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Oasis: thirty years after their first success, the Gallagher brothers still quarrelsome

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Oasis: thirty years after their first success, the Gallagher brothers still quarrelsome

Sad news. Thirty years after the release of their first album, Definitely Maybe, the Gallagher brothers are still estranged. Liam is releasing an album on Friday, with guitarist John Squire (ex-Stone Roses), and not his brother Noel, to whom he has not spoken since 2009, after the tragic separation of Oasis backstage at the Rock en Seine festival.

The genesis of the Manchester group is like the two brothers, mocking. In 1991, Noel, then a roadie passing through Munich (he adjusted the guitars before the concert) of the Inspiral Carpets, called his mother. Asking about Liam, he learns that his younger brother is part of a group. “I didn’t even know Liam listened to music. At home, we shared the same room. When him and his friends were hanging out and doing stupid things, I was staying at home smoking weed and playing guitar (...) he didn't have any records,” confides Noel in the book Manchester Music City by John Robb.

Liam and his band later ask Noel to come over to rehearsals. “As I wasn’t jacking off anything that day, I went.” What about the band name? Noel had an Inspiral Carpets poster with the names of the cities on a tour, including a stopover at the Oasis, a leisure center in Swindon (south of England). “I always told Liam not to choose that damn name.” Who didn't listen to their elder. The first single Supersonic was released on April 11, 1994. It was a blast. Oasis becomes one of the pillars of BritPop.

It all ends with a storm in the dressing rooms, with a guitar smashed in passing, just before going on stage at the Rock en Seine festival, in 2009, on the outskirts of Paris. It's one spat too many between the two brothers, who haven't spoken to each other since. Fans of the authors of the hit Wonderwall, released in 1995, fantasize at regular intervals about a reformation. And the prospect of Definitely Maybe's 30th anniversary has sparked a lot of discussion.

Especially when Liam announced a tour in June to cover this first album on stage. “Fuck, no, he’s not going to do it,” he said, without pronouncing his eldest’s first name, this month to the music magazine Mojo, putting an end to a false suspense. “I called him, well, my entourage called him, we put an offer on the table for this Oasis thing and he said no,” explained the cadet. “It’s a big tour, a lot of money. He declined. I’ll do the Definitely Maybe thing and have a good time without him,” Liam concludes.

Friday sees the release of a new album by Liam, well not quite solo, since it simply bears his name associated with that of John Squire, guitarist of the Stone Roses, a Manchester group which shone before the advent of Oasis. “I can’t wait for people to listen to this album. I think people who are into the Stone Roses and Oasis and all that kind of stuff are going to fucking love it. It’s spiritual, crucial,” boasts Liam, inimitable, in a press release.

In Manchester Music City, he confided his fascination with the Stone Roses, seen on stage. “I flashed, I caught it in the face and I said to myself, this is going to bother me,” he explained. Ian Brown (singer) and John Squire came straight from the streets, they made incredible music and it spoke to me.” In the same book, Ian Brown, the singer of the Stones Roses, returned to the consecration of Oasis and the connection with his group: “We were supposed to be the masters and these kids who adored us showed up and stole everything from us during our sleep, that’s music and I find it great.”

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