Being too good looking
Being too good looking: There have been many rumoured reasons as to why Pete Best was fired from the Beatles in 1962. These include the rest of the band allegedly doubting his abilities and the scurrilous suggestion that John and Paul, threatened by Pete’s good looks, wanted a less attractive drummer.
Going behind the band manager’s back
Going behind the band manager’s back: LeToya Luckett 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 saw their replacements. Luckett and Roberson had reportedly been seeking an alternative manager, which didn’t sit well the current manager Matthew Knowles (Beyonce’s dad) who replaced the girls immediately.
Being clumsy on stage
Being clumsy on stage: The Red Hot Chilli Peppers only recorded one album with Dave Navarro, ‘One Hot Minute’, before they fired him in 1998. “Anthony Kiedis says it was because I tripped and fell over an amp while on drugs,” explained Navarro. “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?”
Liking the Beatles too much
Liking the Beatles too much: Sex Pistols fired their bass player Glen Matlock in 1977, allegedly because of his love for another British band: The Beatles. At first, Matlock and the group said the split was amicable, but the group’s manager Malcolm McLaren later told reporter Derek Johnson that Matlock was sacked because “he went on too long about Paul McCartney.”
Stealing from band mates
Stealing from band mates: My Chemical Romance fired their drummer, Michael Pedicone, after he was “caught red-handed stealing from the band” after a concert in Auburn, Washington. Though the band members did not reveal any details of the incident, they did note in an announcement on their official website that Pedicone had confessed to local police.
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Domestic abuse allegations
Domestic abuse allegations: Josh Homme fired Nick Oliveri from Queens of the Stone Age after discovering that Oliveri had been physically abusive to his girlfriend. “A couple years ago, I spoke to Nick about a rumor I heard,” Homme has said. “I said, ‘If I ever find out that this is true, I can’t know you, man.'”
Breaking a drugs contract
Breaking a drugs contract: Drummer Steven Adler was sacked from Guns N’ Roses over his heroin addiction in 1990. He had been briefly fired from the band earlier in the year before being allowed back when he signed a contract in which he vowed to stop taking drugs. He didn’t.