THEY SAY THAT every successful musician follows the same trajectory. There’s the initial struggle, where financial hardships will test the mettle of even the most ardent believers in their own craft. There’s the meteoric rise to the top of the charts, accompanied by constant media attention, an influx of cash and the realisation of a dream. Then there’s the inevitable fall, usually involving reduced commercial success, a breakup, and in some cases, retirement. Finally, there’s the revival, a stage reserved only for the most iconic of idols. With the announcement of a new tour, Oasis singer Liam Gallagher has reached the final stage, but whether the rest of the band will join him, remains to be seen.
Gallagher will be touring England solo to perform Oasis’ debut album Definitely Maybe, a record he called: “The most important album of the ’90s, bar none.” Evidently chuffed with his return to the stage, Gallagher said he was “bouncing around the house” after announcing the tour.
Released in 1994, Definitely Maybe was Oasis’ breakthrough, launching the band into the spotlight, and selling millions of copies across the globe. Gallagher believes the album has been just as impactful for fans as it was for him, telling his followers: “I wouldn’t be anywhere without it and neither would you, so let’s celebrate together.” The tour will begin in 2024, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the album’s release.
What will Liam Gallagher’s tour be like?
Despite every Oasis fan on the planet hoping for the contrary, there’s been no official confirmation that the rest of the band, including Liam’s estranged brother Noel, will be reuniting for the upcoming tour. Although, we wouldn’t entirely rule it out.
The revival tour will be limited to Gallagher’s home nation, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. With an opening night in Sheffield, before visiting Cardiff, London, Manchester, Glasgow and Dublin. Bad luck for Australian fans.
The full track list from Definitely Maybe is certain to feature, as was explained by a spokesperson representing Gallagher. “The sets will, of course, be packed with classics ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Star’, ‘Live Forever’, ‘Supersonic’ and ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’, to name but a few,” they said. “But it will also be a rare opportunity to see other album tracks that have rarely, if ever, been performed since the mid-’90s.”
“There are numerous fan favourites that could be performed from the other songs that were released during the Definitely Maybe era, which could potentially include another big hit in the shape of ‘Whatever’, as well as deep cuts such as ‘Fade Away’, ‘Listen Up’ and ‘Sad Song’.”
We’d have to assume that ‘Wonderwall’ will also get a run. Tickets go on sale on 9am Friday, British standard time.
Why did Oasis break up?
Considering that the band was fronted by a pair of brothers, in Liam and Noel Gallagher, you’d expect Oasis to be one of the few groups immune to the inevitable conflicts and petty squabbles that plague most successful bands. But that was simply not the case, and the opposite turned out to be true.
After almost 20 years together with the band, the brothers’ relationship reached breaking point. After a backstage spat at a fateful Paris show, the band abruptly split up for good. Hours after the incident, Noel released a statement saying: “It is with some sadness and great relief… I quit Oasis tonight. People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.” Certainly no brotherly love there.
Liam went solo and Noel started his own project, with the other members of the band siding with different brothers. The feud remains to this day, and Oasis hasn’t reunited since.
Is Oasis getting back together?
With the announcement of the new tour, and a recent détente between the brothers, many are hoping that Oasis could finally be getting back together. Fuelling those hopes is Noel, who told BBC Radio earlier this year that he would “never say never” to reuniting with Oasis. Alas, Liam’s tour announcement has not come with any promises of the band getting back together. So, while we can’t rule it out, unless there’s some last-minute reconciliation, it looks like Oasis will stay split. Oh well, at least we can still listen to Wonderwall for the millionth time and reminisce about the glory days.