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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.

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