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Oasis dries up

Noel Gallagher finally says "see yoh latoh" to the band he's led for eighteen years

Published on August 29th 2009.

Oasis dries up

Noel Gallagher has decided to quit Oasis after saying he can’t work with his brother, Liam, any more. Some may ask given the musical stagnation the band has suffered for many years why he waited so long.

The news comes via a statement on the band's website. Noel G 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.” He then apologised to people who had bought tickets for concerts in Paris, Konstanz and Milan which will now be cancelled. This follows the recent and last minute non-appearance at a gig at the Rock en Seine festival in Paris and a ducking out of the V Festival in Essex.

Hamish McBain, from the NME, speaking with the BBC, thinks this may be a real break despite multiple fallings out between the siblings dating back to 1991 and the year they formed. McBain said: "The relationship between Noel and Liam has been frosty over the last tour, to say the least, but it's been frosty before.

"Noel has left tours before, Liam's not showed up for gigs before, and they've carried on. But this, certainly the way Noel's presented it on the Oasis website, it does feel like it has a degree of finality to it."

Given that Noel Gallagher is the main motivating force behind Oasis in terms of song-writing, nous and direction it seems unlikely that the band will be able to continue in any meaningful manner. In which case Oasis are dead.

It’s been a long road from the Boardwalk on Little Peter Street in Manchester city centre to the present and seemingly final split.

Along the way the band have had eight UK number-one singles and amassed 15 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 first two albums Definitely Maybe and What’s the Story, Morning Glory were classics. As live performers Oasis were usually very good as well. But on the whole given the recent record of no-shows at gigs and often dreary albums perhaps Noel Gallagher has made the right decision – perhaps he’s made it a few years too late.

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10 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

Are KidAugust 29th 2009.

No major loss as the article says. loved them in 1994, ok in 1996 then ZZZZZZZZZ........Maybe it will inspire noel to actually create something good on his own

Matt ArrowsmithAugust 29th 2009.

Dear me Joe.. me thinks you've opened a can of worms.

CastizaAugust 29th 2009.


ELAugust 29th 2009.

Erm? We should support them because they come from here? So we should've rallied behind Shipman then? Fool.

Joe Poole - ManchesterAugust 29th 2009.

"given the musical stagnation" - whoever wrote this is a moron. This band portray what Manchester is about. As a "Manc" you should support them. You know diddlysquat my friend. Now go dust off your Blur albums and whinge about middle class suburbia. Idiot.

Chris XAugust 29th 2009.

When's Wilson getting this road anem after him or this statue or whatever??The fact that Oasis exist/ed and other great acts before them, are the reason that many people visit/love this city.. Yeah, they were sounding a bit tired but shouldn't diminish their influence and popularity for so long... you don't know what you've got till it's gone and looking around now what is Manchester offering? Courteeners are no Oasis, Doves are plodding, Ting Tings had a hit...Time for Travelling Band to break on thru! And Ten Bears!

HelsAugust 29th 2009.

I agree with AL!

emma graceAugust 29th 2009.

I'm quite pleased actually. I love Oasis, always have. But it's not their new stuff that people know and love them for; it's the old stuff (Definitely Maybe, What's the Story). I'm very happy to carry on listening to those and remembering them by the classics. I'm just pleased this happened before they released another mediocre new album.

KieranAugust 29th 2009.

Come on, the last few albums weren't that bad at all! They had their 'commercial' hayday in the 90's and then as far as I can tell they have recently been producing music which they enjoyed, and many of their proper fans did too. No harm in this, they were financially secure and just wanted to do their own thing.Anyway, they have done more for a generation of late 20's early 30's in terms of putting Manchester music back on the map than anybody else in recent years.Before people jump on that comment I know there were others before them but I mean that there hasn't been anybody since who has blasted Manchester back into the limelight.I too think that yes it probably is quite timely as there is nothing worse than seeing aging rockers still thinking their the mutts nuts, but we should look back on the Oasis era with fond memories, not be writing articles starting with phrases such as 'musical stagnation' and the like.

nice oneAugust 29th 2009.

oooh that means i saw the last gig they did in UK...at V...mind you it was exactly the same as Heaton Park. They played the classics and like someone has already said that is their best stuff definitely maybe etc etc...

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