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Exploring 25 Heavy Metal Stage Name Origins

I've always found the practice of naming such a strange and fascinating concept. Today more than ever we put such a huge importance on finding the right name for things be it a nick name, stage name, band name, or even a profile user name. I'm sure at some point in your life you've even thought about changing your own birth name to something cooler.

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I started wondering about all the names in metal history we've come to know and love, who they started out as, and more importantly how their new names came to be. After several nights of research I was legitimately shocked to learn how many names in metal aren't birth names at all, this list barely even scratches the surface. But for the sake of keeping things interesting, I included only the names that had a back story I can write about.

In this piece, we will reveal the real identies of, and navigate the origins of Alice Cooper, King Diamond, Avengened Sevenfold, Korn, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, Nergal of Behemoth, Cronos of Venom and many more.

Alice Cooper

Real Name: Vincent Damon Furnier

There are many theories as to how this stage name came to fruition, here are a few explanations used by the band over the years.

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"One night the guys in the group were playing with a Ouija board and it spelled A-L-I-C-E C-O-O-P-E-R."

"Because it had a Baby-Jane/Lizzie-Borden-sweet-and-innocent-with-a-hatchet-behind-the-back kind of rhythm to it."

"The name started simply as a spit in the face of society. With a name like Alice Cooper, we could really make 'em suffer."


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