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Bonehead lived and breathed Oasis

Former Oasis guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs has revealed it took him several years to get the band out of his system.

Bonehead left the band in 1999 during the recording of their fourth album, seemingly burned out by their hedonistic success, in order to dedicate his time to his family. He said doesn't regret the decision, but does enjoy reminiscing about the old days.

"I wouldn't say I missed it," he said. "It's hard to explain. Leaving the band wasn't a decision I came to overnight, I thought about it for ages. I was Oasis and Oasis was me when I was in that band. It was everything to me, I lived and breathed it.

"It was still in me two years later. It took a few years to get back to being me. The old me. And I've never regretted it - I never, ever thought I'd done the wrong thing. The main thing is I experienced it. From the beginning through to the massive heights."

This year is the 20th anniversary of the release of Oasis' debut album Definitely Maybe and to mark the occasion it has been digitally remastered and repackaged for re-release.

And Liam Gallagher recently fuelled rumours of a reunion, by cryptically spelling the name of the band on his Twitter feed.

But Bonehead said: "Him tweeting the name of the band is not a sign it's getting back together. But you're asking the wrong man. I don't know. I think everyone hopes it will happen, but there's nothing going on."

:: The 20th anniversary remastered edition of Oasis' debut album Definitely Maybe is released on Monday, May 19. For more information, visit www.oasisinet.com.

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