Noel Gallagher laid it all out on the line recently with regards to an Oasis reunion. He said that if the band ever got back together, it would strictly be because the money was too good to turn down. His rant in Q magazine cited acts like Led Zeppelin and The Smiths that he believes don't reunite because they aren't as good as they use to be. Besides, Gallagher is busy with his High Flying Birds solo project.
The guitarist said an Oasis reunion is "always a possibility," but it wouldn't happen merely for the fans or artistic expression.
"Nobody has made us an offer. I've been in the same room as Liam [Gallagher], and even then nobody's said, 'Weren't Oasis great? You should re-form.'" he said, via NME. "But if I was ever going to do it, it would only be for the money."
He made it clear that this was not him looking for funding. The band would not reunite for charity either, and he doesn't think Glastonbury organizer Michael Eavis has enough money to get him back onstage with his brother, so those rumors can quiet down as well. The possibility is there as long as everyone's not too old and the paycheck has plenty of zeros.
Noel then used Manchester rockers The Stone Roses as an example of why bands shouldn't force a reunion. He said that fans begged the group to get back together after they split in 1996. They reformed in 2011 and now no one talks about them, he said.
"I think it's ingrained in the English psyche — this idea that the glory days, the Empire, are behind us. Led Zeppelin! The Smiths! The Jam! They should all re-form! 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. 'Yeah, we're not as good as we used to be,'" Noel added.
In the meantime fan will have to settle for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. The act's second album, Chasing Yesterday, is due out in March with a tour to follow.