Music impresario and one-third of the hit-making Stock Aitken Waterman (SAW) team Pete Waterman revealed recently that there would be no Oasis without him.
During an NME quiz, Waterman said that when Noel Gallagher was a gas fitter in Manchester and Waterman’s studio was across the road, Gallagher would often come over at lunchtime and steal his guitar strings. Waterman said Gallagher did this because he couldn’t afford to buy guitars. The SAW member added that Gallagher always credits him with giving him his start. Without his free guitar strings, Gallagher couldn’t have carried on.
This will come as a surprise to many. The relationship between the musicians has not been widely publicized. However, Gallagher has previously credited Waterman with giving him his start in the industry.
Waterman’s revelation about his role in Oasis’s success comes as the band continues to be a topic of conversation in the music world. Last week, Gallagher announced his fourth album with The High Flying Birds, Council Skies, set for release on June 2nd. The album is said to pay homage to Gallagher’s Mancunian roots and reclaim his past.
In an interview, Gallagher said he would never say never to an Oasis reunion, with brother Liam then taking to Twitter to reveal he’d been on the phone “begging for forgiveness”. However, in October of last year, Gallagher said there’s no point in an Oasis reunion because the band still sell as many records now as they did when they were together.
Liam has, however, supported an Oasis reunion. In the past, he said that Oasis should have never split up and that he would love the band to get together.
Despite the ongoing speculation about an Oasis reunion, we can say for sure that without Pete Waterman’s generosity, the world may have never been blessed with the music of one of Britain’s most iconic bands.