Choosing the right stage name is a must for all aspiring rock stars, as it’s a key part of their appeal and legacy.

Oftentimes, these artists settle on something that’s flashy, quirky or provocative. You know, a label that’s immediately attention-grabbing and characteristic of the music they make. Conversely, it could be something so seemingly natural and unassuming that most people have no clue it’s not real.

Either way, we couldn’t imagine calling the 10 legends on this list anything else. No matter if the tales behind their titles are surprising, bizarre or simple and personal, each is genuinely fascinating.

Loudwire contributor Jordan Blum is a university English professor and author of 'Opeth: Every Song Every Album', 'Dream Theater: Every Album Every Song' and 'Jethro Tull: Every Song Every Album.'

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