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Top 10 Musicians Who Are Most Difficult To Work With

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Genius doesn't always love company. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we'll be counting down the Top 10 Musicians Who Are the Most Difficult to Work With.


For this list, we're looking at singers and bands that have a reputation for being difficult to work with. We'll be discussing how their celebrity egos, substance abuse issues and problematic personalities often got the better of them.


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Top 10 Musicians Who Are the Most Difficult to Work With

Genius doesn't always love company. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’ll be counting down the Top 10 Musicians Who Are the Most Difficult to Work With.

For this list, we’re looking at singers and bands that have a reputation for being difficult to work with. We’ll be discussing how their celebrity egos, substance abuse issues and problematic personalities often got the better of them.


#10: Eagles




By the late '70s the Eagles were as legendary for their internal conflicts as they were for keeping it mellow and taking it easy. Much, if not all, the power in the band was held by Glenn Frey and Don Henley, and this translated into conflict for lead guitarist Don Felder, especially with Frey. At a concert in July 1980 the tension came to a head, with Frey taking offence to a comment Felder made backstage, threatening him with physical violence throughout the show, and effectively ending the band soon after. Regrouping in the '90s, old tensions came back – now motivated by contractual and legal matters – which resulted in Felder's eventual dismissal.
 

#9: Lady Gaga

 
While most know her as a pop icon with an ... interesting wardrobe, those closer to Lady Gaga see her a little differently. Gaga is reported to be extremely demanding towards her assistants, with claims abound that she treats her staff like servants. A lawsuit between Gaga and former assistant Jennifer O'Neill indicated that the O'Neill was deprived of sleep, privacy, and subject to instructions any time of the day. Others claim to be denied meals, hotel staff report that they weren't so much as allowed to speak to her, and past video crews report that working with Gaga is not an easy experience.
 

#8: Young Thug


Atlanta Rapper Young Thug has become notorious for not being where he’s supposed to be. He’s had a lawsuit filed against him for no shows – most notably non-concerts in Texas and New York in 2016, the latter of which triggered a $360,000 suit. Thug also, famously, declined to take part in his own video, leaving its director to creatively work around his absence and include the few ideas Thug presented. The rapper does briefly appear in his “Wyclef Jean” video, but only in footage he supplied himself as he refused to get out of his car after arriving on set 10 hours late.  

#7: Eddie Van Halen

 
Friction, like whammy bar dive bombs and tapping, have long been a Van Halen mainstay. Aside from bouts of alcoholism, guitarist Edward Van Halen is known for bad-mouthing other band members On/off lead singer David Lee Roth said Ed had a completely different creative vision than himself, with Roth preferring poppier material. This rift was enough for EVH to construct his own recording studio and make music with minimal input of other band members. Roth's former replacement Sammy Hagar has also been open about the difficulties and lack of chemistry with Ed, while ousted original bass player Michael Anthony has been characteristically mum about it.
 

#6: Gene Simmons

It’s no surprise why Gene Simmons is known as The Demon. Best known as the bassist and occasional vocalist with Kiss, Simmons is also widely known for his right-wing political views, infamous womanizing, and obnoxious language. His infamous ego, meanwhile, makes people so frustrated that they shy away from being around him, wife Shannon Tweed for example. She’s walked out during interviews to avoid listening to him speak, while NPR interviewer Terry Gross has described him as nothing more than obnoxious. Long story short, on stage or off, Simmons isn't the most fun to be around.

#5: Noel and Liam Gallagher

 
Oasis's front siblings are infamous for their inability to get along and have settled disputes by throwing fruit, using instruments as weapons, filing lawsuits, and generally harassing another. This tumultuous work environment eventually led to Noel leaving the band in 2009, and Oasis folding following a last minute cancelled appearance at the V Festival in Chelmsford, England. But it's not just a sibling rivalry, as aside from the brothers, no original band members made it to the end of the ride. The band's first drummer Tony McCarroll, meanwhile, claimed to have been shafted on royalties, equipment funds, and fired due to personality conflicts with the Gallaghers.
 

#4: Kanye West

Kanye is legendary for his inflated ego and mistreatment of others. A former bodyguard said it was easier to look after West’s daughter than the rapper himself. His toddler-like attitude also made him a burden on the set of Anchorman 2, with West blasting his music on set, refused to turn it down for filming, showed up on days he wasn’t scheduled to perform and refused to leave. Other ventures are also a complicated affair with West's involvement, as it took two years for designer Jean Touitou to create only three items for one of the rapper’s clothing collections because Kanye couldn’t make up his mind.
 

#3: Syd Barrett



Pink Floyd's original band leader was often as baffling as the band's early material. A life complicated by schizophrenia and rampant drug use caused him to become an unreliable and difficult person to worth with. Prior to parting ways, Barrett would often seemingly forget songs, or stare into the stage lights and detune his guitar while the band attempted to play around him. During a rehearsal, Barrett trolled the group with an ever changing composition called “Have You Got It Yet?”, which, predictably, they did not. Due to his unpredictable nature, David Gilmour was brought into the fold as a support guitarist and vocalist, and ultimately Syd's replacement.

#2: Mariah Carey


The OG of pop divas, singer Mariah Carey is infamous for her unusual demands and nitpicky attitude. Regarding her cameo in ‘The House’, comedian Rob Huebel described her as impossible to work with, saying Carey made a huge fuss about not wanting to sing the song she was paid to and also not wanting her character to get killed by bullets, but instead deflect bullets like Wonder Woman. Elsewhere, her famous feud with fellow American Idol judge Nicki Minaj resulted in Carey not returning to the program. Carey expected to be the sole female judge, and was threatened by Minaj's addition, and the two clashed on and off camera.
 

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.
 
Madonna
 
Nicki Minaj
 
Deadmau5
 

#1: Axl Rose


On a number of occasions Rose has provoked fans to riot, so it’s hard to imagine him respecting the people he works with – from Steven Adler to Slash. Rose is notorious for being flaky, having once showed up late to a concert because he was watching Ninja Turtles II, and his antics were partly to blame for the 1992 riot in Montreal. With the release of the long discussed, much delayed Chinese Democracy, Rose stopped answering requests and phone calls by his record label, failed to contribute to the promotion of the album, and was later sued by former band manager Irving Azoff for unpaid fees.
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