Sunday, August 30, 2009
One of the most influential bands of a generation, one of the greatest bands to grace us with their music is done. Just before taking the stage Friday night in Paris, brothers Liam and Noel got into a scuffle that left Noel leaving the band for good. On the bands blog, Noel posted "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 band mates has left me with no other option than to get me cape and seek pastures new." Noel has told his fans that his experience with Oasis was "a dream come true."
In a statement from the band's publicist the remaining members of the band are considering going on with Oasis without Noel, who was the principal songwriter, lead guitarist and co-singer of the band. This is still up in the air, however, coming from the stand point of a hard core fan of the band, I feel not having Noel in Oasis is like having The Who without Pete Townshed. Just call the band something else.
This has been on the build up since the band abruptly cancelled an appearance at V Festival in England last weekend. Sighting that Liam fell ill, the English tabloids were all over this story calling an end to the band even before Friday's events in Paris. It has been noted that after this tour, Noel did want to pursue a solo album venture. The man that discovered the band, Alan McGee who signed them to his Creation record label in the 90's, feels they will eventually reconcile like they always do and get back together. McGee told BBC news "But they love each other - they'll come back together," he predicted. "I think you'll have a reunion tour in about five years time. They love each other. When people love each other, they'll always make peace." Time shall tell.
I was fortunate enough to see Oasis twice, both on the floor at Madison Square Garden. The first time back in 2005 on the "Don't Believe the Truth Tour," and this past December in support of the band's latest Dig Out Your Soul. Take a look at my review HERE. Whatever the future holds, they still remain one of my top favorite acts of all time and I am taking this split to heart....