Liam Gallagher, vocalist for U.K. rock act Oasis, lost several teeth in a weekend punch-up in a Munich hotel during which he kicked a police officer in the ribs, German police said today (Dec. 2). “The boy didn’t look good. Several of his teeth were punched out,” said Munich police spokesperson Christoph Reichenbach. Gallagher’s spokesperson said the singer would be spending much of the day in a dentist’s chair, while a German promoter said a Hamburg gig planned for tonight has been canceled.
Reichenbach said the 30-year-old Gallagher and two other band members had got into a fight with five Italians in a nightclub at Munich’s top hotel, the Bayerischer Hof. Liam’s brother, guitarist Noel Gallagher, was not involved, police said.
Officers arrived at the scene after being alerted by the nightclub manager, by which time the fight had moved out into the hotel foyer. When Liam was detained he attacked a police officer and kicked him in the ribs “with full force,” Reichenbach said.
The band’s Web Site said they were innocent victims in the brawl. “Several members of Oasis and their entourage were the victims of an unprovoked attack by a group of youths in a Munich club,” it said, adding that Gallagher had “sustained facial injuries” in the assault.
German police said they arrested Gallagher and his colleagues early yesterday after the fracas and public prosecutors have filed a legal complaint for bodily harm, trespassing, and material damage. The band said their attackers fled before police arrived, having left two of their security guards in need of hospital treatment.
Oasis is in the midst of a tour in support of the band’s latest album, “Heathen Chemistry” (Epic), and had already performed in Stuttgart and Frankfurt, and is scheduled to perform in Hamburg, Dusseldorf, and Bremen before returning to the U.K. for a slate of shows scheduled through a Dec. 18-19 stand in Birmingham, England.
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