Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs has officially quit the British pop band Oasis. Arthurs, 34, ended months of speculation earlier this week in a statement that appeared on the band's official Web site: "After a lot of consideration I have decided to call it a day with Oasis. I've had a fantastic eight years in one of the best bands ever to come out of Britain, and now feel I have come to the stage where I'd like to concentrate on other things in my life, outside the demands of being in a successful rock and roll band."

In recent months, the band's British label, Creation, denied that Arthurs had left or was leaving the band. But Oasis songwriter-guitarist Noel Gallagher has told the British music magazine NME that Arthurs actually departed in March to spend more time with his two children. The frequently acerbic Gallagher seemed unfazed by Arthur's departure: "It's hardly Paul McCartney leaving the Beatles," he told NME . . .

David Bowie and Split Enz have withdrawn from a 12-hour New Year 2000 festival planned for a beachfront stadium in the New Zealand town of Gisborne. In a statement released earlier this week, the artists' management teams cited their conviction that the promoters did not have the ability or the financing "required for a safe and successful festival." Split Enz, a 1980s precursor to the band Crowded House, had planned to reunite for the event . . .

If this fall you hear Sting crooning from your computer, it is not a ghost in the machine--it's part a multimillion-dollar marketing campaign by Compaq Computer Corp. The campaign includes a Web site that will follow Sting on his "Brand New Day" tour.

CAPTION: Bonehead, left, has decided to part company from Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher and the rest of Oasis.