Gallagher Brothers Say Oasis Bassist's Departure Won't Kill the Band

Gallagher Brothers Say Oasis Bassist's Departure Won't Kill the Band

August 25, 1999 12:00 AM ET

The dust had barely settled following Oasis guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs' departure from the band two weeks ago when word came today that bass player Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan would also be jumping ship.

McGuigan, one of Oasis' founding members, announced his plans via a statement from the band's label, Creation Records, explaining that he had "finished his work on the new album and feels now is an opportune time to leave before the band undertakes touring and promotional activities later on this year." The statement went on to say that McGuigan "would like to thank the fans, as well as everyone he's worked with along the way, and wishes Oasis all the best for the future."

To allay concerns that the band would be fatally wounded by McGuigan's quitting, Noel and Liam Gallagher held a press conference at the small club where the band had its first public London gig in '94; fans and reporters were assured that "the future of Oasis is secure. The story and the glory will go on."

"We were a bit shocked at first but we just have to get on with it," said Noel. "We've got to keep going because I for one don't have any money left."

The Gallaghers told reporters that they had only found out about McGuigan's departure through his press statement, but emphasized that there were no hard feelings on either side and that, like Arthurs, McGuigan had left so that he could spend more time with his family.

And while the brothers said they haven't figured out who will replace either McGuigan or Arthurs, they are currently hard at work mixing their new album, which is due out next spring and will be followed by a nine-month tour, starting in March.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories

“Bleeding Love”

Leona Lewis | 2007

In 2008, The X Factor winner Leona Lewis backed up her U.K. singing competition victory with an R&B anthem for the ages: "Bleeding Love," an international hit that became the best-selling song of the year. The track was co-penned by OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder (whose radio dominance would continue with songs such as Beyonce's "Halo" and Adele's "Rumour Has It") and solo artist Jesse McCartney, who was inspired by a former girlfriend, Gossip Girl actress Katie Cassidy. Given the song's success, McCartney didn't regret handing over such a personal track: "No, no," he said. "I'm so happy for Leona. She deserves it. There are really no bad feelings."

More Song Stories entries »