The 5 Biggest Band Member Feud Stories
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards – Nemo Nobody /YouTube
Being in a band sure does give you an awful lot of fighting against each member. While some prefer to move on and become friends again, others do not know what “forgiveness” is. We look at some of the greatest band feuds from the history of rock and roll.
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel: Simon and Garfunkel
This iconic duo has shared numerous squabbles in their time. It got to the point when Simon undoubtedly removed Garfunkel’s vocals on their supposed reunion album, releasing it as a solo one for Simon. However, the two reconciled and when they were recognized in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, citing each other’s wonderful abilities.
Paul McCartney and John Lennon: The Beatles
The obnoxious saga between the two wonderful musicians turned out to be more intense when the group’s manager, Brian Epstein died. McCartney exhibited more dominance to the group, and Lennon, with his heroin-infused attitude, was irritable than ever. The duo did not stop backbiting each other post-Beatles and even created bitter songs that were allegedly addressed against one another. Luckily, the two made up and started hanging out again before Lennon’s death.
Keith Richards and Mick Jagger: Rolling Stones
This dynamic duo simply could not make music without bickering with each other. The legends have a fair share of ups and downs, with Richards being extremely annoyed with Jagger’s way of doing things, and vice versa. But, luckily for them, as the band progressed in the later years, they’ve matured enough not to fight anymore and continued to perform with each other, making the Rolling Stones one of the longest active bands as of today.
Axl Rose and Guns N’ Roses: Guns N’ Roses
Axl Rose is known in the industry as one of the “difficult persons to work with.” So when Rose decided to have conflicts with each member of his band, it turned nasty. The metal singer has his pick with his previous bandmate Slash when the former had given a rather low-blow statement from a 2009 interview. “Personally I consider Slash cancer and better removed, avoided—and the less anyone heard of him or his supporters, the better,” Rose said. That did not receive a good remark from the group, considering that Slash’s mother died from cancer that year.
Liam and Noel Gallagher: Oasis
Sibling squabbles are very common and the Gallagher brothers are no exception to that. The two have been on each other’s nerves ever since they were still living in their parents’ house. However, the dispute between the two grew worse when they joined the Oasis, to the point where they violently harm each other’s presence and things. After that backstage incident on one of their concerts in 2009, with a follow-up announcement that Oasis ceased to exist anymore, the brothers have not been in contact since.