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Man Officially Changes His Name to Led Zeppelin II

A 64-year-old Bethalto, Missouri, man -- who used to be called George F. Blackburn -- has officially changed his name to Led Zeppelin II.

STLToday.com reports that Blackburn -- sorry! Led Zeppelin II -- says the change has improved his quality of life. It seems fellow Led Zeppelin fans buy him drinks when they find out about his new legal name.

Led Zeppelin II was in a courthouse dealing with the paperwork surrounding the split from his third wife when he decided to fill out one more form.

He told STL Today: “They changed my life forever, and that’s my whole reason for doing this ... I don’t want to appear to be some off-the-wall drug addict idiot," he says. "I just changed my name from the standpoint that I can be a better person than I used to be.”

Even his ex-wife calls him “LZ,” and his friends call him “Zep.”

But the burning question remains: Will his offspring change their names to Led Zeppelin III? Led Zeppelin IV? Coda?

In most parts of the United States, a name change can take place more or less instantly once an applicant completes the paperwork, pays bout $200 and has an announcement placed in a local newspaper.

In an odd coincidence, I've been so inspired by my favorite Who album that I've recently decided to change my name to Tommy.

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Damian Fanelli
Damian Fanelli

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor, and his non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories have appeared in Guitar Aficionado, Vintage Guitar, Total Guitar and countless other publications, including 13.7 metric tons of daily newspapers. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton and Ty Tabor chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (one of which appears in the 2015 Disney film 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson). He's in two NYC-area bands and plays Teles with four-way switches, B-benders and semi-snazzy aftermarket pickups. He quotes Terry-Thomas twice daily.