Rumoured Paul Weller spot dropped after Noel assault
The guitarist was pushed to the ground by an intruder during his band’s set, forcing the group to leave the stage for nearly ten minutes.
Although Oasis returned to finish the show, according to a statement the guitarist was later “taken to hospital after the show to be examined for a suspected fractured rib and ligament damage. The assailant was detained in police custody and will be charged with assault”.
However, according to a source at the festival, Weller – who was also on the bill – had been due to join the band on ‘Champagne Supernova’, a track he originally guested on when it appeared on the band’s 1995 album ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’.
“There was a rumour going around the festival that Weller was going to play the solo on the song, like he does on record, all day,” the source told NME.COM. “However, just before the band played their last song they all huddled together, there was a bit of a discussion and then they launched into set closer ‘I Am The Walrus’.
“Afterwards, there was talk that the band had to cut the song due to time, and that meant no Weller.”
Whether Weller was due to guest or not, suggestions that the song was cut do appear to be backed up by the fact that when Oasis kicked off their world tour in Seattle ‘Champagne Supernova’ was the song that immediately preceded the set closer.
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Footage of the V Festival incident can be seen below: