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Liam Gallagher Declares Oasis Are Officially "No Longer"

October 9, 2009 9:47 AM ET

When Noel Gallagher revealed in August that he was leaving Oasis, fans hoped that the Gallagher brothers would reconcile (yet again) and the band would reconnect. However, two months have passed since the contentious siblings reportedly clashed backstage, and this time it's Liam Gallagher who is proclaiming that Oasis are officially finished in a new interview with the Times U.K.. "Oasis is no longer. I think we all know that. So that's done," Liam said. "Without a doubt. And it's a shame but that's life. We had a good run at it."

Check out backstage and live shots from Oasis' final U.S. tour.

As Rolling Stone reported in August, Noel Gallagher left Oasis before the band's scheduled concert in France after he and Liam reportedly "had a fight backstage." After the blowup, Noel released a statement that reads, "It's with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight. People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer."

Liam Gallagher says he was relieved that the band ended on its own terms, even if the terms included flailing fists. "We ended Oasis. No one ended it for us, which is kind of cool," the frontman told the Times U.K., adding that the ride as one of the biggest British bands of the decade was "always a lot of fun," but "nothing lasts forever." With Oasis finished — although we suspect a large check from Glastonbury will eventually give the Gallaghers second thoughts — Liam said he'll next concentrate on his own music. "I'm thinking of what the next step is musically, which is all my mind's on," Liam said. "I'll be doing music to the day I die."

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