You'll Never Rock in This Band Again: Musicians Who Were Famously Fired From Their Groups
Earlier this week, rock group Stone Temple Pilots released a press release which read, "Stone Temple Pilots have announced they have officially terminated Scott Weiland."
But Weiland, a founding member and longtime lead singer of the band, doesn't quite understand how this turn of events came about. Speaking with Rolling Stone on Tuesday, one day before STP announced his termination, Weiland claimed that all was well between him and his bandmates. "No one has been fired and I haven't quit. That's all hearsay," said the rocker.
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Although, after seeing the press release on Wednesday, Weiland seems to have changed his opinion. "I learned of my supposed 'termination' from Stone Temple Pilots this morning by reading about it in the press," Weiland said in a statement to Rolling Stone. "Not sure how I can be 'terminated' from a band that I founded, fronted and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that’s something for the lawyers to figure out."
We're not sure how that works either, but one thing is clear: The rest of the band doesn't want to play with Weiland anymore. So while his lawyer sorts things out, we figured we'd take a look at other musicians who were unceremoniously booted from their groups. Check them out below.
The Beatles recruited Pete Best (right) as their first full-time drummer in 1960. Best remained with the group for two years, but was ultimately fired after the rest of the band allegedly began to doubt his abilities. Ringo Starr played his first show with The Beatles two days later.
Dave Mustaine joined Metallica in 1982, but the band soon became fed up with his excessive drinking. After driving all the way to New York to record their debut album, Metallica fired Mustaine and dropped him off at the Port Authority Bus Terminal to catch a bus back to Los Angeles. Mustaine formed Megadeth soon after.
LeToya Tuckett, LaTavia Roberson and Farrah Franklin
LeToya Luckett (pictured) and LaTavia Roberson found out they were no longer members of Destiny's Child when, in 2001, they saw the video for "Say My Name" and noticed that neither of them were in it. Luckett and Roberson had reportedly been seeking an alternative manager, which didn't sit well the current manager Matthew Knowles (also Beyonce's father), who replaced them with Farrah Franklin and Michelle Williams. Litigation ensued while Destiny's Child continued to enjoy success, although Franklin was eventually fired for missing a few concert dates and promotional appearances.
The other members of Black Sabbath kicked Ozzy out of the band in 1979, citing his alcoholism and drug use. They replaced him with Ronnie James Dio, who remained as the lead singer until 1992. Osbourne would eventually reunite with Black Sabbath in 1997 for the Ozzfest tour.
Following the departure of John Frusciante in 1992, the Red Hot Chili Peppers hired former Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro. They only recorded one album together ("One Hot Minute") before eventually firing Navarro in 1998. "Anthony [Kiedis] says it was because I tripped and fell over an amp while on drugs," explained Navarro in an interview with NME. "I say that he was on more drugs than me at that point. We both had a loose relationship with reality. Who do you want to believe?”
Nick Oliveri had worked with Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme in their previous band (Kyuss), so when asked to join QOTSA in 1998, he accepted. Years later in 2004, Homme heard rumors that Oliveri was being physically abusive toward his girlfriend and promptly booted the bass player from the group.
Drummer Steven Adler was booted from Guns N' Roses in July of 1990. The band had previously given him a year and a half to seek treatment for his heroin addiction, but guitarist Slash claims that Adler never got clean. Adler has, however, sought treatment for his addiction on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew."
In 2004, Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs assembled the girl group Danity Kane on the MTV reality program "Making the Band 3." He grew increasingly disappointed in member Aubrey O'Day as the years progressed, and eventually removed her from the group. He informed the rest of Danity Kane on the live finale of "Making The Band 4" in 2008.
Brian Jones (left) was not only a member of the Rolling Stones, he was the one who founded the group in 1962. By 1969, he was taking drugs heavily, and his run-ins with the law left him without a United States work permit. Wanting to continue touring North America, the Stones fired Jones and replaced him with another guitar player. Jones was found dead in his swimming pool soon after.