News is spreading that Oasis brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher are said to be in talks with promoters about a reunion that is reported to be paying massive sums of money. Does this mean that, to coin a phrase from their first album, Oasis Definitely Maybe reuniting?
The reunion, expected to consist of two huge concerts, would mark 20 years since the release of their first album, Definitely Maybe, the entire album of which, according to a Daily Mail source, would probably be played at the show.
Noel went on record once as saying that the band would not get back together, “even if all the starving children in the world depended on it,” whereas Liam had said that he would do it for nothing. But it seems that despite the spats that they have endured, or rather, verbally inflicted on each other via the press over past years, hopefully their silence will now be broken and the brothers just might be tempted to take up the promoters’ offer.
Discussions are still rather tenuous. Although the reunion, which was rumored back in June to be set to take place at next year’s Glastonbury Festival, is now reportedly expected to take place in August 2014 at Knebworth in the UK, according to the Daily Mail. It is sure to be as rapid a sell out as it was back in 1996, when the band reached record ticket sales of 330,000 in the blink of an eye, making it the quickest ticket sale in the history of British rock gigs. Not only would Oasis’s loyal followers snap up tickets, but so too would the next generation of bright, young would-be rockers, whose first learnt track could easily have been WonderWall, and which could also be easily covered with a 4 to 6-chord sequence structure.
Noel and Liam Gallagher have not made a joint appearance on stage since the reportedly histrionic performance at a Paris concert in 2009, when Liam was said to have smashed up one of brother Noel’s guitars on stage.
As a result, Noel told the press that he could no longer continue working with his temperamental brother for another day. The brothers went their own separate ways in 2009, after Liam told NME that Oasis was no more and that his new band, Beady Eye, was “something new.” The band really consisted of Liam with former Oasis band members, but some of the music still carried the late 1960s Beatles influence of Oasis, only without Noel.
Nevertheless, in 2011, Beady Eye was nominated Best New Band for XFM Radio’s New Music Award, with a further two singles being announced as first and second best selling vinyl singles in the UK. In 2011, Noel went on to form a band of his own, High Flying Birds, which gained considerable success with its very beguiling single, What a Life. In 2012, Noel was nominated for a Brit Award for British Male Solo Artist, as well as Best Solo Artist and Best Album for the NME Awards. In the same year, he won an NME Award for Godlike Genius, Q Awards in both 2011 and 2013 for Q Icon and the highly esteemed Ivor Novello Award for his Outstanding Song Collection in 2013.
Despite Liam’s joking that he would do the gigs “for nowt,” he was also reported to say, “but if someone’s going to drop a load of f**king money, I’ll do it for that too.” He might just find that he needs to, following the surfacing of his extra-marital philandering with a newspaper journalist, Liza Ghorbani, who fell pregnant with his love child.
But Liam has now filed for divorce from his wife of five years, former All Saints band member, Nicole Appleton, after falling hard for his old assistant, Debbie Gwyther. A source of the Daily Mail said that Liam is head over heels with Debbie and that they have known each other for years. The source also said that Liam knows that Debbie is the one that he wants to spend the rest of his life with.
So it seems that Liam will need the money from the gigs to pay for infamously hard-nosed divorce lawyer, Fiona Shackleton, the cousin of domestic goddess and newly divorced Nigella Lawson. Shackleton also acted for the highly publicized divorce cases of Paul McCartney vs Heather Mills, Madonna vs Guy Ritchie and Prince Charles vs Princess Diana. When Shackleton is hired, it generally means that a celebrity or wealthy public figure is seeking to protect their assets as much as possible from his or her ex-partner.
Liam’s philandering is proving an expensive business. He is getting it in the neck from both ends. Nicole is demanding the $7.9 million north London house, while Liza Ghorbani is suing Liam for $3,1887,400 for child support for their love child.
Liam, who once told MTV that he would still prefer to be in Oasis, still refers to his brother with the endearing Mancunian (meaning one from Manchester, England) label as, “our kid,” which is how people from that part of the country generally refer to their siblings and younger family members. This might suggest that despite Liam’s temperamental ways, he could perhaps now be regretting some of his previous histrionics toward his brother. His hopes for an Oasis reunion could hopefully coincide with the emergence of a mellower Liam, now that he has found true love with his longtime friend, Debbie Gwyther.
Whether or not the anticipated Oasis reunion will be called Definitely Maybe, after their debut album from twenty years ago, it would be good to see them make an effort to get on and join forces once again, perhaps even performing a tune or two from their respective bands, while showing the world that time and a little space really can heal wounds. In an ideal world, definitely maybe.
Written by: Brucella Newman