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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
Aleksandar Živojinović OC, better known by his stage name Alex Lifeson, is a Canadian musician, best known as the guitarist of the Canadian rock band Rush. In 1963, Lifeson co-founded the band ...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 is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and occasional actor whose career spans five decades. With a stage show that features guillotines, electric chairs, fake blood, boa ...more
Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Alternative rock, Alternative metal
Amy Lynn Hartzler, known professionally as Amy Lee, is an American singer-songwriter and classically trained pianist. She is co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band Evanescence. She cites ...more
Axl Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Heavy metal, Hard rock
W. Axl Rose is an American singer-songwriter and musician. He is the lead vocalist and only remaining original member of the hard rock band Guns N' Roses. Due to his powerful and wide vocal ...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, professionally known as Bret Michaels, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and reality television personality. The band has ...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 was a Scottish-born Australian rock musician, best known for being the lead singer and lyricist of Australian hard rock band AC/DC from 1974 until 1980. He ...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, more famously known as Daisy Berkowitz, is an American musician, and was the lead guitarist and co-founder of the heavy metal group Marilyn Manson. He left the band on ...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 Simmons is an Israeli-born American rock bass guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, actor, and television personality. Known by his stage persona The Demon, he is the ...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 is an American thrash metal musician, best known as the vocalist for the thrash metal band Anthrax. He is also the vocalist and drummer of the cover band Chief Big Way.
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., known as Jon Bon Jovi, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist, and actor, best known as the founder and frontman of rock band Bon Jovi, ...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 is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and former television music competition judge, best known as the frontman of the Boston-based rock band Aerosmith, in which ...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, better known as Peter Criss, is an American musician and actor, best known as the co-founder, original drummer, and occasional vocalist of hard rock band Kiss. Criss ...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 is an American musician, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He rose to prominence as a founding member of the band White Zombie which formed in the mid-1980s and rose to ...more
Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Noise rock, Spoken word, Heavy metal
Henry Rollins is an American musician, writer, journalist, publisher, actor, television and radio host, spoken word artist, comedian, and activist. Rollins hosts a weekly radio show on KCRW. He ...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 is a Welsh rock drummer. He is best known for being the drummer for AC/DC from 1989 to 1994, performing on their 1990 album The Razors Edge, and returning to the band as a touring ...more
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Rock music, Grunge, Psychedelic pop
Chris Cornell is an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead ...more
Doro is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
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
Glam metal, Hard rock
C.C. DeVille is the guitarist of the multi-platinum-selling hard rock band. His work with the band has sold over 45 million records worldwide, including 15 million in the United States. He has ...more
Cozy Powell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Blues-rock, Rock music, Instrumental rock
Colin Flooks, better known as Cozy Powell, was an English rock drummer, who made his name with many major rock bands like The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath. Powell had ...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, also known as Diamond Darrell and Dimebag Darrell, was an American guitarist and songwriter best known as a founding member of two bands, Pantera and Damageplan, alongside ...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, OC, known professionally as Geddy Lee, is a Canadian musician and songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, bassist, and keyboardist for the Canadian rock group Rush. Lee ...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 is an English musician and songwriter. Butler is best known as the bassist and primary lyricist of heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He has also ...more
Gidget Gein is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names
Alternative metal
Bradley Mark "Brad" Stewart, known by his stage name Gidget Gein, was an American musician and artist. He was the second bassist and co-founder of the alternative metal band Marilyn ...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 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 avant-garde black ...more
Jay Jay French is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Metal Singers Who Use Stage Names