Oasis has announced that it will postpone tonight's concert in London, Ontario after Noel Gallagher was attacked onstage at the Virgin Festival in Toronto Sunday night.

“Noel fell heavily onto his monitor speakers when he was pushed suddenly from behind by his attacker and suffered bruising to his ribs and hip," says a statement on the band's website. "He was examined in a local hospital after the band's performance and has been advised to rest. Unfortunately, despite resting up yesterday, the extent of his injuries mean he will not be able to perform tonight.”

The Britpop group has rescheduled the London show for December 15, and will honour fans' tickets then.

In the meantime, festival security is trying to figure out how the attacker, a 47 year-old from Pickering named Daniel Sullivan, got access to the stage.

In an interview with The Ampersand, Virgin spokesperson Nathan Rosenberg says Sullivan somehow evaded security, and that he wasn't someone who had a backstage pass.

"This person seems to have found a hole in somewhere near the stage area and crawled on the stage," said Rosenberg. "Security guards are now looking at how that took place and we're looking at that as well to make sure that it never happens again."

At the same time, angry Oasis fans have issued "Wanted: Dead or Alive" calls on Sullivan, and have even printed his home address, phone number and a map of where he lives on fan forums.

Toronto police have charged Sullivan with assault. He was released from custody on a promise to appear in court October 24.
posted by Jennifer Van Evra on Sep 09, 2008