After taking to [artist id="1168"]Oasis[/artist]‘ Web site on Friday to discuss his latest split from the band, guitarist Noel Gallagher has further elaborated on why he left , citing “violent and verbal intimidation” and a “lack of support” as some of the reasons for his departure.
“The details are not important and of too great a number to list,” he said in the latest statement, posted on Saturday. “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 bandmates has left me with no other option than to get me cape and seek pastures new.”
He thanked his fans for Oasis’ “amazing” 18-year run, adding that his time in the band was a “dream come true.” He said, “I take with me glorious memories.”
Gallagher also apologized to fans for missing gigs at England’s V Festival and in Paris, where Noel and brother Liam Gallagher reportedly fought backstage. Noel’s original statement on Friday said he “simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.”
“Apologies are probably not enough, I know, but I’m afraid it’s all I’ve got,” he wrote on Saturday. “Again, I can only apologize — although I don’t know why. It was nothing to do with me. I was match fit and ready to be brilliant. Alas, other people in the group weren’t up to it. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a family and a football team to indulge.”
The departure of Noel, who was responsible for most of the songwriting for Oasis, has left the fate of the rest of the band in flux.
“I expect in the next couple of days, a decision will be made as to how to continue or if they continue,” the group’s spokesperson said in a statement to the BBC.
Alan McGee, who discovered Oasis and signed them to Creation Records, said that the band will probably get back together, even though he sees this split as “the worst fallout that they’ve ever had, and they’ve had some pretty bad ones. … I think you’ll have a reunion tour in about five years’ time,” he said. “They love each other. When people love each other, they’ll always make peace. You can’t control Oasis — they do what they want to do. That’s the beauty and the skill of the band.”