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Monday, March 16, 2009
Noel Gallagher: UK Media Only Interested in Gossip
Noel Gallagher remains true to form
After Chinese authorities revoked their performance license for Liam Gallagher of Oasis's performance at a Free Tibet benefit concert over 10 years ago in the United States, you would think the Brit-rockers would put forth at least some effort to do some diligent PR for their upcoming show in Korea.
Oasis' forthcoming April 1 concert at the Olympic Gymnasium in southern Seoul will be their second concert in Korea since 2006 when they performed to a sold-out crowd at the Olympic Hall.
"Hmm? The fans were crazy," Noel said of his band's show three years ago in the nation's capital. In an e-mail interview with The Korea Herald, the critically acclaimed band and the crotchety half of the Gallagher brothers, tip-toed around standard inquiries with classic curmudgeon-like approach.
Having enjoyed a career which has spanned 17 years, critics and fans alike have showered their latest and 7th studio release "Dig Your Soul," with universal praise.
So what does get them going?
"Everyone and everything," Noel said.
"Smoking and drinking and watching TV during my spare time gives me inspiration."
Never ones to kowtow to the media, Liam and Noel have often been publicly visible through their diva-like tantrums and feuds. Whether their apathetic views have been theatrics or not, Oasis is one of the few remaining bands that still represent the archetypal rock 'n' roll image.
"Asian media seems to be more polite and philosophical. U.K. media is very cynical," he said.
"They're not interested in music. They're only interested in gossip."
Oasis has been described as everything from arrogant Beatles-wannabes to innovators of Britpop and rock. And when it was revealed the band would deviate from their trademark sound to a harder, grittier sound, there were concerns whether this would alienate the band's core group of fans who had been there since the beginning.
Ironically, the reception from the U.K. media has been especially positive since the album's release late last year. When the Manchester-based band's first single, "The Shock of the Lightning," was given its initial round of rotation on-air, music journalists hailed the band as returning to form. England's most respected and representative music magazine "Q," even dedicated 50 pages of their publication to the band and the album.
For information on tickets, contact Yellow 9 Entertainment (02) 3444-9969 or Interpark (02) 1544-1555.
via L4e / koreaherald.co.kr / photo: Paul Bachmann
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