Steve White puts an end to the recent speculation...

ALAN WHITE’s brother STEVE has ruled out joining OASIS – even though he’s played with the band before.

Steve White is currently working with Paul Weller on his new album. The star, who also plays drums, has filled in for Alan before, notably on a 2001 tour with the Black Crowes when he had a problem with his thumb.

Writing on his official website, Steve said that he’s been bombarded with questions asking he will join Oasis, but has no plans to do so.

He wrote: “The question of Alan’s membership of Oasis is not my business…have I been asked to replace him in the band? CATEGORICALLY NO. Would I replace him? CATEGORICALLY NO.”

NME.COM revealed last week Oasis have started work on their new album without Alan, who they say they asked to leave the band.

A statement read: “Alan White has been asked to leave Oasis by the other band members. There are no plans to replace Alan. The band’s scheduled recording sessions remain unaffected.”

White joined Oasis after original drummer Tony McCarroll was booted out before the recording sessions for classic second album ‘What’s The Story (Morning Glory)’ in 1995. White is the closest thing the Gallaghers have to a founder member besides themselves, having played on four albums and countless tours.

Oasis will release their new album later this year, possibly in September. NME.COM understands Noel has been drumming on the early demos.