Former Oasis Drummer Sues Band

July 1, 1997 12:00 AM ET

It looks like the Gallagher boys are one step closer to fulfilling their dream of being just like the Beatles. The Sunday Times reported that Tony McCarroll, former drummer for Oasis, is suing the band for one-fifth of their total earnings, which could amount to nearly $30 million.

McCarroll was kicked out of the band in 1995 and has retained the services of Jens Hill, the same lawyer who represented former Beatles drummer Pete Best in 1995.

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