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"You're Fired!" - Music's Most Infamous Sackings

Ex-Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison has revealed he was fired from the band via email. He's not the only member of a famous group to get the boot of course. Here's 21 other infamous sackings from music history.

  • In April 1983, after Metallica had driven to New York to record their debut album, Mustaine was officially fired from the group because of his alcoholism, hard drug abuse and personality clashes with founding members Hetfield and Ulrich - an incident Mustaine refers to as "no warning, no second chance". The band packed up Mustaine's gear, drove him to a Greyhound bus station in Rochester, NY, and put him on a bus bound for Los Angeles. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Lemmy, aka Ian Fraser Kilmister, was fired from Hawkwind four years after joining when he was arrested for drug possession at Canadian customs in 1975 (and jailed for five days). He did manage to provide vocals for their highest charting single to date though (‘Silver Machine’). Pic: Phil Wallis

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  • Peter Doherty was evicted from The Libertines in 2004. "I think Pete's main problem is that he is fascinated by the dark side," said Tony Gaskin, general manager of London's Filthy McNasty's pub, where the band formed. "Part of it is just being an artist, but the other part is more dangerous... I sometimes wonder if The Libertines' huge fanbase is due to the possibility some think they need to make the most of every gig because Pete could have popped his clogs by the next." Pic: Andrew Kendall

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  • Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony found out he was fired through the internet and word of mouth during September 2006. He was replaced by Eddie Van Halen’s sixteen-year-old son, Wolfgang, as the band’s bassist. When asked how he had found out about his replacement, he said "Probably like everybody else, I found out on the Internet. I can understand that he wants his kid to play with him. If I had a kid like that, I’d like to have him perform with me, too.” Pic: Getty

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  • Panic At The Disco’s erstwhile bassist Brent Wilson (left) was fired over the phone in May 2006. Wilson claimed he was kicked out to stop him receiving any royalties, but the rest of the band countered by claiming he couldn’t play bass and didn’t play a single note on the record. "Panic was my life," he later bleated. "I'm 18 and I thought I had things figured out: I gave up baseball in high school because of this band." Pic: Redferns

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  • Evanescence’s Amy Lee and Ben Moody bonded as kids when Lee heard Moody playing Meat Loaf’s ‘I Will Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That)’ on the piano at youth camp. However, after several years of the band inflicting the likes of ‘Bring Me To Life’ on us, the relationship soured and Moody left the group in 2003, followed by the drummer, bassist and guitarist over the next few years. Smith. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Guns N’ Roses have seen more than their fair share of inter-band fighting. In Germany in 1991, building on his history of pompous behaviour, Axl Rose walked off-stage mid-set. This kind of thing had caused riots in the past, so security locked the gates and he was forced to return and finish the set. However, it was the final straw for guitarist Izzy Stradlin, who announced he was leaving the next day. Pic: RetnaUK

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  • Drummer Matt Sorum was fired from Guns N' Roses after a blazing row with Axl Rose, which saw him defending Slash in an argument with Rose and Paul Tobias. A quote from Sorum states that: "In 1997 we got into an argument and I said, ‘This is not right, we’ve got to pull the band together. This is not brain surgery, this is rock and roll: two guitars, bass, vocals, and drums. Don’t over-think it.’ He said, ‘Are you going to quit?’ I said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘You’re fired’.” Pic: RetnaUK

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  • The wars of the Guns N' Roses part three. This time it was the turn of guitarist Buckethead, who left in 2004 due to "Guns' inability to complete an album or tour".  Guns N' Roses released a statement claiming it was actually Buckethead’s apparently “transient lifestyle” that made it impossible for him to be in the band. Pic: PA Photos

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  • After a weekend spent in prison because of his drug abuse, Andy Rouke was fired from The Smiths in 1986 in an imaginative way by Morrissey, who left a note under his car’s windscreen wiper that read “Andy, you have left The Smiths. Good luck and goodbye, Morrissey." Pic: Redferns

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  • After paying the $606.17 needed to record Nirvana’s first album, 'Bleach', Jason Everman began a brief stint in the band as their guitarist, only to be fired following their first US tour. Pic: Redferns

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  • Stuart Cable was fired from the Stereophonics by the rest of the band in 2003 for spending too much time on his new career in television and not attending rehearsals. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Reasons for Bon Jovi’s bassist Alec John Such’s dismissal from the band are hazy, but the generally-held view (and that given by the other band members) is that he was expelled for poor live performances. Pic: Redferns

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  • One of Iron Maiden’s many vocalists, Paul Di’Anno, was dismissed in 1981 just as the band was becoming successful due to his increasingly disruptive cocaine abuse. He left after a meeting with him, the band and their manager which he described as “like having Mussolini, Stalin and Adolf Hitler run your band”. Pic: Redferns

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  • Tension has been growing between Oasis’ first drummer Tony McCarroll and the rest of the band, not least because McCarroll was angry that Noel had spent £1,000 from the label on a guitar. He was asked to leave in 1995. In 1999 he tried to sue the band for £18 million, but got an out-of-court settlement. Pic: Redferns

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  • Blur guitarist Graham Coxon left the band in 2002, due to inter-band tensions and his alleged drinking problems. He later said that he’d had a breakthrough and wanted to spend more time with his daughter, and that the band didn’t want him involved with the recordings of the album which became 'Think Tank'. Pic: PA Photos

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  • In 1987, The Cure’s drummer and keyboardist Lol Tolhurst’s alcohol addiction began to interfere with the band’s touring schedule. He was frequently replaced by Psychedelic Furs keyboardist Roger O'Donnell until the rest of the band eventually told Robert Smith that either he went or they did. Tolhurst’s departure left Smith as the group's only original founding member. Pic: Redferns

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  • After becoming increasingly alienated from the band, Suede’s lead guitarist Bernard Butler eventually left in 1994. He’d turned up to the studio one day to find he wasn’t allowed in, and one terse conversation with Brett Anderson later it was all over. Pic: Redferns

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  • Over the many years Divine Comedy has existed frontman Neil Hannon has been the only consistent member, and at times the only member. In 2001 Hannon decided to fire the entire band he had at the time and go solo again. Pic: RetnaUK

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  • After almost ten years of friendship, Queens Of The Stone Age frontman Josh Homme and bassist Nick Oliveri parted ways in 2004 when Homme heard that Oliveri had allegedly been physically abusive to his (Oliveri’s) girlfriend. Pic: Redferns

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