Noel Gallagher on Oasis Reunion: ‘It Would Only Be for the Money’
When Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye split up in October 2014, Oasis fans immediately began wondering whether Liam and Noel Gallagher could finally cast aside their differences and reunite the (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? band after nearly six years apart.
While Noel Gallagher originally recommended that Liam “should make a solo record,” signaling he had no plans to reform Oasis, it appears as though the brothers’ icy relationship has thawed a little. In a new interview with Q, Noel Gallagher says that an Oasis reunion is “always a possibility,” as long as some festival organizer is willing to shell out the big bucks.
“Nobody has made us an offer. I’ve been in the same room as Liam, and even then nobody’s said, ‘Weren’t Oasis great? You should reform.’” Gallagher told Q (via NME). “But if I was ever going to do it, it would only be for the money. This isn’t me putting it out there, by the way. Would I do it for charity? No way. We’re not that kind of people. For Glastonbury? I don’t think [organizer] Michael Eavis has got enough money. 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.”
Noel’s main concern about reuniting? His fear that the band will realize, “Yeah, we’re not as good as we used to be.” “I think it’s ingrained in the English psyche – this idea that the glory days, the Empire, are behind us,” Gallagher said. “Led Zeppelin! The Smiths! The Jam! They should all reform! Why? So a load of middle-aged people can stand in the O2 and go, ‘They’re not as good as they used to be.’ It’d be the same with Oasis.”
Gallagher’s recent reunion comments are remarkably more optimistic than what he told Rolling Stone in November 2013, when he stated emphatically “If there is a reunion, I won’t be in it.” “I don’t think there’s any unfinished business,” Noel said at the time. “I don’t think that we left anything unsaid, do you know what I mean? It’s like, if you’ve seen [Oasis], then good for you. If you didn’t, then that’s fucking tough shit. I’ve never seen the Beatles. So there you go.”
Noel Gallagher, whose High Flying Birds release their second LP Chasing Yesterday on March 2nd, expressed genuine grief after Liam’s Beady Eye broke up, saying “I’m very fucking sad about Beady Eye, because I know they really wanted to make it work.” Noel also predicted his brother “won’t stay out of the limelight for long.”