He may have sang in front of 250,000 of his compatriots at Knebworth in 1996 but when it comes down to it, Liam Gallagher is just like the rest of us. The co-Oasis frontman with the nasally voice that’s familiar to millions is going stir crazy being cooped up at home, unable to perform live thanks to the COVID-19 outbreak which has turned the entire world on its ear.
Like many, the younger Gallagher brother has become increasingly active on social media, albeit for the weirder. Instead of pulling a Gal Gadot and getting wannabe celeb singers to butcher “Imagine”, he is reinforcing the message that people washing their hands correctly is the fastest way we’re going to beat this thing and get back to normal. Looking like a thick-bearded mountain hermit who’s been in self-isolation for several months, Gallagher has been making TikTok-type monochrome videos featuring “new tunes” WONDERWASH, SOAPERSONIC and SOAPERNOVA. With the utmost respect to Oasis’ indisputable legacy, what in Gawd’s name is going on here?
Liam also casually tweeted how once this threat is over and we’re allowed to all socialize once more, Oasis oughta get the boys back together for a one-off charity show. Global crisis notwithstanding, one reason why a potential Gallagher reconciliation didn’t get a bigger reaction online is that we’ve been down this road more than a few times before. Remember how Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters called the siblings out at the 2019 Reading Festival? I even started a GD petition!
Being the fan I am who’s willing to look past a lot of nonsense for old times’ sake, I’ve crunched years worth of setlist data and would be willing to lay a couple of quid down that these would be the 17 songs Oasis would perform at their reunion…if betting shops in the UK were actually open, that is. What else am I supposed to do with my time?
It seems to have been removed from Netflix in Canada, but I highly ROCKmend seeking out Mat Whitecross’ 2016 documentary Oasis: Supersonic, recounting the band’s meteoric rise from Britpop hooligans to, well, hooligans who headlined the aforementioned Knebworth. Good quarantine viewing material while we wait out this pandemic and see if Liam and Noel Gallagher onstage again is a pipe dream or not.