oasis4-photoThis weekend, almost every site dedicated to music or entertainment was abuzz with the news that Noel Gallhager abruptly departed from the much respected rock band, Oasis. The lead guitarist and chief songwriter for the group made his exit in Paris, during a string of festival shows the band was playing. It was no secret that for many years, Gallhager and his brother, lead singer Liam, were not the greatest of siblings. In fact, Gallhager had “quit” the band a few times before because of the tensions between him and his brother, as well as with his other band mates. However, this incident marks the first time that he has made any official announcement regarding a departure.

On the band’s official website, oasisnet, Gallhager gave a statement that, while scant on details, outlines his reasons for deciding to call it quits. “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.”

From his statement, it can be inferred that inner band tensions and rifts between Gallhager and his management became simply too much for him to handle. Seeing these tensions be made so public gives a somber reminder of the kind of perils that being in a band entails, especially when fame is thrown into the mix. A band is essentially your second family, and when there is conflict, things can get really ugly really fast.

If this is indeed the end of Oasis, it is likely that the group will be more remembered for their music than for their offstage drama. They were almost single handedly responsible for bringing Brit-Pop back in style for Americans, with songs like “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova” reaching number 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks Billboard chart, and millions in album sales. They were also critically acclaimed and respected in many circles. They leave behind a legacy that many will not soon forget.

Sources: oasisnet, pitchfork, stereogum

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