Noel Gallagher of Oasis Got Assaulted by a Fan
Oasis’s frontman Noel Gallagher was attacked on stage in Canada during a concert on Sunday night. Talking about a fan gone wild!
The band were at Toronto’s 2008 Virgin Music Festival, in the middle of performing their hits “Morning Glory,” when an unidentified man rushed the stage from the wings, shoving guitarist Noel Gallagher into his stage monitor and onto the ground.
The man then turned toward Noel’s bandmate and younger brother, singer Liam Gallagher, but was restrained by security before he was able to make contact. Liam, ready to throw a punch, had to be held back by stage hands.
The incident caught in a video, and later spread through YouTube. A statement on the band’s official website said that being a professional performer, about 15 minutes after the incident, the band returned to the crowd of 25,000 to finish out their set, with the injured Gallagher telling the audience that the attack had added “a little excitement” to the night.
The Video From Youtube
The statement said that 41-year-old Noel “fell heavily onto his monitor speakers” as a result of the attack, and was later taken to hospital where he was examined for a suspected rib fracture and ligament damage. The statement did not specify the results of the examination though.
The assailant was led off stage and has been detained by police. He was later charged with assault, and identified as 47-year-old Daniel Sullivan, from Pickering, Ontario. Sullivan got released without bail, and is due to appear in court next month. His motive for the attack was not known. An eyewitness said, “Everyone was shocked. The fan came out of nowhere — no one even saw him run on stage, people just saw Noel fall and then people started yelling.”
A festival spokesman called the incident a “security breach” and a spokesman for the band seemed exceedingly accepting of the event. He said, “Oasis understand sometimes these things happen.” While the band has not yet cancelled its upcoming concert in London, Ontario on Tuesday evening, they have informed fans to keep tabs on their website, where they will announce any change of plans.
Oasis, who is worldwide known for their hits like “Wonderwall” and “Stop Crying Your Heart Out”, currently playing several concerts in Canada and the United States before a sold-out British and European tour in late September to promote the upcoming album “Dig Out Your Soul.” The tour officially wraps in New York on Friday before returning to the U.K.
Hmmm… hopefully Noel will soon be okay, and the rest of the tour will go swell. Don’t look back in anger, okay?!
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