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GALLERY: Classic Rock Stage Name Origins
The legendary Bob Dylan celebrates his birthday today (May 24), but, of course that wasn't his birth name.
Come to think of it, the classic rock world is filled with a ton of stage names! It's seems like most of our favorite artists go by a stage name. In honor of Dylan's birthday, here's a look at some of our favorite stage names and the stories behind them.
Born Robert Zimmerman, the iconic singer-songwriter dubbed himself Bob Dylan in a nod to poet Dylan Thomas. Photo by Express Newspapers/Getty Images
Born Saul Hudson, Slash got his stage name from actor Seymour Cassel, a friend of his father's, who noticed how speedily the young Hudson would go from one place to another. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
James Osterberg became Iggy Pop as a nod to his pre-Stooges band, the Iguanas. David Bowie, who was born David Jones, was originally going by Davy Jones, but thanks to The Monkees, he adopted the surname of Bowie after pioneer James Bowie, who was known for his Bowie knife. Photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images
Marvin Lee Aday got the nickname "Meat Loaf" from his high school football coach, because of his size. Seems almost cruel, but we're pretty sure Meat Loaf had the last laugh. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images
Gordon Sumner took on the monosyllabic stage name of Sting after wearing a black and yellow striped sweater when he was playing with the Phoenix Jazzmen. Photo by Central Press/Getty Images
Each original member of KISS took on a stage name, but the biggest change came with "The Demon" who was born Chaim Witz but became Gene Simmons. Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images
Paul Hewson took the name "Bono" after a hearing aid shop in his neighborhood called Bonovox. The Edge, born Dave Evans, game his name due to his sharp facial features and mind. Photo by Andrew Chin/Getty Images
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger. The first man she ever loved was Jack Daniel. (True story.)