The British rock group, Oasis, has stormed off stage at Switzerland's biggest pop music festival, the Paleo near Nyon on Lake Geneva. The band later said it had been pelted with objects from the crowd - a claim the organisers deny.This content was published on July 27, 2000 - 15:37
Lead singer, Liam Gallagher, walked off the stage, followed by his band, about 30 minutes into the performance. They were playing on the festival's main stage in front on 35,000 fans when the incident happened.
In a statement on behalf of Oasis, Sony Music said the show was stopped when "several bottles, cans and coins were thrown on the stage, hitting several band members".
The statement added that the band then "returned to the stage for two more songs, when both Liam Gallagher and the drummer, Alan White, were hit by flying debris."
The organisers deny anything was thrown. Daniel Rossellat, head of the Paleo Festival, told a press conference that the band was being "fragile", and that this would be the last time the Paleo would work with Oasis.
A journalist at the venue was quoted as saying that there were no reports of trouble, but that the audience had been chanting the name of Gallagher's arch pop rival, Robbie Williams.
Gallagher split from his wife Patsy Kensit recently, and is reported to be dating Williams's former girlfriend and All Saints singer, Nicole Appleton.
swissinfo with agencies
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