Much like a family, members of rock bands don’t always see eye to eye and often aren’t shy about venting their feelings and frustrations towards each other.
Since the late 1960s, there have been plenty of in-band feuds that have gained headlines. Here are the top five feuds between members of the biggest rock bands in the world.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards
Jagger and Richards have been at odds since the mid 1970s, but things really came to head in the 1980s when the Glimmer Twins barely talked to each other and the Rolling Stones nearly broke up for good after releasing Dirty Workin 1986.
That’s because Mick reneged on his promise to tour behind the album, angering Richards.
At the time the two didn’t share the same vision for the direction of the Rolling Stones, especially Mick, who wanted to distance himself from the band and focus on his solo work and touring.
Richards was pissed Mick wanted to become a pop star outside of the band, and did some solo work of his own, taking shots at Jagger in the process with a song off his Talk Is Cheap record called “You Don’t Move Me” with lyrics directed squarely at Jagger.
But the two, for the greater good of the band and no doubt the money, got it together to record and tour for 1989’s Steel Wheels album.
Interestingly, on “Mixed Emotions”, Richards maintains he sings “Mick’s Demotions” during the chorus.
And, just when the two had been regularly recording and touring, the dormant feud erupted again when Richards took a shot at Jagger’s “tiny dodger” in his 2010 memoir Life.
Mick wasn’t amused and demanded – and got – an apology from Richards. In that same book, Richards sums up his long relationship with Jagger: “How can you describe a relationship that goes that far back? Best friends are best friends. Brothers fight.”
Liam and Noel Gallagher
The English brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher have no doubt been at each other’s throats since they were kids, but as members of Oasis from 1991-2009, they engaged in one of the nastiest, most physical feuds ever by band members, most of them alcohol fueled. On their first tour of the U.S. in 1994, band vocalist Liam got a kick out of changing various song lyrics so they were derogatory to both Americans and his brother. This didn’t sit well with Noel, who tossed a chair at his brother after one concert and a major brawl followed.