Noel Decides To Slide Away From Oasis
Noel Gallagher tonight confirmed the speculation that Oasis' recent V Festival cancellation was not really due to a poorly singer and that the beleaguered band was no more.
Noel said in a statement:
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. Apologies to all the people who bought tickets for the shows in Paris, Konstanz and Milan.
Oasis formed in Manchester in 1991. Originally known as The Rain, the group was formed by Liam Gallagher (vocals and tambourine), Paul Arthurs (guitar), Paul McGuigan (bass guitar) and Tony McCarroll (drums, percussion), who were soon joined by Liam's older brother Noel Gallagher (lead guitar and vocals), who left the band in August 2009. According to the Belfast Telegraph, by June 2009 Oasis had sold over 50 million records worldwide. They had eight UK number-one singles and have collected fifteen NME Awards, five BRIT Awards, nine Q Awards and four MTV Europe Music Awards. In February 2007, Oasis received the BRIT Award for outstanding contribution to music. The final lineup consisted of guitarist Gem Archer and bassist Andy Bell, as well as unofficial drummer Chris Sharrock.