Noel Gallagher has quit Oasis.
The lead guitarist has walked, citing rows with his brother Liam, the band’s singer, as the reason.
Noel announced his decision via the band’s website. He wrote. in a brief statement that will devastate fans: “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.”
The band were due to headline a show in Paris after pulling out of V festival, reportedly due to Liam’s throat problems, but after another row between the pair, Noel decided to leave the band.
Of course Liam and Noel have had their rows before, with both brothers threatening to quit, but this latest step is the furthest they have ever gone.
Just two days ago we wrote that Oasis would ‘go on forever’ after Liam’s sister-in-law Natalie Appleton backed up a band statement saying the band were not set to call it a day.
But it seems that the pressure of working with his famously volatile younger brother has finally become too much for Noel, who may now turn his attentions to a long-rumoured solo album.
Critics will point to the statement as a publicity stunt, citing previous examples of Liam and Noel’s rows almost destroying the band. But there’s a finality about Noel’s words that suggests this time, it really is over.
We thought they’d live forever, but despite Liam’s pleas to Noel for him to stand by me and don’t go away, Noel has decided to be where there’s life and considered that to keep the dream alive and to find the meaning of soul, he must go let it out all around the world and become a rock ‘n’ roll star half the world away.(Sorry.)
This article was written for TMM.