Singer and producer Pharrell Williams recently said that he hopes to reunite the Gallagher brothers because he would love to collaborate with them. Speaking with BBC Newbeat, Williams said, ‘Who wouldn’t want to work with the Gallaghers? Yeah, both of them.’ While his other dream collaborations could come true (Elton John and Stevie Wonder), pairing with the frequently feuding Gallaghers might prove challenging.
While it has been widely reported that Liam and Noel have finally buried the hatchet, news about the thaw in their relationship has been sparse as of late. The pair hadn’t spoken since a backstage bust-up in August 2009, which resulted in Noel’s swift departure from the band, but eyewitness reports suggested that they became friendly again at a family wedding last month. Feelings were so good, allegedly, that the two had decided to partner again: this time as bar owners with their mother, Peggy. In January, a source told the Daily Star: ‘Liam initially came up with the idea [to open a bar] after a recent trip to Manchester with his mum Peggy…They thought Noel should also be brought on board.’ The proposed name for the Gallagher family bar is ‘Champagne Supernova,’ named for the Oasis hit. Their plans were said to be progressing quickly, as the pair were hoping to finalize their deal at an underground venue near the Deansgate and Spinningfields area of Manchester.
The status of their relationship and their joint venture remains a mystery. But, surely, any thaw in their cold relationship only makes a musical partnership more likely. The Who’s Roger Daltrey recently hinted that he would like to try to reform the band for a future Teenage Cancer Trust gig. The concert series coordinator said, ‘Noel and Liam are brothers so it will all be alright. Don’t worry. Blood is thicker than music. Could I bring them together for a Teenage Cancer Trust show? Ask me next year.’ Apparently, Daltrey hasn’t seen some of the more acrimonious barbs the brothers have directed at each other. Does Liam’s ‘fuck Oasis and fuck Noel Gallagher’ seem like the sentiment of someone willing to forgive and forget? However, it seems that Daltrey has been persuasive in the past. Last March, Noel Gallagher performed on stage with his one-time arch nemeses, Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon of Blur. The trio, aided by Paul Weller, played a rousing rendition of Blur’s magnificent, ‘Tender.’