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Tuesday, 29 August, 2000, 00:07 GMT 01:07 UK
Oasis play down rumours of split
Liam Gallagher
Both Gallaghers managed to stay on stage this time
Oasis quashed rumours of an imminent split as they played the final concert of their European tour.

The Gallagher brothers put aside their differences to perform a 90-minute set before a 40,000-strong crowd at the Carling Festival in Leeds on Monday.

Earlier in the tour guitarist and main songwriter Noel Gallagher temporarily walked out on the band, sparking a war of words with brother Liam.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is not a funeral

Liam Gallagher

One tabloid newspaper predicted Oasis would be making a statement on Tuesday, but the band's PR company, Hall or Nothing, said they were not expecting anything.

A spokesman told BBC News Online: "There will be no press conference and we are not aware of any statement."

At the gig, Liam took a swipe at critics predicting the band's demise, saying: "Ladies and gentlemen, this is not a funeral."

The concert, in the grounds of Temple Newsam - a Jacobean mansion - relied heavily on material from the band's latest album, Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants.

But the evening's biggest cheers were reserved for earlier material.

It had also been reported that Noel had met his lawyers to thrash out a deal to leave the band.

But ending the set with Rock 'n' Roll Star, the elder Gallagher brother told the crowd: "We'll meet again, I don't know where, I don't know when, but we'll meet again."

Fan Stuart Owen, 30, of Sandbach, Cheshire, said: "It would be a real shame if they split but I even heard that the brothers arrived in separate helicopters, which is not a good sign for the future.

I think all this talk of splitting up was just a ploy to sell more tickets

Debbie Price, fan

"They are the greatest band ever and I had to come and see what could be their final concert."

During their 90s heyday, Oasis were one of the biggest acts in the world.

They scored massive hits with songs such as Wonderwall, Roll With It, and Don't Look Back In Anger and played to 250,000 fans at Knebworth in 1996.

Some fans were unimpressed by rumours of the band's final concert.

Debbie Price, 27, of Sheffield, said: "I think all this talk of splitting up was just a ploy to sell more tickets. I bet they'll be having a reunion tour this time next year."

The concert marked the climax of the three-day Carling Festival in Leeds, which featured other acts including Pulp, Stereophonics, Primal Scream and Beck.

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