Liam Gallagher slowly tweeted the letters O, A, S, I and S one by one last night, prompting fans of one of Britpop’s finest acts to go into overdrive speculating that a longed-for reunion is on the cards.
On Thursday night at 6.30pm GMT, the first letter was tweeted and, when Gallagher had finished spelling out the name of his former band, he ended with ‘OASIS LG’ at 9.03pm, signing off with his initials as confirmation the tweets were coming from the man himself.z
Gallagher and his older brother Noel formed the band with Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs, Paul ‘Guigsy’ McGuigan and Tony McCarroll in 1991. The Manchester lads released Definitely Maybe, their record-setting debut album, in August 1994. With its 20th anniversary approaching, what better time is there for a reunion?
The band’s split came in August 2009 following a backstage fight between the two brothers. Both Liam and Noel have since moved on to different musical projects, Liam as frontman for Beady Eye, along with the rest of the later Oasis line-up, and Noel with his High Flying Birds.
As recently as November, the elder Gallagher brother stated, “If there is a reunion, I won’t be in it.”
Despite these strong words, Liam’s cryptic tweets have driven Paddy Power and Ladbrokes to suspend bets on the band to headline Glastonbury. The Somerset, UK, festival due to take place in June sold out last October, but resales of cancelled and refunded tickets opened, coincidentally, at 7pm on Thursday.
Ladbrokes tweeted, “Liam Gallagher’s decision to indulge in some spelling has seen the odds on #Oasis headlining the Saturday at #Glasto suspended,” almost immediately after Gallagher’s final tweet.
Meanwhile, Oasis fans and other commenters were busy adding their own rumours, theories and reactions to the Twitter stream.