Oasis face legal action after storming off stage in Switzerland

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Trouble is never far from the bad boys of British rock, Oasis. As if the recent bust-up between the Gallagher brothers were not enough, there is now the possibility of legal action over the band storming off stage at a Swiss music festival.

Trouble is never far from the bad boys of British rock, Oasis. As if the recent bust-up between the Gallagher brothers were not enough, there is now the possibility of legal action over the band storming off stage at a Swiss music festival.

The group, which performed without Noel, has been accused of wrecking the concert on Wednesday night at the Paleo Festival in Nyon, when they walked out in response to fans throwing bottles. The organisers are threatening to sue, saying Liam's decision not to reappear was a "total disregard for the public safety risk". They accuse Liam of swearing at fans, and say his behaviour was "arrogant and provocative".

The band's management company, Ignition, launched a counter attack, saying it would take legal action against the Paleo Festival organisers for their "outrageous remarks".

Liam Gallagher, the lead singer, pulled the plug after 30 minutes of the band's 90-minute set, complaining of having been hit by bottles, cans and coins. An announcement was made to the audience that the band would only continue playing if nothing further was thrown. The band returned for two more songs, but left when the trouble started again.

Daniel Rossellat, head of the Paleo Festival, denied the performers had been hit and described the band, which received a £66,000 advance fee, as "fragile", saying the move was "irrational" and "paranoid."

During the band's tour, Noel, the songwriter, refused to play at shows outside Britain and Ireland because of an alleged fight with his brother.

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