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Saturday, March 7, 1998 Published at 15:02 GMT

World: Asia-Pacific

Oasis apologise for 'appalling' concert
image: [ Oasis brothers Noel and Liam ]
Oasis brothers Noel and Liam

The rock group Oasis have apologised for their poor performance before a small audience in Brisbane.

Songwriter Noel Gallagher said: "We're sorry about the singing. Last night's concert was appalling and I apologise. I can't offer any excuses."

[ image: Oasis: sorry about their singing]
Oasis: sorry about their singing
He made no direct mention of the arrest of his younger brother and singer, Liam, and accusations of rowdy behaviour on a flight.

"I've enjoyed myself," he said. "It's been a pretty good laugh, really. It's a shame other things got in the way. All I'm concerned about is the music."

The final show in Brisbane pulled a crowd of only 4,000 - well below capacity.

The band's Australian fans may not be too disappointed when the band leave on Sunday for New Zealand.

Liam is due to return to Brisbane in three months to defend himself against a charge of assaulting 19-year-old Ben Jones.

He allegedly head-butted the English fan when he attempted to take a photograph.

Mr Jones said he intended to sue the singer for damages. "He needs to be taught a lesson and shouldn't be allowed to get away with this sort of behavior anymore.

"He gets away with it all the time. It's got to stop," he said.

[ image: Liam is under fire for his behaviour]
Liam is under fire for his behaviour
The band's problems began the moment they arrived in Perth, Australia, on their first trip Down Under.

Passengers who had shared their flight from Hong Kong complained of abusive language and said the band had smoked and thrown objects inside the plane.

A domestic airline was forced to employ two security guards when its cabin crew threatened to refuse to work on any flight carrying the band.

Noel then caused controversy back in Britain by suggesting he was indifferent to the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

He said: "So she died in a car crash, big deal. It didn't affect me."

Liam was spotted on Saturday in what appeared to be a belated attempt to make up with his fans.

He was playing football with a small group near the apartment block where the group was staying.

But, for some, it was much too late. Many walked out of the Brisbane show in disgust at the band's lack of professionalism on stage rather than off.

"It was actually quite boring," one said.

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