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10 Stories Behind Our Favorite Hard Rock Stage Names

Rebellious personas are to rock 'n' roll what cocaine was to the eighties: in high demand, deliciously indulgent, and a way to catch a buzz that makes it okay for men to rock garishly colored neon outfits. Stage names are a huge part of those heavy metal, punk, and rock personas, In fact, more musicians than not utilize them, and lots of them actually have interesting back stories that help paint a complete picture of the musician's initial pre-fame persona.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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