FIVE MESSY BAND BREAK-UPS
GUNS N’ ROSES
And it started so well with 1987’s massive hit album, Appetite for Destruction. Sadly, the aptly titled record could only lead to a decline in the band’s personal relationships. Drugs played a predictably tragic part – original drummer Steven Adler was chucked out due to his addiction, and then lead singer Axl Rose’s (right) behavior became intolerable. Indeed, things turned so sour that when G N’R were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Rose refused to attend because his former bandmates were in the same building.
Has there ever been a girl band with such a revolving door policy? Formed in 1998 by Siobhan Donaghy, Mutya Buena and Keisha Buchanan, here are
the personnel changes in full: Donaghy was replaced by former Atomic Kitten Heidi Range; Buena was replaced by Amelie Berrabah; Buchanan was replaced by Jade Ewen; Berrabah left. Currently, the “Sugababes” title is on ice, but the original three members - Donaghy, Buena and Buchanan - may be releasing a new album this year under the moniker MKS. Phew!
Now for the fractious brothers, Noel and Liam Gallagher (left). They fought like mad dogs during the early days of Oasis, but it all came to head about five years ago in Paris when a backstage brawl turned into a guitar-smashing festival, which then turned into fisticuffs of the non-Queensbury Rules kind. Will the band reform this year? Watch this space.
Some bands think they’re run on democratic lines, but most aren’t. A case in point is Smashing Pumpkins, which was ruled with an iron fist by Billy Corgan. Amid drugs and spite, the band split in 2000, but is a going concern again, with two albums ( Monuments to An Elegy and Day for Night) scheduled for release next year.
There’s no doubting Courtney Love’s (left) polarising reputation, and it manifested volubly in the superb Hole, which seemed to spin around Love’s general air of unpredictability. This led to many changes od personnel. Over its history, the band gained and lost up to eight female members, including Melissa Auf der Maur, Kristen Pfaff, Patty Schemel and Samantha Maloney.