Some nicknames have a funny way of sticking with you throughout your lifetime. Why some aliases fail to last, while others stay for decades, can prove to be a mystery, but we’ve got the stories behind some of hard rock’s most recognizable monikers.

Ever heard of Reginald Quincy Arvizu, Michael Peter Balzary or James Newell Osterberg? No? Well we’re certain that you know their famous stage names. After some hard-hitting, deeply investigative, ‘gotcha’ journalism, we’ve been able to uncover the origins of our favorite rockers’ nicknames.

Please enjoy your journey into the very moments when the nicknames of these rock stars were born in Loudwire’s list of Stage Name Origins: