Early Thursday (November 10), before [artist id="350118"]Noel Gallagher[/artist] stopped by the MTV Newsroom to talk up his just-released High Flying Birds solo album, brother and former [artist id="1168"]Oasis[/artist] mate Liam was quoted by NME as saying that Noel was "desperate" to reunite the band.
Given the sheer amount of acrimony between the brothers since Oasis split in 2009 (with the elder Gallagher citing "verbal and violent intimidation" as the main reason), this came as news to Noel, who told us he wasn't desperate to have anything to do with his former band — now and forever.
"I'll tell you what happened," he sighed. "When I first started doing interviews [for Birds], a guy — we'll refer to him as 'a French guy' — he asked me: Did I have any regrets about leaving Oasis? And I said, initially, that I did. And he said, 'Oh, what about this solo project?' and I said, 'Yeah, but it would have been great' — would have been, this is key, concentrate on this — 'would have been great if we could have worked on solo projects and maybe got back together for 2015.'
"But obviously, that's not a story, and journalists being the cunning foxes that they are, he thought to himself ... 'If I just say "could" and "would," mon dieu, I have myself a story!' " Gallagher continued. "So that goes all the way around the Internet, and then it's like this mythical reunion is going to take place. ... It isn't going to take place. Do I look desperate? No, I'm not desperate at all."
While he's primarily in the States to begin the promotional cycle for the genuinely quite excellent High Flying Birds album with a run of shows in major markets (Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco), Gallagher knows there's always going to be fans who want nothing more than a full-blown Oasis reunion — preferably in 2015, the 20th anniversary of their massive (What's the Story) Morning Glory? album. But for that to occur, Gallagher joked he's going to have to endure some rather dark times in the very near future, because desperate, he most certainly is not.
"I will say this, though: If I need the money, I will do it," he laughed. "I don't need a lot of money, though, and here's hoping I won't anytime soon. No, I'm not desperate. My sh--'s not gone down the toilet yet."
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