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Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names 

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Updated December 9, 2019 7.1k views 53 items

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
Genre: Heavy metal, Progressive rock & Hard rock; Nationality: Canada

Albums: Victor

Labels: Atlantic Records, Mercury, Anthem Records

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
Genre: Glam metal, Experimental rock & Shock rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Welcome to My Nightmare, Hey Stoopid, Brutal Planet, Trash, Constrictor, + more

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
Genre: Alternative rock and Alternative metal; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Aftermath

Labels: Wind-up Records, Epic Records, EMI Records

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
Genre: Heavy metal and Hard rock; Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Geffen Records, Uzi Suicide

W. Axl Rose (born February 6, 1962) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and musician. He is the lead vocalist of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses, and has also been the band's ...more
Bret Michaels is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Genre: Glam metal, Rock music & Country rock; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Songs of Life, Freedom of Sound, Jammin' with Friends, A Letter From Death Row, Show Me Your Hits! A Salute to Poison, + more

Labels: Capitol Records

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
Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Heavy metal; Nationality: Scotland

Albums: The Early Years 1967-1972, With the Spektors and the Valentines, Round and Round: The Forgotten Years, Round and Round and Round, Seasons of Change Raven/RCA 1971-72 (disc 2)

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
Genre: Gothic rock, Industrial metal & Alternative metal; Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Interscope Records, Nothing Records

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
Genre: Glam metal, Heavy metal & Rock and roll; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: ***hole, Gene Simmons, Sex Money Kiss

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
Genre: Thrash metal, Heavy metal & Speed metal; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Deadly Night Shade

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
Genre: Glam metal, Classic rock & Rock music; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Blaze of Glory, Destination Anywhere, The Power Station Years: The Unreleased Recordings, Queen of New Orleans, Janie, + more

Labels: Island Records, Mercury

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
Genre: Blues-rock, Pop music & Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: (It) Feels So Good

Labels: Geffen Records, Columbia

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

Albums: One for All, Peter Criss, Let Me Rock You, Cat #1, Out of Control

Labels: Mercury, Casablanca Records

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
Genre: Horror punk, Noise rock & Nu metal; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: The Sinister Urge, Past, Present & Future, Hellbilly Deluxe, American Made Music to Strip By, + more

Labels: Roadrunner Records, Geffen Records

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
Genre: Noise rock, Spoken word & Heavy metal; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Talk Is Cheap, Volume 2, Talk Is Cheap, Volume 1, The Flaming Lips and Stardeath and White Dwarfs with Henry Rollins and Peaches Doing The Dark Side of the Moon, + more

Labels: Quarterstick Records, SST Records, 2.13.61, Dischord Records

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
Genre: Glam metal, Blues-rock & Heavy metal; Nationality: United Kingdom

Labels: Atlantic Records, Albert Productions, Interscope Records, Bronze Records, Inside Out Music, + more

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
Genre: Rock music, Grunge & Psychedelic pop; Nationality: United States of America

Albums: Carry On, You Know My Name, Euphoria Morning, Scream, Part of Me, + more

Labels: SST Records, Epic Records, A&M Records, Universal Music Group, Mosley Music Group, + more

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 Genre: Glam metal and Hard rock; Nationality: United States of America
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 Genre: Blues-rock, Rock music & Instrumental rock; Nationality: England

Albums: Dance With the Devil, Tilt, Over the Top, Octopuss, The Best of Cozy Powell, + more

Labels: Polydor Records

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
Genre: Glam metal, Thrash metal & Groove metal; Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Big Vin Records, ATCO Records, Elektra Records

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
Genre: Heavy metal, Progressive rock & Hard rock; Nationality: Canada

Albums: My Favorite Headache

Labels: Atlantic Records, Mercury, Anthem Records

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
Genre: Doom metal, Blues-rock & Rock music; Nationality: England

Labels: TVT Records, Sanctuary Records Group

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
Genre: Alternative metal; Nationality: United States of America

Labels: Interscope Records, Nothing Records

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
Genre: Progressive metal, Industrial metal & Black metal; Nationality: Norway
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