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Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
In an official statement on the band’s website, Noel, 42, wrote last night: “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.”
Speculation has been growing about the band’s future in recent weeks and was fuelled by the Manchester band’s failure to perform their headlining slot at the V Festival in Chelmsford last weekend, saying that Liam had laryngitis.
In an interview with NME magazine this month, Liam was asked if he would oppose Noel taking time off from the band to pursue a solo career. He said: “If it makes him happy, yeah, if it makes him happy.
“If it was up to me I’d have six months off and then get straight back in the studio and make records. That’s what I’m in Oasis for. I’m not here to f***ing sit around for five years twiddling my thumbs.”
Liam, 36, had taken to his Twitter page earlier this week to dispel rumours that the band were due to split and to apologise to fans at the V Festival.
As well as paying tribute to the bands who covered Oasis’s slot and apologising for having “given you sh*t” in the past, Liam wrote: “Finally reports in smartarses column about Oasis last British gig ever. The kids talking out his arse, I mean rkids, bware of darkness. LG.”
Liam had revealed earlier this month that he and Noel were no longer on speaking terms and while on tour travelled separately, seeing each other only on stage.
Oasis came to national attention in 1994 with the release of their single Supersonic, which was followed by the album Live Forever, which reached No 1, later that year and (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? in 1995.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
If Kim Jong Il had the gentle, delightful music of The Hugs in his life, would he still be so difficult?
Probably, but you should still go to one of the band's shows this weekend in Salem.
While the quartet's effect on international relations are still dubious, its music is pretty, pretty, pretty awesome.
The Hugs play loopy and freewheeling poppish rock that sounds a little British, with good reason. Although the lads are from Portland, in 2008 they toured in the United Kingdom, where they also recorded an album.
And amongst the people who discuss these things, The Hugs definitely are a band to watch for possible future world domination.
So you can say you saw them way back when. And, with an all-ages show and a 21-plus show on the slate, there's no excuse not to go.
On Friday, they'll hit the IKE Box starting at 7 p.m., with 1776 and Devil's Punchbowl. That show all-ages is $5 at the door, or $3 if you buy tickets in advance.
Then at 9 p.m. Saturday, The Hugs will be playing at The Space along with 1776 and Bottle Rocket. Cover is $5.
To check out the band's music, visit www.thehugsmusic.com
— K. Williams Brown