Since Elvis Presley sneered not to mess with his “Blue Suede Shoes,” fighting and rock n’ roll have gone together like whiskey and a beer chaser. The music’s natural tendency towards rebellion and bravado demand almost make it mandatory. Some bands are known for feuding with other musicians, some for getting into fisticuffs with audience members and then there are those who take inter-band squabbles into the physical arena and settling their differences, artistic or otherwise, with their mitts.
From The Who to Slipknot, boys will be boys and let their fists do the talking. Though it’s not just boys who do it, as the violent implosion of girl-group Danity Kane shows us. Check out 10 bands that came to blows and hear them talk about what happened and see the fight recaps in the videos below.
The ‘Orrible ‘Ho were known for inter-band punch ups in their early days, usually at the hand of macho man lead singer Roger Daltrey. This almost led to his ouster from the group but he agreed not to beat on the band anymore until that time a drunken Pete Townshend attacked him with his guitar as he tells Howard Stern in the video above.
Marilyn Manson Vs. John 5
Since the guitarist left his band, Marilyn Manson has made no secret of his dislike of the twisted Telecaster virtuoso. Perhaps moments like this altercation as a result of MM accidentally kicking 5 in the head are part of the reason the guitarist left for greener pastures. Assuming you think Rob Zombie is a greener pasture.
Metallica Vs. Dave Mustaine
The friction between Metallica and founding guitarist Dave Mustaine is well known. Among the reasons for his eventual firing from the group was an incident early on where the lead guitarist took on singer James Hetfield and original bassist Ron McGovney and showed off some of his karate chops. Sometimes you win the battle but lose the war. Hear Dave’s side in this radio interview from the early days of Megadeth.
Sibling rivalry has often boiled over into actual violence between the dueling Brit pop brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher. Their legendary rucks have included head butts, cancelled gigs, assault with a cricket bat and is probably the reason you’ll never see an actual Oasis reunion. As you can see from this performance clip, even when things were good between the brothers, they weren’t that good.
This Diddy-created femme supergroup were in the midst of recording a comeback album when disagreements turned physical last month. Singer Dawn Richard allegedly punched fellow DK member Aubrey O’Day in the back of the head after finding her re-doing vocals without her knowledge. This led to yet another breakup however the band still plans on releasing new recordings.
These laid back country rockers have a long history of animosity between them and in fact their initial reunion tour was called Hell Freezes Over, as drummer Don Henley felt the chances of reconciliation was so scant. Hear how the band took tensions to the concert stage in this clip from their acclaimed band documentary History of the Eagles.
Brian Jonestown Massacre
Musically adventuress, personally difficult and completely unpredictable, these indie psych rockers often used their fists to settle band differences, as documented here in this scene from the movie Dig!
This hard rocking Iowa 3-piece have been through several line-ups but none came apart quit as violently as the one seen here. Guitarists note: if you’re going to use your guitar as a weapon, don’t let your adversary use it against you.
More Iowa brawlers, no one’s sure what started this on stage wrestling match between two members of the masked metal band however recent lineup changes suggest there’s as much chaos in the group itself as in their cacophonous music.
Aerosmith 1: Steven Tyler Hits Joe Perry With The Mic Stand
The creative and personal friction between these two “Toxic Twins” has long fueled this Boston band. Though there’s no doubt this bonking was accidental, but it couldn’t have helped relations between the two.
Aerosmith 2: Joe Perry Knocks Steven Tyler Off Stage
As they say, payback’s a bitch. Was this bump off an accident? Who can say for sure though Tyler sure seemed to think so when he tried to treat the guitarist in kind.