‘You’re Fired!’ – The Strangest Reasons Musicians Leave

Following news that My Chemical Romance fired their drummer Mike Pedicone after he was “caught red handed stealing from the band” (“stealing what?” you may ask; I think the clue’s in the wording – GERARD’S FLAME RED HAIR DYE AIN’T CHEAP, that’s all we’re saying), we thought we’d take a look at the wackiest reasons musicians have quit / been fired before hitting the stage.



1) “Too Fat”

In 2004 well known opera singer Deborah Voigt was fired from Ariadne auf Naxos because she was “too heavy to wear a sleep black cocktail dress that (the director) deemed integral to his concept.” She returned in 2008, after losing 100 pounds to wear the cocktail dress and play the lead character. If this were an episode of Oprah there would be a shot of a housewife crying right about now…

2) “Not Religious Enough”

Josh and Zac Farro quit Paramore late last year and before you could say “it’s all gone a bit Evanescence hasn’t it?”, they released a lengthy statement explaining why. They attacked their former paymasters, claiming they felt “manufactured” and just a vehicle for launching Hayley Williams’ solo career. In April of this year Josh added that religious differences led the brothers to leave the group. Speaking about the lyrics to ‘Careful’ the guitarist said: “Paramore claimed to be a Christian band, and then wrote those lyrics. It contradicts your faith.” (The lyrics in question were “the truth never set me free, so I did it myself”). It bummed me out, and obviously one of many reasons me and Zac walked away. We couldn’t be happier where we are right now.”


3) “Homesick”


Arctic Monkeys’ original bassist Andy Nicholson was let go in 2006 after refusing to tour with the band. In 2007 Alex Turner laid out the specifics. “I think Andy missed his girlfriend,” he said. “I remember him saying to me, ‘I just wanna go to the park and take me dog for a walk,” he said.


4) “Jacket-gate”

It wasn’t a big surprise when All Saints finally broke up at the start of the millennium. What was shocking was that the last straw was an argument over a jacket. Apparently two members of the group couldn’t agree on who was wearing this particular jacket for a photoshoot causing them to split. Shaznay Lewis said years later “I would never in a million years have put money on the group ending over a jacket incident. But when that incident happened, it fired up so strong, it had to be over. And the way I was then, the state we’d got into then, there was no way she was getting that stupid jacket.”

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5) “Bass Hate”
Carlo D –aka the “interesting one” out of Interpol quit after apparently having some existential issues with his instrument. Drummer Sam Fogarino said: “Carlos really doesn’t like playing the bass guitar. How integral is the bass to Interpol? I mean, it’s huge. It’s a total harmonic component. It’s hook-laden. But he really, really didn’t like the bass. It’s not his instrument of choice, and it definitely wasn’t his first instrument.” Stick with moustache growing, Carlos, we say.


What’s your favourite bizarre reason for a musician leaving a band?