10 guitar hero stage names

28th Aug 2013 | 10:25

10 guitar hero stage names
Howlin' Wolf
Bark significantly worse than bite

The Wolf was a barrel-chested six-footer who prowled the stages of '50s Chicago – in the words of biographer Mark Hoffman – like a “feral beast”.

Admittedly, though, that image was compromised somewhat by the revelation that Chester Arthur Burnett got his nom de plume after being terrified by bedtime stories about a wolf that gobbled up naughty children. Aw, diddums.

10 guitar hero stage names
Captain Sensible
Everybody loves Raymond

Raymond Ian Burns was an ordinary boy-next- door – until he adopted milk bottle sunglasses, a crimson beret and a comedy pseudo-hero alias.

“I have to admit that Captain Sensible is a fairly daft name,” reflects the Damned guitarist. “But it has opened certain doors for me over the years.”

10 guitar hero stage names
Synyster Gates
Life of Brian

Brian Elwin Haner Jr ditched his clunky birthname when inspiration struck during a drunken joyride.

The AX7 guitarist supposedly leaned out of a car window and screamed: “My name is Synyster Gates – and I am awesome!” Maybe so, but we bet his mum still calls him Brian.

10 guitar hero stage names
The Edge
The magnificent Dave

When you’re pushing the sonic envelope, you can’t be rocking the kind of name you’d find on the badge of an MFI branch manager.

Plain old Dave Evans was shelved for the U2 man’s futuristic moniker.

10 guitar hero stage names
Chopsticks not required

When early Offspring producer Thom Wilson pointed out how much time Kevin Wasserman spent pointlessly dicking about on his fretboard, the nickname stuck.

“It just came from noodling on the guitar,” recalls the badger-haired guitarist, “and I kept the name ever since...”

10 guitar hero stage names
Mick Mars
He's from another planet

Previously, Bob Deal had touted his services in the LA classifieds as Zorky Charlemagne (“extraterrestrial guitarist available for any other aliens that want to conquer the earth...”).

Hooking up with Mötley Crüe in 1981, he reinvented himself as Mick Mars (although Tommy Lee bestowed a less flattering nickname on him – Cousin Itt).

10 guitar hero stage names
Joe Strummer
What's my name?

The punk icon was born John Graham Mellor, switched to Woody in homage to Woody Guthrie, then settled on his enduring pseudonym for The Clash.

As a watertight rhythm man – but a donkey at lead – it was both ice-cool and pretty apt.

10 guitar hero stage names
Seasick Steve
Ferry fan

At least Steven Wold got something out of a stomach-churning Scandinavian ferry crossing.

“Man, I was sick,” Steve recalls. “I threw up from 12 to seven in the morning. I got off, and they were like, ‘It’s Seasick Steve’. It’s stuck on me like stink!”

10 guitar hero stage names
Head and Munky
Children of the Korn

Korn’s James Shaffer’s ability to splay his toes saw him christened Munky, while fellow axeman Brian Welch’s outsized cranium earned his own bonce- based sobriquet.

“Guys said my head looked like it was too big for my body,” the guitarist explained, “and so they started calling me Head.”

10 guitar hero stage names
Always hustlin'

Before the release of his autobiography, speculation over the origins of Saul Hudson’s stage name was rife.

Did ‘Slash’ refer to a taste for horror films, a fetish for punctuation marks – or a weak bladder? As it turns out, it was coined by the dad of a childhood friend: “He says it was because I was always in a hurry, hustling whatever it was I was hustling. He just started calling me Slash...”

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