Former Oasis guitarist describes the experience as 'pretty emotional'
Liam Gallagher and Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs (pictured right) last night attended the opening of the Oasis exhibition Chasing The Sun: Oasis 1993–1997 at Londonewcastle Project Space in Shoreditch, London.
The pair arrived unannounced at the invite-only preview to the free-to-view exhibition, which opens to the public today (April 11) runs until April 22. Gallagher – now sporting a shaven haircut – and the former Oasis guitarist were swarmed by fans on entering, and spent about 45 minutes posing for pictures and talking to attendees.
Speaking to NME after the event, Bonehead said: “We didn’t get to see [the exhibition] – we got fucking mobbed. But actually going in there with Liam and seeing what I did see was pretty emotional. I spoke to Paul Slattery, who’s got a lot of pictures up, and me and Liam gave him big hugs and made plans to catch up. We looked at each other and went, ‘Is it really 20 years ago?’ Mental, man – time flies.”
Bonehead said that the decision to attend the opening was made just a day before. “It was a case of, ‘Are you going down?’ He was like, ‘No.’ Then a phone call yesterday, he said, ‘Are you going tomorrow?’ I was like, ‘Not really, I’m doing a gig in Weston-super-Mare tonight. Are you going?’ He said, ‘If you’re going, I’m going,’ so I booked a hotel and drove over. I’m glad we made the effort – we both said tonight that we’re glad.”
He also explained the absence of other former bandmembers. “Alan White’s in Spain, Guigs [Paul McGuigan] couldn’t make it and Noel’s recording, so we had to come really. It’s good that some of the bandmembers made it. Liam is Oasis, so the fact he turned up and had pictures with people is great.”
Bonehead now plans to return for a private view so he can see the exhibition properly. “My son’s a big Oasis fan all of sudden and he wants to come and see it,” he said.
Part of the exhibition involves a recreation of the sleeve from 1994’s debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’, which was shot in Bonehead’s living room in Didsbury, south Manchester. It contains items seen in the original image from Bonehead’s own home. “I actually did put a lot of the original artefacts in it – sofa cover, fire surround, ashtrays, light fittings,” he said. “The stained glass was built into my house so I couldn’t take it out. I’ve moved house since then but I took it all with me.”
Curated by photographer Lawrence Watson, the exhibition documents major events such as the band’s shows at Manchester’s Maine Road and Knebworth plus the creation of their albums ‘Definitely Maybe’, ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?’ and ‘Be Here Now’. It features previously unseen images from photographers Jill Furminovsky, Paul Slattery, Tom Sheehan, Kevin Cummins and Jamie Fry.
Also on display are some of the instruments played on the band’s early albums, which have been loaned by band members themselves, as well as merchandise, artefacts from the album sleeves, tour documentation and rare video footage.
The exhibition is taking place to mark the reissue of the band’s 1994 debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’ on May 19.