The Everly Brothers. Pink Floyd. The Eagles. No matter how famous, some rock bands just couldn't make their creative partnerships work.
There are disagreements, and then there are decades-long feuds that break apart some of the world's most famous bands—sometimes forever. Here, we look at some of the most tempestuous relationships in the history of rock 'n roll.
The Everly Brothers
Before Liam and Noel Gallagher of Oasis became famous for their public squabbles, there was Don and Phil Everly.
However, unlike their British counterparts, the Everly brothers managed to create music together in relative peace and harmony for the first 20 years of their career—not too shabby, considering the highly-publicized fallout that was to come.
It was in 1973, during a concert in Buena Park, California, that Don told a stunned crowd, "I'm through being an Everly brother."
Don's shocking admission came midway through the song "Cathy's Clown" after Phil smashed his own guitar on the ground and suddenly stormed off stage. Although abrupt, it shouldn't have been altogether surprising as both siblings had battled ongoing drug addictions and, in the midst of that 1973 concert, both were reportedly on speed. The drugs had finally taken a toll on the siblings.
Don was left to explain to an astonished crowd that the duo was breaking up, and he proceeded to finish the concert on his own. The two only spoke once during the following 10 years—at their father's funeral.
In 1983 and 2005 they agreed to put their differences aside for brief nostalgia tours, but the situation remained tense, both on stage and off and the siblings never truly reconciled.
Phil died in January 2014 at the age of 74.
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