Liam Won’t Continue Oasis, U2 Want Their Own Video Game and Several Alt Bands to Play The Olympics…
Liam Gallagher has declared that “Oasis is no longer” – ending speculation that he would continue the band without his brother Noel.
After the guitarist left the group following an altercation backstage in Paris there had been a suggestion that the singer would continue on with the band as the lone Gallagher.
However, speaking to The Times, Liam has declared the group is finished.
“Well, Oasis is no longer. I think we all know that. So that’s done,” he explained. “It’s a shame, but that’s life. We had a good run at it. The thing about Oasis is no-one…we ended Oasis. No-one ended it for us. Which was pretty, kind of… cool. I’m thinking of what the next step is musically, which is all my mind’s on.”
The singer, who is launching a new collection of his clothing label Pretty Green, hinted that he would continue with his Oasis bandmates while Noel pursues a solo career.
“People will be able to buy his records. People will be able to buy our records. So everyone’s happy,” he explained, adding that he hoped in future to recover his relationship with Noel. “Well, that’s a long way off yet, man, but who knows?”
U2 may follow in The Beatles’ footsteps by having their own edition of the ‘Rock Band’ video game released, despite initial discussions with the game’s makers breaking down.
Bono and co had talks last year with the makers of the game, MTV Games and Electronic Arts, but a deal wasn’t agreed because of what bassist Adam Clayton called “compromises” they wouldn’t agree to.
Now, since the release of ‘The Beatles: Rock Band’, Clayton has told USA Today that the U2 game could still be on the way.
“We definitely would like to be in there,” he said. “But we felt some of the compromises weren’t what we wanted. That could change. I love the idea that that’s where people are getting music and we’d love to be in that world. We’ll figure something out.”
The bassist confirmed that it was seeing The Beatles’ game that renewed his enthusiasm for a possible U2 version.
Alexisonfire, Sam Roberts Band, Malajube, Blue Rodeo, Wilco and Jully Black are among those that will play free outdoor concerts as part of the festivities surrounding the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
The shows are part of LiveCity Vancouver, two sites in Vancouver that will also host family-geared events.
The Yaletown site in David Lam Park will host most of the music programming, while the downtown location at Cambie and Georgia streets is intended to be more of an area where people can eat and drink and watch Olympic events on big screens.
The concert lineup hasn’t been finalized yet, but should be announced within the next few weeks. Wilco’s Feb. 13 performance at David Lam Park will launch their 2010 “Trans Canada” tour.
The 2010 Olympic Winter Games run from Feb. 12 to 28 in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C.