5 Big and Famous Musical Feuds

4th May 2017
5 Big and Famous Musical Feuds

Arguments are sometimes inevitable, whether between family, friends, colleagues, or even acquaintances. It’s just the same in the world of fame – but being in the limelight, everyone gets to know about them. Here are 5 of the biggest and most famous musical feuds in the history of rock:

The Beatles – John Lennon vs Paul McCartney
Following the death of their manager Brian Epstein in 1967, The Beatles were on the verge of breaking up. Paul McCartney took matters into his hands, but John Lennon didn’t take too kindly to that, saying that he was simply leading the band “around in circles”. This led to a split in 1970, after which Lennon released “How Do You Sleep” where he took a few digs at McCartney through lyrics like “The only thing you did was ‘Yesterday’. Years after Lennon’s death, McCartney got his ‘revenge’ by switching the order of their trademarked song-writing credit; Lennon-McCartney.

Pink Floyd – David Gilmour vs Roger Waters
Pink Floyd was one of the most successful and influential rock bands of the 70s-80s, but by the end of the 80s, things started going downhill. Bassist Roger Waters announced that he will be departing and embarking on his solo career, while also informing the rest of the band that they were barred from using the name ‘Pink Floyd’ or his inflatable pig. This obviously ended up as a legal battle between them, but the court eventually sided with Gilmour and the rest of the band. It wasn’t until 2005 that Waters performed with Pink Floyd again.

Simon and Garfunkel – Paul Simon vs Art Garfunkel
When recording their last and highly successful album, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” in the 1970s, the relationship between these two folk musicians was falling apart. Unable to decide on the 12th and final song in the album, and both refusing to record each other’s song choice, the pair released the album with only 11 tracks. In the late ‘80s, a reunion album was planned, but much to everyone’s surprise, Simon removed Garfunkel’s vocals and released the disc solo.

The Beach Boys – Mike Love vs Brian Wilson
Following a long history of legal issues on matters including song-writing credits and the use of the band’s name, Love unexpectedly fired Wilson along with other original members Al Jardine and David Marks in 2012 after a surprising reunion where they were touring for their 50th anniversary – the reason was that Love thought it best not to be “overexposed”. Wilson declared his disappointment, adding: “After all, we are the real Beach Boys.” Love then continued to tour under ‘The Beach Boys’ with a substitute band.

Oasis – Noel Gallagher vs Liam Gallagher
The Gallagher brothers have been open about their ongoing feuds ever since sharing a bedroom in their childhood home. After 30 years of constant quarrelling, however, their relationship hit an iceberg in August 2009 where minutes before they were set to take the stage, they engaged in a violent backstage fight where Liam also reportedly smashed Noel’s guitar. This was the second recorded violent incident between the brothers. Following the fight, Noel drove off and the band’s manager went on stage and cancelled the show, announcing that Oasis “does not exist anymore.” A message from Noel appeared on the band’s website two hours later saying that he simply couldn’t work with Liam a day longer.

There have been loads of other famous musical feuds that you’ve probably also heard about, such as those between Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, Axl Rose and Guns n’ Roses, and Varg Vikernes and Euronymous – a rather scary one, if we’re honest. Some turn out well, others end in disaster, but through it all, it’s safe to say that some incredible music was made despite any negative vibes.

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