Oasis attacked!

This new report about the U.S. being "dangerously vulnerable" to a terrorist attack may be frightening to American citizens, but British rock stars are also wary this week after a man (identified as Daniel Sullivan from Pickering, Canada) attacked Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher at a show in Toronto on Sunday. Sullivan (also identified as drunk) burst onto the stage while the band performed "Morning Glory" and shoved Gallagher into a monitor, fracturing his ribcage and tearing some ligaments. Now, I may not be an expert, but I’ve had a brush or two myself with drunken lunacy, and I have to say, I’m a bit surprised the guy targeted Noel rather than his brother, vocalist Liam. For one, Noel is wielding a relatively heavy guitar he can use to retaliate if your inebriated shove is off the mark and leaves him on his feet — Liam simply has a mic stand. Also, Liam is the more obnoxious of the two brothers (I’ll never forget the Oasis MTV Unplugged performance when he sat in the stands pouting while the band played the set with Noel taking over vocal duties) and a more satisfying target for public humiliation, though certainly not deserving of the serious injuries Noel suffered. Turns out, Liam did a fine job of humiliating himself in the incident anyway, thanks to a video of his cowering until security fully apprehended the attacker, and only then stepping up tentatively, his fist cocked back in a "Why I oughtta" type pose. At any rate, we certainly hope Noel gets better soon and that his brother doesn’t kick him out of the band for taking time off to heal.

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  • Zet

    What a bunch of wankers

  • Minutiae

    People have lost their minds. I mean, this is a drop in the bucket to what happened to Dimebag Darrell, but seriously–can’t these places get some security already?!?

  • Broadway Baby

    I thought it was funny that in the ‘latest comments’ column it just said Oasis Attacked! by Minutiae. I’m easily amused probably but that makes Minutiae my favorite popwatch handle.

  • sarah

    I was actually at this show. Can I say how pissed off I was at this idiot for stopping the show? We were all surprised they came back on – though Noel did most of the singing, despite being the one who was injured. He must be the most patient man on earth to put up with Liam. It was a good show before the stupid idiot wrecked it though.

  • Kath

    Karma. After his idiotic-criteria-added list of the “best bands ever.” He had it coming.

  • So

    So Liam reacted normall, what if he had a knife! u never know, nice job Liam for not getting into it
    Oasis forver

  • Larry

    What a ridiculous story to say that about Liam’s attitude. You don’t know what the attacker was up to and hopefully he’ll get his. As for Oasis..they are amazing and there’s nothing wrong with some attitude and spunk in our rock stars today. Afetr all, this IS rock n roll.

  • Stephanie T.

    You see, this is what we needed at the VMA’s. :-p

  • Rob Grizzly

    Wow! Good wishes to Noel’s recovery, but honestly, this might be the best/funniest thing I’ve ever seen on YouTube…

  • Dave from Costa Mesa, CA

    What I don’t understand is, why does someone like this actually plan ahead and pay money for a ticket and all, just so he can hurt the performer he’s seeing?! It doesnt make sense does it? And if a person is gonna do something like that and ruin the show for everyone else, then I say he should be thrown to the crowd after and let THEM take care of him!

  • Rabid Turtle

    I wonder how the guy even got on stage in the first place. Generally thats almost impossible at big shows.

  • MC

    Hey Mike – at least get your story right. When Noel did the UnPlugged, Liam didn’t sit in the stands and “pout” – he HECKLED Noel. As for him waiting for the guy to be grabbed by security before hitting him? What would you do? Especially in the wake of the Dimebag incident, this guy coulda had a knife a gun or whatever. I think you’d have some trepidation too – plus it happened almost too fast to react anyway.

  • al

    liam is ridiculous. running away isn’t that bad, but then acting all tough after security has it under control is totally pathetic.
    usually when people get on stage they just jump off, sometimes if they’re wasted they’ll try to hug the performer, like at a morrissey show. this guy decided to throw in a push, i doubt it was planned, and i doubt he could’ve expected the guy to actually fall down and get hurt the way he did. check out the video of the guy running onstage at the tool concert, or the guy who got on the stage at the rolling stones concert in the early 80’s.

  • Edwah

    Oh Canada!!!? First you guy rip off Iggy Pop and Mike Watt in Montreal and now this. Canada where the Northern Pike tremble and Rock And Rollers crumble
    next time have another Labatts and go pass out in the lounge will ya please?

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