GEM AND POTSY: HAPPY DAYS HERE AGAIN?

Line-up firms up as band start rehearsals for US dates...

Oasis are on the point of recrioting a new bassist. David Potts, formerly the guitarist in Monaco, the band formed by New Order‘s Peter Hook who were recently dropped from their contract with London records, has emerged as a serious contender to replace founder member Paul McGuigan.

Together with ex-Heavy Stereo guitarist Gem, who replaces Bonehead, the new Oasis line-up is almost in place and ready to begin rehearsals.

Sources close to the band say that if the sessions go well the line-up will be confirmed as the band that will tour Oasis‘ fourth LP, due for release on February 22 next year.

Gem has been tipped for some time as the replacement for Bonehead, who left the band earlier this year following the completion of his parts for the new LP, provisionally titled ‘Where Did It All Go Wrong?’.

Gem joined Noel and Liam Gallagher last Thursday (October 21) at the launch party for the Jam tribute album ‘Fire And Skill’ at The Gallery in Hackney, London.

Noel confirmed that a new line-up was rehearsing on the Monday, and that the new bassist was a fan of Manchester City, though he remained coy about revealing his name.

However, sources close to the band said that David Potts was the man in question. Creation confirmed that he was a contender for the job.

At the party, NME also spoke to Gem, who said things were going “very well”. When asked if he could confirm that he had secured the Oasis job, he said: “Easy, easy, we’ll see, we’ll see. You know, but yeah, I’m minding my Ps and Qs.”

Creation Records later confirmed that Gem has been appointed guitarist. ‘Pottsy’ meanwhile will join the band if rehearsals go well.