As the monkey we keep in the beer closet can attest, we’re a pretty wild family here at TicketCity. However, we don’t come anywhere close to the wackiness that must ensue when family of Brit Rock brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher come together. Through 15-plus years or so, their band Oasis has delighted and terrified fans (sometimes within the same show) with their melodic tunes and the utterly abrasive tone between the brothers on stage. It would not be rare to see one of the two leave the stage, go get a drink or ten, and begin to diss the remaining brother while he was still playing.
It all came to a head in 2009 right before playing Paris’ Rock En Seine Festival. According to a lawsuit filed last week by Liam, Noel said that the oft-drinking frontman didn’t make the show because he was hungover. Liam didn’t take too kindly to the insult and quit the band, effectively ending Oasis. Now, two years later comes this lawsuit, essentially suing Noel for libel because Liam had a doctor’s note (insert chuckle here) excusing him from playing in one of Europe’s biggest festivals. When asked why he would do this, Liam told UK’s The Sun Noel “[went] way beyond rock’n’roll banter and questioned my professionalism. I tried to resolve this amicably but have been left with no choice but legal action. All I want is an apology.”
Well, guess what? He got one! From his brother! And they say the justice system doesn’t work. While most brothers result to more physical means to get an apology usually involving twisting sensitive skin, Liam went the jurisprudence route. Noel offered this Mea Culpa through UK’s The Guardian: “For the record, it is a fact that he was diagnosed with laryngitis and it is a fact that he had a doctor’s note to prove it.” He continued, “[It] is a shame those [Oasis’] songs will never be heard for the foreseeable future.”
This is where I begin to point at that statement like a hound sniffing out the prey. Of course this is what the whole rigamarole is about—creating the bridge to get back together. Sure, they’re shilling their solo projects now, but if those possibly get a lukewarm response, everyone will want to see Oasis again. And off they’ll go on tour, raking in the dough until they argue and break up again. Rinse and repeat.
Or am I being too cynical, TicketCitiers?