|Street Fighting Man
||Oasis tour halted by Liam's teeth
Tuesday, December 3, 2002 Posted: 11:29 AM EST (1629 GMT)
MUNICH, Germany -- British rock
band Oasis has cancelled the
remaining dates of its German tour
after singer Liam Gallagher was
forced to have surgery after losing
his two front teeth in a bar fight.
The band had already postponed two
shows, in Munich and Hamburg, but on
Tuesday also pulled out of two further
shows they were due to play in the next
few days in Dusseldorf and Bremen.
Three band members were arrested on
Saturday following a brawl at a Munich
hotel nightclub where Gallagher, 30,
allegedly kicked a police offer in the chest.
He is currently waiting to hear whether he
will be charged.
"The damage to Liam's teeth is worse
than it first appeared and he will have to
return to the UK for surgery before he will
be able to perform again," a statement on
behalf of the band said.
Local media said Gallagher could be
charged with grievous bodily assault and
resisting arrest for beating a number of
people, including a police officer. If
convicted he faces up to two years in
A statement on the official Oasis Web site
said they were involved in an "unprovoked
attack" at the nightclub but police rejected
that version and said an altercation broke
out between members of the band.
Munich police spokesman Christoph
Reichenbach told Reuters on Tuesday:
"According to witness statements they
started hitting each other and were
shoving each other around in the nightclub.
"In the midst of all of this one of the musicians fell on a table at which a group of five
to six Italians were sitting. A brawl ensued -- band members and their security
guards attacked other guests in the club.
"Hotel staff contacted the police, who were at the scene within a few minutes. One of
the officers was kicked in the chest with full force by Liam and suffered minor
The police arrested five people -- Gallagher, two other band members and two of
their security people. Liam's brother Noel, the band's lead guitarist, was not involved.
The Oasis management paid about £60,000 ($100,000) to bail Gallagher from jail.
Munich's state prosecutor Anton Winkler told reporters the bail could be used as a
fine if Gallagher is convicted.
"Liam Gallagher sustained facial injuries, including several broken teeth, while two
of the group's security guards were forced to seek hospital treatment, one after
being knocked unconscious," the band's Web site said.
Oasis became hugely popular in the mid-1990s. The group's 1995 album "(What's
the Story) Morning Glory?" debuted at No. 1 in the UK and became the second-best
selling album in British history.
However, their success has often been overshadowed by sibling feuding between
Liam and Noel. The band's lead guitarist once quit an American tour and later
refused to tour with Liam in Europe.
In August this year, Oasis cancelled several sell-out shows in the United States after
Noel Gallagher, bass player Andy Bell and keyboard player Jay Darlington were
injured in a head-on car crash.
Oasis started the European leg of their world tour in November and are due to play
in the United Kingdom in December.
||Quite a change of pace for Andy Bell. Ride were such polite boys.
I see things are sad in the camp of Oasis´ old rivals Blur, too. Blur without Graham Coxon! Well, I suppose if we could have the Manics without Richey.
||Or the Stones without Brian. Incidentally, Miss U e-mailed me to say that Andrew Oldham signed the petition.
Or the Stones without Brian. Incidentally, Miss U e-mailed me to say that Andrew Oldham signed the petition.
Oh yeah? Well ole Andrew better watch his ass when Keith finds out about this! What a rat fink!