Noel Gallagher attacker faces more serious charge

Noel Gallagher: fully recovered now, one hopes.
Noel Gallagher: fully recovered now, one hopes.

When Noel Gallagher was attacked on stage in Canada last year, it looked pretty brutal, and it's now been revealed that the perpetrator will face a more serious charge than previously thought.

Daniel Sullivan is now up for aggravated assault (rather than simply assault) which means he could face a prison term of up to 14 years.

As you'll recall, Sullivan ran on to the stage and knocked Gallagher off his feet during an Oasis performance in Toronto last September. As a result of his injuries, the band were forced to cancel a show, with the guitarist commenting: "I feel like I've had a sparring session with [Manchester boxer] Ricky Hatton."

A pre-trial hearing will take place on 6 March.

Ben Rogerson

I’m the Deputy Editor of MusicRadar, having worked on the site since its launch in 2007. I previously spent eight years working on our sister magazine, Computer Music. I’ve been playing the piano, gigging in bands and failing to finish tracks at home for more than 30 years, 24 of which I’ve also spent writing about music and the ever-changing technology used to make it.