Look back at Liam and Noel Gallagher’s final encore as Oasis
We are dipping into the Far Out Magazine vault to look back at the final moments of Oasis as we know it. With so many rumours flying around in recent years that Oasis, the Mancunian Britpop legends were getting back together, we’ve been dreaming of a simpler time of Britpop and Union Jack guitars. But with so many of those rumours being quashed within a matter of seconds, we thought we’d go back to the last time the Gallagher brothers took the stage together as Oasis.
Liam Gallagher has been using his Twitter account to devastating effect again in 2020. The singer has been firing up the rumour mill this week with a suggestion that he and feuding brother Noel Gallagher have been offered £100 million to reunite the Mancunian legends Oasis. While that turned out to be a rather large pile of tosh, the legend of the band still reigns over British music.
The rumour, however, did get us reminiscing about the glory days of Oasis and the subsequent bitter infighting which eventually brought the band to an end in Rock En Seine in Paris. But before Noel would leave the dressing room that night never to return, the band’s last performance was at V Festival August 22nd in 2009.
The feuding brothers had been at each other’s throats behind the scenes for years, in fact, we’re not sure they ever weren’t at each other’s throats. But they were still capable of turning out a performance when needed. Arriving at the stage at V Festival the band were, of course, the headline act and had a catalogue of tunes to back it up.
The group delivered a powerful performance which relied heavily on classic hits ‘Wonderwall’, ‘Supersonic’ and ‘Champagne Supernova’. But the group chose their notorious live favourite ‘I Am The Walrus’ to close out the mammoth show. It would prove to be the last song the two brothers would perform together and you can watch it on the patchy footage below.
Oasis would not perform in their scheduled slot at the festival the next night, citing Liam Gallagher’s “laryngitis” as the reason for cancelling. It’s an illness Noel Gallagher suggests was closer to a hangover than anything else. It started rumours swirling that the Britpop royalty were close to disbanding. Liam Gallagher arrived at Rock En Seine in Paris fit and healthy but with a case of serious paranoia.
The singer had been receiving bad press from the tabloids back home for cancelling the show and had fingered Noel as the source or at least able to help him turn it around. In a 2011 account, Noel opened up about the band breaking up, “He thinks I’m some sort of fucking puppet master who controls the media in England,” Noel said.
The High Flying Birds singer continues: “So we get to Paris and he’s reeling off journalists names,” recalls the older Gallagher. “It’s all manner of people I have never met, ‘You fucking tell Johnny Bowles Mustache I want to kick his fucking head in.’ And I’m like, ‘I don’t know what you’re going on about.’”
In an act of somewhat infantile frustration (you’re shocked, aren’t you?), Liam threw some fruit against the wall, stormed out of the tiny dressing room and came back brandishing a guitar. “He started wielding it like an axe and I’m not fucking kidding,” said Noel. “And I’m making light of it because it’s kind of what I do, but it was a real unnecessary violent act, and he’s swinging this guitar around, he nearly took my face off with it.”
It was the last straw for the guitarist, “I was like, ‘You know what? I’m fucking out of here.’ And at that point someone came in and said, ‘Five minutes!’ I kind of got in the car and I sat there for five minutes and I just said ‘Fuck it, I can’t do it anymore.’” With it, one of the most inflammatory band of the nineties was over.
Oasis would not perform that evening and it became a news line which would be quickly followed by Noel Gallagher’s statement, “It’s with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit tonight,” he wrote. “People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer. Apologies to all the people who bought tickets for the shows in Paris, Konstanz and Milan.”
It would mean that the last song Liam and Noel Gallagher ever sang together would be ‘I Am The Walrus’ at V Festival in 2009. At least for the moment.