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The 10 Messiest Band Breakups

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A rock band can be a lot like a romantic relationship. People meet, sparks fly and, hopefully, magic is made. Some of these relationships end quickly, some last for decades, and some end in a flurry of lawsuits, flying fists and misguided solo projects. Here are 10 bands that went through particularly painful splits. Here's hoping your relationships fare better than these. 

Parker Lundgren, Michael Wilton, Geoff Tate, Eddie Jackson, Scott Rockenfield, Queensryche

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The members of Eighties metal band Queensryche dispute exactly what happened on April 14, 2012 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but they all agree their long-simmering issues finally boiled over into a full-fledged physical altercation. The incident started with a meeting over the future of the band. Frontman Geoff Tate says the band told his wife she would no longer be the band's manager. "We went to do the show," Tate told Rolling Stone. "Scott [Rockenfield] looks at me and he smirks and says, 'We just fired your whole family, and you're next.' I just lost it. I tried to punch him. I don't think I landed a punch before somebody grabbed me and hauled me to the side." The band denies that Rockenfield instigated the fight with that comment, and claim Tate's attack was unprovoked. Whatever happened, there are now two incarnations of Queensryche on the road. They have a court date in September to sort out the whole mess. 

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