A band breaking up is not an uncommon practice in the music business, although it can be a little shocking when the band announces the split. Many factors can lead to the disbanding, including jealousy, fighting, and financial issues. In regards to the Jonas Brothers split in 2013, it seems tension about which direction to go with their music caused the disbandment. Kevin Jonas released the following statement, “Being able to play shows and travel together was great, but then once at the end there, the friction was too much and we just really needed to break away and kind of do our own things for some time.” Kevin Jonas also mentioned the band needed to call it quits before things got any worse. The risk of continuing to do music together was too great, and it could have jeopardized the Jonas family. “By not being in the band together…that constant butting of heads of working together and being a family. We chose to be a family, not a band.”
In contrast to the Jonas Brothers calling it quits for the sake of saving the family, some brother bands were not able to save theirs. After twenty years of performing together, The Everly Brothers called it quits in 1973. During a show in Hollywood, Phil Everly smashed a guitar over his brother Don‘s head. After the incident, the brothers did not speak for ten years. The Everly Brothers did eventually reunite, but tensions still remained amongst the duo. The Gallagher brothers from the band Oasis fought all the time, but they still managed to release music and go on tour together. After decades of fighting, the frustration between the brothers finally boiled over. At a festival in Paris, Noel and Liam Gallagher got into a physical altercation and Oasis disbanded in 2009. Since the physical altercation, Noel and Gallagher have not spoken to one another.
Some bands may never reconcile, and fans have learned to accept that reality. In other cases, time apart, maturity, and money can be contributing factors in getting a band back together. Traditionally, bands in the past have been able to reunite, even if it’s just for one night. Being inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is one event that reunites bands for a night. In 2012, Guns N’ Roses were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The band’s frontman, Axl Rose, refused to attend the ceremony because he didn’t want to be in the same room as his former bandmates. Guns N’ Roses broke up in 1993 after their Use Your Illusion Tour. Some of the band members still have not spoken since the 1990s.