Is an Oasis Musical coming to the London West End?
A decade after Oasis broke up and 25 years after the release of Definitely Maybe, Noel Gallagher has hinted the British rock band could get its own musical — though his younger brother Liam doesn’t seem as keen on it.
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Oasis officially split on 28 August 2009 after the Manchester-born brothers’ famous feud came to a head during their world tour. Just before a show at the Rock En Seine festival in Paris, the pugilistic pair’s row allegedly caused the destruction of one of Noel’s prized guitars.
Metro quotes Noel’s statement about the split as 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.”
The brothers have been engaged in a public war of words ever since, often waged over social media and in the press. This is the sort of Shakespearean familial drama that would be perfect for the stage, wouldn’t you say?
Apparently somebody thinks so. According to The Sun newspaper, a theatre show based on the Gallaghers’ rise to fame is now being created — titled “Live Forever” after the 1994 Oasis hit. Noel says, “The musical! People have been on to me about that for the last ten years. And funnily enough Live Forever is always the title.”
The elder Gallagher has spoken to an “English guy who works on Broadway who knows about these thing” about the show’s content. He recalls the response as: “And he was like saying, ‘Your journey from rags to riches’. And I was like, ‘Do you have to make it so Dickensian? I never wore any rags’. People do love that s**t, I know. It’s inevitable it will happen one day. I will go and see it once.”
Naturally, Liam took to his Twitter to respond to the rumours — and call his brother a certain expletive at the same time. He said, “Oasis the musical 5 lads from Manchester start a band and take on the world the little 1 who writes the songs turns into a massive c*** sacks everyone except his little brother as he ain’t got the arse splits up the band there’s a story line for ya THE END LG.”
If he won’t do it, somebody else might. The rights to Oasis’ songs could soon belong to the highest bidder, who could bring the musical into the spotlight as well. Speaking about selling the band’s back catalogue, Noel tells The Sun, “F***ing too right I am. What else am I going to do with it?”
Why not leave it for his kids? He says, “F*** them. They’ve had enough.” Don’t look back in anger too much now, Noel.
While it sounds like it’s just a ‘Definitely Maybe’ to the Oasis musical for now, never say never. Plus, it seems more likely than any sort of reunion for the band. Liam Gallagher is set to release his second solo album on 20 September, titled Why Me? Why Not.
The follow-up to his successful debut record, As You Were, the 14-track album has already produced three singles: “Shockwave”, “The River” and “One of Us”. Given that its predecessor reached No. 1 on the UK Albums Chart, there’s little doubt there will be a champagne supernova at the record label when Why Me? Why Not. is released.
The Why Me? Why Not. deluxe edition track list includes:
- One of Us
- Now That I’ve Found You
- Why Me? Why Not.
- Be Still
- Alright Now
- The River
- Invisible Sun
The former Oasis and Beady Eye frontman will be supporting the album with a global Why Me? Why Not. Tour that will take him up the west coast of North America in October, across the UK and Ireland in November, to New Zealand and Australia in December, and around Europe in February 2020.
During the UK leg of his Why Me? Why Not. Tour, Gallagher will be supported by Northampton-raised rapper slowthai. The 24-year-old rising star released his debut studio album, Nothing Great About Britain, in May 2019 and is best known for his single Inglorious ft. Skepta.
Liam Gallagher 2019 UK tour dates:
- 11 November — Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena
- 12 November — Birmingham, Arena Birmingham
- 14 November — Aberdeen, P&J Live
- 15 November — Glasgow, The SSE Hydro
- 17 November — Newcastle, Utilita Arena
- 18 November — Sheffield, FlyDSA Arena
- 20 November — Manchester, MEN Arena
- 21 November — Liverpool, M&S Bank Arena
- 23 November — Dublin, 3Arena
- 24 November — Dublin, 3Arena
- 26 November — Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena
- 28 November — London, O2 Arena
- 29 November — London, O2 Arena
While many of the UK dates for the Why Me? Why Not. Tour have already sold out, there are still tickets available on StubHub.