Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs keen for Oasis reunion

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Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs keen for Oasis reunion

Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs would be there "like a shot" if the original members of Oasis reformed.

The former guitarist and founding member of the group - who left in 1999, during the recording of their fourth album, 'Standing on the Shoulder of Giants' - has said that if bitter siblings Noel and Liam Gallagher ever decided to reunite the 'Wonderwall' group he definitely wouldn't turn down the opportunity.

He said: "There's never a day goes by when I'm not asked by someone about a reunion. But nothing has been said to me about that. If I was asked? Then absolutely, like a shot."

At the time, Bonehead claimed he parted ways with the band because he wanted to spend more time with his wife Kate and their children, 21-year-old Lucy - who Noel is godfather to - and son Jude, 23.

The 51-year-old musician - who was replaced by guitarist Gem Archer until Oasis disbanded in 2009 - was speaking to promote the group's eagerly-anticipated documentary, 'Supersonic', and said watching it brought back all of the "incredible" memories they shared.

He told the Manchester Evening News: "It was a pretty incredible film to watch. There was stuff on there that even the band members are thinking how did they get that? It's a brilliant, brilliant film, really portrays it all.

"I think it really brought it back to me. At the time everything was happening so quick and we were reaching those heights, you really don't get a day to sit back and think, where are we going?

"When we were doing it then there was no YouTube, Facebook or Twitter, so to sit and back and watch those early years, growing up to walking out with the band at Knebworth, it was a pretty incredible thing."

Bonehead and Liam have reunited on several occasions over the years including the launch of the 'Chasing the Sun' exhibition in London in 2014, and at a special charity gig with The Charlatans in 2013.

Meanwhile, chances of a reunion are looking slim as Noel - who broke up Oasis in 2009 when he walked out of the group following a bust-up with his brother Liam - claimed there is about a "one per cent" chance of a reunion as he doesn't need the money.

The 49-year-old rocker previously said: "Oh one, there's a one per cent chance it might happen, but I don't think so.

"There would have to be extraordinary circumstances, cause I wouldn't do it artistically, I don't need the money, I don't need the record sales. I can't think of a reason that I would look to do that. What would be the point? I don't know. I don't see what the point would be."

However, Liam - who recently signed a record deal with Warner Bros Records UK to release a solo LP in 2017 - recently admitted he would be open to a comeback "for the fans".

He said: "I believe Oasis will sail again and it'll be glorious. If it's really about the fans, Noel, let's do it - because they want it. One year. Tour for a year.

"We'd smash it. My bags are still packed from my last tour, so I'm ready."