Published Sep 11, 2008Noel Gallagher has spoken for the first time about the "shove heard 'round the world." On the Tales from the Middle of Nowhere blog on the bands website, the Oasis guitarist wrote about last weekends assault at Torontos Virgin Festival, giving his point of view on how the incident went down and how he feels about it now that Oasis have had to postpone one show and cancel another tonight (September 11) in New York.
He wrote: "I'll have to stop this prophesising. I knew something was going to happen last night. I said I had a bad feeling, didn't I!? ... Someone, who can only be described as a 'Canadian' [is this a dis? ed.], was able to get onstage, somehow managed to evade our crack security team (Trotters Independent Security Service) and assaulted my mid-riff."
"Can't say much more than that as the 'perpetrator''s gonna get the book thrown at him. Repeatedly. It was all going so well up until that point'n'all."
Gallagher also wrote about the injuries he sustained as a result of the attack, which sent him to the hospital earlier this week. When talking about how he felt a few days following the altercation, he said: "[I] Feel like I've had a sparring session with Ricky Hatton. Still, we'll probably get an extra couple of days in NYC. Every cloud, eh?"
The man charged with assaulting Gallagher, 47-year-old Daniel Sullivan, is due to appear in court on October 24.
In related Oasis news, the band have revealed the details of the "collectors edition box set version of their new album, Dig Out Your Soul, which is due out October 7. Along with the album, the box comes with an additional disc of three B-sides and a half-dozen remixes. Also packaged in the set is a DVD containing 40 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage featuring the making of the album and "The Shock of the Lightning video, but presumably minus the footage of the recent attack. On top of this, the box comes sporting a vinyl version of the album, the bonus tracks, a 24-page hardcover book and an MP3 download of the record.
If that all seems a bit much for you, fans have the option to just buy the CD/DVD. the CD or the vinyl, minus the bonus tracks. Twenty copies of the limited-edition box set are autographed by the band and the set can be ordered on the bands website.