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Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Noel on forthcoming Oasis Album and his Solo Gigs
Following two triumphant sets at the Royal Albert Hall for this year's Teenage Cancer Trust concerts, Noel Gallagher spoke with Xfm about the events and the forthcoming Oasis album.
The concerts on Monday and Tuesday opened a week of Teenage Cancer Trust gigs, and saw Noel - joined by Paul Weller – play covers of The Jam's 'The Butterfly Collector' and The Beatles' 'All You Need Is Love’ and ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, during which Noel seemed to forget the words.
“No it wasn’t that, it was Gem”, he laughed, “Gem made an absolute howler on the guitar and I couldn’t contain the laughter. When we’re on tour with Oasis if he plays one wrong note he beats himself up about it for ages. But to do one last night when it’s kinda so prominent.
“I just found that really amusing, cos I know that he would’ve gone home and locked himself in a darkened room, going ‘Oh fuck’. That’s why I started laughing. And on that song! We weren’t even going to do it, and it was kinda like, ‘Oh go on then, so we’ll go on and do it’. We should’ve quit while we were ahead, but I don’t think it spoiled the evening.”
And going on to explain why he initially called the event organisers up himself and offered to play two nights in a row Noel told us,
“They came asking a couple of years ago and we were on the road and we couldn’t’ do it cos we were in Thailand or somewhere like that. And I said, ‘The next time we’re available, we’ll do it’. But of course Zak [Starkey – Oasis drummer] went off and played with The Who, so Roger [Daltry] didn’t think we were available. So I said, ‘Well look, I’ll do it’, and they were like, ‘What really? Oh wow! Oh, alright then’. So that’s how that came about. I don’t want anybody to think I sit by the phone going, ‘Roger, let us play the Albert Hall…”
Turning next to news from the Oasis camp Noel divulged that most of the new material for what will be their seventh studio album has already being written – though he has other things on his mind.
"Oasis land is very quiet at the moment, there’s not a great deal going on. But a lot of the preparation for the next record has already been done. Because we wrote 60 odd songs for the last one, and out of that we used obviously eleven of for ‘Don’t Believe The Truth’. Then a lot of them, listening back to them, weren’t very good really, but there were eleven that we thought were really good.
“And out of that eleven we thought seven were really good. Out of that seven, that’s now gone up to eight, so we now think eight’s really good.
“So that’s virtually an album recorded, so there won’t be a great deal of work to do once we start, but as my lovely missus is making a baby that kinda puts most of this year out I would’ve thought.
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