The frontman defends poorly Oasis singer

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The Enemy‘s Tom Clarke has asked fans to cut OasisLiam Gallagher some slack after the Manchester band cancelled their headline slot at the Chelmsford leg of the event yesterday (August 23) due to the singer contracting laryngitis.

Clarke, whose band played on the 4Music stage at V Festival, said he believed the illness was legitimate – pointing out that Liam and his bandmate brother Noel have had a challenging relationship for some time.

“If they’ve cancelled it’s for a legitimate reason,” the frontman of the Coventry trio, who recently supported Oasis, told Absolute Radio. “I hope everyone cuts him a bit of slack and doesn’t whinge about it, ‘cos shit happens.”

Speaking about why he was convinced that Liam‘s ailment was the genuine reason for the cancellation he added: “They’ve been on tour since forever. I’m pretty sure they’ve hated each other since the ’90s. I’m pretty sure it wouldn’t have surmounted in Liam not playing V because they’ve just realised they don’t get on with each other.

“They get on with it. They manage to go on stage and play amazing shows, probably the best live band in the world. The fact of the matter is, the lad’s probably got a sore throat. Give him a break. Let him have a day off.”

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