What Next for Oasis?


During the band’s final tour in 2009, the Gallagher brothers’ increasingly deteriorating relationship ultimately led to Noel Gallagher announcing in August of the year that he would be leaving the band after a backstage altercation with Liam before a festival appearance.


Drugs, fame and rivalry. Many a bands have lost their way through these three sins. Many a fan has lost bands they loved, and rock n’ roll has lost a good number of songs that could never be composed. So when Oasis broke up back in 2009, a lot of people said they had seen it coming. And now when we hear about them come back together, it’s hard to act like we didn’t see this coming.


Oasis started big. From being discovered by Creations record owner, Alan McGee to record deals and fame. The strain between the brothers had always been an issue, right from their early days and was never something that was kept discreet .It was a cycle. They fought, Liam said something nasty, and Noel quit the band, missed shows, hated each other’s guts and then played together again. It was a hell of a roller coaster ride; little did they know that it would stay this way right until the finish line.


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Five albums, many nominations, chart toppers like Sunday Morning call, Lyla and many tours later came that fateful night of August 2009. Right before a show in Paris, Liam and Noel got into a huge altercation which ended up with Liam breaking Noel’s guitar. Noel quit right after that and never agreed to a show again, breaking a lot fans’ hearts in the process.


After the major showdown, Noel has been working on his Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds project, and Liam with the Beady Eyes, a band that starts where Oasis left off. At the same time, both the brothers have been quoted as saying different things about the band getting back together.



Shortly after the band’s breakup, Noel Gallaher published a statement expressing, “with some sadness and great relief…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.”


Liam has been heard quite a few times saying that he wouldn’t mind a reunion and also that if the fans wanted it, it should happen. He was once caught answering a question as to who was the ultimate front man, and his reply was his elder brother, Noel. Recently Oasis’ old band mate ‘Bonehead’ was also quoted as saying, “I’m sure Liam would jump up and do it, and I don’t think it would even take anyone offering him a massive bankroll of money. He’d do it because that’s what he loves, that’s his passion.”


But never has Noel ever agreed to a reunion outright, and he’s been quoted as saying as much: “No, I won’t be getting involved, anyway. If there is a reunion, I won’t be in it.” Though Alan McGee, the manager who discovered Oasis has been hopeful that a reunion on Oasis’ 25th anniversary could indeed happen.


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The rivalry between Oasis and the Britpop band Blur has been more than well-reported over the years, with the odd facet being that after many years of ridiculing each other, Noel and the Blur band mates performed together in 2013 at a Teenage Cancer Trust event. Such acts give the fans a gleaming hope that maybe the same could happen between the brothers soon.


Meanwhile with the 20th anniversary approaching, the rumour’s become more frequent and so does the impatience to see one of the more popular act from the 90s, performing together. The only question in the minds of their following after so much speculation and anticipation is, will they or won’t they? And really now, shouldn’t they?



By 2009, Oasis had sold an estimated 70 million records worldwide. The band were listed in the Guinness World Records book in 2010 for “Longest Top 10 UK Chart Run by a Group” after an unprecedented run of 22 top 10 hits in the UK. The band also holds the Guinness World Record for being the most successful act in the UK between the years 1995 and 2005, spending 765 weeks in the Top 75 singles and albums charts. In addition, they have also clocked up three Grammy nominations for their efforts over the years.




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