Stephen M. Silverman
August 07, 2002 01:00 PM

Guitarist-singer-songwriter Noel Gallagher, bass guitarist Andy Bell and keyboard player Jay Darlington of the British rock band Oasis are recovering after being hurt Tuesday afternoon in a head-on car collision in downtown Indianapolis, say reports. The band’s Web site says that Gallagher, 35, who was sitting in the front of a taxicab, suffered heavy facial bruises and seat-belt cuts, while Darlington, age unreported, injured a hand and was to return to the hospital for further treatment on Wednesday. That evening’s performance at the Murat Theatre in the Indiana city was canceled as doctors told the band to rest for two days, concert promoter Clear Channel Entertainment announced in a statement. (Fans are advised to retain their tickets until the show can be rescheduled, Clear Channel went on to say.) It is not known whether other dates on the U.S. tour will be affected. CNN reports that the accident is the latest setback for the Oasis tour, which began last Friday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where singer Liam Gallagher, 29, walked off the stage after only four songs owing to voice problems, leaving brother Noel to front the group. Ironically, the BBC had reported prior to the American tour that Noel Gallagher was almost left behind in Britain after losing his passport. He was reportedly spared the embarrassment of being grounded by the speedy reactions of the American Embassy, which rushed through a working visa.

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