Viewpoint Editor Joe Waters discusses how, despite being an Oasis fan, he would regret their reunion.
As almost every person I engage in passing conversation will soon find out – as well as you, dear reader – I went to see Liam Gallagher last Thursday in Aberdeen. What they will also find out is that he was absolutely fantastic. Having missed his 2017 Leeds Festival due to a delayed train, and his Leeds gig the following December due to a very drunken Christmas work do (which to this day I can’t remember) I was determined that I was going to make it this time.
Waiting for him to come out, I sat firmly on the edge of my seat, overpriced tour shirt abreast, with my eyes glued to the stage. My heart raced as I saw the man himself swagger out, the clear silhouette of his iconic parka in tow. As soon as he came out with “Aberdeeen you know what I meaaannn”, I knew it was going to be a memorable night. Starting with Oasis’ classic “Rock n’ Roll Star” I couldn’t help but think how amazing it would be if his brother Noel were on stage with him.
As someone born in 1999, I was a mere 10 years of age when Oasis split. I never got to see Oasis live, and so the closest I can get is the hair-raising recordings of their legendary gigs. You might think then that I, if someone offered to get them back together, would bite their hand off. After seeing both Liam and Noel in concert separately, however, I’m certain of the opposite. Oasis absolutely should not get back together. Ever.
This isn’t to say they would run rubbish gigs, or make poor music not worth listening to. But seeing Noel’s apathy to Oasis in his gig last year, and to see the emotion Liam put into, shall we say, “making disingenuous remarks” about his brother, convinced me that the rift between their personalities is too deep for any meaningful reunion. From the get-go, it would be a ticking time-bomb until the next row, the next rift, and yes, the next breakup. An Oasis reunion would simply be the first stop on a linear railroad. Destination: Heartbreak. Why would we want to put ourselves through it all over again?
More to the point, does Oasis need to get back together? As I mentioned, they both have distinct personalities and their own brands of solo music. Take a listen to Liam’s new music, pretending that he has always been a solo artist, and you’ll be blown away. Similarly, if you’re a fan of Noel’s work, then you’re bound to love it no matter what, and may even mourn its loss if the brothers miraculously reformed and went back to the old style.
In these strange and modern times, it’s not inconceivable that such an occurrence such as these two brothers would get the band back together. But ultimately we have to ask ourselves whether this would be a good thing. While Liam retains his great endearment to his sibling, referring to Noel as “Rkid” (that’s ‘our kid’, for those non-Mancunians out there), a reconciled Gallagher duo just wouldn’t feel the same. It would result in each of us being on tenterhooks, petrified that the smallest dig, slur or insult would cause the next great Oasis breakup.