The Real Names of 50 Musicians

It’s been a while since a list like this has circulated. Any guesses on who Andre Romelle Young might be? Or Haim Weitz? What about Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr?

Mashable has the 50 real names behind pseudonyms here. And as a bonus, here’s a few more:

  1. Iggy Pop:  James Newell Osterberg, Jr.
  2. Bono:  Paul David Hewson
  3. The Edge:  David Howell Evans
  4. Joey Ramone:  Jeffrey Hyman
  5. Billy Idol: William Michael Albert Broad
  6. Marilyn Manson:  Brian Hugh Warner
  7. Courtney Love: Michelle Love Harrison
  8. Slash: Saul Hudson
  9. Axl Rose: William Bruce Rose, Jr. (Note that “Axl Rose” is an anagram of “oral sex.”)
  10. Joe Strummer: John Graham Mellor

More here and here.


Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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