Rob Zombie is a highly regarded name both in the world of music and cinema. The multitalented frontman zoomed to the top of the industrial metal world with his band White Zombie, originally using the alias of Rob Straker on both the ‘Soul-Crusher’ and ‘Make Them Die Slowly’ before officially changing his stage name to Rob Zombie for the 1989 EP ‘God of Thunder.’
The inspiration for both his moniker and the White Zombie band name comes from the 1932 classic horror film ‘White Zombie,’ which starred master of horror Bela Lugosi and is widely considered as the first true zombie flick.
Detroit-area multi-genre musician Kid Rock was given the birth name of Robert James Ritchie. Before becoming the ‘American Bad Ass,’ Kid Rock joined a breakdancing crew called the Furious Funkers. He also DJed at parties for free beer during his high school years.
Kid Rock was given his stage name by club goers who would check out his DJing sets, the predominantly black Detroit crowd dug watching “that white kid rock.” After the nickname was birthed, Kid Rock used the given moniker since his very first album, 1990′s ‘Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast.’
Widely known as one of the greatest bass players in modern rock, Michael Peter Balzary is celebrated as “Flea” from Red Hot Chili Peppers. As one of the founding members of the band, along with vocalist Anthony Kiedis, Flea has manned the bass for RHCP since 1983.
With his unique style of spastic funk slapping and soothingly beautiful melodies and harmonies, Flea is one of the cornerstones of Red Hot Chili Peppers’ signature sound. The nickname of “Flea” was reportedly given to the bassist by Kiedis after a skiing trip, when the RHCP frontman noticed Flea’s jumpy and capricious style.
Kevin John Wasserman, the beloved and bespectacled axeman of the Offspring, goes by the simple stage name Noodles. Having worked as a janitor at Earl Warren Elementary school in Garden Grove, California, the guitarist was given his nickname from his constant noodling on the guitar.
Noodles was actually planning to quit the Offspring after the end of the 1994 school year, but the sudden success of the track ‘Come Out and Play’ caused the guitarist to keep playing with the band.