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
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.
Jennifer Van Evra
on Sep 09, 2008