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Guillaume Emmanuel de Homem-Christo
Lupe Fiasco's character Michael Young History, who then becomes The Cool.
Dr. Phineas Waldolf Steel.
The stage names of steampunk band The Extraordinary Contraptions: Aelus von Stadberg, Dimitri von Stadberg, Sephora Bostwick, and Corbin Welch. (Their real names are Alex Stadler, David Tyberg, Sharon Burdick, and Kevin Guthrie, respectively).
Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez.
Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, the Stage Name of a former Misfits guitarist.
Edward Lodewijk Van Halen, and his son (and current Van Halen bassist), Wolfgang William Van Halen.
The song "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" gives us Virgil Caine.
Green Day's drummer has either his real name (Frank Edwin Wright III) or his stage name (Tré Cool).
Billie Joe Armstrong (an example itself) named his youngest son Jakob Danger Armstrong.
Peter Steele of Type O Negative. His real name was Petrus Ratajczyk, thanks to his Polish heritage. It's a pretty cool name, although the surname appears hard to pronounce at first.
Nikki Sixx, and Mick Mars from Mötley Crüe. Sixx's birth name is Frank Ferrana, which would still be an awesome name for a rock star.
Hellhammer, the drummer of the black metal band Mayhem. His real name is Jan Axel Blomberg.
Inverted by Eminem's real name, Marshall Mathers.
Played straight by Marilyn Manson and inverted by his real name, Brian Warner.
Due to the above stage name's origins, Garbage's Shirley Manson double subverts this trope.
Her bandmembers might fit too - Duke Erikson, Steve Marker and Butch Vig.
Britt Daniel, singer for indie rock band Spoon, records solo under the name Drake Tungsten
Progressive rock band The Dear Hunter's singer goes by the rather awesome name of Casey Crescenzo.
Two words: Dave Grohl.
The vocalist for ES Posthumus' Cartographer is Luna Sans, which can be translated as "without moon".
The song "Jimmy Recard". The whole premise is how much cooler his life would be if he just had a cooler name than Paul.
Hip-hop artist Taio Cruz. Todd in the Shadows agrees.
Motorhead's Ian Fraser Kilmister. So badass The Other Wiki simply labels his page "Lemmy".
Nergal, Inferno, Orion, and Seth from Behemoth
Singer/songwriter Eagle-Eye Cherry. That is in fact his birth name: He got it because when he was a baby, he looked at his father for the first time with only one eye open. The name can cause a sort of inversion of I Am Not Shazam, since "Eagle-Eye Cherry" just sounds more like a band name than it does a solo artist.
Heavy metal guitarist Guy Mann-Dude. Apparently it's not a stage name.
Voltaire (the singer, not the philosopher) takes his stage name from his given middle name. His full name is actually Aurelio Voltaire Hernández.
The saxophonist who played the iconic solo in Gerry Rafferty’s "Baker Street" is named Raphael Ravenscroft.
Can a pair of names count? Here's the interesting duet of Church and Winehouse.
Up and coming rapper Theophilus London.
The song "The Legend of Finn MacCumhail" by the Dropkick Murphys...which is also known by the name "The Legend of Finn MacCool".
The lead vocalist of Welsh rock band Super Furry Animals is called Gruff Rhys.
Highly divisive singer Lana Del Rey has this in spades. Just say it: "Lana Del Rey." Doesn't that feel good?
John Rich of Country Music duo Big & Rich has two sons: Cash and Colt. That's right, Cash Rich.
Country music band Diamond Rio, named after models of truck.
Joannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart. "Joannes Chrysostomus" is for the saint's day he was born on. "Wolfgang" was his grandfather's name. "Theophilus" means "beloved of God." Mozart is a family name which originates from the root words "motz" and "hart," which mean "stupid" and "tough."
Dierks Bentley is a pretty cool name too. That's his birth name, even.
The Hives as a whole. Nicholaus Arson, Dr. Matt Destruction, Howlin' Pelle Almqvist, Vigilante Carlstroem, and Chris Dangerous. Oh Hell yeah.
Freddie Mercury, a Stage Name for the fairly too weird Farrokh Bulsara.
Queen's bassist John Deacon, as well (which is his real name).
Max Cavalera. His brother and bandmate Igor Graziano Cavalera too.
Being musical Superheroes, every member of The Aquabats! has one. Standouts include current guitarist Eaglebones Falconhawk and his predecessor, Chainsaw, the Prince of Karate.
Alisa Xayalith, lead singer of New Zealand Synth Pop revival band The Naked & Famous. Though it sounds suitably synth-poppish or Tolkienesque, the name is actually of Laotian origin.
Nick Phoenix of Two Steps from Hell. An epic name for an epic music company.
Chad Gaylord Smith, drummer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. As stated by the man himself: "I am lord of the gays, so don't fuck with me."
Chad doesn't actually have a middle name, he joked that it was 'Gaylord' in an interview once, but as he is a good sport he goes along with the joke when people bring it up.
DeStorm Power. Not a stage name.
Mars Lasar. Also not a stage name.
Vampire Weekend's guitarist Rostam Batmanglij. Holy shit!
Five Finger Death Punch's rhythm guitarist is named Zoltan Bathory. Bonus points for being his real name.
Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails, whose name sounds metallic.
Victor Vazquez A.K.A. Kool A.D. of Das Racist.
Win Butler, lead vocalist and songwriter of Arcade Fire
Damon Edge and Helios Creed
Martin Lancelot Barre from Jethro Tull.
Savlonic's lead singer Roscoe Thunderpants.
Mike Shinoda from Linkin Park.
Guns N' Roses pretty much thrives on this trope. The band-name itself is derived from the founders, Tracii Guns and Axl Rose's stage-names. The classic Line-up had Izzy Stradlin, Duff "Rose" McKagan and Slash. Later they added Dizzy Reed, and since then, everyone except Axl and Dizzy have been replaced. The recent roster includes: Buckethead, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal", DJ Ashba (DJ being short for "Daren Jay". He's not a DJ as such), Richard Fortus, Robin Finck (from Nine Inch Nails) Tommy Stinson, Frank "Thunderchucker" Ferrer and Chris "Mother Goose" Pitman. It seems that having an awesome name is just as important as being a talented musician, if you want to join Guns N' Roses.
Joe Satriani. Doesn't really matter if it's his given name or not, it's still a pretty awesome last name.
Deep Purple has has a few members with cool names through the years (as is to be expected with 8 different lineups, not counting the times they've reverted to previous lineups). Some noteworthy members are Ritchie Blackmore, Steve Morse and the late Jon Lord.
Australian singer-songwriter James Keogh already has a decently cool-sounding name. But take the name of an actual Cool Old Guy from an Australian novel and become VanceJoy, and it instantly becomes even cooler.
Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore.
The Mechanisms: Stage names they may be, but the band all perform in-character and thus answer to Jonny d'Ville, Ashes O'Reilly, the Toy Soldier, Drumbot Brian, Gunpowder Tim, Raphaella la Cognizi, Marius von Raum, Nastya Rasputina and Ivy Alexandria during their gigs and on their albums.
Turisas frontman Mathias Nygård.
Jesper Strömblad, founder of HammerFall and In Flames, whose name literally translates to Jasper Streamleaf.
Dead Sara has their lead guitarist Siousxsie Medley.