Beach Boys Have Fun, Fun, Fun and Ample Lawsuits
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With a 50th reunion tour and everybody on the same litigation-free page, it appears the Beach Boys have good vibrations. This is a stark contrast to the last 20 years where singer Mike Love attempted to Brian Wilson (twice) and Al Jardine. Whether it was over the band's name, songwriting credits or other rights, the Beach Boys nearly soiled in a few short years what was once an iconic California pop group. Although Love told me in a 2004 interview the infighting "hasn't helped" the band's legacy, he was open to working with Wilson. Looks like time (and money) heals old wounds.
After Jim Morrison, The Doors Rode Many Legal Storms
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Ray Manzarek (wearing glasses) and Robbie Krieger have squeezed every last cent from The Doors with reissues and even touring. After a 2000 one-off performance featuring the duo and drummer John Densmore, Densmore (and Jim Morrison's family) sued Krieger and Manzarek for touring as The Doors of the 21st Century with The Cult's Ian Astbury and The Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Copeland later sued Krieger and Manzarek who would counter sue him. While there is little vitriol, the suits casts a rather long, sad shadow. What would the lizard king think?
Van Halen Vocalist Changes Give New Meaning To "Interim"
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Would a MMA fight featuring David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar and Gary Cherone with the winner becoming Van Halen's lead singer be any less stranger than their revolving door policy? The ridiculous switches has had Roth with the group three times, Hagar twice and Cherone once. Roth and guitarist Eddie Van Halen have had their differences but are happy now with a current reunion tour selling out arenas. Meanwhile Hagar and bassist Michael Anthony toured in 2006 as "The Other Half" before both were shown the door. To any future Van Halen singers, fair warning!
Liam sees things, says things
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The UK tabloids had a field day responding to a report that former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher believed he lived in a haunted house. As is standard with a lot of Gallagher brother stories, there's a Beatles connection. A tabloid claimed that Liam was visited by the ghost of none other than John Lennon.
Velvet Revolver Swan Song Anything But Smooth
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When you can make the actions of Axl Rose look a tad less insane, your band is really doing something dysfunctional. Such was the case with "super group" Velvet Revolver. After a successful few years together, Scott Weiland and the former members of Guns N Roses (Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum) had their differences. The climax was a 2008 Glasgow show. Here Weiland proclaimed it was the band's final tour on stage yet the Gunners planned on continuing without him. A 2012 one-off reunion show went off with a hitch, but don't expect another one soon.
Disorder In New Order Brings Less Joy Than Division
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Joy Division singer Ian Curtis' suicide forged the creation of '80s band New Order. But since 2007, when bassist Peter Hook announced there were no future plans, a very nasty dispute between Hook and singer Bernard Sumner ensued. Sumner and drummer Stephen Morris are forging ahead with New Order while Hook has said voiced his displeasure. "You are no more New Order than I am!" Hook said in a 2007 MySpace post. New Order is touring in 2012 while Hook performs Joy Division songs in Peter Hook and The Light. It's a rather bizarre end that's far from a love triangle.
Rolling Stones Endure Plenty Of Spats, Feuding
The Rolling Stones' momentum often depends on whether Keith Richards and Mick Jagger are on good terms. In the 1980s the band was all but finished after Jagger went on a solo tour, leaving Richards and company in the dust. But that was water under the bridge when their massive Steel Wheels tour took off in 1989. Richards latest arrow at Jagger came in his biography Life when he wasn't very kind towards Mick and his manhood. Despite their setbacks, Charlie Watts and Jagger's spat was physical, with Watts knocking Jagger out cold after Mick called him "my drummer."
Hellish Conclusion Before Hell Freezes Over For Eagles
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No, Glenn Frey is not mad despite choking the Eagles' tour manager. But the group had their share of fights leading up to a 1980 concert where Frey and then guitarist Don Felder were promising to kick the other's ass after the show. In 1994 the group reunited for and were living life in the fast lane again. By 2001 things hit another bump when Felder sued the group for $50 million claiming Frey and Don Henley received a larger share of profits. Frey and Henley would sue Felder for his book Heaven and Hell which told an insider's account of the group. Both settled out of court in 2007.
Aerosmith Push Own Agendas (And Each Other) In Recent Years
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Following a huge comeback after falling off the rails early in their career, Aerosmith soared the last two decades. But singer Steven Tyler's 2009 nosedive off a South Dakota stage set in motion a lot of turmoil and animosity. After Tyler inferred he was going solo, guitarist Joe Perry and crew considered seeking out a new lead singer. Tyler threatened legal action if a replacement was found. In 2010 the band toured the U.S. and Canada, with Perry bumping Tyler off the catwalk at a Toronto show. Although Perry said it was unintentional, the venom was quite evident that night.
KISS Make Up Then Break Up With More Legal Wrangling
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Originally ditching original members guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss, KISS reformed with the lineup for a massive 1996 tour. Slowly but surely the old cracks appeared, with Criss leaving in 2001 after a contract dispute, briefly returning and then shown the door again. In 2004 KISS replaced Frehley with Tommy Thayer. While there were no lawsuits, both Frehley and Criss feel they were treated disrespectfully by Simmons and Stanley. Frehley, now clean and sober after years of drug use recently wrote about KISS and the band's inner dynamics in No Regrets.