Ever the supportive older brother, Noel Gallagher reportedly described Liam’s Beady Eye Olympic Closing Ceremony performance of Wonderwall as that of “Stratford’s finest Oasis tribute band”, but it turns out the man who penned the song could have been there on stage himself – if he’d agreed to mime.
“They wanted me to do it acoustically and then they wanted me to mime…” the 45-year-old singer-songwriter told Danny Wallace on XFM.
“I’m all for miming in TV shows, but if you’re in a stadium with 80,000 people and you’re pretending? I can play live!
“In the end, I was just like, ‘you know what? I’d rather watch it on the telly.'”
Gallagher, who acrimoniously split from Oasis in 2009 after an argument with his brother, claimed that he was asked to perform at the London 2012 event some time ago, but got put off by the intense secrecy surrounding the line-up.
Describing the confidentiality agreement and the refusal of organisers to reveal the other acts as akin to “the Iran nuclear programme or something”, Gallagher turned down the invitation to play acoustically and mime.
The Oasis segment of the show was instead serviced by Liam’s band Beady Eye but Noel, who wrote Wonderwall, didn’t give permission for the performance to go ahead until the eleventh hour.
“I did play a bit of cat and mouse with them for a few days,” admitted a smug Gallagher.
“I took it ’til Friday night at ten o’clock before I said yes.
“I was like ‘meh… it’s alright…. I’m not sure with this new string arrangement’ and they were like, ‘the gig’s on Sunday!’ so I was like, ‘okay, alright, you can have it then.'”
Other big name British acts who reportedly turned down the chance to take part in the celebration of British music through the decades include The Rolling Stones, The Sex Pistols and David Bowie… so at least Noel appears to be in good company.
Performers who did participate in the Closing Ceremony included Take That, The Spice Girls, Madness, Brian May, The Who, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J and members of Pink Floyd.