BONEHEAD OUT

Paul Arthurs exits the group after finishing work on fourth album...

Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs, 34, officially quit Oasis last night ending months of speculation about his future.

In a statement he said:”After a lot of consideration I have decided to call it a day with Oasis. I’ve had a fantastic eight years in one of the best bands ever to come out of Britain, and now feel I have come to the stage where I’d like to concentrate on other things in my life, outside the demands of being in a successful rock and roll band.”

A spokesman said there were no plans to replace Bonehead.

He added: “Bonehead was often the peacemaker in the early days. It will be different but Oasis will definitely continue. The Gallaghers have settled down and they have matured a lot over the years. There are fewer of those kinds of incidents and they have become as harmonious as any band ever gets.”

Drummer Tony McCarroll was the first member to leave after being sacked by Noel Gallagher in 1995. He received an out-of-court settlement estimated to be ‘550,000 earlier this year.

Look out for more news on Bonehead‘s departure in this week’s NME.

Bonehead’s out – what difference will this make to the group? Should he be replaced? If so who should replace him? Post a message on the new nme.com Oasis board… The official statement