Warrant Out For Man Accused Of Attacking Oasis Guitarist Noel Gallagher At Virgin Fest
A Pickering man accused of attacking Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher at the Virgin Festival back in September is now the subject of an arrest warrant, after he failed to show up at a scheduled court appearance Tuesday.
Daniel Sullivan, 47, was charged with assault following the onstage brouhaha that saw Gallagher being shoved into a monitor during the band's festival-closing performance on Toronto's Olympic Island.
The attack occurred as the British rock band took the stage and began performing their hit song Morning Glory. Sullivan allegedly jumped through the barriers and onto the stage, tackling Gallagher mid-tune. Noel's brother Liam threw a punch at the attacker as security moved in and took the man into custody.
The guitarist suffered a broken rib and ligament damage in his fall, but the band gamely finished their set. They were forced to postpone the final Canadian date in their concert tour, however.
It's still not clear what motivated the attack.
Footage of the incident was caught on a cell phone camera and posted on YouTube
As startling as it was to see Noel Gallagher attacked onstage last month at the Virgin Festival in Toronto, it was arguably the most exciting thing that's happened to Oasis in over 10 years. For a band that once valorized rock'n'roll stardom as a vehicle through which to escape routine day jobs, Oasis have gone about their own rock'n'roll stardom as if it were a routine day job, their last decade of recorded output amounting to a model of passionless, assembly-line predictability. And yet, the Mancunian rockers have mostly held onto their status as the People's Band despite being 14 years and several million pounds removed from their scrappy, working-class roots-- mainly because (as their concert set-lists and greatest-hits CD tracklists prove), much like their legions of fans, Oasis only want to hear songs from their first two albums, too.
No one knows exactly what compelled 47-year-old Daniel Sullivan to bodycheck Noel into his stage monitors (busting the guitarist's ribs and forcing several show cancellations in the process); one can only hope he wasn't so much a psychopath looking to off a celebrity as a concerned fan hoping to shake some life into his favorite band and literally push them back to the underdog position that inspired their most enduring anthems. But we'll have to wait another album to see if the incident instills in Noel a newfound hunger and fire; for now we're stuck with Dig Out Your Soul, which like every Oasis album from 1997's Be Here Now onward, makes cursory gestures toward making the band's mod-rock more modernist, before reverting back to the same ol', same ol'.