Bands whose members left right before success

Red Hot Chilli Peppers: Photographed (from left to right) are Jack Irons, Hillel Slovak, Flea, and Anthony Kiedis.

The Beach Boys: After being a member of The Beach Boys for several years.

Metallica: Dave Mustaine (far left) was fired from Metallica for abusing drugs, which he feels was unjust. He went on to form the also hugely successful Megadeath.

U2; During the early days of forming U2, the Edge’s big brother and guitarist Richard Evans (right) stepped down.

Pink Floyd: Pink Floyd are another classic rock band that have had their fair share of struggles internally.

The Beatles: Pete Best (center left) was urged to leave the Beatles after George Martin, their producer, was unhappy with his drumming. 

Arctic Monkeys: After refusing to tour with the band due to fatigue, Andy Nicholson (center right) was replaced as bassist for the era-defining British rock band. 

Fleetwood Mac: Bob Welch (center rear) cashed in his chips with Fleetwood Mac in 1974.

Destiny’s Child: Feeling bitter about the favoritism that manager Mathew Knowles showed towards his daughter Beyoncé and her friend Kelly Rowland, 

Iron Maiden: Pushing heavy rock and hedonism to its limits, singer Paul Di’Anno (center) was paid to leave the band.

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