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2013-02-15 04:46:09 AM  
I hate this new editor.
 
2013-02-15 04:59:12 AM  
The Veruca Salt breakup was pretty messy according to many accounts.
 
2013-02-15 05:04:38 AM  

Ed Grubermann: jake_lex: How can you have Queensryche's or Rage Against the Machine's breakup here but not Pink Floyd (the Gilmour-led band after Roger Waters' departure had to hire lawyers in every city of their first tour to keep Roger Waters from filing injunctions against them)

Fark Roger Waters. He didn't have any problem keeping the gravy train rolling after Sid left.


The two situations are hardly comparable. Syd was losing his damn mind.
 
ecl
2013-02-15 05:12:08 AM  

B.L.Z. Bub: Who are The Eagles? Are they anything like the legendary band  Eagles?  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Eagles_(band)#WP:LAME:_.22Eagles_vs _the_Eagles.22


twoheadednerd.com
 
2013-02-15 05:20:36 AM  
Badfinger.
 
2013-02-15 05:24:53 AM  

dookdookdook: ABBA turned down a billion (with a "B") dollars for a reunion tour in 2000.  That's true hate.


I don't think it's hate, it's more like "We're all doing our own thing, and we definitely don't need the money."
 
2013-02-15 05:27:10 AM  

B.L.Z. Bub: Ed Grubermann: jake_lex: How can you have Queensryche's or Rage Against the Machine's breakup here but not Pink Floyd (the Gilmour-led band after Roger Waters' departure had to hire lawyers in every city of their first tour to keep Roger Waters from filing injunctions against them)

Fark Roger Waters. He didn't have any problem keeping the gravy train rolling after Sid left.

The two situations are hardly comparable. Syd was losing his damn mind.


And Waters had turned into an insufferable douche who wouldn't stop whinging on about his dad. But so what? It's not like Floyd was originally Sid's band. Oh, wait...
 
2013-02-15 05:37:43 AM  
No mention of Heart's lap band break up? One large pizza too many after the procedure and snap. Tragic indeed.
 
ecl
2013-02-15 05:38:45 AM  

sadbad: I love that the article sources most of its quotations from the lead singers. If there's one common thread in all band breakups it's that the ego of the vocalist starts to cannibalize the band. I love that Billy Corgan has the balls to lay the blame for the original Pumpkins lineup collapsing entirely on Iha. I'm not even a big fan of either's music (though I do think that the guitar solo on "Cherub Rock" is one of the best of the 90s - so a point to Corgan), but since 2000 Iha has collaborated with what seems like a ton of people, kept a relatively low profile, seems chill, all while Billy Corgan has constant verbal slappy-fights with Courtney Love on Twitter, a revolving door of bandmates and spends a gratuitous amount of time giving interviews trash-talking all of his ex-bandmates and exes. Oh yes, I'm sure it was all James Iha's fault, Billy.


i618.photobucket.com


Also, Sting is a condescending butthole.
 
2013-02-15 05:42:24 AM  

Ed Grubermann: B.L.Z. Bub: Ed Grubermann: jake_lex: How can you have Queensryche's or Rage Against the Machine's breakup here but not Pink Floyd (the Gilmour-led band after Roger Waters' departure had to hire lawyers in every city of their first tour to keep Roger Waters from filing injunctions against them)

Fark Roger Waters. He didn't have any problem keeping the gravy train rolling after Sid left.

The two situations are hardly comparable. Syd was losing his damn mind.

And Waters had turned into an insufferable douche who wouldn't stop whinging on about his dad. But so what? It's not like Floyd was originally Sid's band. Oh, wait...


IANAL, but I would think that you lose the rights to your band when you become clinically insane.
 
2013-02-15 06:07:35 AM  

sadbad: I love that the article sources most of its quotations from the lead singers. If there's one common thread in all band breakups it's that the ego of the vocalist starts to cannibalize the band. I love that Billy Corgan has the balls to lay the blame for the original Pumpkins lineup collapsing entirely on Iha. I'm not even a big fan of either's music (though I do think that the guitar solo on "Cherub Rock" is one of the best of the 90s - so a point to Corgan), but since 2000 Iha has collaborated with what seems like a ton of people, kept a relatively low profile, seems chill, all while Billy Corgan has constant verbal slappy-fights with Courtney Love on Twitter, a revolving door of bandmates and spends a gratuitous amount of time giving interviews trash-talking all of his ex-bandmates and exes. Oh yes, I'm sure it was all James Iha's fault, Billy.


Par for the course for Billy. When Zwan broke up after just one album, he blamed EVERYTHING on the other band members and they were all big old meanies that were jealous of his talent, good looks and winning personality.
 
2013-02-15 06:10:35 AM  

ecl: sadbad: I love that the article sources most of its quotations from the lead singers. If there's one common thread in all band breakups it's that the ego of the vocalist starts to cannibalize the band. I love that Billy Corgan has the balls to lay the blame for the original Pumpkins lineup collapsing entirely on Iha. I'm not even a big fan of either's music (though I do think that the guitar solo on "Cherub Rock" is one of the best of the 90s - so a point to Corgan), but since 2000 Iha has collaborated with what seems like a ton of people, kept a relatively low profile, seems chill, all while Billy Corgan has constant verbal slappy-fights with Courtney Love on Twitter, a revolving door of bandmates and spends a gratuitous amount of time giving interviews trash-talking all of his ex-bandmates and exes. Oh yes, I'm sure it was all James Iha's fault, Billy.

[i618.photobucket.com image 580x494]


Also, Sting is a condescending butthole.


Unfortunately, most successful, insanely talented people are.
 
2013-02-15 06:48:15 AM  

Fano: Nirvana's was pretty messy


Came to say this and Fark your slide show Rolling Stone.
 
2013-02-15 06:53:33 AM  
The Smiths barely got their last album produced.  Marr quit just after laying all the guitar tracks.

upload.wikimedia.org
Strange ways indeed.
 
2013-02-15 06:57:36 AM  
This one got messy for a bit but they reconciled in the end
i26.photobucket.com
 
2013-02-15 07:12:09 AM  

barneyfifesbullet: Queensryche's breakup is the nastiest in years.


To be fair, I'd be angry and ready to split too if I had released albums like American Soldier and Dedicated to Chaos.

Seriously, Queensryche has sucked for a while now and aside from Operation Mindcrime II (which was alright, but not great), they haven't released anything halfway decent since the late 90's.
 
2013-02-15 07:12:58 AM  

digistil: Representative of the unwashed masses: Snapper Carr: No Van Halen? Seems all they do is break up

Yup list fails without Van Halen

Van Halen is more of a circus act than a band.


I like the circus. And you should have seen them circa 1979. Hell of a band.
 
2013-02-15 07:29:08 AM  
Try to get through that slideshow on an ipad browser. I dare you.
 
2013-02-15 07:32:47 AM  

ghare: digistil: Representative of the unwashed masses: Snapper Carr: No Van Halen? Seems all they do is break up

Yup list fails without Van Halen

Van Halen is more of a circus act than a band.

I like the circus. And you should have seen them circa 1979. Hell of a band.


And like all good circus freaks, the guys in VH love money more than they hate each other.  They're always willing to reform for a quick buck.
 
2013-02-15 07:33:33 AM  

Onkel Buck: This one got messy for a bit but they reconciled in the end
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Heh, Love Burger.
 
2013-02-15 07:36:19 AM  
ahem.......


www.celluloidheroreviews.com
 
2013-02-15 07:36:57 AM  

WhippingBoy: No Spinal Tap?


whoops, sorry WP, posted too fast
 
2013-02-15 07:39:36 AM  
Silly article.  Queensryche didn't break up in 2012.  Queensryche broke up when DeGarmo left.
 
2013-02-15 07:45:18 AM  
Fear Factory? Fired guitar player, 5 years later took him back and fired bassist and drummer. Band now only has 2 permanent members.
 
2013-02-15 07:45:56 AM  
Nothing from the Norwegian black metal scene?  Wasn't there one band that broke up because one member ate another?
 
2013-02-15 07:55:07 AM  

hurdboy: djjonze: Ween

^^ Inconsolable for weeks.


How was Ween a messy break up?  I thought Freeman quit because he wanted to fish full time?  That band was around for a long time, they were getting old and I can't imagine he could keep singing in all those different voices much longer without starting to sound old and tired.
 
2013-02-15 08:01:37 AM  

blue_2501: Nothing from the Norwegian black metal scene?  Wasn't there one band that broke up because one member ate another?


Probably more than one, but Mayhem is the most infamous. Technically they're still around after their vocalist killed himself (And I think they never actually ate Dead, just stole some bones from the suicide scene) and their bassist killed their guitarist. Read their story, it makes GnR look like U2 in terms of bandmate stability.

/I realize details of this account may not be accurate and ergo a bounty is now on my head in parts of Norway. My apologies.
 
2013-02-15 08:01:49 AM  

blue_2501: Nothing from the Norwegian black metal scene?  Wasn't there one band that broke up because one member ate another?


farkingismybusiness: Mayhem?


Yes, this kinda tops 'em all.

'Band broke up because guitarist forced the singer to kill himself.'

Oh, but carry on with your list of slap-fights back stage and trash talking in magazines, I'm sure those were brutal.
 
2013-02-15 08:19:56 AM  

sadbad: I love that the article sources most of its quotations from the lead singers. If there's one common thread in all band breakups it's that the ego of the vocalist starts to cannibalize the band. I love that Billy Corgan has the balls to lay the blame for the original Pumpkins lineup collapsing entirely on Iha. I'm not even a big fan of either's music (though I do think that the guitar solo on "Cherub Rock" is one of the best of the 90s - so a point to Corgan), but since 2000 Iha has collaborated with what seems like a ton of people, kept a relatively low profile, seems chill, all while Billy Corgan has constant verbal slappy-fights with Courtney Love on Twitter, a revolving door of bandmates and spends a gratuitous amount of time giving interviews trash-talking all of his ex-bandmates and exes. Oh yes, I'm sure it was all James Iha's fault, Billy.


Big Al Anderson & NRBQ and Natalie Merchant & 10,000 Maniacs spring to mind

/Howard Johnson's got his mojo working
 
2013-02-15 08:25:46 AM  
Pretty sure The Carpenters weren't even able to sit at a meal together . . .
 
2013-02-15 08:29:15 AM  
I dunno, subby, the dudes I'd never heard of where one guy brained his brother with a guitar, dropped the mic, and walked off and  never talked to his brother again until a family funeral sounds a bit more messy than some drunk guys threatening a fight, not actually getting in one, then peacefully deciding they can't work together anymore.
 
2013-02-15 08:32:54 AM  

Keywork99: barneyfifesbullet: Queensryche's breakup is the nastiest in years.

To be fair, I'd be angry and ready to split too if I had released albums like American Soldier and Dedicated to Chaos.

Seriously, Queensryche has sucked for a while now and aside from Operation Mindcrime II (which was alright, but not great), they haven't released anything halfway decent since the late 90's.


I think you give Mindcrime II too much credit.  I wasn't necessarily expecting "The Godfather Part II", but I was really disappointed when it turned out to be "Vegas Vacation".

Click Click D'oh: Silly article.  Queensryche didn't break up in 2012.  Queensryche broke up when DeGarmo left.


This.
 
2013-02-15 08:34:08 AM  
Summing up some key, missed ones. (Some were mentioned already)

Badfinger - this one might've set the bar for bad break-ups.
Pink Floyd - not a total break-up, but the post-Waters band wasn't the same band, I don't care what you say.
Styx - not a true break-up, but like Floyd, Styx sans DeYoung is just a limp oldies act.
Journey - same deal as Styx. Without Steve Perry it's a cover band called Journey.
Sweet - another one where losing an important member ruined the band's sound, and sent them spiraling into irrelevance.
Pantera - it was Phil's fault. Try and dispute that.
The Smiths - this might be one of the few, major bands left that has, and may never, attempt a reunion.
The Mars Volta - I'm amazed they lasted as long as they did.

mekkab: blue_2501: Nothing from the Norwegian black metal scene?  Wasn't there one band that broke up because one member ate another?

farkingismybusiness: Mayhem?

Yes, this kinda tops 'em all.

'Band broke up because guitarist forced the singer to kill himself.'

Oh, but carry on with your list of slap-fights back stage and trash talking in magazines, I'm sure those were brutal.


Dead was a majorly depressed dude. By all accounts I've read, he would've done the deed sooner or later without Euronymous' help.
 
2013-02-15 08:34:51 AM  
www.bundyology.com
 
2013-02-15 08:41:33 AM  
missed on the list - CCR (that was a BIG miss considering how bad the feud was between the Fogerty's), Split Enz and the Black Crowes (who have , again, started working together)
 
2013-02-15 08:44:48 AM  

pickle65: I hate the farking Eagles man

 
2013-02-15 08:47:50 AM  

pickle65: I hate the farking Eagles man


SO MUCH THIS^^^^^

/Some asshat called them the American Beatles and I was FURIOUS!
//Oh Yea......THEY SUCK!!!
 
2013-02-15 08:51:11 AM  

sadbad: I love that the article sources most of its quotations from the lead singers. If there's one common thread in all band breakups it's that the ego of the vocalist starts to cannibalize the band.


This, ESPECIALLY in Queensryche's case.  A friend of mine did sound for Fates' Warning on that tour, so he was there for the entire thing.  Heard about it long before it became public knowledge.  Love, love, love that the article doesn't mention Tate knowing about it before hand and being late to the show.  Or the part about him tearing apart the drumset, or any of the other shiat he did once he got there.  Or that they not only did they still end up playing - albeit late - they had security on the stage's wings to make sure HE didn't start another onstage fight.  And that they played three more gigs (IIRC) the same way.

After the whole thing went down, I think the realization was, I've completely lost any respect I might have had for Geoff Tate.   The moral of the Queensryche story is that not all of Spinal Tap is a joke.  Don't ever have a manager who's related by blood or marriage to a member of the band.

\My moral, it's good to know people who can supply you with CSBs in this case!
 
2013-02-15 08:51:28 AM  

ColTomParker: Pretty sure The Carpenters weren't even able to sit at a meal together . . .


chortle
 
2013-02-15 08:51:53 AM  
 
2013-02-15 08:54:42 AM  

InmanRoshi: Uncle Tupelo's breakup was pretty messy.


knew there was a reason I liked Farrar better than Tweedy.

\same goes for Son Volt vs Wilco
 
2013-02-15 08:56:00 AM  

sadbad: I love that Billy Corgan has the balls to lay the blame for the original Pumpkins lineup collapsing entirely on Iha.


Look, if Iha would have just done exactly what Billy told him at all times, never raised a peep of protest when Billy blamed him for every wrong note the band ever played, and conformed to the thrice daily worship service dedicated to Billy's Godlike Aura, the Pumpkins would still be together today. But no, Iha chose to be selfish and make it all about himself.
 
2013-02-15 08:57:11 AM  

ozarkmatt: Tommy Shaw and (JY) vs. Dennis DeYoung. Boy, that was a cluster fark.


I'll say.  But DeYoung gets the golden douche award in this case.  Morphing into Barry Manilow after Babe went to #1 was bad enough.  But *forcing* them to do all the stupid stuff....the Roboto album....refusing to play in larger venues.....and then the ridiculous "play" he made them (try to) perform.  They were lucky the crowds didn't rumble at the shows.

Tommy and JY just wanted to play Rock & Roll....without all the stupid stuff.  And they're doing it now.
 
2013-02-15 09:03:32 AM  
Rolling Stone has proven absolutely incapable of making lists when they left Brian Setzer off the top 100 guitarists of all time. From the reaction towards this list in this thread, their history continues.
 
2013-02-15 09:06:24 AM  

baltimoreblonde: dookdookdook: ABBA turned down a billion (with a "B") dollars for a reunion tour in 2000.  That's true hate.

I don't think it's hate, it's more like "We're all doing our own thing, and we definitely don't need the money."


And, (not trying to be sexist here) it may have something to do with the fact that the women aren't thrilled about it since they've all aged considerably.     Y'know....why deal with the inevitable criticism about "how they don't look as good as they used to" when they're living comfortably as billionaires?

\ABBA was Sweden's largest money-making business 2nd only to Volvo.
 
2013-02-15 09:07:48 AM  

ScouserDuck: Rolling Stone has proven absolutely incapable of making lists when they left Brian Setzer off the top 100 guitarists of all time. From the reaction towards this list in this thread, their history continues.


Oh, they're perfectly capable of making lists.  They're just perfectly incapable of not letting their egos and sycophantic worship of friendships with famous musicians get in the way of good musical judgement.

\anyone who still reads RS is sadly and horribly misinformed about music
\\and overly informed about quite a few things that have NOTHING TO DO WITH MUSIC
 
2013-02-15 09:08:27 AM  

swankywanky: missed on the list - CCR (that was a BIG miss considering how bad the feud was between the Fogerty's), Split Enz and the Black Crowes (who have , again, started working together)


Do people really care if you had a messy break-up if you were a one hit wonder?

/I dont know why sometimes I get frightened
 
2013-02-15 09:09:39 AM  

Krowdaddy Chixdiggit: pickle65: I hate the farking Eagles man

SO MUCH THIS^^^^^

/Some asshat called them the American Beatles and I was FURIOUS!
//Oh Yea......THEY SUCK!!!


I'm pretty sure there is a huge population who hate The Eagles purely because of The Big Lebowski. No, not everyone has to like them, but I have a feeling that it has a similar effect to what the movie Sideways did to Merlot sales.
 
2013-02-15 09:11:55 AM  

digistil: ecl: sadbad: I love that the article sources most of its quotations from the lead singers. If there's one common thread in all band breakups it's that the ego of the vocalist starts to cannibalize the band. I love that Billy Corgan has the balls to lay the blame for the original Pumpkins lineup collapsing entirely on Iha. I'm not even a big fan of either's music (though I do think that the guitar solo on "Cherub Rock" is one of the best of the 90s - so a point to Corgan), but since 2000 Iha has collaborated with what seems like a ton of people, kept a relatively low profile, seems chill, all while Billy Corgan has constant verbal slappy-fights with Courtney Love on Twitter, a revolving door of bandmates and spends a gratuitous amount of time giving interviews trash-talking all of his ex-bandmates and exes. Oh yes, I'm sure it was all James Iha's fault, Billy.

[i618.photobucket.com image 580x494]


Also, Sting is a condescending butthole.

Unfortunately, most successful, insanely talented people are.


The best song Sting ever wrote in his solo career doesn't hold up to anything The Police did when they were farking warming up and tuning their guitars, sorry. He's an over-rated self important douche who was not the best part of that band.
 
2013-02-15 09:14:00 AM  

Onkel Buck: swankywanky: missed on the list - CCR (that was a BIG miss considering how bad the feud was between the Fogerty's), Split Enz and the Black Crowes (who have , again, started working together)

Do people really care if you had a messy break-up if you were a one hit wonder?

/I dont know why sometimes I get frightened


Maybe one hit in America.  They're a lot bigger in most of the world.    In Austrailia and New Zealand they're the farking Beatles.
 
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