Everyone wants to have a name that defines them, and rock stars are no different. Thus, many of them create new ones to make their professional personas more exciting and representative.

Obviously, most musicians merely adopt their secondary moniker for publicized purposes, symbolically becoming someone else for their art without actually replacing who they used to be. Every so often, though, they’ll go a step further by making the change in a court of law.

Case in point: the 10 rockers on this list. Whether they did it before or after finding fame, their stage names are indeed legally sanctioned.

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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