A full decade has passed...

Oasis were always driven by internal frictions.

It's what drove them - two working class brothers from Manchester, two kids with their eyes on the prize.

But it's also what tore them apart. 10 years ago this very day - August 28th - a pre-show row at French festival Rock En Seine proved to be what pushed the band into the ground.

Tour tensions; familial strife; the threat of violence; the smashing of guitars, the lifting of voices, and the slamming of doors - Oasis most definitely went out with a bang, not a whimper.

Reflecting on that day brings up some curiously diverse memories. Clash Editor in Chief Simon Harper was at Reading festival, and inadvertently ruined a few people's weekends by blurting out his disbelief at social media reports. Online Editor Robin Murray remained, well, online for the duration of the weekend, arranging think pieces and seeking out fresh titbits of news for distraught fans.

Junior Editor Debbie Ijaduola doesn't hold many romantic attachments to that fateful weekend - she was just 12 years old, after all.

It's curious to return to that Rock En Seine incident, given what has been said afterwards for a full decade.

Fans became aware of a backstage incident after a message flashed up onstage, while social media was alerted by Scottish singer Amy McDonald, who excitedly tweeted on-site rumours.

In a Twitter message she claimed: "Oasis cancelled again with one minute to stage time!!! Liam smashesd noels guitar, huuuge fight!"

Later she added: "I have never heard such loud booing!! Was terrifying!" before finishing "Noels quit :-(".

It was a curiously undignified way for Oasis to end. Sure, rows - even physical - were not unknown, but the sheer scale of mayhem erupting on the banks of the Seine reached a fresh level.

In the hours that followed Noel Gallagher issued a statement to fans, partly distraught and partly in disbelief he wrote:

"The details are not important and of too great a number to list. But I feel you have the right to know the level of verbal and violent intimidation towards me, my family and friends and comrades has become intolerable."

"The lack of support and understanding from my management and band mates has left me with no other option than to get me cape and seek pastures new."

Which he certainly did. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds have released three hugely successful albums, while for his part Liam Gallagher found eventual redemption as a solo artist.

The spectre of Oasis lingers above them, however. It's doubtful if either party has completed an interview in the past decade without being asked about the band, while the prospect of a re-union lingers on the horizon - hell, even at the weekend Foo Fighters vowed to kick off a petition to make it happen.

A full re-union, though, feels further off than ever. Neither Gallagher has yet acknowledged this bittersweet milestone, both doggedly pursuing their own highly successful projects.

All fans are left to do is mourn, and wonder what could have been. 

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