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Oasis split: Noel Gallagher quits band

Oasis

Story by Jack Foley

ROCK superstars Oasis have split because of a new breakdown in the relationship between brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher.

The shock news was announced on Saturday, when Noel said that he had quit the band because he could no longer work with his brother, Liam.

The guitarist and chief songwriter said: “It’s with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight. People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.”

In a statement on his blog at Oasisinet.com, he added: “The details are not important and of too great a number to list.”

Speculation surrounding the status of the band had been mounting ever since they cancelled their Sunday night show at last weekend’s V Festival, while their gig at the Rock en Seine festival in Paris on Friday (August 28, 2009) was also cancelled at the last minute.

It means that the remaining shows of their current world tour, including Konstanz and Milan, will also be forfeit.

Noel added: “Apologies to all the people who bought tickets for the shows in Paris, Konstanz and Milan.”

Bad relations

Despite an illustrious 18-year career that spawned many classic albums, Oasis have never been far from controversy due to the outspoken nature of both Liam and Noel Gallagher.

When not feuding with each other, they often took potshots at other bands, such as their memorable war of words with Blur at the height of both bands’ fame.

But this latest altercation appears to have spelled a permanent end. Liam recently cast doubt on the band’s future in an interview with NME magazine, in which he revealed that he and his brother rarely spoke, did not travel together and only saw each other on stage.

“He doesn’t like me and I don’t like him, that’s it,” he said.

Hitting back via the band’s website blog on Sunday, Noel countered: “I feel you have the right to know that the level of verbal and violent intimidation towards me, my family, friends and comrades has become intolerable.

“And the lack of support and understanding from my management and bandmates has left me with no other option than to get me cape and seek pastures new.”

Noel added that the band’s success had been a “dream come true” for him, adding: “I take with me glorious memories.”

Asked whether Liam and the other remaining band members would consider carrying on without Noel, a spokesman for Oasis said: “I expect in the next couple of days a decision will be made as to how to continue or if they continue.”

But some have refused to rule out a repair of the rift, with Alan McGee, the man who discovered the band and signed the band to his Creation Records label, predicting that they would patch things up.

He told BBC News: “It’s obviously the worst fall-out that they’ve ever had, and they’ve had some pretty bad ones. But they love each other – they’ll come back together.”

Oasis history

Oasis formed in Manchester in 1991, with Noel and Liam joined by Paul Arthurs, aka Bonehead, on guitar, Paul McGuigan, aka Guigsy, on bass, and Tony McCarroll on drums.

During their career, they enjoyed eight UK No.1 singles, amassed 15 NME Awards, five BRIT Awards, nine Q Awards and four MTV Europe Music Awards. And in February 2007, they received the BRIT Award for outstanding contribution to music.

The final line-up consisted of guitarist Gem Archer and bassist Andy Bell, as well as unofficial drummer Chris Sharrock.