The reclusive bassist makes a surprise appearance at the Modfather's Reading show...

Ex-Oasis bassist PAUL ‘GUIGSY’ McGUIGAN made a surprise appearance onstage at Paul Weller‘s show in READING last night (April 25).

Weller was playing the Rivermead Centre as part of his current UK tour. Guigsy came onto the stage before the band came on, and announced their arrival.

A spokesperson for Paul Weller told “He came down to see Paul Weller play and to catch up with some old friends. The pair have been mates for a while, and Paul has pretty strong connections with the Oasis boys. It was just something they decided to do at the time.”

His spokesperson laughed off speculation that Guigsy would join Weller‘s full-time live band now he has more time on his hands. She said: “It was nothing like that! There is absolutely no way that Guigsy will join the band!”

Paul Weller been friends with the Oasis lads past and present for a number of years and has worked with them on many occasions, contributing guitar for example to the song ‘Champagne Supernova’ on the band’s second studio album ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’.

Noel Gallagher also played a series of unannounced supports to Weller on his 1998 UK tour, even joining him onstage at London Hackney Victoria Park in August 1998, where they played Weller‘s version of the Dr John song ‘I Walk On Gilded Splinters’. On that occasion, Noel introduced Weller at the start of his set.

Guigsy left Oasis in August of last year, only two weeks after guitarist Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs announced his departure from the band. Since then he has kept a low profile, although he is rumoured to have recorded some dub reggae material at his Manchester home.

Paul Weller continues his UK tour tonight (April 26) at the Plymouth Pavilion, before going on to Bristol Colston Hall (27), Guildford Civic Hall (29 & 30), London Royal Albert Hall (May 2 & 3), Nottingham Arena (5), Manchester Apollo (6 & 7), Aston Villa Leisure Centre (9 & 10), Glasgow Barrowlands (12 & 13), Edinburgh Playhouse (14), Towerlands Braintree Arena (17), Bournemouth International Centre (18) and Cardiff Arena (19).

Weller is also confirmed to play at the Witness Festival, at County Meath, Fairyhouse Racecourse, Ireland on August 5-6, the V2000 Festival at Weston Park, Staffordshire, and Hylands Park, Chelmsford on August 19-20 and the Glasgow Green Festival In The City on August 25-26.

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