Oasis' Liam back home for surgery
LONDON, England -- Rock star Liam Gallagher is back in Britain for surgery following claims he lost his front teeth in a brawl in a German hotel.
After arriving back in the UK on Wednesday, Gallagher refused to comment on how many teeth he had lost or what exactly had happened in the reported fight.
However, he did speak when a photographer following him walked into a pillar, injuring his nose and mouth.
"I'd take a picture of that if I were you mate," the singer quipped, Reuters reported.
The Oasis singer flew back to Britain from Germany after the band cancelled the remaining dates of its German tour due to Gallagher's need to have surgery in the UK after he was reported to have lost his two front teeth.
The band had already postponed two shows, in Munich and Hamburg, but has now also pulled out of two further shows they were due to play in the next few days in Dusseldorf and Bremen.
Three band members were arrested on Saturday following the alleged brawl at a Munich hotel nightclub where Gallagher, 30, allegedly kicked a police officer in the chest. He is currently waiting to hear whether he will be charged.
"The damage to Liam's teeth is worse than it first appeared and he has had to return to the UK for surgery before he will be able to perform again," a statement on behalf of the band said.
Local media said Gallagher could be charged with grievous bodily assault and resisting arrest for beating a number of people, including a police officer. If convicted he faces up to two years in prison.
A statement on the official Oasis Web site said they were involved in an "unprovoked attack" at the nightclub, but German police have rejected that version and said an altercation broke out between members of the band.
Munich police spokesman Christoph Reichenbach told Reuters on Tuesday: "According to witness statements they started hitting each other and were shoving each other around in the nightclub.
"In the midst of all of this one of the musicians fell on a table at which a group of five to six Italians were sitting. A brawl ensued -- band members and their security guards attacked other guests in the club.
"Hotel staff contacted the police, who were at the scene within a few minutes. One of the officers was kicked in the chest with full force by Liam and suffered minor injuries."
The police arrested five people -- Gallagher, two other band members and two of their security people. Liam's brother Noel, the band's lead guitarist, was not involved.
The Oasis management paid about £60,000 ($100,000) to bail Gallagher from jail.
Munich's state prosecutor Anton Winkler told reporters the bail could be used as a fine if Gallagher is convicted.
"Liam Gallagher sustained facial injuries, including several broken teeth, while two of the group's security guards were forced to seek hospital treatment, one after being knocked unconscious," the band's Web site said.
Oasis became hugely popular in the mid-1990s. The group's 1995 album "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?" debuted at No. 1 in the UK and became the second-best selling album in British history.
However, their success has often been overshadowed by sibling feuding between Liam and Noel. The band's lead guitarist once quit an American tour and later refused to tour with Liam in Europe.
In August this year, Oasis cancelled several sell-out shows in the United States after Noel Gallagher, bass player Andy Bell and keyboard player Jay Darlington were injured in a head-on car crash.
Oasis started the European leg of their world tour in November and are due to play in the United Kingdom in December.