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Fake Names...

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by TexasEdition, Feb 16, 2020.

  1. So who here goes by another name one stage or recordings? It's something not uncommon in music and showbiz. Geddy lee as an example....

    I just started a new project with a working band, and I have been going under a stage name (middle name + a made up last name). They know me from another band, so they thought that one was my "real" name.

    For me it started 20 or so years ago. I was playing a pub gig and we were on a break. I came out of the men's room and this girl was headed towards the woman's room... We nearly collided and she says "Oh, you're with the band." I said "yes I am." she asked if we play there a lot and I said maybe 3 or 4 times a year. She said we sound great, I said "thanks" and that was the end of it.

    We had a table to the side with friends and family and at the next break, this guy comes up and gets all tough. I honestly forgot the previous incident, but it turns out he was there with that girl. His buddies tried to talk him down and he knocks over a chair, then was quickly escorted off site by the door men.

    The VERY NEXT SHOW at a different place, he shows up and starts crap at that venue. Then left. About 2 weeks later, he shows up at my work. I got the police involved and I don't know what happened after that, but that was the last time I saw him.

    I can only conclude that he picked up my name from our web site, or literature somewhere. So at that point, I adopted this new name (along with a few other band mates) and have used it ever since.... I use it for ALL web sites, print material FB, YouTube, etc. And my personal accounts have no links or references to it. In today's age, with social media providing instant access to personal information, I can image it's only that much easier to pick up a weirdo or stalker.

    I still get the drunks sometimes that want a selfie or the "I love you man" stuff, and most of them are pretty friendly, but I haven't really had anything as freaky or scary as that one incident... But I'm not letting my guard down.
  2. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Not me.
  3. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Oh, come on... "Joe Nerve" - that has to be a stage name. Takes a lot of nerve... to say it ain't. :D :D

    Me - For the duration of a few weeks (before the band broke up and I dropped it).
    I had been in a bike accident (hit by a car driven by an elderly fellow who didn't see me) and the edge of his bumper cut off the top of my ear.
    So I took the stage name "Johnny Van Go" which seemed a perfect rock and roll name. Really. :D
  4. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly. Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    D2 (the band's first bass player was named Dave. I'm the second one, so I'm D2)
  5. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    I've been playing in bands for over 30 years. The only time my last name came into play was with contracts, where you would use your real name. Frankly, I'd rather Poe let be able to find me. I think any weekend warrior who thinks he/she needs a stage name has their heads in the clouds. YMMV.
  6. Hey, you gotta start somewhere! I remember seeing this guy's name atop the YelloPages when I was younger
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2020
  7. I got ''named'' by a bar manager who needed a name for the bar poster. He knew the names of the other two as they were pretty well known in town. He was in a but of hurry so just gave me a handle. Then the others assumed he got it from me so they were introducing me and I just went with it for a laugh.
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  8. I'm usually known as Dudeguy, to s select few.
  9. BAG


    May 5, 2014
    New Zealand
    What bass player needs a stage name..... they rarely even notice that we're there! :laugh:
    RSBBass, Fishtude, SoCal80s and 15 others like this.
  10. I remember working with a dodgy guitarist at a country show back in the 80’s who used a stage name. I asked him about it once. He said it was so no one could link the phony Social Security number he provided the payroll office back to him.

    So I always assumed stage names were for law avoidance.
  11. Dincrest

    Dincrest Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2004
    New Jersey
    My day job is in education, so I used a pseudonym/stage name with my previous two gigging/touring bands. They were a punk and an alt-metal band, so I was adamant about keeping my "extra-curricular" life separate from my school/work life. Keeping the Clark Kent/Superman secret identities was especially important what with social media.

    That being said, it's not lost on me that if the "wrong" people found out, I'd be unjustly pegged as a bad influence on kids because I played in bands, because guys in bands are typically boozing, drugging, womanizing, delinquents, right? Well, I'm none of those things. I don't consume alcohol, I don't use drugs, I don't womanize, and am a good citizen. I can have a great time at a bar or party without engaging in the "bad behavior." Hence, I know in my soul that I'm a positive influence on the youth.
  12. Tnavis


    Feb 25, 2003
    Minneapolis, MN
    In one of my previous bands, I made a point of only using my first name on our social media pages, as we would get hate mail directed towards a misunderstanding about the band name.
  13. 2112


    Apr 30, 2005
    I typically go by "Turd Ferguson". Yeah, that's right. It's a funny name.
  14. Slade N

    Slade N

    May 28, 2005
    portland, or
    is there an R2 in the band?
    Bassdirty, RSBBass, BBQV and 12 others like this.
  15. JoshS


    Dec 30, 2018
    I used to work with a girl who’s husband’s name was Elton John (Last Name). I don’t think he played music though.
  16. What was the band name?
  17. Back around 2000-2005 this was a thing in the band I played in at the time. 5 guy band. Names were like PM as in (P magnet), clown, pbear, spaz, and cromb. Not really something I or anything the people on currently playing with do though.
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  18. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    What’s in a name? I’m not important enough for it to matter.

    I introduce myself to people by my real name. After that, whatever moniker they decide to address me by (or as) is their call. As long as I know what it is - so I know when I’m being spoken to - I don’t really care what name they come up with for me. I already know who I am. ;):laugh:
  19. JakobT


    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    I had a quick look in the left column, and it seems like most of us go by fake names, at least here on TB. :D
  20. TheReceder


    Jul 12, 2010
    Sometimes it's not right that you can only like a post once.

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