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Onstage Meltdowns

The Everly Brothers

Don and Phil Everly made beautiful harmonies onstage and lived in terrible disharmony offstage, due in large part to their abuse of alcohol and drugs. During a 1973 show at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, the infighting got so bad the band actually broke up in the middle of the concert. The trouble began when the show promoter hopped onstage to cancel the remainder of the night’s performance due to Don being “too emotional” to play; it was later revealed that he’d been downing margaritas on an empty stomach to the point that he was unable to remember the lyrics to his own songs. An enraged Phil smashed his guitar and stormed off, vowing to "never get on stage with that man again.” —Jeff Royer

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