Eric Stefani founded the band No Doubt, recruited his younger sister Gwen to sing and even helped write their breakout album, Tragic Kingdom. Just before Tragic Kingdom was released, he quit the band to focus more on his animation career. Don't feel too bad for him, though. That animation career has included working on little show called The Simpsons.
The urban legend is that Glen Matlock was kicked out of The Pistols for liking The Beatles. According to Matlock however, he left on his own accord, having grown tired of the volatile band. One thing is for certain: he was a much better bassist than his replacement, Sid Vicious.
Nirvana had five different drummers over the years. Number four was Chad Channing. He played with the band on the album Bleach, but they mutually decided to part ways shortly after. He was replaced by a young, multi-instrumentalist named Dave Grohl and the rest is history.
To be kicked out of Metallica (at least the pre-shopping spree Metallica) for being too crazy is a pretty hard thing to do. But Dave Mustaine was up for the challenge. Right before Metallica recorded Kill 'Em All, Mustaine was fired for drug and alcohol abuse and violent tendencies. Metallica went on to become one of the biggest bands of all time, while Mustaine didn't do too bad himself, forming and fronting the band Megadeath.
Tracii Guns is the "Guns" of Guns N' Roses. He was only in the band for a brief period, before he was replaced by Slash. Guns went on to reform his old band, LA Guns, which has sold over a million albums.
The Police were originally a power trio consisting of Sting, Stewart Copeland and Henry Padovani. When Andy Summers joined the band, however, it became apparent that Padovani did not have the same technical abilities as the other three. The Police went back to being a power trio, but now with Summers instead of Padovani.
When back up singer Kim Hill left The Black Eyed Peas, they were critically-acclaimed and socially-conscious, but relatively unknown. She was replaced by Fergie and shortly after the band became one of the biggest in the world, with songs like... "My Humps." Kim Hill got out at the right time.
Dik Evans was in a band called The Hype with his little brother David (later renamed "The Edge"). When Dik decided to go leave the band for college, The Hype changed their name to U2 and went on to become one of the best selling bands of all time.
Poor Pete Best. "The Fifth Beatle" (or at least one of them) served as the band's drummer right up until it was time to get serious about recording. Everyone has a different story about what happened next, but one thing is certain: Best got the axe in favor of a flamboyant drummer with a lot of rings...
Stuart Sutcliffe, another fifth Beatle, was the original bassist for the band. He left The Beatles to accept a scholarship to study art in Hamburg. Unfortunately, he never got to see his former band flourish. He died of a brain aneurysm in 1962.
Elbridge Bryant (top left) was an original member of The Temptations, but he got kicked out for drinking and violent acts like smashing a beer bottle on fellow member Paul Williams. He was replaced by David Ruffin and shortly after that The Temptations had their first big pop hit, "The Way You Do The Things You Do."
A little patience could have changed R&B history. Bell Biv DeVoe's Michael Bivins had just agreed to produced the first album of a quintet from Philadelphia named Boyz II Men. Delays were slowing down the process, so one of the members, Marc Nelson, decided to leave the group. When the album, Cooleyhighharmony, was released, it propelled the now-quartet into the stratosphere.
14. Robin Lynn Macy and Laura Lynch - The Dixie Chicks
Robin Lynn Macy and Laura Lynch were original members of The Dixie Chicks, back when the band had a traditional country/bluegrass sound. Eventually Macy left and when Natalie Maines joined the band, Lynch was given the boot, allowing the band to focus on a more commercial sound. Their next album, Wide Open Spaces, sold 14 million copies.
Jason Everman was kicked out of both Nirvana and Soundgarden. While that would be the defining fact of most people's lives, it only served as a footnote for Everman. He went on to become a member of the US Special Forces, serving with distinction in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Most recently, he became an Ivy League grad, after receiving his philosophy degree from Columbia.