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Friday, 2 August, 2002, 13:39 GMT 14:39 UK
Lost passport threatens Oasis tour
Oasis artists Noel Gallagher (left) and his bother Liam
Oasis have just released a new album
Oasis star Noel Gallagher was almost left behind as the band were due to fly out for the start of their US tour after losing his passport.

The guitarist was saved the embarrassment of being grounded by the speedy reactions of the US embassy in the UK, which rushed through a working visa.

Gallagher only realised he had lost his passport shortly before he was due to take off for the first show of Oasis' American tour in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Although he had a spare passport tucked away at his management company - as is common for many bands - he no longer had a working visa.

The issuing of visas usually takes about six weeks to process, meaning Gallagher would have missed the US dates.

But the US embassy rushed through his application, allowing him to catch his flight along with his fellow bandmembers, including brother Liam.

Noel Gallagher
Noel will be hoping this tour is more peaceful than previous ones
A spokeswoman for Oasis said: "These things can take up to six weeks but the staff managed to turn it around in just two hours."

"Time was against them and they are really grateful to the US Embassy for doing it so quickly.

"If they hadn't been so quick, we don't know what the band would have done."

She added that she was certain the band would dedicate their first show on Friday to the US embassy for making it happen.

Excuse

It is more common for singer Liam to cause the scares preceding potentially lucrative US tours.

The younger of the two Gallagher's pulled out of the band's first US tour in 1996 just 15 minutes before the flight was due to leave, saying he had laryngitis.

He also used the excuse that he had to go house-hunting with his then wife Patsy Kensit.

He rejoined the group days later but pulled out a live MTV performance.

And in 1999 he went missing for 48 hours just days before Oasis were due to travel to America, but did turn up in time to leave.

But continuing rows between the brothers led to Noel quitting the tour to return to the UK.

Liam says he is now a reformed character since settling down with former All Saint Natalie Appleton, the mother of his second child Gene.

Oasis tour the US before crossing into Canada and then heading on to Japan, promoting their Heathen Chemistry album.

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