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Tuesday, April 04, 2006
With the drive to ship units and sell tickets so strong among ego-stroked rock stars, there is a rich tradition of rivalry in the business -- even within bands.
Rock as we know it truly started in the '60s, when a generation of young fans bought records and attended concerts in overwhelming numbers. But the era of peace and love gave birth to a demented rock child. By the end of the '60s, members of CSNY were strung out on heroin and packing guns. The Beatles broke up, bitterly. And Pink Floyd became businessmen. The industry has continued in that fashion.
Behind the hits of the '70s, '80s and '90s are stories of ambition, betrayal and conquest. Settle in as we chronicle the winners and losers in the roll call of rock 'n' roll rivalry. Ring the bell!
Oasis vs. ex-drummer Tony McCarroll
People get kicked out of bands all the time. Except this time, McCarroll got kicked out of the one band that was about to become the biggest in the world. Before America could say "What's the Story Morning Glory?" Tony was on the phone to his lawyer.
Oasis' elder brother/songwriter Noel was named in a $30 million lawsuit. Tony claimed he was owed royalties and eventually settled out of court for approximately $1 million. He still, however, had to pay over $400,000 in legal fees, and it is said that the agreement essentially cut him out of any future revenue generated by the band.
Note McCarroll being buried alive in the band's "Live Forever" video. Noel apparently also had a habit of conveniently forgetting Tony's name during interviews.
The winner is: Sniping from the far corners of the Monobrow Empire kept Oasis in the news and, by extension, kept Noel Gallagher a very rich man. Gallagher easily beats out that guy he kicked out of his band.....
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