Noel Gallagher has said that Oasis’s break-up was not a decision he took “lightly” – but that calling it a day when they did helped cement their legacy as one of the greatest British bands of all time.
The group disbanded in 2009, with Gallagher quitting following a confrontation with younger brother Liam at the Rock en Seine festival near Paris.
Fans have long been calling for an Oasis reunion and Liam has openly said he would be up for it, but Noel has made it clear it is not something he wants – although he did recently joke that he would “do it for £100 million”.
In May, it was revealed that both Noel and Liam are to executive produce a documentary about Oasis’s most famous shows – two nights at Knebworth, which were attended by 250,000 fans in August 1996 and came a year after the release of their second album, What’s The Story (Morning Glory).
The film aims to be “a crucial document of the moment that defined an era and cultural revolution”, which was part of a pivotal time in British culture – amid the rise of New Labour, Euro ’96 and the phenomenon of Britpop.
By the time the band split 13 years later, the cultural landscape was very different.
Speaking on Sky Arts programme Noel Gallagher: Out Of The Now, the Oasis songwriter said audiences had grown bored of the band during the final months.
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“It’s not a decision I took lightly,” he said of his decision to leave. “And I’d written every meaningful song that was ever recorded by Oasis. And it was my life, I directed it and creatively it was my thing. With the benefit of hindsight it was the best thing for me and for the band.
“Because the band now, Oasis back in 2009 were not lauded as one of the greats of all time. There was a kind of undercurrent of, ‘well they should really call it a day’. That’s what I felt anyway.
“And I felt that people had stopped listening to the records and were coming to see us trot out the hits and it’s a position I never wanted the band to be in. But now of course we’re seen as up there with all the greats.”