2, 1969) is a Norwegian heavy metal drummer. He is best known as the drummer of Mayhem, which he joined in 1988. In 1987 Blomberg formed the ...more
Jay Jay French is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names