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Thursday, 25 May, 2000, 09:37 GMT 10:37 UK
Noel lets rip at Liam - again
Liam and Noel Gallagher
Brothers at war: Noel and Liam Gallagher have fallen out - again
Oasis frontman Noel Gallagher has launched a stinging attack on brother Liam, blaming him for the latest split in the group.

The guitarist, who walked out of the band's world tour on Monday, said he needed a break from his brother, claiming he had become too big for his boots.

Noel, 32, told The Sun newspaper: "He's the singer, so we have a professional relationship.

"We don't have a relationship outside the band. We are not good at playing happy families."


Noel Gallagher
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Noel shocked fans when he announced his decision to abandon ship, stating that he would never tour outside the UK again.

As a result, Oasis have drafted in Paul Weller's guitarist Matt Deighton for the rest of the dates, leaving Liam as the only original member of the band.

But an unrepentant Noel insisted his little brother only had himself to blame because he wasn't living in "the real world".

He attacked Liam's recent boast that he was born to be a star, saying: "He's just a normal kid with a good voice singing in a good band. It's as simple as that.

"He's a singer. Singers have massive egos. If he were beside me now he'd do all the talking and I'd be looking into the distance. He talks too much.

"Stars are not human beings. If he considers himself to be above a human being then that's very sad."

Retired

The songwriter, who is due to link up with Oasis again for their UK dates, pledged his immediate future to the band, but his masterplan was to be retired in five years time.

He said: "If we are still together, that means I'll have been in this band for 15 years. That's too long.

"Hopefully I'll be in a studio being a fat producer producing the coolest new band in England, whoever that might be. I might do an Oasis reunion tour for the money."


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The falling out is the latest in a series of bust-ups between the brothers.

In 1996, Noel returned early from Oasis' US tour, after admitting the band was in a "drug-fuelled haze" and Liam, 27, later missed an MTV recording following another row, leaving Noel to fill in on vocals.

Last year, both bass player Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan and guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs quit to spend more time with their families, plunging the group's future into doubt.

They recruited Gem Archer and Andy Bell as replacements, but with the last album receiving moderate reviews and Noel and Liam now both fathers themselves, many pundits now feel it would come as no great shock if they finally decided enough was enough.

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