List of Oasis band members

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The final lineup of Oasis performing in 2009. From left to right: Gem Archer, Andy Bell, Chris Sharrock, Liam Gallagher, Jay Darlington and Noel Gallagher.

Oasis were an English rock band from Manchester. Formed in 1991, the group originally featured Gallagher brothers Liam (lead vocals) and Noel (guitar, vocals), as well as guitarist and keyboardist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, bassist Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan and drummer Tony McCarroll.[1] After signing to Creation Records in 1993, the band released their debut album Definitely Maybe in 1994, which topped the UK Albums Chart and went on to sell over 15 million copies worldwide.[2] In April 1995, after the recording and release of the single "Some Might Say", McCarroll was fired from Oasis.[3] He was replaced by Alan White,[4] who performed on the band's second album (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, released in 1995.[5] McGuigan briefly left the band during a tour in September 1995 and was temporarily replaced by Scott McLeod, although he returned a few weeks later.[6] The band's third album Be Here Now was released in 1997, following the previous two releases by topping the UK Albums Chart.[7]

Two members of Oasis left the band in August 1999. First was Arthurs, who announced at the beginning of the month that he had quit "to concentrate on other things in [his] life".[8] Less than three weeks later, McGuigan announced his departure.[9] Due to the timing of both departures, all guitar and bass parts on the band's fourth album, 2000's Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, were recorded by Noel Gallagher.[10] Arthurs and McGuigan were replaced later in 1999, by former Heavy Stereo frontman Gem Archer and Andy Bell of Ride, respectively.[11][12] The new additions first featured on the live album Familiar to Millions,[1] and later contributed to their first studio album Heathen Chemistry in 2002.[13]

In January 2004, it was announced that White had been "asked to leave Oasis by the other band members".[4] He was replaced in May by Zak Starkey, who made his live debut with the band at Glastonbury Festival.[14] Starkey performed on the band's sixth studio album Don't Believe the Truth, which was released the following year.[15] Oasis released their final studio album Dig Out Your Soul in 2008,[16] which was the first release by the band to feature a performance by touring keyboardist Jay Darlington, on the single "Falling Down".[17] Prior to the album's release, Starkey left the band and was replaced by Chris Sharrock.[18] However, in August 2009 it was announced that Noel Gallagher had left Oasis following a backstage "altercation" with brother Liam,[19] which was later confirmed as the breakup of the band.[20] Noel later went on to form the eponymous band Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds,[21] while the other former members of Oasis continued to work together in Beady Eye.[22]

Members[edit]

Official[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Liam Gallagher Liam Gallagher 1991–2009 all Oasis releases
Noel Gallagher Noel Gallagher
Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs 1991–1999
  • guitars
  • mellotron
  • piano
all Oasis releases from Definitely Maybe (1994) to Be Here Now (1997)
Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan
  • bass
Tony McCarroll 1991–1995
Alan White 1995–2004
all Oasis releases from (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (1995) to Heathen Chemistry (2002)
Zak Starkey Zak Starkey (unofficial) 2004–2008
Gem Archer Gem Archer 1999–2009
  • guitars
  • bass
  • keyboards
all Oasis releases from Familiar to Millions (2000) onwards
Andy Bell Andy Bell
  • bass
  • guitars
  • keyboards

Touring[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Jay Darlington 2002–2009
Mike Rowe 2000-2002
Heathen Chemistry (2002)
Chris Sharrock Chris Sharrock 2008–2009 drums iTunes Live: London Festival (2010)
Timeline

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Oasis: Biography & History". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Eccleston, Danny (20 May 2014). "Album of the Week: Oasis - Definitely Maybe". Mojo. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Yates, Robert (7 March 1999). "Looking back in anger". The Observer. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Oasis drummer Alan White sacked". BBC News. BBC. 18 January 2004. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "(What's the Story) Morning Glory? - Oasis: Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  6. ^ Harris, John (2004). Britpop!: Cool Britannia and the Spectacular Demise of English Rock. Da Capo Press. p. 255. ISBN 0-306-81367-X. 
  7. ^ "Oasis: Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  8. ^ Garner, Clare (9 August 1999). "Oasis guitarist 'Bonehead' quits". The Independent. Independent Print Limited. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  9. ^ Nelson, Chris (25 August 1999). "Bassist Paul 'Guigsy' McGuigan Quits Oasis". MTV. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  10. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Standing on the Shoulder of Giants - Oasis: Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "Rise of a Northern Son". BBC. 5 August 2005. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  12. ^ "Oasis recruit Ride man". BBC News. BBC. 12 November 1999. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  13. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Heathen Chemistry - Oasis: Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  14. ^ "Beatle heir joins Oasis". London Evening Standard. 10 May 2004. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  15. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Don't Believe the Truth - Oasis: Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  16. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Dig Out Your Soul - Oasis: Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  17. ^ Raible, Allan (14 November 2008). "Review: Oasis' "Dig Out Your Soul"". ABC News. American Broadcasting Company. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  18. ^ Gregory, Jason (15 May 2008). "Robbie Williams Drummer To Join Oasis". Gigwise. Giant Digital. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  19. ^ "Noel Gallagher quits Oasis after Paris 'altercation'". NME. Time Inc. UK. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  20. ^ "Oasis split as Noel quits group". BBC News. 29 August 2009. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  21. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: Biography & History". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  22. ^ Monger, James Christopher. "Beady Eye: Biography & History". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 

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