Okay, there is no way I could list all the great musical feuds of the past. After all, all that music and all those egos are just too explosive. But, here are a few more of the great ones:
Notorious B.I.G. vs. 2Pac
Sadly, we all know how this one turned out. When Tupac was shot, all eyes turned to Biggie since the two had had an ongoing feud in which, among other things, Tupac claimed to have had intimate relations with Biggie’s wife. Tupac was killed on the Vegas strip in 1996, Biggie was killed outside the Petersen Automotive Museum a year later. The real losers? Rap fans.
Toby Keith vs. the Dixie Chicks
I just knew this was one going to turn into a good old fashioned fistfight on stage at some point. It seems the girls didn’t care for Keith’s song “Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue” in which he talks about Americans putting a boot in someone’s…well, just listen to the song sometime. Natalie Maines called the song “ignorant, and it makes country music sound ignorant.” Now, I like country music, but just this one song makes country music sound stupid? Anyhow, it went from bad to worse with Keith talking trash about Natalie’s songwriting abilities. Then, she wore a t-shirt that seemed to be a special nasty message to Keith (Maines said that shirt stood for something completely different, but finally admitted it was a shot at Keith). For a while, it looked like county fans turned against the Chicks, but they finally rebounded and it seems that there is enough room in country music for both Keith and the Chicks.
There is nothing quite like two former Mouseketeers fighting it out. Rumor has it that Christina flirted with Justin Timberlake and Britney didn’t appreciate it one bit. When Britney left Christina off her wedding guest list, Christina reportedly called the wedding “cheap” then said Britney had let herself go when pregnant. Ouch. She also accused Britney of lip-synching. Problem with this fight is Britney never fought back much. Boring!
Jerry Lee Lewis vs. Chuck Berry
This was a feud made in Rock-n-roll Heaven! If you need to see a reenactment of this one, just rent the movie “American Hot Wax.” It all centered around who would close a 50’s rock-n-roll concert. Of course, both musicians thought they were the bigger name and should close. The promoter finally convinced Jerry Lee to go on before Chuck. What ensued was one of the wildest sets of Jerry Lee’s entire career (and that is saying something). He played out of control, then poured gasoline on the piano and set it on fire. The crowd was in a frenzy and as Jerry Lee walked off the stage, he merely said “You’re on, Chuck.” Ah, no one gets the best of the Killer!