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Liam Gallagher bags first film role

Liam Gallagher is set for his first movie role.



Pandora: For whom the Bell tolls: Martin's second coming

With the House of Commons sinking lower each day in the public's estimation, Martin Bell appears very much man of the moment. The former BBC journalist – who turned sleaze-busting MP in 1997 – has become the panel show guest du jour, clocking up appearances on Question Time, The One Show and Channel 4's The TV Show to name but a few.

Album: Twisted Wheel, Twisted Wheel, (Columbia)

Twisted Wheel are a cocky Oldham trio whose rise has been aided by the patronage of Liam Gallagher and Paul Weller. (Those alarm bells are deafening, aren't they?)

Al Green, Royal Albert Hall, London

Even if you didn't know that Al Green was an ordained minister, his concert performances would leave no room for doubt, in all senses of the term.

Pandora: Osborne and Fox feud 'goes back years'

It's barely a week since Peter Mandelson was welcomed back to the Government top table and already the Prince of Darkness has stirred up a delightful storm, the sort of which Fleet Street hacks have been missing all those years he's been gone.

First Night: Oasis, Liverpool Echo Arena

Premature old timers remain rock 'n' roll stars

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Gem gives Oasis rhythm again

ROCK GROUP Oasis were joined by new guitarist Gem for his debut performance yesterday as they filmed the video for the band's next single. It was the first appearance of the former Heavy Stereo star withNoel and Liam Gallagher and drummer Alan White.

Now Guigsy deserts Oasis to `spend time with his family'

TO LOSE one band member is unfortunate but to lose two starts to look like carelessness. The line-up of the former Britpop phenomenon known as Oasis is two down in the same number of weeks. Despite this depletion the show will go on, the Gallagher brothers insisted in their own, distinctive style yesterday.

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Paul `Bonehead' Arthurs may not have been overly talented - but, boy, his timing was good

Oasis guitarist `Bonehead' quits

THE OASIS guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs announced yesterday he had decided to "call it a day" and leave the band after eight years.

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