Noel Gallagher: ‘Canada attack felt like sparring session with Ricky Hatton’

Oasis guitarist blogs after V Festival incident

Noel Gallagher has spoken for the first time about the onstage assault he suffered while playing the V Festival in Toronto on Sunday (September 7).

Writing on the Tales From The Middle Of Nowhere blog on, the guitarist admitted he had a bad feeling about the gig.

“I’ll have to stop this prophesising. I knew something was going to happen last night. I said I had a bad feeling, didn’t I!?” he wrote.

Recalling the incident, Gallagher explained: “Someone, who can only be described as a ‘Canadian’, was able to get onstage, somehow managed to evade our crack security team (Trotters Independent Security Service) and assaulted my mid-riff.

“Can’t say much more than that as the ‘perpetrator”s gonna get the book thrown at him. Repeatedly. It was all going so well up until that point’n’all.”

Speaking about his injuries that forced Oasis to postpone a show in London, Ontario, Gallagher declared: “Feel like I’ve had a sparring session with [Manchester boxer] Ricky Hatton. Still, we’ll probably get an extra couple of days in NYC. Every cloud, eh?”

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