Echo And The Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch blames 'bullies' for Oasis split Get Tickets

Noel forced to 'walk out on his own band', says Bunnyman

Echo And The Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch has claimed Oasis' Noel Gallagher was "bullied" into quitting the band.

The guitarist quit the band after an altercation backstage at a Paris music festival last month.

"I feel sorry for Noel. After all it was his fucking band man. Looking at things it seems like he's been bullied from all those behind the group," McCulloch told The Quietus.

"What do you do when that happens? He's had to walk out on his own band. But Noel is a good songwriter and he'll be OK. He's got projects. The rest of the band, well that guy from Ride, I like him, he's ok. At least the rest of them have still got him if they want to continue together."

Echo And The Bunnymen release their new album 'The Fountain' – their first album since 2005's 'Siberia' – on October 12, with lead single 'Think I Need It Too' released on September 28.

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