Noel Gallagher: ‘If Paul McCartney writes an Oasis comeback single, then we’ll talk’

The guitarist also says that he would reform the Britpop group if he 'needed the money'

Former Oasis man Noel Gallagher has commented on recent remarks made by Paul McCartney encouraging an Oasis reunion.

The group originally split in 2009 with Noel Gallagher citing at the time an inability to work with his brother Liam as the key reason. However, recent tabloid reports have claimed that Noel and Liam Gallagher had come to “a gentlemen’s agreement” to reunite, with other reports suggesting that the band would reform without Noel’s involvement.

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In May, McCartney was quoted as saying: “I don’t know if they will ever make up. It would be good because I think everyone likes brothers to like each other – and make up. It’s a pity because they are very good together. Like many brothers, they are crazy. But it would be nice if they got together.” He added: “My advice to them? Just get together and make some good music! But they have got to want to do it. I think a lot of people would like them to do that. They are pretty cool guys!”

Responding to the former Beatle’s comments, Gallagher said in a recent interview: “I did read that, yeah… Tell [McCartney] if he writes our comeback single, it’s on. Tell him to write an Oasis track and then we’ll talk. I’ll just put that out there.”

Gallagher continued to describing the speculation surrounding the future of his former band as “flattering”, continuing: “It’s funny, in the sense that it really does sum up the British psyche, that when we were together the press couldn’t wait for it to fucking implode, and then when it did implode, they can’t wait for it to be back together again. I think from a fan’s point of view it’s flattering that people still want it, and then if I’m taking a real overview of it all, I think it’s sad that it’s needed. Because there are no other bands out there for anyone to focus their attention on every week.”

“It’s all because of the Internet, because you can Google nostalgia quite easily… Enough generations grow up looking back, so nobody’s looking forward, you know? My fear would be, is it gonna take for all of us to die, for the next generation of youth to get something for themselves?”

Pressed on whether he would ever reunite Oasis, Gallagher told Yahoo: “I’d do it if I needed the money. If I was broke, I would do it. And I’d be quite frank about that. But I’ve got no need to do it. I couldn’t think of a good enough reason. We could sit and debate and you could throw reasons at me, but musically, what would I want to do that for? I’m not really interested in what fans want. I’m not bothered about that.”

Noel Gallagher previously had denied that he would be interested in an Oasis reunion, claiming that the original rumours came from a “source close to Liam”.


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The band’s former manager Alan McGee recently stated that the group “may not reform for 20 years”. McGee told The Mirror: “Liam and Noel are the happiest I’ve seen them in years, so for that reason I can’t see a reunion happening, before adding: “[But] who knows what goes on in the heads of the Gallaghers?”

Blur bassist Alex James recently spoke about the band’s rivalry with Oasis in a new interview, suggesting that they should reunite so they can support Blur on tour. James told The Independent: “Liam’s come out and said ‘Lonesome Street’ is his favourite song of the year, God bless him. And Damon and Noel are quite good friends now. So, I think, let’s focus on the positives. It’s lovely that it’s got a happy ending. I hope they get back together. They can support us.”

Liam Gallagher has been announced for a 90-minute comeback episode of classic ’90s TV show TFI Friday, alongside fellow musical guests Blur, Roger Daltrey, Mani and The Lightning Seeds’ Ian Broudie.

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