Oasis scraps N.Y. show as Gallagher recovers
Singer was attacked onstage at a Toronto concertNEW YORK -- Oasis has canceled its show Friday at New York's Terminal 5, in the wake of guitarist Noel Gallagher being attacked onstage Sunday in Toronto.
Gallagher suffered a bruised hip and ribs after being shoved from behind onto the stage monitors, injuries which have already necessitated the postponement of a show this week in London, Ontario. Tickets for the New York show will be refunded at points of purchase.
Although the Toronto assailant was arrested and will face a litany of charges, Gallagher poked a bit of fun at the incident on his tour blog on Oasisinet.com, saying he felt like he'd had "a sparring session" with English boxer Ricky Hatton.
It appears the canceled show won't stop Oasis from promoting its new album, "Dig Out Your Soul," in an unusual way Friday in Manhattan. Band members will teach four new songs to a group of 30 street musicians from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Music Under New York initiative, who will then fan out into the city to perform the songs on the streets and in subway stations.
Fans are being encouraged to film the performances and upload them to a dedicated YouTube channel youtube.com/digoutyoursoulsongs. The entire experience will be documented by creative agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty New York for a documentary set for release in conjunction with the Oct. 7 U.S. release of "Dig Out Your Soul."