Rumours continue to swirl around a potential reunion of 90s legends Oasis.
The iconic Britpop band split up in the 2000s and in the years that have followed brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher have continued to feud. But despite the public bad blood between there has long been speculation around a potential comeback.
It feels every couple of weeks a new rumour emerges touting the latest on an Oasis reunion. However as of May 2023, nothing official has been announced.
Both Liam and Noel Gallagher are not shy and have addressed the talk of a comeback plenty of times through the years. Noel, who recently announced the he and Sara his wife of 11 years were to split, spoke about the situation while promoting his new album Council Skies. Liam has also enjoyed success since the break-up, both with his band Beady Eye and as a solo artist.
But are Oasis reuniting? Here is the latest:
When did Oasis split - and what was the reason?
The band originally formed back in 1991 - initially with singer Chris Hutton - and were known as Rain. Liam Gallagher joined soon after to replace Hutton and he suggested the name change to Oasis.
After watching the band play, Noel Gallagher offered to join on the condition he was the sole songwriter and leader. The band saw a metoric rise in the early 90s and their debut album Definitely Maybe was released in 1994, becoming the fastest selling debut in the UK at the time.
Oasis continued to see commercial success through the rest of the 1990s and early 2000s. Tensions between Noel and Liam rumbled on throughout the band's existance with Noel even temporarily quitting in September 1994 following a show in Los Angeles.
Early in 2009, Noel described Liam as the "angriest man you'll ever meet" in an interview with Q Magazine and said his brother was "a man with a fork in a world of soup". The band were due to play V Festival on 23 August 2009 but Liam pulled out as he reportedly had laryngitis.
Just five days later on 28 August the band announced they were breaking up. A row broke out between the brothers before they were due to go onstage at the Rock En Seine festival in Paris - leading to Noel quitting the band.
What is the latest on reunion talks?
Noel Gallagher appeared on TalkRadio on the week of 26 May 2023 and accused Liam of being too much of a "coward" to organise an Oasis reunion. The older Gallagher claimed his brother "won't speak" to him.
Liam has since responded angrily to the claims in a series of tweets. He claimed that Noel "hated" Oasis fans in the posts on 24 May - which does not bode well for an iminent reunion.
Reunion talks 'premature', says industry experts
The iNews has reported that industry experts have warned that any talk of a Oasis comeback is premature. It comes as the brothers continue to shoot back at each other publically - with the no sign the feud is cooling.
Could band play Knebworth 'in 2025'
The latest round of reunion talks comes amid claims that a 'four night reunion' is being planned for the band at Knebworth in 2025. The venue is significant as it would be the site of Oasis' famous 1996 shows - which saw 250,000 attend the back-to-back gigs.
Robbie Williams later topped the band as 375,000 people attended his three gigs at Knebworth in consecutive nights in August 2003.
However despite the reports nothing official has been confirmed - and the brothers went on to further publically row over talk of a reunion.
'It's happening' tweet sparks excitement
Fans found reason to get their hopes up earlier in 2023 after a cryptic tweet from Liam in which he vaguely said:' "It's happening". Noel followed up by saying that the ball is now in Liam's court concerning a reunion, telling radio station France Inter: "He should get his people to call my people."
Responding to a fan on 18 March, Liam gave hope to fans that a reunion was on the cards. When asked if there was any chance of an Oasis reunion, the former frontman Liam replied: "It's happening."
The tweet was mentioned by Noel while he spoke to France Intel radio station, as he said there's "something in the papers back in England today". He added: "He should get his people to call my people. They know who they are, they know where we are, stop talking on the f****** internet, let's see what you've gotta say."
The interviewer then asked Noel if it would only take a phone call from Liam for the siblings to bury the hatchet, to which Noel said: "You would think, right? You would think. He's got my number, he's got my manager's number, call us."
"But you know what? He won't call."
Liam took to Twitter once again to give his opinion on what need to happen to see Oasis on the stage once again. He said: ""Here's how I see it the little fella aka potato has done a lot of damage to Oasis as a band / brand he's got a lot of making up to do not just to me but to you the fans the people that put us where we are tday as you were LG x."
"Never say never"
In January 2023, when asked about a possible reunion in the future Noel told BBC Radio Manchester: “You should never say never.” However, he admitted that it could only happen in extraordinary circumstances.
He added: “It would have to take an extraordinary set of circumstances. That’s not to say that those circumstances would never come about.”
The remarks comes after Noel previously said that there would be “no point” in a reunion, as the band is still as popular and sell as many record as they did while together. He said: “As funny as this sounds, Oasis sell as many records now per year as we did when we were together. We’re as popular now in the eyes of the people as we ever were. And I’m happy with it. If we got back together, it would be a circus and there’s no point.”
What has Liam Gallagher previously said about an Oasis reunion?
While Liam Gallagher remained firmly against a reunion since the band split in 2009, the Wall of Glass singer raised the hope of fans at the beginning of January.
A fan took to Twitter to ask Liam if rumours of a 2023 reunion could be true. Liam did not give a yes or no answer to the fans, but instead replied with the raised hands emoji.
Many have taken this as Liam hoping of a reunion, or disguising a confirmation that the band of brother could be hitting the studio again. Could we soon be getting a reunited Oasis line-up?