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30 Rock Stars That Changed Their Name

Would you feel any different listening to a Gordon Sumner record, or rocking out with Chaim Witz? Check out these rock stars that changed their name and see how many you know!

Click on the plus sign next to each name to reveal the artist’s stage name!

30 Stuart Leslie Goddard

Adam Ant

Adam Ant. Photo Credit: Peter Chiapperino, concert photographer.

29 Martyn Buchwald

Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship)

28 Patricia Andrejewski

Pat Benatar

27 Paul David Hewson

Bono (U2)

26 David Robert Jones

David Bowie

25 Vincent Damon Furnier

Alice Cooper

Photo by Kreepin Deth

24 Declan McManus

Elvis Costello

23 Robert Zimmerman

Bob Dylan

22 David Howell Evans

The Edge (U2)

21 Ellen Naomi Cohen

Mama Cass Elliot

20 George Alan O’Dowd

Boy George

19 William Broad

Billy Idol

18 Reginald Kenneth Dwight

Elton John

Elton John attending the premiere of The Union at the Tribeca Film Festival. Photo credit: David Shankbone http://blog.shankbone.org/

17 Joachim Krauledat

John Kay (Steppenwolf)

16 John Kennedy Oswald

Jani Lane (Warrant)

15 Gary Lee Weinrib

Geddy Lee (Rush)

14 Hugh Anthony Cregg

Huey Lewis

Huey Lewis and the News

13 Brian Warner

Marilyn Manson

12 Marvin Lee Aday

Meat Loaf

11 Farouk Bulsara

Freddie Mercury

10 Roberta Joan Anderson

Joni Mitchell

9 James Jewell Osterberg, Jr.

Iggy Pop

Iggy Pop, October 25, 1977 at the State Theatre, Minneapolis, MN. Photo credit: Michael Markos

8 Chaim Witz

Gene Simmons

Gene Simmons performing with Kiss at the Azkena Rock Festival in 2010. Photo credit: Alberto Cabello from Vitoria Gasteiz

7 Grace Barnett Wing

Grace Slick

6 Richard Starkey

Ringo Starr

5 Steve Georgiou

Cat Stevens

4 Gordon Matthew Sumner


3 Steven Victor Tallarico

Steven Tyler

2 John Simon Ritchie

Sid Vicious

Sid Vicious performs with the Sex Pistols – Winterland – January 14, 1978. Photo credit: Chicago Art Department c/o: L. Schorr

1 McKinley Morganfield

Muddy Waters
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