Will they - or won't they? For weeks, that was probably the question bugging thousands on these shores, those who have shelled out hard-earned cash for a glimpse of British band Oasis. Those well-versed in the history of the Mancunian quintet know full well that clutching a genuine Oasis concert ticket does not guarantee a sighting of the magic of the Gallaghers on stage - after all, these are the people who have managed to call off everything and anything in their lifetime, from record releases to matrimonial ceremonies. The Gallaghers' most celebrated cancellation was two years ago, when the band was in the middle of their American tour - then at their pinnacle that side of the Atlantic riding high with the critical and mass acclaim of their album (What's The Story) Morning Glory?. Just when things were going swimmingly, an eventful night saw Noel Gallagher (guitarist, songwriter and overall key man in the Oasis line-up) walk out on the band after a major row with younger brother Liam (singer, ego-maniac and pin-up), and vowing to terminate the tour, and perhaps the band. The reason? Liam walked out of the tour to go house-hunting with his then-fiancee (now wife) Patsy Kensit. In December, the band left mid-show in Glasgow when a bottle thrown on to the stage hit guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs, leaving 10,000 fans stunned. Their antics have been regularly denounced by critics and the press, but the hammering has slid off them like water off a duck's back. Regardless of how the mainstream press ruffles their feathers in censure, it is this bad-boys-of-rock attitude to their art that appeals to many a fan, usually twenty-somethings who have grown up without the rock-and-roll excesses of the 1960s and 1970s and had to be content with either polite guitar-pop or the hollow grunge movement. When Oasis, who also include Paul McGuigan on bass and drummer Alan White, sprung from the ashes of the Madchester and baggy scenes in 1993, fans lusting for an escape from dreary Eurocheese drivel and tuneful real rock were not disappointed. Citing the Beatles as their main influence - and with Noel admitting to nicking large bits of the Fab Four's material - they were an instant hit, with tracks such as Live Forever and Wonderwall earmarked as classics for a later age. If the band stole from the Beatles in the musical sense, then their behaviour - or misbehaviour - embodied the Liverpudlians' arch rivals of yore, the Rolling Stones. Booze and drugs were clearly high on their agenda, something the Gallaghers have been quick to admit. If rhyming the word 'supersonic' with 'gin and tonic' is not enough evidence, putting out a single called Cigarettes And Alcohol - and putting a decadent image of the band fooling around with women and substances in a hotel room on the sleeve - should be sufficient proof. Other than the routine rock-band habits of trashing hotel rooms and intimidating venue staff, fighting paparazzi and mouthing obscenities are also daily happenings for the posse. Badmouthing their peers is also a preferred hobby in the Oasis camp. While engaged in the famous Battle of the Brits with Blur a couple of years ago, Noel told the press he wished Damon Albarn and Alex James - singer and bassist of their rival group - would die of AIDS. (He later retracted the statement.) Nor are they particularly respectful towards their elders. Once in a Brit Awards ceremony, they declared Michael Hutchence a 'has-been' after receiving an award, plus praise and pats on the back, from the INXS frontman; while in another show, Liam flicked cigarette ash on to the head of none other than his spiritual ancestor, Mick Jagger of the Stones. Their cheeky antics and mouthy pronouncements spawned the louty, real-man 'lad culture', a cultural product considered refreshingly new in the static pop arena at the beginning of the decade. But that was when their swindling was accompanied with quality music. With their Be Here Now album receiving a cool reception on both mass and critical scales, it appears that their appeal is wearing thin - and while their antics were flogged as tabloid-cover fodder some years ago, their extra-curricular activities are now either ignored or seen as obnoxious laughing matter. Even the boys' heroes are turning their guns against them. Both Sir Paul McCartney and Harrison have trashed the successors to their throne, with McCartney saying that Oasis 'means nothing' to him and Harrison mincing no words by describing them as 'rubbish' and 'would not be remembered'. But to be fair, the boys have really tamed themselves for the past few months, with Noel nowhere to be heard and Liam quietly settling in to matrimonial life with Kensit. But one seems to need to expect the unexpected with Oasis. After all, both Gallaghers have had the experience of calling off their weddings for fear of press coverage. If even tying the knot can be called off, what is a mortal thing such as a concert in Hong Kong to them? Wait until you see the lights turn on after the gig before breathing a sigh of relief.