VH1.com have posted an interesting list of how musicians have been fired from their bands. Getting fired is always horrible, but it’s especially bad when you’re getting sacked from a rock band. We’ve already told you about bad boys who got the boot from their world famous groups, and dudes who were kicked out just when the band about to break big onto the world stage. But those horror stories pale in comparison to these brutal band dismissals!
Some had Post-It notes left on their car windshield, some were dropped at a bus station in the middle of nowhere, and others were dragged off of the stage mid-performance. And then there were the folks who were straight up never told anything, and found out the same way that we did: on the internet! Yes, rock ‘n’ roll is a harsh business, but some of these firings were pretty damn cold.
10. Matt Sorum
Matt had an epic argument with Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose in 1997. When the dust settled, Rose reportedly growled, “Are you quitting?” When Sorum said no, Rose replied, “You’re fired.” In 2002 he teamed up with former GNR-mates Slash and Duff McKagan in the supergroup, Velvet Revolver.
9. Syd Barrett
Pink Floyd had already brought in Dave Gilmour to fill in for a mentally unstable Barrett on guitar and lead vocals, briefly continuing as an augmented five-piece band. But tired of his space’d out behavior and refusal to perform once on stage, the rest of the band simply failed to pick him up for a gig one day.
8. Michael Anthony
It’s bad enough that the Van Halen bassist found out on the internet that he’d been fired from the band in 2006. But the worst part is that he was replaced by Eddie Van Halen’s 16-year-old son, Wolfgang!
7. Dave Lombardo
When a fan asked the Slayer drummer how he learned about being fired from Slayer for the Australian tour, he responded with a one word answer via Twitter: “Online.” Ooof.
6. Scott Weiland
Timing is everything! Just a day after he went on record in Rolling Stone saying that rumors his dismissal from Stone Temple Pilots were “hearsay,” the band issued a press release saying that he was “officially terminated.” Weiland went back to the magazine claiming that the release was the first he’d heard of getting the sack.
5. Jimi Hendrix
According to rock legend, Hendrix was fired in the middle of his very first live gig. The incident apparently took place at Seattle’s Temple De Hirsch in 1959, when the band he was supposed to be backing took offense to his over-the-top showman ship. This same showmanship later when on to make him an icon.
4. Ron Reyes
Black Flag reunited in 2013, but Reyes’ tenure as vocalist was short-lived. On November 24th, with two songs left to go in the set, band associate/pro-skater/future front-man Mike Vallely came onstage, grabbed the mic, and addressed Reyes: “You’re done, party’s over. Get off, it’s over.” Reyes unloaded in a lengthy open letter on his Facebook page, saying that he “felt a great sense of relief” at leaving.
3. Andy Rourke
The Smith’s bassist was probably already pretty bummed in early 1986, considering he’d just spent a few mights in jail as the result of a heroin charge. But then things got worse when he allegedly found a Post-It note stuck to the windsheild of his car reading, “Andy – you have left The Smiths. Goodbye and good luck, Morrissey.” That’s pretty cold, but Morrissey denies that the story took place.
2. LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Robertson
The Destiny’s Child twosome apparently weren’t even informed of their dismissal. According to legend, they discovered that they were no longer in the band when they first saw the video for 1999’s “Say My Name” and realized that they didn’t appear in it!
1. Dave Mustaine
Dave had a major role in Metallica’s early days, but his drug an alcohol abuse proved too much for the band. While driving to Rochester, New York, to record their debut album Metal Up Your Ass (later renamed Kill ‘Em All), he was apparently dropped off at bus station and told to catch a ride home. Kirk Hammett was flown in that afternoon to replace him.