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How Famous Rock Stars Got their Nicknames: Part One

Unlocking the mystery of rock stars' legendary nicknames...

The most interesting nicknames of famous rock stars and their history: Part 1...

Have you ever wondered how your favorite rock musicians got their nicknames? The rock and roll genre is incredibly fascinating, with a rich history spanning decades... And that history has included many rock legends with unusual nicknames! Bruce Springsteen, for example, is called "The Boss" and Black Sabbath legend Ozzy Osbourne is called "The Prince of Darkness"! But why? Because obviously it doesn't come from the names... Today we're here to find out! So: below you'll find the most famous rock stars and the stories of their surprising and sometimes quite strange nicknames... Let's begin!

Bruce Springsteen: "The Boss"

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen
Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen, whose career spans more than five decades, is an American singer and songwriter who has continued to conquer the music world since his debut. His famous album Born in the USA received critical acclaim, and millions of people around the world bought it when it was first released. This defined Springsteen's fame trajectory in the 1980s and made him perhaps one of the most recognizable rock stars to this day! Early in his career, Springsteen was nicknamed "The Boss," and it successfully stuck with him. The most interesting thing is that the musician himself does not like this nickname. But... so many fans started calling him "The Boss" that he just couldn't help it, so he put up with it...

According to an outlandish fan theory, Springsteen got his nickname because of his dexterous skills in Monopoly, which usually made him the boss of the game... He supposedly often played Monopoly with other band members, and was usually the leader of the game... Another popular theory is that Springsteen got his nickname because of his authoritative position in the music industry: From day one, he supposedly decided for himself that he would build his career based on his own rules, ideas and dreams. The real story, however, is far from that interesting... You could say it's quite ordinary: Springsteen got his nickname because of his position as leader of the E Street Band. After the concerts it was he who was in charge of dividing the income, the payments and the members' shares... In turn, many people began to call him "The Boss", and the nickname caught on.

David Howell Evans (Edge): "Fringe

David Howell Evans
David Howell Evans

Many people know the famous rock band U2, as they have persevered to worldwide success over the years, releasing over 13 studio albums! David Howell Evans, better known simply as Edge, is U2's lead guitarist who is well known and respected for his unique guitar skills. Evans has been a member of the band since its inception, and has gained quite a few fans. And since his long name was heard quite often, fans immediately decided that a nickname would be easier...

So the nickname "Fringe" was born, though its true origin still remains controversial... According to some fans, the nickname arose because of the musician's harsh and aloof character, while others believe that Evans got it because of his sharp facial features. There are many theories, but one of the most common is that Evans got his nickname from his bandmate Bono: Bono allegedly dubbed Evans "Fringe" because of his sharp personality and ability to look at events from the outside without getting involved...

Saul Hudson: "Slash."

Watch the trailer of Slash, Alice Cooper and others at rock camp
Watch the trailer of Slash, Alice Cooper and others at rock camp

Many rock guitarists are forever remembered for their undeniable talent, and Sol Hudson is certainly one of them. The Guns N' Roses guitarist has been on lists of the best lead guitarists throughout his career... Yet to many he is not known as Hudson, but as "Slash"... But why?

According to an interview Hudson himself gave, the loud nickname was given to him by his best friend's father, Seymour Cassel, a famous actor. During the interview Hudson was asked why Cassel decided to call him "Slash", to which he replied that he himself never knew why, until years later he asked Cassel about it directly... As it turned out, Hudson got his nickname because he was incredibly energetic: he was always moving and hurrying somewhere... Besides, Hudson almost never stopped to focus on a particular event: instead he kept moving and swimming in the flow of events...

Ozzy Osbourne: "Prince of Darkness"

Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne

There is perhaps no other rock star who personifies his nickname as vividly as Ozzy Osbourne. Osbourne rose to fame in the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the famous heavy metal band Black Sabbath. After several incredibly successful years in his career, he was forced to leave the band because of problems with alcohol. He later embarked on a successful solo career, which may have earned him even more fans than before. Osborne had several nicknames, but the most popular one is "The Prince of Darkness." And Osborne constantly justified his nickname by giving the world what it wanted to see...

Many theories have to do with the fact that Osborne got this nickname because of his dark image... Others believe that his alleged involvement in Satanic cults was the basis for such a frightening pseudonym... However, Osborne himself spoke about how he got this name, and the truth is as far from theories as possible... The musician stated that his nickname originated after the release of the song "Black Sabbath": Allegedly his performance led to his bandmates jokingly calling him "Prince of Darkness." The joke eventually became reality, as so many people still continue to call him that creepy yet majestic nickname...

Jim Morrison: The Lizard King

Jim Morrison
Jim Morrison

In the history of rock, perhaps no other frontman has been as influential as Jim Morrison. He was the lead singer of the popular band The Doors, but he was often called unstable, controversial and unpredictable... Nevertheless, his wild personality and unique vocals have forever settled in the hearts of millions of fans around the world... Today he is called the "King of the Lizards", but why?

According to one theory, Morrison called himself the "King of Lizards" because he firmly believed that he could communicate with these amazing creatures... He also often claimed that he could control lizards with his mind! But all of these fantastic stories can be explained by substance abuse... The truth is, in fact, very simple - he called himself one in one of his poems! And this nickname became very popular...

Eric Clapton: "Slow Hand"

Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton

Interestingly enough, Eric Clapton is the only rock star who has been in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times! He achieved it once as a solo performer and twice as a member of Cream and The Yardbirds. With his undeniable guitar skills, Clapton is often called one of the most influential guitarists the world has probably ever seen... So many aspiring artists hope to achieve the same level of success. Throughout his musical career, Clapton has had many nicknames, such as "God" and "The Greatest," but only one - "The Slowest Hand" - has caught on. There are several theories as to how this British rocker got his nickname...

The nickname arose because Clapton would slowly and methodically replace a guitar string on stage - in front of the audience - if it broke during a performance. Observing this, the British audience gave Clapton what is known in British slang as a "slow clap," which is known as a "slow hand. Later in his interview Clapton said that this theory was indeed true!

Elvis Presley: "The King of Cats.

Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley's musical contributions to the rock and roll genre are invaluable... Although he was idolized by fans around the world, Presley caused much controversy during his lifetime. However, even though many considered his music overtly sexual or inappropriate, he still steadily became better known and more popular... And the musician's influence continued to grow even after his death. Throughout his life, rock legend Presley had many famous nicknames. For example, a lot of people called him the "king of rock and roll"! But did you know that in China Presley was dubbed the "King of Cats"?

According to some reports, Presley was nicknamed "The King of Cats" because of his smooth dance moves on stage... But the theory that seems most plausible is that Presley got his Chinese nickname because of his popular album The Hillbilly Cat! The Chinese allegedly decided to combine the musician's Western alias with the name of the record!

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