‘He’s a control freak’: 11 bandmates who hate each other, from Pink Floyd to the Gallagher brothers

You don’t have to be friends with the people you make music with – but it helps not to be enemies.

The annals of music history are filled with instances of bandmates whose relationships turned sour, from Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel to Morrissey and Johnny Marr.

In one of modern music’s bitterest feuds, former Pink Floyd members Roger Waters and David Gilmour have spent years exchanging vitriolic words in the press. This week, Polly Samson, ex-Pink Floyd lyricist and wife of David Gilmour, made unsubstantiated allegations against Waters online.

Waters wrote on a social media account that he was “aware of the incendiary and wildly inaccurate comments made about him on Twitter by Polly Samson which he refutes entirely”, and said he is “currently taking advice as to his position”.

Of course, plenty of great music has been made by people who were at personal loggerheads – just ask Fleetwood Mac.

Sometimes, bandmates even manage to overcome their differences. The Libertines and Guns N’ Roses are just two of the outfits to have buried the hatchet and reformed in high spirits.

But they’re not who we’re interested in here. This is a list of the most ill-tempered feuds between bandmates in the history of modern music.

See below for the full list…

The Beach Boys

Cousins Mike Love and Brian Wilson, once bandmates in The Beach Boys, have feuded for decades. Wilson has publicly mocked Love’s singing, and described him as “egotistical”; Love, meanwhile, successfully sued the band for songwriting credits on many of the group’s hits.

The Everly Brothers

Known for their mellifluous two-part harmonies, Don and Phil Everly enjoyed an off-stage relationship that was anything but harmonious. The vehement sibling animosity spilled out onto stage during an infamous 1973 gig that resulted in Phil smashing his guitar and storming off.

The Kinks

Brothers Ray and Dave Davies have enjoyed one of music’s most celebrated sibling collaborations – and one of its most vicious quarrels. Speaking of their feud, Dave once told an interviewer: “You’ve heard of vampires. Well, Ray sucks me dry of ideas, emotions and creativity. He’s a control freak.” The band split up in 1996, though the brothers have shown signs of reconciliation in the years since.


Noel and Liam Gallagher were at the forefront of the 1990s Britpop phenomenon

Ace Frehley and Peter Criss, two of the original members of Kiss, have long been at loggerheads with Gene Simmons’s rock group after first leaving the band in the early 1980s. Simmons and Paul Stanley have spoken negatively of their former bandmates, with Stanley alleging in his 2014 biography that they were antisemitic – claims Frehley subsequently denied.


Vocalist Steve Perry left the “Don’t Stop Believin’” rock outfit in 1998, claiming later that he had “never really felt part of the band”. The group replaced him with soundalike Steve Augeri. Disagreements have continued to surface within Journey, however, with reports suggesting that guitarist Neal Schon and keyboardist Jonathan Cain have quarreled over the musical direction of the band in recent years.


The Kinks, photographed in 1968

Simon and Garfukel perform in 1966

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