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Saturday, August 29th, 2009

Where Did It All Go Wrong?

Oasis split

Photo By Frank YangFrank YangSo here we are on the first day of Virgin Festival 2009 and what’s everyone talking about? The headliners of Virgin Festival 2008Oasis – and the fact that Noel Gallagher has quit. Illness was blamed when the band cancelled their headlining slot at the UK’s V Fest last Sunday, but this time the official word is there was “an altercation” between Noel and brother Liam and that Noel walked out on the band on the eve of a show in Paris, with all subsequent European dates cancelled.

Now normally when 1/5 of a band leaves, it doesn’t necessarily mean the band is done but when that individual is the primary songwriter, it doesn’t bode well. But on the other hand, Noel has quit the band at least twice before – or was it thrice? – so there’s as much reason to think that it’ll be temporary as not. But until word comes that the Gallagher brother have reconciled or at least realized that they have no marketable skills besides being in Oasis, let’s reflect on happier times for the band like the one depicted in the photo – taken shortly after Noel was attacked onstage in Toronto last year.

Video: Oasis – “Don’t Look Back In Anger”

In more positive superstar British frontman news, Exclaim reports that Radiohead’s Thom Yorke will be releasing a super limited-edition solo 12″ single on September 22. And when they say super-limited, the mean it. Word is there will be only 4000 copies allotted to North America and only 300 in Canada.

Check out the first track from Bad Lieutenant, the new outfit let by former New Order frontman Bernard Sumner and backed up by Harvey Keitel and Nicolas Cage. Wait, what?

MP3: Bad Lieutenant – “Sink Or Swim”

Billboard talks to James Dean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers about their new record Journal For Plague Lovers, which has a September 15 North American release date and will bring the band back to this side of the Atlantic for the first time in a decade (not counting that gig for Castro in Cuba in 2001), including a date at the Phoenix in Toronto on October 4.

The Manics’ Nicky Wire, along with Emmy The Great, Micachu’s Mica Levi and a host of others awash in indie cred talk to The Guardian about their favourite top-40 pop songs.

Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan talks to Spinner about jamming with Wilco during their show together in Brooklyn earlier this Summer. Yo La are in town on October 3 in support of Popular Songs, out September 8, and are Wilco here for two nights at Massey Hall not a fortnight later on October 14 and 15.

Spinner has an Interface session with The Dodos. The Time To Die is out September 15 and they are at Lee’s Palace on October 17.

And apparently Pixies played a warm-up club gig in Hamilton last night at the Casbah, to around 150 lucky folks, thus ensuring they are properly warmed-up for their oughta-be-headlining-but-not slot at V Fest tonight.

By : Frank Yang at 10:09 am
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  1. Caz says:

    Bad Lieutenant not working as stream or d/l, just fyi.

  2. Frank Yang says:

    Link should be fixed – sorry

  3. Derek Jordan says:

    Ego is where it went wrong. Maybe Liam got to where he is because of Noelle, so he didn’t have to develop the right mentality, but you can’t achieve lasting success in music if you don’t keep your ego in check. Without Noelle, Liam is nothing but an ego.

  4. maggie says:

    Aww. Bernard Sumner… for some reason – the reason actually being cos of 24 Hour Party People – I always picture him as John Simm.

    Great tune. Can’t wait for the album.

  5. Claire says:

    Thank you so much for posting your Sloan photos! I was only made aware of Chris Murphy’s injury via the article you linked to a couple of days ago. Oddly, without an instrument (and especially with the tinted glasses), dude looks a looks a lot like…Noel Gallagher. Full circle!

  6. blureu says:

    The first thing I thought of when hearing the Noel/Oasis news…..Now the Ride reunion can happen!

  7. Adrian says:

    Oasis have been completely irrelevant since 1996. They’ve become bores both on and off stage and I find it incredible that they’re still capable of selling out huge arenas around the world.