Oasis’ feuding brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher are considering putting aside their bad blood and reforming the band.
The Gallagher brothers are said to have reached a “gentleman’s agreement” to reunite the Britpop-era legends, according to an unnamed source quoted in The Mirror.
The source apparently told the daily paper, “It’s early days in terms of the details, but Noel and Liam are back on good terms and ready to give things another go. Nothing is signed but it’s what you might call a gentlemen’s agreement between them.”
The tabloid tale does manage to dampen enthusiasm by pointing out at its very end that Noel has “yet to be completely convinced.”
When you think of brotherly hate and rock ‘n’ roll, the Gallagher brothers immediately spring to mind. At the height of their fame in the ’90s, Oasis filled stadiums around the world and sold tens of millions of albums. But the Gallaghers’ turbulent relationship ultimately forced the band apart. Noel left in 2009, and the brothers have been on particularly bad terms since. One of the lowest points came in 2011 when Liam launched legal action against Noel over his claim that his younger sibling had pulled out of a 2009 headline performance at V festival due to a “hangover” (Liam insisted his older brother knew he had laryngitis).
Since the high-profile split, the Gallaghers have gone their separate musical ways, with varying degrees of success. Liam’s group Beady Eye never quite set the charts on fire, though its two albums cracked the top three in Britain before the outfit disbanded late last year. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds has had two album releases, both peaking at No. 1 in the U.K.
The Gallaghers have teased a reunion on the odd occasion. In 2013, Liam told the NME there was “unfinished business” with his former band and that he would consider reforming the group for its 20-year anniversary of Definitely Maybe. A reunion never happened.
Liam recently shared a photo of his AAA laminate for Noel’s gig, while Noel told Q in January that he’d get the old band together if the price was right. “If I was ever going to do it, it would only be for the money,” he reportedly said. He added, “But would we get back together one day? As long as everybody is still alive and still has their hair, it’s always a possibility. But only for the money.”
Neither Gallagher has confirmed or denied the latest report. Though Oasis fans can take heart that stranger things have happened. In 2013, Noel teamed-up with Blur’s frontman Damon Albarn and guitarist Graham Coxon — once arch enemies with Oasis — for a performance at a Teenage Cancer Trust concert in London.
This year marks the 20-year anniversary of the release of Oasis’ blockbuster second album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?