Guitarist attacked during V Festival gig
Oasis‘ Noel Gallagher was attacked by a fan at the V Festival at Toronto Island Park last night (September 7).
While the band were playing ‘Morning Glory’, midway through the band’s headline set at the festival, a spectator rushed the stage from the side viewing area and pushed the guitarist to the ground.
Globeandmail.com reports that the intruder was apprehended by security guards and later charged with assault.
The attack resulted in a brief interlude in Oasis‘ set, before they returned to play six further songs including ‘Don’t Look back In Anger’, ‘Wonderwall’, and their set-closing cover of The Beatles‘ ‘I Am The Walrus’.
Noel‘s spokesperson said in a statement that the guitarist fell “heavily” on his monitor speakers and was taken to hospital after the show where he was examined for a “suspected fractured rib and ligament damage”. Meanwhile “the assailant was detained in police custody and will be charged with assault”.
They added: “No decision has been made regarding Tuesday’s (September 9) concert in London, Ontario, but fans are urged to keep checking the band’s web site at Oasisinet.com and local media for updates.
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Meanwhile, watch a YouTube clip of the Gallagher incident below. The attack occurs one and half minutes in: