The Most Famous Band Feuds of All Time
As you would probably have heard by now, legendary rockstars Guns N’ Roses (GNR), are about to perform for the first time in Singapore, come February next year. While these guys are no spring chickens, we’re pretty sure they’ll have no issues filling up the arena. We’ll leave you to decide if this experience will be worth your time, but in the meantime, this announcement leaves us with a perfect opportunity to revisit the most famous band feuds of all time.
Guns N’ Roses
When a band is made up of junkies, it’s only a matter of time before shit hits the fan. Three years after the landmark success of Appetite for Destruction, the band decided that it had had enough of Steven Adler’s severe drug addiction, so they kicked him out. Axl Rose announced the drummer’s firing onstage, and branded him a drug addict. Classy. Axl Rose was no saint himself. The frontman of GNR was known to be notoriously late for his own concerts, often times leaving fans to wait over three hours for a gig to begin.
What takes the cake, however, is Axl Rose’s interview with Billboard. In 2009, years after the band’s initial breakup, Rose commented that he had no intentions of reuniting with Slash, saying, “In a nutshell, personally I consider him a cancer and better removed, and the less anyone heard of him or his supporters, the better." Yet here we are, seven years later, with GNR about to embark on another world tour. Miracles do happen.
Liam and Noel Gallagher
When it comes to sibling rivalry, these two take it to the next level. There have been multiple occasions where the Gallagher brothers have taken to fisticuffs to iron out their differences. Most famously, however, in August 2009, Noel and Liam got into an altercation that resulted in the latter smashing the former’s guitar. According to various accounts, they then started pummelling each other. More recently, at the premiere of the Oasis documentary Supersonic, Liam was asked if he was disappointed that his older brother didn’t show up. Showing that he has yet to bury the hatchet, the lead singer said, “No, he does what he does and I do what I do. I guess he'll be there if it wins an award though, won't he? This probably ain't f***ing A-list enough for him!”
Simon and Garfunkel
The younger generation may only know Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel thanks to Disturbed’s recent cover of 'The Sound of Silence', but old souls would recognise the pair to be geniuses that helped mould the music industry into what it is today. Stellar discography aside, Simon and Garfunkel also have one of the longest running feuds of all time – over 45 years, in fact. Since their breakup in 1970, there have been many instances where the pair have lashed out at each other, with Garfunkel even insinuating that the shorter Paul Simon may suffer from a Napoleon complex. Most famously, however, their relationship hit a low in the mid-80s when Simon removed Garfunkel’s vocals from a planned reunion disc and released it as a solo set, according to Rolling Stone. Talk about sending a message.
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