After months of speculation and innuendo (remember the "stolen
tapes" hoax of a few months ago in which Oasis' Gallagher brothers claimed that
the masters from their then-in-progress album were stolen?), Epic Records
confirmed Thursday that the name of the band's new record is Be Here Now
The first single will be "D' You Know What I Mean," (July 7).
The third effort from the Brothers Gallagher was, like their previous album,
(What's the Story) Morning Glory, produced by Noel Gallagher and Owen
Eleven of the 15 songs recorded by the band in sessions at Abbey
Road, Ridge Farm, Air Studios, Master Rock and Orinoco, will appear on the
album, with the rest showing up as b-sides. Outside of the two opening slots on
U2's Oakland, CA, PopMart dates on June 18 and 19, however, no other U.S. dates
A source at Epic speculated the band would likely do another
stateside tour following shows in Europe in August and September. If you
recall, the last time the battling Gallaghers tried to conquer the U.S. they
abandoned the tour after just a handful of dates amid rumors of intense inner
turmoil and a possible break-up.
Lately, the group's upcoming album and
single have taken a back seat to news that the group has given webmasters of
unofficial Oasis sites 30 days to remove copyrighted text, sounds, and images
from their sites or face legal action.