Maybe, we’re a little late to the show, we consider ourselves skeptical. When news of Noel Gallagher leaving OASIS surfaced, and OASIS breaking up, it’s tough to believe it. You see, the brothers Gallagher have always fought, they’ve always kind of/not really gotten along, so hearing that there was a dust up before a recent gig, causing Noel Gallagher to walk away from the band wasn’t anything unusual.
The fact that he released a statement announcing his leave? Maybe that was. Let’s be honest, it’s become almost fashionable to not like OASIS, much of it has been bought on by themselves. The fact of the matter is that they still release strong material, and they’re responsible for some of the biggest songs of a generation, and have a released a few that are likely in the top ten greatest rock tracks of all time. Their latest album, Dig Out Your Soul was a strong effort, every track being able to stand on its own, but still having a single weak spot. Have they released complete masterpieces since Definitely Maybe and What’s the story (Morning Glory)? Not really. But how many bands can say that they have released 2 complete albums of absolute killer material?
Liam and Noel Gallagher are already rumored to have their minds set on solo careers, and we wouldn’t at all be surprised to see them reunite and tour again in 5 or so years. Their most recent tour supporting Dig Out Your Soul included a stop in Vancouver. A live act that is a signature ‘wall of sound’ approach – no dancing band, and it was a good one. Check out the statement Noel released and the video for their most recent single, Falling Down.
“Dearly beloved, it is with a heavy heart and a sad face that I say this to you this morning,” he wrote.
“As of last Friday, August 28, I have been forced to leave the Manchester rock ‘n’ roll pop group Oasis.
The details are not important and of too great a number to list. But I feel you have the right to know that the level of verbal and violent intimidation towards me, my family, friends and comrades has become intolerable. And the lack of support and understanding from my management and bandmates has left me with no other option than to get me cape and seek pastures new.
I would like firstly to offer my apologies to them kids in Paris who’d paid money and waited all day to see us only to be let down AGAIN by the band. Apologies are probably not enough, I know, but I’m afraid it’s all I’ve got.
“While I’m on the subject, I’d like to say [sorry] to the good people of V Festival that experienced the same thing. Again, I can only apologise – although I don’t know why, it was nothing to do with me. I was match-fit and ready to be brilliant. Alas, other people in the group weren’t up to it.
“In closing I would like to thank all the Oasis fans, all over the world. The last 18 years have been truly, truly amazing (and I hate that word, but today is the one time I’ll deem it appropriate). A dream come true. I take with me glorious memories.”
“Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a family and a football team to indulge. I’ll see you somewhere down the road. It’s been a fuckin’ pleasure.”