Mike Love, who owns the name of the Beach Boys, has canned three members, including his cousin and the band's musical engine, Brian Wilson. Love announced the group will split after this week in the U.K. and Wilson, Al Jardine and David Marks have been dumped from the group. The three did not find out they had been dropped until Love and Bruce Johnston released a public statement.
This follows years of acrimony, lawsuits, and general bad blood between members. But what about when members share the same blood? It's seems that the ugliest feuds in rock have been among bands of relatives. Sometimes the relatives are at each other'sthroats, sometimes they square off against the outsiders. Here are some examples.
The Everly Brothers: At a 1973 gig in Southern California, Phil threw his guitar down and stormed off the stage during a performance of "Cathy's Clown," leaving Don to tell the stunned audience the group was finished. They were ... for 10 years, In 2003 they again reformed to tour with another notorious feuding duo, Simon and Garfunkel. "It was hilarious that the four of us were doing this tour, given our collective histories of squabbling," Simon told Rolling Stone. "Don and Phil hadn't seen each other in about three years. They met in the parking lot before the first gig."
When the tour ended, the brothers went their separate ways and haven't
The Kinks: Brothers Ray and Dave Davies have been fighting longer than most of us have been alive. And time has hardly mellowed the antagonism. "Ray's an (expletive)," Dave recently told the Daily Mail . "You've heard of vampires, well, Ray sucks me dry of ideas, emotions and creativity. It's toxic for me to be with him. He's a control freak." The brothers haven't performed together since 1996.
Van Halen vs. David Lee Roth: Those Van Halen boys -- Eddie and Alex -- sure know how to pick singers with big egos. Roth quit the band -- or was fired (no one seems to have that straight) in 1985, when the band refused to provide music for the film he was making and gave him an ultimatum to make another band record. Lots of nastiness in the press ensued. Roth briefly rejoined in the mid-90s, was fired, then rejoined for a tour in 2007. They released a record earlier this year and everything seems hunky-dory ... for now.
Van Halen vs. Sammy Hagar: Roth's replacement also faced an ultimatum when the band wanted to do a greatest hits record. Hagar balked, either quit or was fired, and got ripped by the band in the press. He ripped back until they made nice and went on a chaotic reunion tour in the early 2000s, which ended with Hagar and Edward Van Halen being restrained from ripping each other's throats out.
Oasis brother vs. Oasis brother: At the 2009 Rock en Seine festival in Paris, Noel and Liam Gallagher refused to take the stage after what some reports said was a vicious brawl that left one of Noel's guitars in pieces. This is really nothing new; the brothers have been fighting as long as there has been an Oasis. But Noel posted a note on the band's website later that week, saying, "I have been forced to leave the Manchester rock 'n' roll pop group Oasis. I feel you have the right to know that the level of verbal and violent intimidation toward me, my family, friends and comrades has become intolerable." There has been no sign since that things have gotten better.
Kings of Leon: Like the Beach Boys, this band started with three brothers and a cousin. Caleb Followill's departed mid-show in July, which was addressed by brother Jared via Twitter: "There are internal sicknesses & problems that have needed to be addressed," Jared wrote. "I love our fans so much. I know you guys aren't stupid. I can't lie." There's been little news from the band since.