Oasis' Be Here Now Due In August

The group is expected to launch a major U. S. tour this winter.

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

(August 26).

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

Morris.

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

are scheduled.

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.