In pictures: Oasis through the years

29 August 2009 Last updated at 18:04

A look back at the Gallagher brothers over the past 13 years.
Liam and Noel Gallagher in 1996
Oasis hit the big time in 1994 with their critically accalimed debut album, Definitely Maybe. The follow-up, (What's the Story) Morning Glory, went on to sell 22 million, but tabloid stories about the brothers' strained relationship soon became common.
In 1995 Oasis were beaten by Blur in a much-publicised singles' battle. The group bounced back the following year with one of the defining music events of the 90s, their two outdoor gigs at Knebworth. More than two million people applied for tickets.
Liam and Noel Gallagher in 1999
The band's line up changed dramatically in 1999 when guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs and bassist Paul McGuigan both left. The Gallaghers held a press conference saying they were carrying on and soon drafted in Gem Archer and Andy Bell as replacements.
Noel and Liam Gallagher in 2001
Noel and Liam in happier times in 2001. However, only a year before, Noel had walked out on the band's world tour after a bust-up with Liam. A replacement filled in for the rest of the foreign dates and Noel eventually came back for the UK shows.
Liam and Noel Gallagher in 2005
In 2005 the band released their sixth album, Don't Believe the Truth. Like the previous five, it went straight in at number one and produced chart-topping singles. After 14 years they were as popular as ever and headed out on yet another world tour.
Noel Gallagher, Andy Bell, Liam Gallagher in 2006
Oasis cemented their place in music history with a Brit Award for outstanding contribution to music in 2007. The following year Definitely Maybe and Morning Glory took the top two spots in a poll by Q Magazine to find the public's favourite UK albums.
Liam and Noel Gallagher in 2009
Liam's strained posture, Noel in studied concentration - the familiar sight of the Gallaghers on stage, pictured in February. Now, after Noel's decision to quit, the future of one of Britain's most popular and best-selling bands hangs in the balance.