Last August marked the ten-year anniversary of Oasis’ breakup. Songwriter and guitarist Noel Gallagher quit the band, sick of collaborating with lead singer and brother, Liam Gallagher. It’s been a bitter breakup. Now, neither brother talks to each other but takes shots at each other in the press. Conveniently, the drama and insults turn up when one of them releases new solo albums. On their own, both brothers have done exceptionally well, but Liam Gallagher still wants an Oasis reunion. He wants the band back together. Noel, however, does not.
The Latest on an Oasis Reunion
As he does, Liam took to twitter to air his new grievances. Initially, he tweeted the big O was getting back together, but then he followed up with: “We’ve been offered 100 million pounds for a tour still not enough for the greedy soul oh well stay young LG.” Liam used some colorful language in more tweets, joking Noel doesn’t need the money but he does.
100 million pounds for a reunion? It’s the first Noel Gallagher has heard of it. Noel took to Twitter to dispel Liam’s comments:
To whoever might be arsed: I am not aware of any offer from anybody for any amount of money to reform the legendary Mancunian Rock’n’Roll group Oasis. I am fully aware though that someone has a single to promote so that’s maybe where the confusion lies.
It’s not the first time the brothers have contradicted each other. There’s not a whole lot they agree on these days, except for the fact Noel is a fantastic songwriter. It’s one of the few compliments Liam publicly pays to his estranged brother nowadays.
It sounds more than likely that Liam is simply trying to drum up publicity for himself with hints of an Oasis reunion. Recently, he released an “acoustic session.” The LP has new live tracks and acoustic versions of songs from Liam’s new album, Why Me? Why Not?. The album didn’t have as big of an impact as his debut solo album, As You Were, which had a Gallagher with something to prove singing his heart out on it.
It was on August 28th, 2009, that Noel Gallagher walked away from one of the biggest rock bands ever. The brothers were scheduled to headline Rock en Seine in Paris, but after a dressing room altercation of some kind, Noel decided he had enough. He released a statement and didn’t mince words:
“It’s with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight. People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.”
Nobody could blame Noel. Although he was no angel himself from the sound of it, the doc Supersonic was a hilarious and painful look at Noel’s experiences with his brother. There were some great, beautiful moments shared between them, but also too much chaos and fighting for Noel to handle.
Why an Oasis Reunion is Maybe a Bad Idea
Ten years after Oasis ended, Noel and Liam’s relationship hasn’t been repaired at all. The two don’t talk but instead insult each other on social media and interviews. It’s highly enjoyable and saddening rock star drama at the same time. To this day, the brothers still entertain. Without each other, they’ve been pushing themselves in different directions. They’ve grown apart as artists and put out solo work far more exciting than Oasis’ final albums.
Neither man needs Oasis, especially Noel. He’s been making his most experimental music as of late, which Liam himself has criticized. They clearly don’t have the same taste and ideas, so the thought of them connecting and getting along on an Oasis reunion seems impossible. With all the Gallagher brothers’ music and drama we get anyway, who needs Oasis? Why not let their incredible run in the 90s be it? They already left a mark on history. Move on, which Noel has. Only five days he released a new single and music video, “Blue Moon Rising”: