Top Ten Bands that Have Fired One or More of Their Members

It's not easy being in a band...there can be many disagreements among bandmates, drug habits can get out of hand, creative differences, etc. Sometimes this can even lead to a band member getting fired! Here are some famous rock and metal bands that have fired one or more of their musicians.
The Top Ten
Black Sabbath Black Sabbath were a Heavy Metal band formed in Birmingham, England in 1968 by guitarist and songwriter Tony Iommi, singer John "Ozzy" Osbourne, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward. ...read more.

Ozzy Osbourne was fired from Black Sabbath due to his serious drug addictions beginning to affect his singing.

Guns N' Roses Guns N' Roses is an American hard rock band from Los Angeles formed in 1985. The classic lineup, as signed to Geffen Records in 1986, consisted of vocalist Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler. Apart from hard rock they are also ...read more.

They fired (or kicked out) drummer Steven Adler because his heroin addiction was starting to interfere with his playing. Axl also kept firing his hired musicians during the recording of "Chinese Democracy".

Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

Infamously fired their original lead guitarist Dave Mustaine (who later found fame with Megadeth) for being a drunk and having anger issues.

A lot of Megadeth fans say they don’t understand why Metallica is more popular. Honestly I think it’s surprising that Megadeth got as big as they are getting fired from a previous band doesn’t sound like a very promising start.

Funny is that if they never kicked out Dave, Megadeth wouldn’t have existed

The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). ...read more.

Guitarist Brian Jones was fired in 1969 because of (again) drug use. He never kicked his drug habit and tragically died a month later.

Hawkwind Hawkwind are an English rock band and one of the earliest space rock groups. Formed in November 1969, Hawkwind have gone through many incarnations and they have incorporated different styles into their music, including hard rock, progressive rock and psychedelic rock.

Before hitting it big with Motörhead, Lemmy Kilmister was the lead singer of a progressive rock band called Hawkwind. He was booted out after he was charged with possession of drugs.

Van Halen Van Halen is an American hard rock band formed in Pasadena, California, in 1972. From 1974 until 1985, the band consisted of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, vocalist David Lee Roth, drummer Alex Van Halen, and bassist Michael Anthony.

Bassist Michael Anthony was fired for unknown reasons. He was replaced by Eddie Van Halen's then 16 year old son Wolfgang.

Slayer Slayer is an American thrash metal band from Huntington Park, California, formed in 1981 by guitarists Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King. They rose to fame with their 1986 album Reign in Blood, and is credited as one of the big four of thrash metal bands, the others being Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax. ...read more.

Drummer Dave Lombardo was kicked out of Slayer much to the disapointment of fans after it was rumoured that he had started claiming the band's management was stealing money from the band.

AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014 . They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1979, after which they hired Brian Johnson ...read more.

Yes, AC/DC had a lead singer before Bon Scott. His name was Dave Evans and he was fired because the band thought he was "too glam".

Mötley Crüe Mötley Crüe was an American metal band formed in Los Angeles, California on January 17, 1981. The group was founded by bassist Nikki Sixx and drummer Tommy Lee, lead vocalist Vince Neil and lead guitarist Mick Mars.

In the 90s, they fired their original lead singer Vince Neil replacing him with John Corabi. Fans weren't too happy about it and the band soon hired back Vince after only one album with Corabi.

Styx Styx is an American rock band from Chicago that formed in 1972 and became famous for its albums released in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Singer Dennis DeYoung was booted out due to health problems.

The Contenders
Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English Heavy Metal / Hard Rock band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm ...read more.
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