Oasis' Noel and Liam Gallagher have called a truce, sort of, signaled by an onstage handshake during a show last weekend in Dublin, Ireland.
The Brit-rock band's publicist, Terri Hall, said the brothers will put their animus behind them and complete the UK leg of their European tour together, culminating with an appearance Aug. 28 at the Leeds Festival. "Noel just quit touring abroad, but he will appear at all the UK dates," she said.
As to why Noel, the band's guitarist and main songwriter, won't accompany the rest of the band at their shows in Switzerland, Portugal and Hungary, Hall said, "I think it's been covered by the press." In other words, the brothers Gallagher are still having trouble getting along.
The band's future remains unclear. "I'm not qualified to answer that," said Hall, who pointed out that all the UK shows (including an appearance next weekend at London's famed Wembley Stadium) are sold-out. "They're as big as ever over here," she said. "Not many bands play to sold-out stadiums."
"We ain't splitting up," Noel told the crowd at Dublin's Landsdowne Road stadium on June 8, Reuters reported.
The Gallagher brothers have long had a prickly relationship. In the past, the band has performed shows, including an MTV "Unplugged" episode, without Liam. (Sonicnet.com's parent company, Viacom, also owns MTV.) Noel left the tour in late May, saying through a publicist that he was tired of touring outside the UK, although press accounts have blamed ongoing difficulties with Liam for his unexpected exit.
In 1995 Oasis became worldwide stars with (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, which contained the hits "Wonderwall" (RealAudio excerpt) and "Champagne Supernova."
Oasis released their latest album, Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, including the single "Go Let It Out" (RealAudio excerpt), in February, though record sales in the States have been lackluster. Within two months of its release, Giants dropped out of the Billboard 200 albums chart.
The band's current lineup includes guitarist Gem Archer, bassist Andy Bell and drummer Alan White. Guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs and bassist Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, both founding members of the group, left Oasis in August.