It’s a fact of life: not everyone gets along. But, when musicians with millions of fans are involved, problems become public knowledge. Here are some of the antics that have started some crazy feuds in music.
JACK WHITE vs. JASON STOLLSTEIMER (VON BONDIES)
The Von Bondies band member reported that White attacked him at a club, giving him a black eye and a bloody nose. While White admitted in an interview to spitting on him and pled guilty to assault charges, he later said that Stollsteimer exaggerated the whole situation. “It’s so funny that when the aroma of money is in the air, friends will step on your face to get it,” White said.
LORDE vs. DIPLO
Shortly after Diplo worked with Lorde on a track, he tweeted that someone should make a Kickstarter to get Taylor Swift a booty. Being the loyal friend she is, Lorde quickly jumped to TSwift’s defense: “should we do something about your tiny penis while we’re at it hm?” Diplo retaliated again, Instagramming a typical photo with half naked ladies and captioned that his junk gets more hits than Taylor Swift. He also said that Taylor Swift fans are the worst people in the world.
Check out the series of events below:
Someone should make a kickstarter to get taylor swift a booty
— diplo (@diplo) November 12, 2014
@diplo should we do something about your tiny penis while we're at it hm
— Lorde (@lordemusic) November 13, 2014
BLACK KEYS vs. JACK WHITE
After TMZ released e-mails between White and his ex-wife where the Lazaretto singer expressed dislike for The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach, drummer Pat Carney responded by telling Rolling Stone he understood that a divorce is a rough time. It could’ve just ended there. But, White took it one step further in his Rolling Stone cover story. White accused The Black Keys of ripping off his sound, saying that they can’t deny they haven’t heard of the White Stripes. Eventually, White released a long apology to The Black Keys and other musicians, saying that his comments were taken out of context.
THE WAR ON DRUGS vs. MARK KOZELEK
This feud started when Sun Kil Moon singer Mark Kozelek heard audio from the War on Drugs’ set bleeding into his own at Ottawa Folk Fest. Kozelek then dedicated the rest of his set to bad-mouthing War On Drugs, eventually writing the prophetic “War on Drugs: Suck my Cock”. He publicly challenged the War on Drugs, asking them to let him sing his spiteful song – using the members as a backing band – during a performace at the Fillmore. War On Drugs responded by calling Kozelek a “douche.”
THE GALLAGHER BROTHERS vs. THE WORLD
Aside from their timeless songs, the Gallagher brothers are also known for their nasty case of sibling rivalry. During Oasis performances, Liam would occasionally sing different lyrics to take jabs at his brother. Other shows saw Liam staying with the audience, refusing to leave so that he could heckle his brother. Noel left the band in 2009, after an explosive argument backstage in Paris. He has also famously feuded with Pete Doherty, Robbie Williams, Arcade Fire, Bastille, social media, and even Jay-Z.
PATRICK CARNEY vs. JUSTIN BEIBER
In 2013, TMZ asked The Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney if Bieber should feel ignored for not earning a Grammy nomination. Carney replied by saying that Grammys are for music, not money and that Bieber should be grateful. Bieber tweeted that Carney should be slapped around – and that’s when the real fun began. In a later interview with Rolling Stone Carney called Bieber an irresponsible asshole for unleashing 40 million fans on him when he just tried to pay him a compliment. The nerve.
the black keys drummer should be slapped around haha
— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) February 12, 2013
FLAMING LIPS vs. ARCADE FIRE
Wayne Coyne told Rolling Stone that he felt Arcade Fire were a bunch of pricks. Coyne said people treat them like they’re the greatest thing ever, and that they get away with treating everyone around them poorly. Arcade Fire lead singer Win Butler took to their official site to express his shock that Coyne would have such strong opinions, having never met them.