Oasis finally split after a huge punch-up in Paris last night.
It's a sad, sad day for British rock history as the two brothers' brawling marked the end of The Summer Of Bigness - and the end of an era.
Noel and Liam Gallagher like so many times before in their lives, came to blows before a gig, this time at the Rock en Seine festival in Paris.
It all went wrong before their headline slot had even started with a furious backstage argument.
A witness in the Oasis camp said: "It all kicked off after a few jibes were thrown back and forward between them. It got totally out of hand very quickly and all the pent-up anger just exploded.
"Noel has been so mild-mannered and above it all, but everyone has a breaking point.
"The fight was split up quickly but Liam smashed up one of Noel's guitars to make his point.
"That was it. The last act of anger that Noel could put up with. He just doesn't need the hassle any more."
Any hopes for a reprieve were dashed when Noel made an official farewell announcement on the Oasis website.
He said: "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.
"Apologies to all the people who bought tickets for the shows in Paris, Konstanz and Milan."
But last night Liam was insisting to pals that he would keep Oasis going without his older brother.
A spokesman for the band said: "We are all just so sad that it has come to an end."
I took no pride in telling you earlier this week that relations between the siblings were at an all-time low and the band's days were numbered.
With my heart in my throat I said that the V Festival gig at Weston Park, Staffs, was the last time the band would play on home soil together.
I didn't expect it to be their last live date EVER.
Liam's no-show at the Chelmsford leg of V on Sunday went down like a lead balloon with his older brother.
Viral laryngitis was blamed - but bushy eyebrows were raised about the snarling frontman's late nights leading up to the illness.
An old-school punch-up was the only way they would ever be able to settle their differences.
It eventually happened - and the last scrap sadly signals an end to their incredible career.
Scots singer Amy Macdonald, who was at the French gig, said on Twitter: "Oasis cancelled again with one minute to stage time!!! Liam smashed Noel's guitar, huuuge fight"
The man who first signed the band, Alan McGee, then chipped in on Facebook.
He said: "Just got phoned by somebody at Rock en Seine that Oasis have just split up an hour ago and manager or tour manager made the announcement to 50,000 fans. Madness are now playing 2 sets as they played already at festival. f*** knows..."
In ten years' time, if the money is right and Liam finally calms down from his permanent rage then maybe, just maybe, they will play again.
I hope they do. But it is going to take a long time for this one to blow over.
29 August 2009
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