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Tuesday, 18 July, 2000, 10:23 GMT 11:23 UK
Noel: Oasis future 'uncertain'
Time Out's two covers: Liam (left) and Noel (right)
Brothers on sale: The Gallaghers gave separate interviews
Oasis songwriter Noel Gallagher says his future with the band is uncertain - but he plans to stay in the music industry.

The guitarist walked out of the group's world tour earlier this year after fighting with singer brother Liam, but has rejoined them for stadium shows in the UK and Ireland.

He told London listings magazine Time Out that Liam's drinking was the main problem in their love-hate relationship.

"It makes me tired, it gets me down, but he knows that and the more it gets me down, the more he does it," he said.

Noel Gallagher performing in Dublin
Noel Gallagher: Liam's drinking "gets me down"
Noel, 33, took a holiday in Ibiza after walking out on Oasis, and he told the magazine he was still trying to figure out his future.

"I'm not thinking too much about anything at the moment, just about getting these gigs done and hopefully them being received really well."

Asked if leaving the group permanently was an option, he said: "Of course, year, but we'll see what happens.

"When I was 26, the most important thing in my entire life was the group and writing songs. But now it's not.

"Watching my little girl grow up and and go to school is more important than watching the band develop - Liam's gotta get his head round that before we can go any further."

However, he said he was not going to "sit at home and become a dad".

Liam Gallagher performing in Dublin
Liam Gallagher: "I like a pint"
Time Out interviewed the brothers separately, and has published two different covers - one of Noel, one of Liam.

The 27-year-old singer told the magazine Noel "carries the weight of Oasis on his shoulders too much", but predicted they would be reconciled.

"We've had arguments before. We're all big boys, we know what we've gotta do. And we were never that close anyway."

Asked about drugs and drink, Liam said: "No drugs, man, I've got too much going on in my life to be snorting gear. I've got a kid to look after. But I like a pint.

"A couple of pints is okay. And I have a lot of pints. I can drink for England, but you can only drink so much before you're asleep."

Liam also told the magazine there was a whole album of new Oasis songs - but Noel said he had not written anything for 18 months.

Oasis play Wembley Stadium, London, on Friday and Saturday, and Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh on 29 July. They also play at the Reading and Leeds festivals on 25 and 28 August.

BBC London Live 94.9 will be broadcasting from Wembley on Saturday between 1600 and 1800 BST, when Gary Crowley will talk to both Noel and Liam. It will also be broadcast through the station's website. For more details, click here.

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