Could Ride open for Britpop band in 2017?

Reports suggest that Oasis are booking support acts for a potential reunion tour, with Ride among those being tipped.

Last month, bookies suspended betting on Oasis reforming in 2017, as talk of the Britpop band getting back together continued to gather momentum.

The Gallagher brothers shared had a tense relationship since the Britpop group’s 2009 split, with Liam recently criticising Noel publicly, calling him a potato, a toad, a “scary clown”, describing him as the “Ronnie Corbett of rock” and comparing his brother’s dress sense to that of Gary Barlow.

However, Australia’s Noise11 claims to have insider information from a “UK rock band from the 90s with a very close connection to Liam Gallagher” who alleged to “have been tapped as the opening act” for reunion shows.

Ride are thought to be the band alluded to, with the author suggesting that “fans could be in for the ‘ride’ of their life”. Andy Bell of Oxford shoegazers Ride played in Oasis and later Beady Eye. Ride have since responded to the reports.

“The Liam and Noel Gallagher rivalry has well and truly been mended, although a public display of antagonism may work in the favour of publicity,” the report goes on to claim.

NME has approached press representatives for Liam and Noel for comment on the reports.

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Supersonic director Mat Whitecross has claimed that Oasis are more likely to reunite when there’s less pressure on them to do so.

Speaking to Billboard, the director explained: “The tricky thing is, the more people put pressure on them, the less likely it is to happen.”

He continued: “But the way Noel talks about the fans at the end of the film is something he comes back to again and again. He’s very generous about their contribution, and I think he would do it for [the fans]. Noel has never said no, but he makes jokes about it. Liam says, ‘Come on, let’s get back on the road!’ He’s keen to do it.”

“The reason it hasn’t happened earlier is they’re in a position of luxury,” Whitecross argued. “They’re both rich men. They don’t have to be chasing the opportunity to try and get back together. So hopefully if they do come back, it’ll be for the right reasons, and because they both want to do it.”

Meanwhile, Liam Gallagher recently denied that he is “desperate” for a Oasis reunion, after remaining open to potentially reforming. Liam is set to release a solo album next year.