Earlier this month, bookies suspended betting on Oasis reforming in 2017, as talk of the band getting back together continued to gather momentum following the release of Whitecross’ documentary.
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.”
Whitecross previously made similar comments about a possible Oasis reunion, saying: “Noel [Gallagher] doesn’t say no. Whenever anyone asks him, which is probably every day, he doesn’t say no. He makes a joke and says it’ll have to be a filthy amount of money, or it’d have to be this or that, or get a mute button for Liam or something. But I feel like it’ll happen.”
“The thing they both conclude at the end of the film was that, really, you can write the greatest songs in the world, you can be the greatest band in the world, but it’s all down to the fans. He [Noel] plays those songs at solo gigs now and he only has to strum the first two chords to ‘Wonderwall’ and he can go home because everyone’s going to sing the thing for him.”
“I just feel like for the fans I imagine he’d feel that he’d want to do it again. And partly I guess that’s what doing this film was about – the legacy, wanting to give something back. It was amazing how generous they both were in saying it wasn’t us, it was our fans, it was the crowd.”
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.
The Gallagher brothers have 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.