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Oasis split? Definitely maybe

Oasis in 2008
The Gallaghers (centre) have always patched things up in the past

Arguments and cancelled gigs are nothing new for Oasis. For them, spectacular popularity has always gone hand-in-hand with spectacular bust-ups.

But neither brother has formally left the band - until now. Noel Gallagher has quit, saying he can no longer work with brother and bandmate Liam.

As fans question whether this really is the end, the troubles and triumphs they have shared over the years are recalled below.

  • 1991 - The band form with an original line-up of the Gallagher brothers, Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan and Tony McCarroll, initially under the name Rain.
  • May 1993 - Discovered by Creation Records owner Alan McGee while playing third on the bill at Glasgow venue King Tut's Wah Wah Hut. He offers them a record deal on the spot.

Oasis in 1996
Oasis shot to fame as Britpop took off
  • February 1994 - The world gets the first taste of their bad behaviour when Liam and Guigsy are detained on a ferry for causing mayhem in the bar en route to a gig in Amsterdam. They are immediately deported.
  • April - Debut single Supersonic is released. Oasis are at the forefront of Britpop - an explosive time for British guitar music, with bands that dominated the charts and the airwaves.
  • April - Liam and Noel are at each others' throats during an infamous interview with NME, proving rows are nothing new. The following year, the recording is released on 7" single under the title Wibbling Rivalry.

  • September 1994 - Debut album Definitely Maybe reaches number one in UK.
  • August - A fan jumps on stage and punches Noel in the face, cutting him with his ring, before Noel and Liam hit back. Bottles are thrown as the band abandon the gig, and the crowd smashes the windows of the tour bus as they leave the venue.
  • February 1995 - Oasis are named best British newcomers at the Brit Awards - but arch rivals Blur win four awards, including best British group.
  • August - Amid much media hysteria, Oasis release their single Roll With It on the same day that Blur release Country House. In the great Battle of Britpop, Blur score number one and Oasis lose out.

Oasis at Brits 1996
The band picked up three Brit Awards in 1996
  • September - Guigsy, suffering from nervous exhaustion, refuses to go on tour. The band recruit an unknown replacement, Scott McLeod. But he walks out suddenly after just a month, prompting the Gallaghers to scrap the rest of their US dates. Guigsy later returns.
  • February 1996 - Oasis get revenge on Blur at the Brit Awards, winning three gongs, including best group and best album for What's The Story Morning Glory.
  • August - They play to 250,000 people over two nights at Knebworth, now widely seen as the high point of both Britpop and Oasis's fortunes.
  • September - At Heathrow Airport, Liam backs out of a US tour 15 minutes before the flight. He says he has to find a new house with wife Patsy Kensit instead of playing to "silly Yanks". The tour starts without him and he flies out later. But relations boil over and two weeks later, Noel cancels the remaining dates.
  • August 1997 - Third album Be Here Now sells 663,000 copies in the UK in its first week. It still holds the record for the fastest-selling album.

  • August 1999 - Guigsy and Bonehead leave the band in quick succession. They are replaced by bassist Andy Bell - formerly of indie band Ride - and guitarist Gem Archer, of the group Heavy Stereo. Full story

Oasis in 1999
The Gallagher brothers are the only two remaining original band members
  • November 1999 - Liam causes a scare after vanishing for 48 hours - just days before the band start a crucial US tour. Full story
  • May 2000 - Noel Gallagher walks out of the group's world tour, blaming a "major disagreement" with Liam, who he says is "a bit of an idiot". He explains: "It's just been made impossible for me to be on the same stage or the same room as him." The other band members play dates without Noel. Full story
  • July - Oasis - still minus Noel - walk off stage in Switzerland after being pelted with bottles, cans and coins. Noel rejoins the group for a show in Dublin days later. Full story
  • August 2002 - They are forced to scrap several gigs after Noel and Bell suffer minor injuries in a head-on car crash in a taxi in Indianapolis, Indiana. Full story
  • December 2002 - A German tour is axed after Liam loses two teeth in bar brawl in Munich. Prosecutors say Liam and another unnamed member of the band had large amounts of alcohol and drugs in their blood and Liam is fined fined 50,000 euros (£35,000). Full story


Oasis at Brit Awards 2007
Many new bands cite Oasis as a big influence
  • February 2007 - Oasis receive outstanding contribution honour at the Brit Awards. Full story
  • October 2008 - Oasis release their seventh album Dig Out Your Soul, which becomes their seventh UK number one. Full story
  • August 2009 - Liam tells NME he and his brother rarely speak, do not travel together and only see each other on stage. "He doesn't like me and I don't like him, that's it."

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