Feuding between band members is nothing new. Just look at these classic examples of band feuds from rock groups in the 1960s and ’70s.
These are some very famous sets of musical mates who started out as creative partners, but soon became contentious foils.
Take bands full of big egos and even bigger hair, put them in two decades full of substance use and musical experimentation, and you have a recipe for some pretty gnarly fights.
We delved into ’60s and ’70s music history to uncover the backstage conflicts and behind-the-scenes drama of some of the era’s most iconic bands, using information from interviews, memoirs and news sources.
Drama: From Brawls to Betrayals
The conflicts range from silly—see The Who‘s Roger Daltrey growing impatient at how long it took to film a promo, leading to a physical altercation with Pete Townshend—to serious, like Johnny Ramone‘s tendency for violent outbursts and stealing his bandmate’s great love.
While some squabbles resolved fairly quickly, others lasted for decades—several remain unsettled. Many groups survived the fallouts, like Fleetwood Mac miraculously holding strong for decades through the messy web of divorces, breakups, and affairs members engaged in throughout the early ’70s. For others, these disputes spelled out the beginning of the end for some of the era’s most iconic bands.
Read on to learn about the backstage arguments and grudges between your favorite musical acts.
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