The 10 Messiest Band Breakups

The bitter ends of the Clash, the Police, Guns N' Roses and more

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The Gallagher brothers fought like crazy during Oasis' early days, but by 2009, it seemed like they had settled into a profitable groove. They released a new album every two or three years and played massive gigs across Europe to fans who were nostalgic for those magical days in 1995 when Noel and Liam Gallagher seemed like the new Lennon and McCartney.

In August of 2009, however, two decades of frustration boiled over backstage at a festival in Paris. Accounts vary, but the brothers got into some sort of physical altercation and called off the gig. Shortly afterward, Oasis was finished. "It is with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight," Noel Gallagher wrote shortly after the canceled show. "People write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer." According to witnesses, the brothers were arguing fiercely backstage when Liam smashed one of Noel's guitars. Then they started pummeling away at each other. They haven't spoken to each other since. 

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