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10+ Musicians Who Are Known For Being Difficult To Worth With

Sarah Kester 29 Jan 2021

Once you've enjoyed the luxuries of fame, it's easy for it to go to your head.

You quickly learn that you can have what you want at the snap of your fingers. But with great power comes great responsibility — something that many musicians often have a hard time wielding.

Whether they were rude to staff or their bandmates, here are 10+ musicians who are known for being difficult.

The Canadian pop superstar had been known to throw stir up controversy and even had a verbal altercation that almost became physical with photographers in 2013.

Thankfully, Bieber has recently reformed to having a friendlier demeanor in public.

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If you ever wondered why Paula left American Idol, it was rumored to be because she was asking for a hefty raise on top of her already $3.5 million salary.

Then, when she was on X Factor, she refused to pay the 10 percent standard of most agencies for her commission on the show.

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Jack has been known to frequently have difficult moments while performing on stage.

This has led to many mid-performance walk-offs, like during a Detroit show where he left 55 minutes into a Radio City Music Hall performance. This left the audience in anger and confusion.

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The disco queen was known for acting like royalty with a very long list of backstage demands wherever she performed.

This included champagne, wine, and a dozen Findelclare or Colchester Oysters to accommodate her dressing room.

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You might want to wear a full hazmat suit to watch Iggy Pop perform live.

The singer was notoriously known for gross behaviors, including vomiting on the audience. He would also cut himself with broken glass.

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6. Frank Zappa

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Since Zappa refused to conform to the music industry, this made it near impossible for others to collaborate with the artist.

In his documentary on the singer, director Alex Winters revealed how Zappa avoided making a "commerical hit."

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7. Axl Rose


The Guns & Roses lead singer once pulled a Katherine Heigl.

He publically withdrew the induction of his band, Guns N' Roses, into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. This left his bandmates and fans puzzled over the decision.

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His name was even booed by fans when Green Day lead singer, Billie Joe Armstrong, said his name at the event.


He has since apologized for the incident, saying,

“I still don’t exactly know or understand what the Hall is or how or why it makes money, where the money goes."

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8. Syd Barrett

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The psychedelic lead guitarist and songwriter of Pink Floyd used LSD as his gateway to his musical creativity.

But it was this tactic to use that led him down a self-destructive path and no longer a band member of the famous rock band.

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9. Roger Waters

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Pink Floyd's lead singer and songwriter was known to have too much control over the musical creativity of the band.

With too many cooks in the kitchen, this soon led to feuds between him and his bandmates, Richard Wright and David Gilmour.

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The drummer and founder of the band, Nick Mason, once explained the feud.


He said that Roger felt “writing is everything, and that guitar playing and the singing are something that - I think the problem is Roger doesn’t really respect David.”

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10. Ozzy Osbourne

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The lead singer of Black Sabbath was kicked out of the band on multiple occasions for his spontaneous disappearances involving drugs and alcohol.

Ozzy had been fired as the lead singer after given so many chances by his bandmates.

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11. Tony Iommi

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As difficult as Osbourne was, guitarist Tony lommi didn't exactly come off smelling like a rose.

Ozzy once shared with NME how he liked working with Tony in Black Sabbath. “Do I like working with him? Not really. Do I like him as a person? Yeah, I love him as a person”.

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12. Vinnie Vincent


The guitarist joined KISS in 1982 as Ankh Warrior. But he was quick to clashwith Gene Simmons and Paul Stasney.

This soon led Vinnie to sue the two for royalties. The lawsuit was unsuccessful and the guitarist was kicked out of the band.

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Working with Madonna ended up being more of a nightmare than a dream for a group of dancers in 1994.

They sued the singer over allegedly lying over the purpose of the footage she had gathered of them during her “Blonde Ambition” tour.

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14. Richie Sambora

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2013 was quite a controversial year for Jon Bon Jovi.

Sambora, lead guitarist and one of the band's main songwriters, was dismissed for missing too much work. In another interview, Bon Jovi said that Richie's "choices have led him astray.”

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15. Kanye West

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The rapper has been the center of many odd antics and outlandish statements over the years.

His former bodyguard once shared with Hollywood Raw how he was a nightmare to work with, calling him “one of my least favorite people to work with over the course of time.”

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16. Mariah Carey

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She doesn't have a diva reputation for nothing.

She once admitted that she's “high-maintenance” and proved it when she joined The House. Her co-star, Rob Heubel, began by shared with SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio that Carey was once four hours late to set.

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They also said that she requested specific items for her trailer, such as all white roses.


She then reportedly refused to sing a song she was hired for. “It did not go well,” he said. “It was bananas.”

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