Oasis band brothers take slanging match to court

Fri Aug 19, 2011 6:33am EDT
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - The Gallagher brothers, who stormed British pop in the 1990s when they were together in rock band Oasis, have taken their increasingly bitter war of words to court.

Younger sibling Liam, former lead singer of the group who now fronts Beady Eye, issued a statement on Friday confirming he was suing songwriter and guitarist Noel for comments he made over why the band broke up in 2009.

Noel, 44, who made the remarks during a press conference in July at which he was launching his solo career, had no immediate comment to make on the lawsuit at London's High Court, his spokesman said.

Liam said in his statement: "I have taken legal action against Noel Gallagher for statements he made during the Electric Cinema press conference on July 6 during which he claimed Oasis pulled out of the 2009 V Festival Chelmsford gig because I had a hangover.

"That is a lie and I want Oasis fans, and others who were at V, to know the truth."

He went on to explain he was "gutted" to have had to pull out of the event, and that the real reason was laryngitis as diagnosed by a doctor and explained to Noel.

"Noel also falsely stated that the demise of Oasis followed a massive row in which he claimed I demanded to advertise my clothing range Pretty Green in the Oasis tour program," he added.

"The truth is there was no such discussion or row between us. There are many reasons why Oasis split. But it had nothing to do with my clothing range."   Continued...

<p>Former Oasis front man Liam Gallagher answers a question during a news conference in Moscow June 3, 2011. REUTERS/Alexander Natruskin</p>