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The Most Devastating Band Breakups Of The Past Decade


Bands break up all the time and the 2010s
were no exception. Some bands split up in a manner so strange,
dramatic, or just plain shocking that the mere memory of it makes fans cringe. Let’s take a look at some of the most devastating
band break ups of the past decade. Every generation has its own boy band, and
for the kids who were the right age between 2010 and 2015, the undisputed king of boy
bands was One Direction. In 2015, however, the dream ended, not with
a bang, but with a whimper. After Zayn Malik announced he was leaving
the band, the remaining members decided to relaunch as a four piece and record a new
album. Later that year, One Direction stopped by
The Late Late Show with James Corden and talked about Malik’s departure. “If you don’t like your job and you gotta
follow your heart sometimes and go where you need to go, there’s no arguing with that. Like I say, we were angry at first but then
it was just a bit more disappointed.” Unfortunately, fans would be even more disappointed
when One Direction announced that the band was going on hiatus. While the group has never technically broken
up, or rather, they’ve stated that their “break” is not necessarily permanent, it certainly
seems that at least some of the band members have had enough of each other. According to the BBC, the group quietly dissolved
their touring company in 2018, and as Cosmopolitan notes, various One Direction members have
thrown plenty of shade at each other since Malik exited the group. So, while money is a powerful motivator that
may one day facilitate a lucrative Backstreet Boys-style reunion, or at least a Spice Girls-style
tour every once in a while, for now it seems that One Direction has reached the end of
the road. My Chemical Romance was one of the most popular
emo bands on the scene. Then in 2013, the group suddenly announced
that it was splitting up, but the reason for the breakup seemed a bit unclear. As NME tells us, none of the members really
wanted the group to end, and they were quite distraught about the fact that it was happening. Nevertheless, everyone agreed that the best
thing they could do was move on. Band leader Gerard Way commented, “It was time. I think because it was so special and it was
such an amazing thing…to keep going and let it rust out on the rails? That was not the way that band was supposed
to go out.” In 2014, Way said that despite releasing four
studio albums, the most organic ending for the band could have been even sooner, after
their third effort, The Black Parade. “To go beyond that felt like betraying some
sort of artistic command that I had within myself.” As Kerrang! notes, laying My Chemical Romance
to rest was neither quite as noble nor permanent an undertaking as Way’s comments made it seem. In 2019, the band played a much-rumored comeback
show and announced a slew of upcoming tour dates. Way also elaborated on the reasons they broke
up in the first place. In the end, it was all about pressure: When
the band became extremely successful, everyone suddenly started to “have an opinion” about
what they should have been, and Way and his bandmates simply found this too much and couldn’t
tackle all the stress. Fans are praying that this second coming of
My Chemical Romance will be a lasting one and that the group will stick around to lead
many more black parades. As Rolling Stone tells us, the world lost
one of history’s most popular alternative acts in 2011 when R.E.M. announced they would
split up after 31 years in the game. While it’s not out of the ordinary for band
members to explore other walks of life after over three decades together, the breakup of
R.E.M. was almost shocking in its sheer amicability. In fact, the band members themselves seemed
rather surprised how naturally the split came. After they finished their last album, Collapse
into Now, the group realized that its songs seemed like a good way to wrap up their career,
so that’s precisely what they did. They remained on great terms throughout the
closing of the door and are still friendly today. At the time, bassist Mike Mills described
the band’s mindset to Rolling Stone… “We feel kind of like pioneers in this. There’s no disharmony here, no falling-outs,
no lawyers squaring-off. We’ve made this decision together, amicably
and with each other’s best interests at heart. The time just feels right.” In recent years, members of R.E.M. have all
said that the band ended at the right time. Michael Stipe echoed this sentiment on England’s
Andrew Marr Show… “I wanted to preserve the legacy of what
we had created and spent 32 years of our lives working on. I did not want it to drag down to us in our
mid-50s going on tour.” Although there wasn’t any negative feelings
between the band members, there was at least some animosity bubbling under the surface. As Billboard writes, guitarist Peter Buck
eventually revealed that the main reason he wanted to hang it up was that he had grown
sick and tired of the music industry, and wanted nothing to do with it anymore. Despite Buck’s frustration with the industry,
fans can look back proudly on R.E.M.’s final act, knowing that the band members were still
friends when they turned out the lights. The White Stripes had been on hiatus for several
years before they finally broke up in 2011. The official announcement about the duo of
Jack and Meg White made it clear that both musicians were on good terms and in fine health,
but the band was calling it quits. Their record label released a statement that
only spelled out one major motivation for the break up… “It is for a myriad of reasons, but mostly
to preserve what is beautiful and special about the band [and] have it stay that way.” The announcement ended with a personal note
from the group that thanked the fans and left them with this thought… “The White Stripes do not belong to Meg and
Jack anymore. The White Stripes belong to you now and you
can do with it whatever you want.” It sounds like a very amiable breakup but
were things really that cozy between Jack and Meg? According to Digital Spy and Rolling Stone,
Jack has said that he doesn’t really have any idea why they broke up and the decision
was instigated by Meg who didn’t elaborate on her decision. But that shouldn’t be surprising, since she
is known for being very soft spoken. By 2014, the two were rarely in contact, partly
due to Meg’s reclusive personality. Jack has stated that the chance for their
reunion is pretty much impossible. However, it must be said that Meg almost certainly
didn’t break up the band out of malice, seeing as she suffers from “acute anxiety,” which
caused them to end a tour early in 2007. Being one half of a world-famous band can
be extremely stressful, especially for someone with such a gentle nature. It should also be noted that Jack has continually
said kind things about Meg and praised her contributions to the band. While Meg was probably relieved to step out
of the spotlight, Jack has never left it. In addition to a successful solo career, he’s
also a member of The Raconteurs with Brendan Benson and he plays drums with The Dead Weather. Somehow, he still finds time to collaborate
with the biggest names in the business, and give them advice… “I don’t understand it, Kermit, why do you
let your friends rattle you so much? I mean, you LOVE Miss Piggy.” “I know I do, but it’s a tricky situation,
Jack.” There have been plenty of rock bands with
married couples performing side by side. While some of them get divorced and continue
to play in the same group, others end their marriage and their band at the same time. Such was the fate of Sonic Youth, the beloved
alt-rock band that imploded in 2011 when its leading figures, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore,
decided to get a divorce. This was an especially hard blow to fans because
Gordon and Moore always seemed to be a functional example of a lasting rock and roll relationship. They weren’t like a “Sid and Nancy” on a collision
course with disaster. Gordon and Moore seemed to be artistic partners
with a rewarding career and a tight-knit family. They even appeared with their daughter, Coco,
on an episode of Gilmore Girls. However, it later transpired that the marriage
ended because of Moore’s infidelity, which placed much of the blame on his shoulders
in the eyes of the public, and certainly in the eyes of Gordon, who described the events
quite bluntly in her memoir, Girl in a Band. Moore, on the other hand, says he wanted to
keep the band going, and finds it strange that he’s the one being “demonized” over their
split. But under the circumstances, most people understand
one hundred percent why Gordon decided to move on with her personal life and career. In 2011, indie rock band Rilo Kiley broke
up after 13 years. While the general reason for this appeared
to be your average “band members not getting along anymore” sort of deal, this particular
break-up turned graphic thanks to guitar player Blake Sennett, who had some interesting commentary
about the situation. According to Rolling Stone, Sennett didn’t
exactly think highly of his bandmates… “I just felt like there was a lot of deception,
disloyalty, greed and things I don’t really want to submit myself to. I had related that frustration to music but
I just thought, ‘I’m not going to put myself in that position again.'” Sennett didn’t elaborate on which particular
band member, or members, he was talking about or discuss any specific incidents that prompted
such negative feelings. Curiously, the other members of Rilo Kiley
didn’t comment on the situation. For a while, it seemed that they might just
keep going without Sennett, but, alas, they called it a day. The breakup might have been tough on some
members of the band but it allowed frontwoman Jenny Lewis more time to focus on her acclaimed
solo career. And despite the harsh words, Lewis has not
ruled out the possibility of a Rilo Kiley reunion. When asked specifically by NME if she would
consider getting the band back together, Lewis had this surprising response… “I’m open to anything these days.” “Hm. So never say never.” “My mantra is, ‘Yes!'” Ghost is a unique and secretive band that
consists of a group of masked Nameless Ghouls and various incarnations of a satanic anti-pope
vocalist known as Papa Emeritus. The singer often changes personas and, most
recently, transformed into Cardinal Copia. By now, you probably realize that we’re not
dealing with a typical group here. So, it was fitting that their “break up” in
2017 was equally unusual. According to Blabbermouth, the musicians behind
the Nameless Ghoul masks unexpectedly filed a lawsuit against the singer. The gist of the suit was that Papa Emeritus,
whom the lawsuit outed as Swedish musician Tobias Forge, had “shamelessly” tried to turn
the band into his own “solo project.” As Metal Injection tells us, further information
from the ex-Ghouls and Forge himself soon made it look like the whole “solo project”
thing might have some legitimacy. It transpired that Ghost had been a revolving
door of Ghouls since the beginning, with roughly 10 musicians donning the masks over the years. What’s more, Forge also sometimes used session
musicians for recordings who didn’t actually play with the live version of the group. As Loudwire notes, the law was ultimately
on Forge’s side. the ex-Ghouls lost the lawsuit, and Forge
continues to pilot a band called Ghost with a fresh set of Nameless Ghouls, presumably,
ones who understand who they should be worshipping. In 2019, Consequence of Sound reported that
the melodic death metal band Children of Bodom was “parting ways” with no less than three
of its members. But, luckily for fans, the group’s leader,
Alexi Laiho, is still in the band. There’s just one problem: the band he is in
might not be Children of Bodom anymore. The rights to the name “Children of Bodom”
belong to a company owned by the three former group members. And, not so coincedently, they filed the paperwork
for the rights shortly before they announced their departure. Laiho seems surprisingly cool about the potential
loss of his band name. He admits there has been tension within the
band, and that the fighting was largely his own fault. He has also readied himself to perform under
a different name if need be, possibly just “Bodom.” The group’s former keyboardist has made vague
comments that the three departing band members could possibly use the “Children of Bodom”
name in the future. So, who knows? Maybe the new decade will see not just one,
but two explosive Bodom-themed bands shredding their way across the globe. Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Grunge videos about your favorite
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Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

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