The Daily Mail made a bold claim over the weekend that Noel and Liam Gallagher are in ‘top-secret talks’ to reform Oasis next year. The article published last Saturday reports that they have been approached by promoters ‘willing to pay huge sums’ for them to play two shows marking the twentieth anniversary of their debut, Definitely Maybe. It was strongly suggested that the brothers were considering the offers. Allegedly, a source told the paper that ‘if the gigs happened, they would perform Definitely Maybe from start to finish.’Talks are said to be fragile but the package on the table may prove irresistable to Liam.’ It may be noted that Liam was not the Gallagher who was against such a reunion. Liam told the NME last June that he felt Oasis had ‘unfinished business’ and that they might ‘bury the hatchet for a quick lap of honour’ to celebrate the milestone. ‘I’ll do it for nowt,’ he continued, ‘but if someone’s going to drop a load of fucking money, I’d do it for that too.’
A spokesperson for Noel Gallagher has responded to the claims and told the NME that the rumors that Oasis could reunite for a series of gigs at Knebworth in 2014 are ‘not true.’ Ultimately, any reformation decisions would be made by Noel, who has staunchly denied such suspicions all summer. In an interview with the Sun earlier this month, Noel negated any rumors that the brothers would make up resulting in an Oasis headlining slot at the 2014 Glastonbury Festival. There had been some speculation as to whether the estranged Gallagher brothers would reunite to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of their debut, but Noel’s interview with the Sun reiterated his stiff denial of such an occasion. His response to the question of their potential reformation and Glastonbury slot has continued to be a terse and emphatic ‘no.’
Oasis officially split four years ago because of rising tension between the brothers. The pair have not been onstage together since August 2009 when a backstage fight at the French Rock en Seine Festival resulted in Liam breaking Noel’s guitar. Their appearance was immediately cancelled, as was the subsequent European tour. Noel promptly issued a statement which announced that ‘with some sadness and great relief…I quit Oasis tonight..I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.’ Since Oasis’ official split, Noel has gone on to front Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, and Liam Gallagher has continued with Beady Eye.