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Thursday, September 10, 2009
Why Liam Gallagher Should Not Soldier On Without Brother Noel
The Chief has quit, but should Liam carry on without him? In a word, no.
"I will never leave Oasis", stated Noel Gallagher in an interview only two months ago, shortly prior to the band's gigs at Wembley Stadium. The media, clearly unable to stop recycling the same tired stories of an Oasis split, had been publishing rumours that the band were on the verge of doing just that - again. It would only take Liam to look at Noel the wrong way on stage for them to sensationalise it into being "the end".
Then rumour became reality. Minutes before they were due on stage at a festival in Paris, a fracas broke out backstage between the Gallagher brothers which allegedly involved a punch up, a smashed guitar, and an ambulance. Thousands of fans waiting for the band's arrival on stage were left absolutely gutted and shortly afterwards in a statement posted on the band’s web site Noel officially stated he had quit. Same shit, different tour, was my immediate thought, as any Oasis fan will know this was yet another case of deja vu. Then followed a second statement, which crushed any hope that this was going to blow over anytime soon. Noel cited "verbal and violent intimidation" and a "lack of support and understanding from management and bandmates" as his reasons for quitting. This sadly suggests that it is not only his relationship with Liam that has been damaged, but with others too, so it might take a lot more work to heal the wounds this time round.
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