Published On: Fri, Jun 11th, 2021

Noel Gallagher believes Oasis were at their best when his estranged brother Liam was ‘at his peak’

Noel Gallagher has revealed he believes Oasis was at its best when his brother Liam was on top form at their shows.

The brothers have barely spoken in 12 years since Oasis split up with Noel admitting he thinks the band started to go downhill when Liam ‘started to deteriorate’.

Speaking to The Sun, Noel spoke about watching back the footage from the band’s famous Knebworth shows where they played to 250,000 fans over two days in 1996. 

Opinion: Noel Gallagher has revealed he believes Oasis was at its best when his brother Liam was on top form at their shows (pictured in May 2021)

The shows have been commemorated in a new documentary to mark Oasis’ 25th anniversary.

Noel said: ‘I have to say, listening to the audio on that, we were on fire. Liam was at his absolutely f*****g peak and I’ve since realised Oasis was at its best when he was at his best. 

‘And when he started to deteriorate, the band started to go downhill. In my own view, the singles were always great.

‘The albums started to tail off a bit but when you see this thing, Liam’s at his absolute. It was great looking back on it and I could actually see what all the f*****g fuss was about.’

Siblings: The brothers have barely spoken in 12 years since Oasis split up with Noel admitting he thinks the band started to go downhill when Liam 'started to deteriorate' (pictured with Liam in 1996)

Siblings: The brothers have barely spoken in 12 years since Oasis split up with Noel admitting he thinks the band started to go downhill when Liam ‘started to deteriorate’ (pictured with Liam in 1996)

Liam’s past with drugs is well-known, with the musician previously warning others about substance abuse, blaming taking drugs for troubles in his personal life.

He told the Daily Star: ‘I’ve made some howlers in my personal life, I’ve had a couple of marriages and hurt my kids and that.

‘So personally, my advice would be don’t take too many drugs and don’t drink too much alcohol. You should stop that because that gets you in situations.’

The band recorded the Knebworth shows but never did anything with the footage after their American tour ‘imploded’ because both Liam and Noel missed shows and they later went straight into recording a new album. 

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Liam Gallagher for comment.  

Memories: Noel spoke about watching back the footage from the band's famous Knebworth shows where they played to 250,000 fans over two days (pictured in 1995)

Memories: Noel spoke about watching back the footage from the band’s famous Knebworth shows where they played to 250,000 fans over two days (pictured in 1995)

Noel said the documentary reflects a ‘by-gone era’ before the internet when people would not film concerts on their phones.

Reflecting on his hedonistic days with Oasis, the rocker admitted it was ‘f*****g great until having kids ruined everything’.  

It comes after Noel seemingly solidified his stance on ever returning to Oasis.

The rocker told MR PORTER this week: ‘You don’t really understand unless you’ve really been in it. Once you’ve quit, there is no going back. There’s no point in going back.

‘Bands are weird, you start off as young men and end up going all the way through to being middle-aged dads and all that goes with it.’

Noel decided to leave Oasis after Liam contracted laryngitis ahead of V Festival in August 2009, with the band cancelling the gig. 

Noel issued a statement, blaming his brother for the cancellation, but cited Liam having a hangover as the reason. 

Noel said: 'I have to say, listening to the audio on that, we were on fire. Liam was at his absolutely f*****g peak and I've since realised Oasis was at its best when he was at his best'

Noel said: ‘I have to say, listening to the audio on that, we were on fire. Liam was at his absolutely f*****g peak and I’ve since realised Oasis was at its best when he was at his best’

Liam then sued Noel, demanding an apology, which he did – after which he quit the band, saying, ‘I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer’.

Both brothers went on to form new bands after this, and have been embroiled in a public feud ever since. 

Elaborating on whether Oasis would have been a stadium band had they started out now, Noel said: ‘It would be mad to think that the first two records [Definitely Maybe and (What’s The Story) Morning Glory] would not transcend into a different era.

‘So, I’d probably say yes, we’d be as big. But we were going for three years before we got signed, and we might not have made it to three years. 

He added: 'And when he started to deteriorate, the band started to go downhill. In my own view, the singles were always great'

He added: ‘And when he started to deteriorate, the band started to go downhill. In my own view, the singles were always great’

‘Now, somebody could film you at a gig and go, ‘Nah, they’re s**t’, so we wouldn’t have been given time to develop.

Would we have got our foot in the door? Maybe not. But would we have been as successful? In any era, I think ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ and ‘Live Forever’ are going to be pretty special tunes.’

Noel is married to Sara MacDonald. He shares two sons with her – Donovan, 13, and Sonny, 10.

He also has a daughter, Anaïs Gallagher, 21, whom he shares with ex Meg Matthews.

Rockers: Noel shot to fame in Oasis in 1991 but quit in 2009 following a fall-out with co-star and brother Liam (pictured in 1997)

Rockers: Noel shot to fame in Oasis in 1991 but quit in 2009 following a fall-out with co-star and brother Liam (pictured in 1997)

On home schooling the boys during lockdown, Noel said: ‘Home schooling was tough on the kids. My kids don’t give a f**k at the best of times, far less when they are sitting in their own kitchen in their underpants, eating toast when they’re meant to be learning something.

‘I had two young sons when I went away on tour in 2017 and when I came back in 2019 one of them’s got a ‘tache and is calling me ‘bruv’, and the other one is wearing jewellery and saying, ‘Yo’. I’m like, ‘F**king hell, how long have I been away?”

On how being stuck at home was the toughest for his eldest son, Donovan, he said: ‘He’s at that age where you don’t know who you are. You only get to find out who you are through your life experiences but if you don’t have any, the internet decides who you are.

‘You shouldn’t really let your kids gravitate towards the internet, but what the f**k do you do?’

 • Read the full interview at www.mrporter.com

Decision: It comes after Noel seemingly solidified his stance on ever returning to Oasis, saying there is 'no going back' (pictured in May 2021)

Decision: It comes after Noel seemingly solidified his stance on ever returning to Oasis, saying there is ‘no going back’ (pictured in May 2021)

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