Noel Gallagher has a new album coming out under his High Flying Birds moniker, but any interview with him will inevitably come back around to his old group, Oasis. Rumors of the band’s reunion have only intensified after Noel’s brother Liam disbanded his post-Oasis project Beady Eye, but Noel is steadfastly refusing to consider a reunion with his brother. In an interview with Q, Noel elaborated more on this issue, saying that if an Oasis reunion did happen, it would only be done to cash a check.
“Would we get back together one day? As long as we’re all still alive and everyone has their hair, it’s always a possibility,” Gallagher said. “But only for the money.” Noel added that someone would have to pay the band a monstrous sum, one that not even the organizers of Glastonbury could pay: “I don’t think [Glastonbury organizer] Michael Eaves has got enough money,” he said.
Even with the admission that a large sum of money could tempt him back into Oasis, Noel seems uneasy about getting the band back together. “I think it’s ingrained in the English psyche – this idea that the glory days, the Empire, are behind us,” he said. “Led Zeppelin! The Smiths! The Jam! They should all reform! Why? So a load of middle-aged people can stand in the O2 and go, ‘They’re not as good as they used to be.’ It’d be the same with Oasis.”
In the meantime, Oasis fans can get their Gallagher fix when Noel’s album, Chasing Yesterday, comes out on March 24th.