For those about to rock, do you recognize the name Ronald Belford Scott? You probably know him better as Bon Scott, the late frontman for AC/DC. Scott’s unique nickname came about due to a childhood move to Australia and a crowded classroom.
When his family moved from Scotland to the Australian community of Sunshine, the future singer found that there was already another student in his class named Ronald. Needing some clarification, teachers and students latched on to the fact that he moved from Bonnie, Scotland and began to refer to him as “Bonnie Scott.” From there, everyone just adopted the shortened name “Bon” when speaking to the future superstar.
There are varying stories about how the man born Marvin Lee Aday became Meat Loaf. But names aren’t that huge of a deal for the musician, who changed his real name to Michael Lee Aday back in 2010.
While the singer has been reluctant to discuss the origins, the two most frequent stories are that his father called him ‘Meat’ as a young child because of his size, and then later, when he attended school and began to play football, his classmates and coaches added the “Loaf.” The singer credited his father with the moniker in his ‘To Hell and Back’ autobiography.
From school he would go on to form his first band, Meat Loaf Soul, and by the time he moved on to other projects the stage name had stuck.
John Michael Osbourne, better known as “Ozzy” to you and I, first earned his nickname in primary school. The name was initially meant as a taunt by other students, but the future Black Sabbath vocalist embraced it rather than let it get to him.
Though he eventually adopted the name for good, not everyone in his life embraced it. His first wife Thelma always referred to him as “John,” but Osbourne would later state in his ‘I Am Ozzy’ autobiography that it had been years since someone referred to him by any other name than ‘Ozzy.”
There was a little bit of a path en route to becoming the man known as Axl Rose to many Guns N’ Roses fans. The vocalist was born William Bruce Rose, Jr. in 1962, but his father left when he was two-years-old and his mother remarried. Rose took the last name Bailey for the first man he knew as his father, and only learned about his biological father in his teens.
Though he never met the man responsible for his birth, he later reclaimed the name. As for Axl, it actually came from one of his first bands. After moving to Los Angeles, he started a band called AXL, and a friend suggested he adopt the name for himself. He legally changed his name to W. Axl Rose just prior to Guns N’ Roses signing their recording contract in 1986.