Yesterday, Noel Gallagher issued a statement concerning the reasons that he decided to quit Oasis. The statement appeared in his Tales From The Middle Of Nowhere blog on the official Oasis Web site. The statement was also published on NME.com, and it read as follows:
“Dearly beloved, it is with a heavy heart and a sad face that I say this to you this morning.
“As of last Friday, August 28, 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 bandmates 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 [sorry] 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.”
NME.com published a great blog item about the Oasis split yesterday, which was titled, “Oasis: Is This The End Of The Road?” You can read it by clicking here. One quite interesting point made in the blog piece is that due to the various personnel changes in the band and shortlived walkouts by both Noel and Liam Gallagher, there is not one member of Oasis who has played at every Oasis show.
Despite the fact that Noel Gallagher is, without question, the min creative force in the band, there are rumors that the band might continue without him. XFM London reports that an Oasis spokeswoman told the BBC, “I expect in the next couple of days a decision will be made as to how to continue or if they continue.”
Alan McGee, who signed the band to Creation Records in 1993, told XFM London, “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.”
No matter what happens, the future of Oasis will be an interesting one. Will they end up like The Beach Boys, with Al Jardine leading one splinter group and Mike Love the other? I believe that Noel will record the talked-about solo album and then do a large-scale tour to promote the album. And he will likely perform Oasis songs live. Those songs are, after all, his songs. Oasis could possibly survive without Noel’s input, but they certainly will be a less-interesting group.