WHAT’S THE STORY, LIAM?

Noel is forced to get his acoustic guitar out again...

NOEL GALLAGHER was forced to play an acoustic show after his brother LIAM walked offstage during an OASIS show in Japan.

Oasis played at the Fukuoka Kokusai Center (October 1) as part of a world tour. Approximately halfway through the band’s set, Liam walked off stage, leaving Noel to play a solo set.

A fan told NME.COM: “At the end his vocal duties in ‘Hung In A Bad Place’, (Liam) pulled out the microphone and handed it to a crew member. The member came on the stage with three microphones, hooked one up, and went back offstage. At the end of ‘Morning Glory’, the band’s sixth song, he forwent the last few lines, and once the song was over left the stage.”

The band then left the stage, and after about ten minutes, a chair and acoustic guitar were set up and Noel walked on.

An eight-song solo acoustic performance followed, which featured a botched cover of The Verve‘s ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’, ‘Talk Tonight’, ‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out’, ‘Whatever’, ‘The Masterplan’, ‘You’ve Got The Heart of A Star’ and ‘Live Forever’.

The full band then returned without Liam and played three more songs without comment. The setlist ran:

‘Hello’

‘The Hindu Times’

‘Hung In A Bad Place’

‘Go Let it Out’

‘Columbia’

‘Morning Glory’

Noel acoustic set:

‘Stop Crying Your Heart Out’

‘Talk Tonight’

‘Live Forever’

‘Bittersweet Symphony’

‘Whatever’

‘The Masterplan’

‘You’ve Got the Heart of a Star’

‘Wonderwall’

(Oasis set, Noel singing)

‘She’s Electric’

‘Little By Little’

‘Force of Nature’

‘Hey Hey My My’

‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’

A UK spokesperson for the band is currently unavailable for comment. However, Liam’s voice has given out on more than one date on their current world tour.

Oasis are scheduled to play at the Osaka Castle Hall (October 2-3), and more dates in Japan, ending at the Nagoya Rainbow Hall (8). From there, they will go off to Australia for more shows, returning to Europe in November and December.

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