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Oasis Hasn’t Split, Record Company Says

September 13, 1996

LONDON (AP) _ Oasis has not split up, record company officials said Friday, but shed little light on why the British pop band abruptly canceled its U.S. tour a day earlier.

The band said Thursday that ``internal differences″ prompted cancellation of its U.S. tour two-thirds of the way through. Oasis pulled out of a concert in Charlotte, N.C. on Wednesday. It was to have performed in Atlanta on Friday.

A statement from Creation Records on Friday said the band will not be touring ``in the foreseeable future, but in every other aspect Oasis will continue to exist and function as a band.″

Brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher are ``spending time together and getting over jet lag,″ the statement added.

Oasis has been troubled by arguments between the Gallagher brothers, the main figures in the band, since the Manchester-based group won its first recording contract three years ago.

Minutes before the group departed for the U.S. tour on Aug. 26, Liam refused to board the plane at Heathrow Airport. Noel was forced to fill in as lead singer at the band’s opening near Chicago.

Liam rejoined the tour days later. He said he had only wanted to sort out a ``personal matter″ and denied that the band was on the verge of breaking up.

The five-member group, with admitted influence from the Beatles, has had two best-selling albums. A month ago a series of outdoor shows near London attracted the country’s largest-ever paying audience for a single rock act.

At this year’s Brit Awards, Oasis won three major awards for best group, best album _ ``(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?″ _ and best video, ``Wonderwall.″

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