The Legendary Rockbands That Hated Each Other
Pink Floyd live in 2005 - Juanfra Carrera / Youtube
It’s a truth worth knowing that no band has ever maintained a decent relationship with its members in the long years they’ve been together. Whether it’s family, a friend or someone they’ve only met once, chances are, they sorted out their differences through bickering or even with a physical fight. When pride and ego come went along the way, that’s the time when friendships and relationships would evaporate. Take a look at these legendary rock bands who loathed each other below.
The Beach Boys
Albeit the smooth, Californian sound they’ve given on to music, cousins Mike Love and Brian Wilson were like oil and water, they just couldn’t get along. As the genius of the group, Wilson’s force was a successful one for them, but when he struggled with his addictions, it was Love who wedged his way to continue the band’s legacy. Until then, the two would often see each other on court hearings to sort out their feud.
What’s interesting with Fleetwood Mac was at the time when the group was recording the seminal album Rumours, couples Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks as well as John and Christine McVie were on the brink of ending their respective relationships. They’ve managed to uphold their civility with one another but were never secretive on their loathe when asked.
From brothers turned to sworn enemies, it’s hard to see the Gallaghers and their clashing of egos. With Oasis, they became superstars, much like The Beatles but they split in 2009 following a nasty fight that broke in Paris, which signaled the end of the band.
Pixies were among the pioneers for the popularity of alternative rock, and they’ve also had a fair share of bumpy rides on their collaborative relationships. When Kim Deal wanted to have more freedom in expressing herself through songs, Francis Black took it as a no thus resulting in a longstanding feud that lasted a decade.
It’s no secret to hide Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey’s intense resentment toward one another. Despite the years they’ve been together, not much has been said about their friendship. Not only that, but Townshend also attacked the remaining members: John Entwistle and Keith Moon at the time of their passing.
Simon and Garfunkel
With these soft-rock songs, you’d never expect Simon & Garfunkel to fight over something. Both often envied each other’s role in the band; Simon on Garfunkel’s voice and appeal and Garfunkel on Simon’s notable talents in writing.
The founding fathers of punk often clashed with their personalities too. Although they never were related to each other, they fought as if Ramone was their true surname.
When Oasis stopped, The Libertines provided the Britpop intensity that the world longed for. But much like their predecessors, inside Libertines’ baggage, were full of vicious toxicity that they’ve endured from their countless fights and bad publicity.
Guns N’ Roses
Guns N’ Roses pretty much embodied the “clashing of egos” of the band. While they make good music, are successful in their career, and were all sorts of lucky, they never still made it without the good ol’ fighting. Most of the feud could be pinpointed to Slash and Axl Rose, who never understood each other for some reason.
Look for a band whose impact crosses the borders of music and you’d be introduced to Pink Floyd. Pink Floyd, originally led by Syd Barrett and was replaced by Roger Waters as a driving force when he couldn’t lead the band anymore, has often butted heads with Barrett’s replacement, David Gilmour. The two would insinuate awful remarks to each other, and when Waters left the group in 1985, he wanted to dissolve the band completely as he believed that Pink Floyd is no longer functional without him. Both Gilmour and Nick Mason opposed this, and the latter got the chance to retain the name and status of the group.