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Oasis Members Hurt In Taxi Crash

Oasis members Noel Gallagher, Andy Bell, and Jay Darlington are recovering after being hurt in a car crash yesterday (Aug. 6) in downtown Indianapolis. The musicians were in a taxi when it was involve

Oasis members Noel Gallagher, Andy Bell, and Jay Darlington are recovering after being hurt in a car crash yesterday (Aug. 6) in downtown Indianapolis. The musicians were in a taxi when it was involved in a head-on collision with another vehicle. They were taken by ambulance to a hospital, where they were treated for shock, cuts and bruises, according to a statement issued this morning by concert promoter Clear Channel Entertainment.

Gallagher, who was sitting in the front of the taxi, suffered heavy facial bruises and seat belt cuts. Touring keyboardist Darlington injured a hand and was to return to the hospital today for further treatment. Doctors have ordered the musicians to rest for two days to let medication take effect, the statement said.

The band was scheduled to play tonight at the city's Murat Theatre, but that concert has been postponed. Fans were advised to keep their tickets until the show can be rescheduled, the statement said.

"Oasis would like to thank all their fans in Indianapolis for their understanding that the show can't take place this evening, and assure them that every effort will be made to return soon to play the Murat," reads a post on the band's official Web site.

Indianapolis has not been altogether kind to Oasis. In March 1995, the group stormed out of the Tyndale Armory after fans began throwing shoes at the stage. This current tour got off to a bit of a rocky start last Friday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., when frontman Liam Gallagher left the stage after just four songs due to voice problems. Noel and the rest of the band finished the show with a largely acoustic set.

Oasis is on the road in support of its recent Big Brother/Epic album, "Heathen Chemistry," which features the hit U.K. singles "The Hindu Times" and "Stop Crying Your Heart Out."

-- AP & Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.



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