Noel Gallagher Quits Oasis
NOEL GALLAGHER has sensationally quit OASIS after a dramatic pre-concert fight with his bandmate brother LIAM.
The Wonderwall rockers had a massive bust-up backstage at the Rock en Seine festival in Paris, France, on Friday (28Aug09) just minutes before they were due to perform.
It's claimed singer Liam smashed one of Noel's guitars, sending his brother into a fury. After a confrontation, a raging Noel stormed out and announced he has quit the band.
Noel says he is both sad and relieved to be walking away from Oasis after 18 years.
In a statement on the band's official website, he wrote: "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."
Disappointed fans at Rock en Seine were told about the cancellation on giant screens with a message explaining that "an altercation within the band" was to blame.
Singer Amy MCDonald also posted an account of the brothers' tussle on her Twitter.com page: "Cancelled again with one minute to stage time!!! Liam smashed Noel's guitar, huuuge fight!"
The split comes just days after Oasis axed a headline slot at the U.K.'s V Festival on Sunday (23Aug09), blaming Liam's throat infection. The band was nearing the end of its current world tour, which has been riddled with reports of battles between the brothers.
Earlier this week (begs24Aug09) they were forced to release a statement denying split rumours. It read, "Oasis will complete the rest of the world tour in Europe and then take some well-earned time off before they begin to think about the next album and tour."
Oasis formed in Manchester, England in 1991, and were the biggest band of the U.K.'s Britpop movement in the 1990s. They sold more than 50 million records worldwide and had eight Number One singles in the British charts.