SO NEAR, SO MARR

Plus Oasis add latest US radio date...

A spokesman for Oasis denied that Johnny Marr was ever in the frame to replace Boneheadand said he ‘couldn’t understand’ why Bernard Sumner had said it.

BERNARD SUMNER was speaking to Radio 1 to say that his partner in Electronic ex-Smith Johnny Marr was approached to replace Bonehead in Oasis.

“We’ve known Noel for a long time, he’s a good friend,” said the New Order/Electronic frontman. “He did approach Johnny, I believe, to be a guitarist in Oasis. But Johnny‘s working on stuff of his own, solo projects and I think he wants to pursue that and finish that really. I think the timing was just bad. He can’t play guitar good enough!”

Meanwhile the new lineup are rehearsing and will play US dates in December.

“The plan is, depending on whether people still like us or not, ‘coz we’ve been away for two years, I want to do small venues,” Liam told Radio 1 last week. “If everything’s alright and the kids still like us then we’re gonna fill out big shows. Our first one I wanna do like a little tour around London, of little, small gigs, two thousand, so we can get back in there, bring the new people in the band in and away we go”.

The shows confirmed so far are in Philadelphia (December 3) and Chicago (4). They are radio station gigs with all the bands playing short sets.

Click back for news of more North American dates soon.

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