Last night in Paris, the legendary Britpop band canceled its second festival gig in a week then broke up, following the 10,000th altercation between its ornery figureheads. I have a hard time believing these clowns are done, but the previous times Noel cried wolf there was no official Web post like this:
A STATEMENT FROM NOEL
28 August 2009
“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.”
R.I.P. As always the boys in Vampire Weekend have the inside gossip. (Huh?)
The Brooklyn band were also playing the event and had the dressing room next to the Manchester band where the incident occurred.
Keyboard player Rostam Batmanglij would not be drawn on the specifics but, speaking to NME.COM at the Leeds Festival, he said: “It’s a story for Oasis to tell. We’d just come offstage. It was weird – you feel kind of good [having played], your mind is not in other people’s problems. It was a strange time.”
Drummer Chris Tomson added that many fans at the event took the news badly, after organisers announced there had been an “altercation” and that Oasis would not play.
“There were some people out in the crowd crying, we went and consoled them,” he explained. “They put that sign on the screen, saying there’s been an altercation in the band. We saw some people in the front row starting to cry. They were sad – they wanted to see Oasis.”
Vampire Weekend are shitty gossipers. Ezra also tweeted, “‘they’re upset?? I just lost a week’s wages!’ – oasis’ bus driver as we watched 40,000 people groan/boo”
We await Liam’s side of the story. Noel is already working on a solo album.
Dearly beloved, it is with a heavy heart and a sad face that I say this to you this morning.
As of last Friday the 28th August, I have been forced to leave the Manchester rock’n'roll pop group Oasis.
The details are not important and of too great a number to list. But 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.
I would like firstly to offer my apologies to them kids in Paris who’d paid money and waited all day to see us only to be let down AGAIN by the band. Apologies are probably not enough, I know, but I’m afraid it’s all I’ve got.
While I’m on the subject, I’d like to say to the good people of V Festival that experienced the same thing. Again, I can only apologise – although I don’t know why, it was nothing to do with me. I was match fit and ready to be brilliant. Alas, other people in the group weren’t up to it.
In closing I would like to thank all the Oasis fans, all over the world. The last 18 years have been truly, truly amazing (and I hate that word, but today is the one time I’ll deem it appropriate). A dream come true. I take with me glorious memories.
Now, if you’ll excuse me I have a family and a football team to indulge.
I’ll see you somewhere down the road. It’s been a fuckin’ pleasure.
Thanks very much.
UPDATE 2: Here’s an unsympathetic Bloc Party announcing Oasis’ cancellation (thanks for the tip, Shane):