Heavy Metal nicknames
Many musicians select stage names like Nikki Sixx. I guess he thought it sounded more like a rock star name and that's part of the business I guess. Then there are people that want nicknames thrown in the middle so you get something like Mark "the animal" Mendoza. Okay, that one was a bit generic, but okay I guess. However former Motorhead drummer Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor has quite a spectaular nickname. I just wanted to mention a few nicknames and see what people liked or didn't like. I think one definite rule should be that if you pick something descriptive to your skill then you better live up to it. Case in point is Eddie "fingers" Ojeda from Twisted Sister. Okay, he's a guitarist, but by choosing "fingers" he sets himself up pretty high and even though I like that band he just did not live up to that nickname. Another rule is if you should be clever, funny or somehow amusing in choosing a nickname or else don't bother. That brings me to Ratt drummer Bobby "the Blotz" Blotzer. Seriously, that nickname was so lame that it was a waste of ink to have it printed on anything mentioning his name. Dokken drummer "Wild" Mick Brown has a sort of generic nickname, but I thought it fit when I assumed he got it for his drug use and being with women. However he later told a story that he got it because he made up silly lyrics so a roadie or something gave him the name to be like "Weird" Al. After hearing that story I didn't like the nickname as much. Then you have Pretty boy Floyd who were so into nicknames that three of the four members on their debut had them. There was singer Steven "Sex'" Summers, guitarist Kristy "Krash" Majors and drummer Kari "the mouth" Kane.
***So what do you think of band members using nicknames?
What are some you like?
What nickname would you give yourself if you were in a band?