Noel Gallagher's announced split from his band Oasis followed a guitar-smashing altercation with his brother Liam. The band was set to play the Rock en Seine festival in Paris last night, but the crowd were told by Bloc Party, who were due to perform before Oasis, the band would not be taking the stage. Many in the audience assumed it was a joke until screens confirmed that the show was cancelled "as a result of an altercation with the band."
Scottish singer Amy Macdonald, who was playing at the French festival last night, wrote on her Twitter page shortly after 9pm, "Oasis cancelled again with one minute to stage time! Liam smashed Noel's guitar, huuuge fight"
She later updated: "Noel's quit."
Oasis pulled out of a headlining gig last weekend, supposedly because singer Liam had laryngitis.
Battles between the Gallagher brothers have marked and hurt the band's progress. Liam refused to join a US tour in 1995; Noel walked off a tour in 2000; all other original band members are long gone; the brothers recently confirmed they don't speak to each other. But this is the first official Gallagher resignation.