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Oasis (formed 1991) Oasis is a British rock band, from Manchester. The band rose to fame during the 'Britpop' era of the 1990's and has gone on to sell over 50 million albums across the world.

The Formation: Oasis came into being from the remnants of a previous band, The Rain. The Rain consisted of Paul McGuigan (Guigsy), Warren Mackenzie, Paul Arthurs (Bonehead), Tony McCarroll and Chris Hutton. Bonehead was not happy with Chris Hutton's vocals, so he auditioned Liam Gallagher to replace him. When Liam joined, the band's name was changed to Oasis; a move inspired by an Inspiral carpets poster hanging in Liam's bedroom.

Oasis's first gig was at the Boardwalk club in Manchester, in August 1991. Liam's brother, Noel (a roadie for Inspiral Carpets at the time) attended the gig and approached the band about joining, on the proviso that he became the band's leader and the band committed to the pursuit of commercial success.

In May 1993, the band was spotted by Alan McGee, co-founder of Creation Records, when they played at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, supporting 18 Wheeler, one of McGee's bands. He signed the band to Creation four days later.

A white label of their song 'Columbia' was released, followed by their first single, 'Supersonic', which was released in April 1994 and reached number 31 in the UK charts. The next single was 'Shakermaker' but it wasn't until the release of their third single, 'Live Forever', that they hit the big time and reached the Top 10. The debut album, Definitely Maybe was released in September 1994 and went straight to number one.

Life at the top: A year of constant gigging, recording and promotional activities eventually took its toll on the band. In September 1994, the band played a gig in Los Angeles, during which Liam, under the influence of crystal meth, assaulted his brother onstage with a tambourine and made offensive remarks about American audiences. Noel was so upset by the incident that he temporarily left the band and flew to San Francisco. Creation's Tim Abbot tracked him down and persuaded him to rejoin the band.

'Some Might Say' was the band's first number one single, in April 1995. Around this time, Tony McCarroll, the drummer, was forced to leave the band, following a personality clash with the Gallagher brothers. He was replaced by Andy White, whose debut performance with the band was on Top of the Pops.

In the summer of 1995, the British press made a great deal of a reported rivalry between Oasis and London band Blur. The two bands released singles on the same day. Blur's 'Country House' sold 58,000 more than Oasis' 'Roll With It.' Noel Gallagher's famous response to the battle was that he hoped Damon Albarn and Alex James "would catch AIDS and die." The comment created a great deal of furor in the media and Gallagher was forced to write a formal apology to a number of publications.

In September 1995, Guigsy left the band. His replacement, Scott McLeod only experienced brief membership of the band and abruptly left the band whilst on tour in the USA.

The band's second album, (What's The Story) Morning Glory? Became the third best-selling album of all time in the UK and spawned two more hits for the band, 'Wonderwall' and 'Don't Look Back In Anger'. 'Champagne Supernova' featured Paul Weller on guitar and backing vocals. As their career reached new heights, the band played a number of massive outdoor arenas, including Maine Road Football Ground and Knebworth Castle.

More drama was in store for the band, however. Liam pulled out of Oasis' MTV Unplugged performance, heckling from a balcony as Noel sang the songs. He then refused to join the band for their US tour and once again, Noel assumed the role of lead singer for the tour.

The third album, Be Here Now was released in August 1997, preceded by the number one single 'D'You Know What I Mean?' Be Here Now became the fastest selling album in UK history and went to number two on the US charts. In 1998, the band released The Masterplan, a collection of B-sides and rarities.

In 1999, Bonehead left the band, followed by Guigsy's second departure, after he had been re-drafted into the band. Their replacements were Gem Archer (of Heavy Stereo) and Andy Bell (of Ride and Hurricane #1). The fourth album Standing on the Shoulder of Giants was released on the band's own label, Big Brother and reached number one in the UK. Three singles, 'Go Let It Out', 'Who Feels Love' and 'Sunday Morning Call' were all top five hits. A live album of the supporting tour, Familiar to Millions was released in 2000.

Heathen Chemistry was released in 2002 and was another number one for the band. The album saw the release of the first single written by Liam ('Songbird') as well as 'The Hindu Times', 'Stop Crying Your Heart Out' and 'Little By Little / She Is Love'.

Drummer Alan White left the band in January 2004 and was replaced by Zak Starkey, son of Ringo Starr.

Don't Believe The Truth was the band's sixth studio album, released in May 2005. The singles 'Lyla' and 'the Importance of Being Idle' were both number one singles. The album itself was also a number one hit.

Stop the Clocks, a compilation double album was released in 2006, featuring what the band considered to be their defining songs.

In 2007, a documentary of the band, Lord Don't Slow Me Down was released. Later that year, the band won a BRIT award for 'Outstanding Contribution To Music'.

Now Liam And Noel Have Buried The Hatchet What Are The Odds On An Oasis Reunion?

By Stephanie Chase in Music / Festivals on 21 December 2017

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Will we see the brothers Gallagher back on stage together in 2018?

After Liam Gallagher’s shock announcement on Wednesday that he had buried the hatchet with brother Noel fans are eagerly awaiting news of an Oasis reunion.

Bookmaker Paddy Power has already released odds on whether or not we’ll see the brothers on stage together again next year - but fans shouldn’t hold their breath.

Image caption Liam is back on good terms with brother Noel in time for Christmas

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'It's Not Happening': Noel Gallagher Will Not Reunite Oasis For Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 04 December 2017

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The band is eligible in 2019, but he'd rather give it a miss.

If you can believe it, 2019 will see the 25th anniversary of Oasis' first album 'Definitely Maybe', which means that the band will finally be eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. However, Noel Gallagher insists he has no interest in the whole thing.

Image caption Noel Gallagher leaves BBC Radio studios

With all the talk about an Oasis reunion flying about (i.e. Liam Gallagher saying that he'd love one and Noel Gallagher vehemently shutting that idea down), it seems Noel has no plans to reunite the band for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019, should they be nominated next year.

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Noel Gallagher Hates 'overrated' Brian Wilson

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 30 November 2017

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Former Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher has slammed Beach Boys legend Brian Wilson and insisted the 'Good Vibrations' hitmaker is ''overrated''.

Noel Gallagher has insisted Brian Wilson is ''overrated'', adding that he ''hates'' the Beach Boys legend.

The Britpop icon took aim at the 'Good Vibrations' hitmaker in a scathing attack when his own experimental arrangements on 'Who Built the Moon?' were compared to those of the classic songwriter.

When it was suggested he got carried away in a similar way to Wilson, he fired back to Paste: ''F***in' hell - I hate Brian Wilson! And you know what? If there's a more overrated person in the music business than me, it's that guy.

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Noel Gallagher Pushed To Go Further

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 16 November 2017

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David Holmes pushed Noel Gallagher to make his new album different to anything he's ever done before.

Noel Gallagher's new album was stopped from sounding like Oasis by David Holmes.

The 50-year-old rocker was pushed and encouraged by the producer to ensure his latest High Flying Birds album, 'Who Built The Moon?' sounded like nothing he'd ever done before.

Recalling their recording sessions, Noel said: ''[Holmes would stop me and say] 'That sounds a bit like Oasis.' ''I'd be like, 'F***in good, though, right?' 'Well, yeah, but try something different.'

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Metallica's Manchester Tribute

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 30 October 2017

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Metallica performed Oasis 'Don't Look Back in Anger' during their concert at Manchester Arena at the weekend.

Metallica performed Oasis 'Don't Look Back in Anger' in Manchester at the weekend.

The song has become an unofficial anthem for the North West England city since Manchester Arena was rocked by a terrorist attack after an Ariana Grande concert in May, and the 'Enter Sandman' hitmakers led their fans in a sing-along to the track during their sold-out gig at the venue on Saturday (28.10.17) evening.

Drummer Lars Ulrich tweeted a clip of bassist Robert Trujillo and guitarist Kirk Hammett performing the track and admitted the emotional moment had given him ''goosebumps''.

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Noel Gallagher Puts An End To Oasis Reunion Idea Once And For All

By Holly Williams in Music / Festivals on 27 October 2017

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He doesn't see any point in getting the band back together.

No matter how hard fans push for it, Noel Gallagher is adamant that there won't be an Oasis reunion in the future. His brother Liam might be well up for it, but not even the temptation of millions of dollars is enough to persuade Noel to reunite with his former bandmates.

Image caption Noel Gallagher at 'Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains' exhibition

Oasis fans should probably give up hope for a reunion now, because it seems like nothing is going to change Noel's mind. He's got plenty going on as part of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, and he doesn't see any point in getting the old crew back together.

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Noel Gallagher Says Oasis Reunion Would Be The 'death' Of Him

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 25 October 2017

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Noel Gallagher has claimed an Oasis reunion would be the ''death'' of him at this stage of his career, suggesting it would be a backwards step after his latest High Flying Birds album

Noel Gallagher has silenced rumours Oasis will reunite.

The 'Don't Look Back In Anger' hitmaker has been embroiled in a bitter row with brother Liam since the iconinc Britpop group's breakup in 2009, and he has shrugged off the idea of a nostalgic comeback, and he has insisted getting the band back together would be the ''death'' of him.

He told Q magazine: ''I've been very consistent about it. I don't need the money, I don't need the glory, I don't need to relive the memories.

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Liam Gallagher Doesn't Think Solo Is Different

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 29 September 2017

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Liam Gallagher insists there isn't much difference between being solo and a member of Oasis

Liam Gallagher insists his solo album ''doesn't feel any different'' to an Oasis record.

The 'Wall of Glass' hitmaker claims the spotlight has always been on him so going it alone is just the same as being in a band.

Speaking about his upcoming LP, 'As You Were', he said: ''It doesn't feel any different to an Oasis record.. I sing the way I've always sung and I still get the same hit.

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Liam Gallagher Hints At Oasis Reunion For Manchester Arena Re-Opening

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 21 August 2017

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Could Liam and Noel reunite for the September 9th gig marking the re-opening of Manchester Arena?

Liam Gallagher just hinted at something that all Oasis fans have been desperate to hear for nearly a decade, suggesting that he might reconcile with his brother Noel to reunite the band for the re-opening of Manchester Arena next month.

The 21,000 capacity venue is due to re-open its doors in the coming weeks, with a star-studded benefit concert including Pixie Lott, Courteeners and Blossoms on September 9th to mark the official re-opening after the venue underwent refurbishment following the devastating terrorist attack back in May that claimed the lives of 22 fans at an Ariana Grande show.

Noel Gallagher’s solo project, The High Flying Birds, are topping the bill on the night, but Oasis fans quizzed his younger brother on why he wasn’t playing the show. The former Oasis frontman tweeted on Saturday (August 19th) that he could still appear at the gig - if he was asked.

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Six Band Reunions We'd Love To See In 2017

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 31 December 2016

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The Stone Roses managed it – why can’t these guys? Six bands we want to see get back together in 2017.

The trend of big bands and artists from yesteryear making a comeback and touring old albums showed no sign of slowing down in 2016. Even small-to-medium sized acts have opted to coin it in and perform classic albums to their devotees. Mortgages have to be paid somehow.

And yet, there are a surprising number of huge bands who have thusfar resisted the temptation to get back together. Here are six bands we’d love to announce a reunion in 2017.

The White Stripes performing in Leeds in 2007

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Hayley Sparks - Oasis AW15 Press Day in Carnaby Street - Departures - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 29th April 2015

Shereen Cutkelvin and Asami Zdrenka - Oasis and Victoria & Albert Museum - collection launch party, arrivals. - London, United Kingdom - Monday 20th April 2015

Oasis and Roskilde Sunday 5th July 2009 Roskilde Music Festival 2009 Rosklide, Denmark

Oasis Oasis performing live at Heaton Park. 06/06/09. Photo Credit Nick Pickles.

Oasis Sunday 3rd May 2009 Oasis performing at River Plate Stadium Buenos Aires, Argentina