Noel Gallagher Makes His Comic Debut To Fight AIDS

In a night of unusual performances, Oasis' Noel Gallagher, the comparatively quiet brother, made his comedy debut in a sketch on a live TV show, which also featured the four-piece All Saints performing as a trio as singer Melanie Blatt recovered from the birth of her daughter.

Gallagher, apparently healthy again after a chest infection caused him to cancel his appearance at an Irish TV tribute to the victims of the Omagh bombing 10 days ago (see "Irish Tribute To Omagh Aired"), took part in a routine that saw him being "interviewed" by a well known British comedian. The pair were appearing on a fundraising TV special called "Live From The Lighthouse" benefiting people with AIDS.

Gallagher's participation at the event was under scrutiny, given a 1995 outburst that saw the Oasis leader cause ripples by telling the media that he wished Blur singer Damon Albarn would die from AIDS. The two bands have had a longstanding

rivalry.

Meanwhile Epic Records is denying reports that a home video featuring a compilation of all the Oasis videos will be released in the States this year. The company says nothing is planned.

Fans will have to be content with "The Masterplan," the band's recently released B-Sides CD (see "Oasis Culls B-Sides For 'Masterplan'"). A video has been released for the single from that album, "Aquiesce," which features live footage from the band's December 14, 1997 hometown appearance in Manchester, England, as well as shots of the band backstage.