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Noel Gallagher on Oasis: " We were the last. We were the Greatest. The End."
Noel Gallagher claims no other band will ever be as big as Oasis
Noel Gallagher has claimed that no other band will ever reach the same heights as Oasis did during their 90s heyday.
The 44-year-old, currently enjoying success with his debut solo album, 'Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds,' told Mark Lawson that even the likes of Coldplay and U2 will never be as big as his former group were during a BBC4 interview which aired last night.
He said: "Nothing anybody does can be as big as Oasis. Not Coldplay, not Kasabian, not the Arctic Monkeys, in this country not U2, not any of them, its as simple as that.
“It's not only me that lives up to that legacy, everyone else has too. We were the last. We were the greatest. The end.”
The ‘AKA...What A Life!’ singer, who quit the band in 2009 following a bitter row with brother Liam, also argued that he was the driving force behind their incredible success:
"I've had this reputation since the band have split up for being called a control freak. And I was. I controlled them all the way to Wembley and Knebworth and all the way to the top of the charts. So you're welcome."
Imigration ask Noel Gallagher did he leave Oasis "cuz of the money"?
From Noel Gallagher's 'Tales From The Middle Of Nowhere' tour diary.
Enjoyed that time off. Nice and easy. Beautiful weather...is there anywhere nicer than London in the spring...? (well, yes...Paris and Rome to name but 2 places...and New York and Los Angeles, but apart from those, NO!! There isn't).
Didn't get up to much...did an interview with Sir David Frost (which was nice).
Other than that not a great deal going on.
Flew into Washington DC last night. Those cats at immigration was in a bad mood!! One of them asked me did I leave Oasis "cuz of the money"?
Fuck knows what that was supposed to have meant so I just said "erm...I dunno?" I sounded like my 4yr old son.
Lovely day today. The sun is shining. Feels like spring has sprung over here too. Nice.
I wonder if Obama and Michelle are in? Might go and give them a knock.
Beady Eye have confirmed a second festival date in the far east over the weekend of 27-29th July performing at the Jisan Valley Rock Festival in Seoul.
Tickets for the three day festival are on sale now through Ticketlink. Other acts confirmed to play include The Stone Roses, Radiohead and Elvis Costello.
The festival will mark Beady Eye's return to Seoul having played their debut Korean show at the AX Hall in September of last year. They are also scheduled to appear at the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan over the same weekend.
Former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher considers himself quite the football fan. He's famously a Manchester City fan, "loves" Mario Balotelli (whom he interviewed recently), and shows up regularly at Etihad Stadium.
But is he also becoming an MLS fan? In this Q&A with ColumbusAlive.com, in between promoting his concert in Columbus on Thursday and pimping his brother Liam's new band, he sings the praises of a recent MLS match he attended.
"I was amazed at the size of the stadiums and the amount of people that attended these matches," he says. "It was like, it's a big [expletive] deal, man, d’you know what I mean? It’s a big deal. And I was expecting it to be little more than, you know, a kick about in an athletic stadium with a few people attending. And I went to see the Galaxy and they were playing some team from Philadelphia, and it was real, d’you know what I mean? And the fans were all great, and it was a great atmosphere."
Oasis finally combusted in 2009. Backstage at the Rock en Seine festival in Paris, Noel Gallagher left in a huff, putting an abrupt exclamation point on his partnership with his brother Liam, arguably the most volatile and fruitful sibling rivalry in rock history.
“The big picture: I was always trying to get it to go one way, and he would always f--- it up,” Gallagher said over the phone from Hamburg, Germany, earlier this month.
Now Gallagher has a new band, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, a new self-titled album and a tour that brings him back to Columbus this Thursday for the first time since Oasis played the Palace Theatre way back in 2000. After years as the man behind the curtain, he’s been discovering the downsides of stepping to the microphone night after night.
“I’ve really had to f---ing control the partying and the smoking and the drinking. That’s really the biggest sacrifice that I’ve made. It’s been worth it because I’ve never really, I don’t think I’ve done a bad show,” Gallagher said. “When I get two weeks off, then I’m going to f---ing hit it hard, like so hard. Then I’m going to be like Perry Farrell in the f---ing ’90s.”
If Gallagher has to rein in his rock-star lifestyle to save his vocal cords, going solo also has its benefits, not least of which is a peaceful creative process.
“Now I can write for myself,” he said. “I don’t have to sell it to the singer, which was where 90 percent of the problems always started.”
The new context means a new lease on life as a songwriter. At base level, “High Flying Birds” sounds like Oasis in fine form. But there’s a melancholy streak running through songs like “The Death of You and Me,” Gallagher channeling emotions he rarely explored before. The album feels like Gallagher making sense of the comedown from a two-decade champagne supernova.
“When I was in Oasis, we were a stadium rock band, and I used to write stadium rock songs that were very inclusive of the audience,” Gallagher said. “This time it’s a bit more personal and a bit more melancholy because life isn’t great. I have a f---ing good life, but I know what it’s like to have your heart broken.”
Though Gallagher isn’t shy about talking smack — Rick Santorum resembles a “Simpsons” character, while Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich look like “the two dodgiest mother---ers you’ve ever set eyes on” — he doesn’t pay attention to new music anymore. So don’t get your hopes up for a tabloid feud akin to Oasis and Blur’s mid-’90s battle for Britpop supremacy — not even with Beady Eye, the partnership between Liam and other former Oasis bandmates.
“I think they’re the best rock and roll band in the world,” Gallagher said. “And that’s the whole world. Not just America or England. In Tanzania. And Paraguay. And Mogadishu. And Turkey. There are no better rock ’n’ roll bands than Beady Eye.”
Don’t look back in anger, indeed.
Beady Eye Confirmed as The Stone Roses' Support at Heaton Park
The Stone Roses have today confirmed the support acts for their much anticipated homecoming reunion shows at Manchester’s Heaton Park, with Beady Eye and Primal Scream the most notable names on the list.
Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer and Andy Bell played their own three headline shows at Heaton Park back in the summer of 2009 with their former band Oasis, but will now return on the undercard to the Roses with their new venture Beady Eye on Saturday, 30th June, along with The Wailers, Professor Green and Hollie Cook.
Primal Scream will play immediately before The Stone Roses on the first night, June 29th, when The Vaccines are also due to perform. Providing chief support on the final night, July 1st, will be Plan B.
When the Heaton Park gigs went on-sale last year, demand made the shows become the fastest selling in British history according to reports.
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds to Headline Belsonic
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds are to headline the Belsonic stage at Belfast's Custom House Square.
The band will perform material from the self-titled debut album, as well as a selection of tracks from Gallagher's previous band Oasis, on Monday August 20.
The Enemy will be filling the support slot for the show.
Gallagher is the former lead guitarist, songwriter and vocalist for Oasis and has penned classics such as Wonderwall, Don't Look Back In Anger and Supersonic.
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds is his latest band, following the break-up of Oasis in 2009.
His critical acclaimed debut LP went straight to number one in the UK and Irish album charts and was the second biggest-selling UK rock album, closely following Coldplay's Mylo Xyloto.
Noel Gallagher: Of course I'm Going to Speak to Him (Liam) Again
Noel Gallagher will speak to Liam - when he isn't so "busy".
The High Flying Birds star quit Oasis in 2009 following a back-stage fight in Paris, and hasn't spoken to his brother since.
Libel lawsuits ensued on both sides and while those have since been dropped, Noel insists he has no plans to make friends just yet - much to mum Peggy's disappointment.
He said: "There is no contact of any significance, to my mother's disgust. But we are big boys now. She can't tell us what to do forever.
"It's not the last time I'm ever going to speak to him. Of course I'm going to speak to him again but I'm busy."
In an interview with BBC4, the 44-year-old Don't Look Back in Anger hitmaker - who has daughter Anais, 12, from his first marriage to Meg Mathews and sons Donovan, four, and 17-month-old Sonny with wife Sara MacDonald - admits he didn't know how to be a good father until recently.
He explained: "I had never seen a good example of any parenting until I met Sara, who is an incredible mother to the children.
"I have learnt so much from her as she has great parents. Her mum and dad have been married for 150 years or something and they are still together. And she takes that and brings that to our children.
"I come from a dysfunctional family. I'm good with the kids now but at first, with my older daughter, I didn't have the tools instinctively."
Talking about his own estranged father Thomas, who separated from his mum when Noel was 15, he added: "I don't think of my father at all. It's his loss, not mine"
Noel Gallagher: Stone Roses Renunion Will Live Up To Expectations
Noel Gallagher has said The Stone Roses' Heaton Park reunion gigs are "going to be mega".
The former Oasis man has said he is looking forward to the historic gigs, which are due to take place on June 29, 30 and July 1, and says they'll be a huge success as long as "it doesn't rain".
Gallagher said the group will have no problem living up to expectations as "they're great musicians, with great songs and them coming back is going to be mega." A sentiment backed by The Smiths' Johnny Marr who said the band won't disappoint as "they're not the sort of band who will ever let their audience down".
This week marks the 100-day countdown to The Stone Roses' Manchester Heaton Park reunion triple-header, something their musical peers have been speaking out about.
Happy Mondays' Bez said he had spoken to The Stone Roses' Mani who told him he was " really buzzing" for the shows. He added: "I haven't heard any of their new stuff but I'm sure we will very soon. I wouldn't miss those Heaton Park gigs for the world."
Do the Gallaghers Have What It Takes To Be The Ultimate Musical Icons ?
NME announced today (March 21) that it is launching a new search to find the Ultimate Musical Icon of the last 60 years.
To celebrate NME's 60th birthday, we're going to be crowning the ultimate musical icon from the magazine's lifetime and we're leaving the decision about who it is entirely down to you.
The shortlist for the honour features 60 people, including Elvis Presley, Kurt Cobain, Joe Strummer, Madonna, Alex Turner, Morrissey, Noel Gallagher, Bjork, Patti Smith, Matt Bellamy and over 50 others.
To find out more about the search for NME's Ultimate Musical Icon of the last 60 yearsand to see who Kasabian, Florence And The Machine, The Maccabees, The Who's Roger Daltrey, Katy B and Marina And The Diamonds name as their ultimate icon, pick up the latest issue of NME. It's on UK newsstands and available digitally now.
The shortlist for the NME's Ultimate Icon of the last 60 years is as follows:
Reading/Leeds organiser Melvin Benn has said he wants Oasis to reunite at some point in the future, but hopes the decision isn’t made too soon.
“Hopefully there will come a day when Oasis do reunite but I hope it doesn’t come too soon,” Benn told NME. “Oasis were just one of those bands where you walked away feeling happy. It was very rare you could go and watch Oasis and not have a great time. Whether we wait until 2015, 2020 or 2040 I don’t know, but it’d be nice if it happened at some point.”
However, Benn was less enthusiastic about the prospect of Oasis’ fellow Manchester leading lights The Smiths reforming, stating his belief that it would ‘destroy their legacy’.
“I think if The Smiths reformed it would destroy their legacy personally,” he added. “I’m sure grown men would cry if it happened but I wouldn’t want to see them reforming.”
Benn’s Reading/Leeds twin festivals will this year be headlined by the Foo Fighters, Kasabian and The Cure.
Animal activists have taken aim at Noel Gallagher after the former Oasis star joked about teaching his sons to "throw stuff at cows".
The Wonderwall singer recently told reporters he's looking forward to taking his sons Sonny and Donovan on a trip to Ireland, where he holidayed as a child - so they can bond over terrorizing cattle.
He said, "At my grandma's (home) in Mayo we'd run around throwing stuff at cows. See, we don't get cows in Manchester, so if you see one you just throw stuff at them. I'm looking forward to bringing my sons over so they can throw stuff at cows as well."
Gallagher's cow cruelty has upset officials at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, who insist his idea of fun with his kids suggests he needs a few "empathy" tips.
A spokesman for the organization says, "A father whose idea of a family vacation includes traumatizing animals who are minding their own business should undergo empathy counselling.
"It doesn't take a 'godlike genius' to realize that parents have an obligation to teach their children respect for all living beings and that they are creating monsters if they don't teach understanding. If Noel Gallagher wants his sons to grow into decent adults, he would do well to remember that."
Gallagher was honoured with the Godlike Genius Award at the NME Awards last month.
Noel Gallagher recalls the best bits from the last week
From Noel Gallagher's 'Tales From The Middle Of Nowhere' tour diary.
Well now it has been a long time hasn't it? About a week or so? Fuck knows. I'll try and recall some of the best bits for you.
Berlin!! Never really got to see much of that place down the years and if I did it was under cover of darkness. I had a much better look around this time though. Very beautiful indeed - the sunny weather might have had something to do with it, but to say it was virtually destroyed during that Second World War it still has some magnificent sights. The gig itself was great I think. I do remember the soundcheck being the the worst I've ever, ever done, truly appalling. The gig was mega though...oh yeah...and there was some bird down the front with a placard that read something like...PLEASE COME TO THE LEBANON! WE LOVE YOUR HIGH FLYING BIRDS!
The Lebanon eh? Might give that a miss...
Now...Munich? Not much going on there as I remember. Cold, wet and windy. The end.
Rome on the other hand was magnificent. Rome is magnificent, I fucking LOVE that place!! One of the greatest places on earth, no question. Pity I was working though. The sun was out, the streets were full, the only thing missing was my good lady wife, she'd have been in her element!!
The gig was equally as magnificent. Those kids break all kinds of records for the loudest, most passionate, most intense, most...most mostest fans in the world!! Crazy kids. They are mithering fuckers though..."one picture, please sign, one picture, please sign, one picture, please sign, one picture, please sign, one picture, please sign, one picture, please sign, one picture, please sign, one picture, please sign, one picture, please sign, one picture, please sign..."
...and that was just the hotel staff!!
Outside the gig they have A LOT of bootleg t-shirt stalls. I had to drive through them to get to the backstage area bit upon where I saw many, many t-shirts bearing my name and face etc. Right in the middle of one particular stall though was a t-shirt that simply said...SEXY BITCH!!
Now it remains unclear as to who or what this particular item was referring to. I'd like to think it may have had a little picture of me on the back...or my drummer!!
Took the train to Milan the day after that for a little one of those acoustic gigs I do from time to time. Not the best I have to say, I just wasn't in the mood somehow.
Caught another train to Zurich the next day. What a ride!! Up and over the Alps, magnificent scenery. T'was all too beautiful (as Steve Marriott once sang). Unfortunately the gig was a shocker. Without doubt the worse I've ever done, just piss poor. The crowd loved it though which somehow made it even worse. An unsatisfactory end to a great little tour.
You currently find me in the most depressing hotel in all of Europe. Flying home today...10 days off!!
Beady Eye will finally play Oasis songs live this summer, Liam Gallagher has confirmed.
The band, who Gallagher formed after Noel left Oasis in 2009, have so far avoided playing anything but their own songs and covers during gigs. Speaking ahead of Beady Eye's debut gigs in March 2011, Gallagher declared the band would not be playing Oasis songs live after claiming it "wouldn't feel right" to do so without Noel Gallagher.
Noel has regularly played Oasis songs live, including the likes of 'Don't Look Back In Anger' and 'Half The World Away', which were both in his setlist when he played at the NME Awards last month (February 29) to celebrate being given this year's Godlike Genius Award.
Liam has now said Beady Eye will follow suit and include Oasis songs in their set at Japan's Fuji Festival in July. He told XFM: "We're doing Fuji Festival in Japan, which is in July. And we will be dropping Oasis songs for anyone who's bothered."
Gallagher continued: "The time is right now, without a doubt. We were always going to do it, but we thought the [Beady Eye] album needed to stand on its own. We've done some good gigs, we've done some shit gigs. And it's time to drop them in now. Everyone else is. I feel they're just as much my songs as they are Noel's. And if people don't like it, go to the bar or fuck off. If they do like it, jump up and down, let's have a good time."
The comments came after Liam was voted the greatest frontman of all time by listeners of the station earlier this month.
Liam Gallagher Wins Another "Greatest Front Man of All Time" Poll
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The Oasis and Beady Eye frontman strolled into first place easily, out polling the number two pretender (Freddie Mercury) two votes to one. The ultra-confident man from Burnage is now officially Xfm's Greatest Frontman Of All Time.
See the full list of 20 Greatest Frontmen in the order you voted for them here
Xfm's Steve Harris called up Liam to present him with the news. Not surprisingly, he thought it was the right result.
"Greatest frontman? I knew that anyway! There's not many of us about. There are a lot of pretenders out there. But I'd like to thank everybody for voting and stuff. Nice one."
Asked if he ever entertained the thought of being a guitarist or other sideman, Liam said: "I don't think I could handle the bass guitar, but I could see myself down the line on guitar and I can see myself smashing the kit up. But but singing is all I can do. It's always been about the vocal for me, man. If you're a good looking fucker like me, you've got to be down the front, haven't you?"
And how did Liam come up with his trademark hands-behind-the-back stance? "If I hold the microphone stand, I feel a bit weak and a bit singerish," he explained. "But when I put my hands behind my back I feel more power… it feels like it's going to go off at any minute.
From Noel Gallagher's 'Tales from the middle of nowhere' tour diary.
Yes..well been mad busy. Lot's to tell. So . . . where were we? Barcelona right?
The trip from Barcelona to Paris was uneventful as you would imagine. Landed in the rain and rushed across town to sit in a cold room for 3 hours waiting to do some bizarre tv show where me and 6 other French people occupied some kind of rustic dining table for a casual chat while they ate desert!! For real!!!!! As you can imagine it was a bit awkward. Me . . . not knowing the lingo had to wear an ear piece what had an interpreter translating the conversation into my lug-hole. Still had no fucking idea what they were on about.
The gig in Paris was great. It was in a place called Grand Rex Theatre. Incredible upholstery!! The seats would most definitely have been stolen had it been in England!! 2 of that band The Strokes were there . . . Fab and Albert to be exact. I ain't seen them for long time..cool cats man.
Had a brilliant night out after.stumbled into an empty restaurant at fuck knows what time to catch 2 french dudes - one on piano and one on the guitar - playing that song "harvest moon" by Neil Young. What followed was mega. They started taking requests. . . well at least I think they did . . . and before you know it it was 5am!! They went through every genre of music I've ever heard of!! 50's,60's,70's,80's . . . they stopped at the 90's though thankfully. My lovely good lady wife kept them on their little French toes with a barrage of 80's demands what peaked with "the wham rap"!!! It really was fucking mega. Needless to say the next day was spent nursing a rather sore head. Well worth it though. I LOVE PARIS!
So...last night's gig here in Hamburg was ok . . . not bad . . . if I'm being honest I was still feeling it a little bit from Paris. Someone - they were definitely german - kept shouting out, clear as day, in between songs . . . "KEVIN KEEGAN!!!!"????????????? Indeed.
Noel Gallagher Interviews Exciting Manchester City Star Mario Balotelli
"Hi Mario, I'm Dan Walker from the BBC".
"Hello... wait... BBC? Journalist?"
"I do not like you already".
That was the conversation that accompanied my first meeting with Mario Balotelli, the Italian enigma who has excited and baffled in equal measure since stepping on to these shores.
Singer Noel Gallager and I had been waiting for the striker at Manchester City's training ground. We had arrived nice and early and been given a tour by Patrick Vieira, who is near the top of my "nicest Frenchmen I've met" list. He's just behind the guy who gave me an extra "boule" of chocolate ice cream last summer.
After the tour Noel challenged me to a game of darts on the board outside the "player care" area. I asked if he wanted to play Killer but he was unfamiliar with the rules so we decided to go for the classic 501. That was swiftly abandoned after it became clear our remedial maths was holding up play significantly.
Eventually we settled on "around the world" (or "around the clock" in some parts) which, for those of you who don't know, rewards the dartist who hits every number in order first, starting at one and ending at 20. I got off to a flyer, reaching seven in my first nine darts while Noel was struggling - even landing one "arrar" dangerously close to the foam-surround protecting the precious wall.
Noel Gallagher, a life-long City supporter, was a member of the band Oasis for over 16 years and now has his own band - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Photo: BBC
Just as Noel was explaining that he was struggling because we were using a "cockney" dartboard and not a proper "Mancunian" one, our interviewee turned up.
The chat with Mario had taken the best part of five weeks to arrange. Balotelli simply does not talk publicly. As you will see when you watch the whole thing on Football Focus on Saturday, he has no time for the media. Manchester City are inundated with requests throughout the season but 99.9% of them are turned down because the player simply says "no".
It is odd for a footballer who rarely talks to be so captivating but Balotelli is not a normal footballer. Whether it is the rumours about dressing up as Santa Claus or paying for people's petrol, doing magic tricks for friends during a game, stamping on opponents, scoring with his shoulder, frequenting various nocturnal establishments, setting off fireworks or his "Why Always Me?" T-shirt, the man is a fascinating individual.
Like every other broadcaster in the known universe we had made several attempts to interview him throughout his time in England. About five weeks ago I called Manchester City's press department on the off-chance he had decided it was time to sit down in front of a camera. He hadn't.
Now it should be said that City are one of the most approachable, forward-thinking and accommodating clubs when it comes to player access. They are constantly doing things in the community, supporting charities and giving us the opportunity to talk to their highly paid stars. With that in mind, I went back to the club a few days later with a second proposal: What if we could get Noel Gallagher to do the interview? Again the answer was "No, I just don't think he's interested, but let me talk to Mario". This seemed like serious progress and a week or so later we were on the phone again.
"He'll do it," said the voice at the other end. "He likes Oasis and he'll talk to Noel... but only Noel". The only thing we had to do now was get Mario - who does not have a great track record when it comes to reliability - and Noel - the busiest man in showbusiness - together. Cue two weeks of conversations with agents, agencies, friends and friends of friends to find a suitable date and a suitable location.
The most important thing in our favour was that Gallagher loves Balotelli. He is currently on tour with High Flying Birds and dedicates a song to Mario each night. To Noel, Balotelli is a rock star who happens to wear a pair of shorts. Such was the former Oasis man's keenness to sit down with his favourite player that he was willing to change his entire schedule to get to Manchester last Friday.
I don't want to say too much about the interview other than that it was fascinating to watch. Balotelli comes across as a shy, slightly awkward individual, almost entirely unaware of the talent he has at his disposal and slowly coming to terms with the responsibility that accompanies his fame. When asked if he had a question for Noel at the end of the interview, he said: "Why do you like me so much?" He seemed baffled that someone could have that much affection for him. Noel's answer was about four minutes long!
You will hear him talk about Roberto Mancini, his own attitude, his need to mature, his goal celebrations, the return of Carlos Tevez, his background and his future in the game. Perhaps most interestingly of all, he deals with some of the many rumours and myths that accompany his activities in and around Manchester. Did he really attend mass on Christmas Eve and put £1,000 in the offering box? Did he take a bullied child back to school to deal with the oppressor? Does he drive around Manchester handing out money to onlookers and what is the real story behind the impromptu firework display at Balotelli Towers the night before the Manchester derby?
It is also worth saying that Mr Gallagher plays a sterling roll in all of this and brings the best out of the striker. There are a number of celebrities who "like" football because they feel it essential to their popularity, but Noel is a genuine supporter. Within minutes of meeting him, he was running through Vieira's career statistics and detailing where City had improved since the days of Danny Tiatto and Bob Taylor.
We will have a full-length interview with Noel coming up in a couple of weeks, but Saturday's Football Focus is all about Balotelli. I know it is easy to overhype these things but the stuff you will see was well worth the hundreds of phone calls, emails and logistical shenanigans it took to set up. I hope you enjoy it and don't forget you can always find me at twitter.com/danwalkerbbc
You'll be able to see Noel Gallagher's in-depth exclusive interview with Mario Balotelli on Saturday's Football Focus at 1215 GMT on BBC1
Noel Gallagher on taking his daughter Anais to his gig
Rocker Noel Gallagher was left disappointed when he took his young daughter to one of his solo gigs - she spent the show texting pals.
The former Oasis star crowned his triumphant comeback as a solo artist with a concert at London's enormous O2 Arena last month (Feb12), and he was so proud of the achievement he took 12-year-old Anais along with him.
But his joy turned to horror midway through the performance when he spotted his little girl in the crowd and realised she was more interested in messaging her friends than listening to his songs.
Gallagher tells Nme magazine, "I looked up as I was singing - and if this isn't a sign of the times, I don't know what is - there she was, middle of a packed arena, texting. My own flesh and blood! Disgraceful. Afterwards, I went to her, 'I saw you, texting during the gig.' She goes, 'No that wasn't me.' I'm like, 'You're my child! I f**king know who you are! I know it was you.'"
And family problems weren't the only issue that marred Gallagher's big night - in a post on his blog, he writes, "It felt a bit too big for me. Maybe I just wasn't in the mood. Dunno. I didn't enjoy it much anyway. I seen (sic) people eating while I was playing... Actually Eating!!!!!!!??????????? Please somebody explain to me what the F**K that's all about. Cheeky c**ts!"
"I don't know the ins and outs of his politics (but) for his procession to become President I was in America and his speeches were spine tingling. Barack Obama can talk, and coming after Bush it was something to behold. In my humble opinion, if he loses the next election to the other bunch then, good Lord, I will run myself."
So says Noel Gallagher, former creative force of British band Oasis and one of rock 'n' roll's biggest mouths. Singer-songwriter, brother to Liam and now a U.S. presidential candidate: 2012 promises to be quite a year for the 45-year-old whose song-writing talent has taken him from unemployment in a city called Manchester in northern England to sell-out stadium tours around the world, playing to millions.
By September, Gallagher will have completed the tour of his first solo album since the demise of Oasis in 2009; an expedition entailing 81 shows across Europe, the Pacific (Japan and Australia) and America as well as being a voyage into the unknown for the forthright backing-singer-now-frontman.
It was initially intended as a small affair, but such has been the demand for the new record -- "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds" topped the charts in the UK in October 2011-- theaters have rapidly been upgraded to arenas to cope with demand. A move that surprised the man himself and maybe explains the overriding mood of calm satisfaction the guitarist exudes from beneath a leather jacket as he sits down with a coffee to talk to CNN.
"The amount of tickets I've sold, the amount of records I've sold ... I (just) didn't have any expectations for the new record. I thought I might stall at playing theaters for a couple of years but I've gone up to arenas before the end of the first year, so I'm blown away by that.
"Part of me thinks: 'Of course I'll be playing arenas because I'm f****** brilliant and the songs are f****** brilliant so it's inevitable, but the other part of me says I don't have any divine right to do that and I've got to work at it. Turns out, the former was correct! I am very grateful though."
It is not the first time the man dubbed "The Chief" by former band mates, has experienced a wave of success. Until 2009, Gallagher had been the artistic catalyst and the calmer half of the capricious brotherly partnership that saw Oasis, with their mix of Beatles melodies and Sex Pistols attitude, conquer charts around the world and become one of the planet's biggest-selling bands.
Oasis' second album (What's the story) Morning Glory? broke into the Billboard top ten and sold nearly four million copies in the United States alone. But this figure proved to be seven times the sales of the group's next three albums put together according to USA Today, a position that left many critics to argue that, unlike other British musical exports that had gone before them, the Gallagher's had not been taken to heart by the American music-buying public. It's an assertion the writer of Wonderwall contests.
"We got off on the wrong foot with Americans because they are extremely professional corporate people and we kind of treated that attitude with contempt. The only time we were ever on the cover of Rolling Stone they set aside eight hours for a photo shoot. Eight hours! I think we stayed for an hour ... and they couldn't believe it. (But) we just couldn't understand why you have to enter into theatrics with Rolling Stone magazine on a day off, because we were s***-kickers from the streets and didn't have time for that.
"Four American tours in a row were either never started or never finished (with Oasis) and we were subtitled on television because of our accents ... basically people couldn't understand a word we were saying. We also didn't have a front man like Bono or Chris Martin, we had a different kind of front-man who was like Johnny Rotten, but I don't think anybody ... would look back at it with regret, we did what we did on our own terms."
A staunch defense maybe of a band Gallagher currently has no plans to reform, but for someone so imbued with a British identity, the new album has particularly strong American sentiments. The new band includes an American guitarist, the first single release -- 'The Death of You and Me' -- has a New Orleans-style brass section, and the videos for all the singles so far -- including 'Dream On' and 'AKA ... What a Life!' -- have a 1970's Americana theme with Noel as a central figure. Despite this, when asked if this had been a conscious thematic move, Gallagher remains adamant there is no new ambition to "crack" the United States.
"(Oasis) never had a number one album, we had a number two album ... we nearly got there. I don't even know what cracking America is supposed to be though? If it's playing arenas everywhere, 10 thousand people a night then we did it. Not that I've got to justify it but we did sell out the Hollywood Bowl and Madison Square Gardens regularly and I've got gold and platinum discs (and) the house to prove it, Sonny Jim (sic). We never won any Grammys, we never got nominated, but those people like Green Day and Hootie and the Blowfish; f*** me, enough said."
The solo album has received good reviews broadly speaking so far. Rolling Stone magazine gave it 3.5 out of five with the recommendation that Noel had: "Cook(ed) down the Beatles' LSD pop into MDMA head-rushes like Oasis did, he does his old band proud. "Shout it out for me!" he declares in 'Dream On,' making you want to do just that." So did the album feel like a renaissance as it was being created?
"I've made enough of my records to know this was a pretty good bunch of songs. When I heard the final mixes, I wanted to stand behind them, they were good. Whether it gets five stars out of five or seven out of ten doesn't make it any better or worse an album for me - or if it sells 700 thousand compared to 100 thousand - it is a good album because it is.
"Every album I've ever been involved in, on the day that it came out I believed in it. Believed in them all equally but it's evident that Morning Glory and Definitely Maybe have lasted for 18 years and some of them haven't. We won't know where this sits in the canon of what I've done for another five years but I'm confident it will be up there though, in fact I know it will."
The music on the new album breaks new ground for Gallagher, both in musical terms -- the Dixieland band on 'The Death of You and Me' and the driving, repetitive beats of 'Everybody's on the Run' and 'AKA ... What a Life!'-- and in the song's lyrical content. They verge, even revel, in romance.
"I don't know how that happened! My wife would say I'm not romantic at all but I would say that I'm the ultimate romancer because I write about ... life being brilliant. Not like the Indie (independent) music scene where I come from, they like to sing about the news don't they? There's nothing good on the news. You're not telling me CNN is all cats in trees are you? Nothing can be that good if Piers Morgan is in it, you know what I mean?
"So the themes (of the album are) escapism, love, romance; to be on a journey - though I don't like that word, people say that on reality shows don't they - you know when a fat person becomes skinny they've been on a amazing journey. No they haven't, they've been on an amazing treadmill. Basically, the album includes brilliant and very well crafted songs, deceptively fantastic lyrics, all brilliantly played with the minimum of fuss and which are criminally underrated particularly in America," Gallagher surmises in unabashed appraisal.
But though his unshakable faith in his music remains the same as his halcyon days with Oasis, touring is now a different proposition. As a father of three life on the road now also means life apart from his young family too.
"The boys (Donovan and Sonny) don't like me going away but I can't wait until they're old enough so I can explain to them: 'You see all this all this multi-colored stuff (in our house), where do you think it comes from? Well, it doesn't come form Father Christmas, somebody's got to work for it and that somebody is me. So you jog on and go to bed and I'll see you in a month.'"
And with that Noel Gallagher leaves the room to prepare for his latest arena show, played on this occasion in the Scottish city of Glasgow, a stone's throw from the tiny venue where Oasis were first discovered all those years ago. Maybe now it is time for establishment acceptance of Gallagher in America, even if it is not in the White House.
Live4ever Media Present:'Two Finger Salute II' Free SXSW Day Party
Live4ever Media is returning to the South By Southwest festival, and this year we are delighted to be presenting bands from both sides of the Atlantic at our unofficial party.
In 2011, Live4ever played host to a riotous celebration of brand new British rock n roll inside a packed out Antone’s in downtown Austin, with the likes of Pint Shot Riot, Twin Atlantic, Pulled Apart By Horses and co headliners The Boxer Rebellion and the Jim Jones Revue playing sets which emphatically proved the torch of UK guitar music is being carried in safe hands.
And now, Live4ever has opened its doors wider still to welcome some of the brightest new American and Irish talent to our showcase, as well as two of the UK’s most exciting young bands, on March 15th 2012.
With acts hailing from New York to Belfast, California to London, Live4ever’s Two Finger Salute II – housed this year at ND at 501 Studios – is sure to display all the worldwide diversity, intensity and quality which makes theSouth By Southwest festival such a unique event. All under one roof, and all on one unrivalled afternoon’s entertainment.
Date: Thursday, March 15th
Time: Doors at 11am – Ends 6pm
Venue: ND at 501 Studios
Location: 501 I-35 (Entry on 5th and Brushy), Austin , TX
Swag & T-Shirt give aways throughout the afternoon
Badges, wristbands and limited free general admission
Crispin Hard Cider ‘Brit Pop’ Happy Hour and Specials throughout the afternoon
Roger Daltrey: Oasis will Return and be bigger than ever
Liam Gallagher (Photo: Live4ever Media)
The Who‘s Roger Daltrey has predicted a return for Oasiswithin the next four years.
Daltrey was speaking to Gordon Smart on the The Sun’s showbiz editor’s XFM weekend show, and stated his belief that the Gallagher brothers will reunite before 2016, when they will be ‘bigger than ever’.
“You know damn well that they’ll be together – I predict within four years,” he said. “And it will be magic. They’ll be bigger than ever and they’ll be drinking twice as much.”
Following the final row between Noel and Liam Gallagher which put an end to Oasis in August 2009, a reformation has seemed highly improbable, with Noel being quick to distance himself from a possible comeback tour in 2015 to mark the 20th anniversary of their landmark second album ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?‘.
However, when speaking on Absolute Radio recently, the former Oasis guitarist admitted he had exchanged text messages with his brother over Christmas, though still maintained his belief that a full scale return remains unlikely.
Billy Connolly helped Noel Gallagher kick drug habit
Noel Gallagher has revealed how comic legend Billy Connolly helped him kick the £1million cocaine habit threatening to wreck his life.
The former Oasis star turned to The Big Yin when he went cold turkey in a last-ditch bid to quit drugs.
He had become pals with the funnyman after a chance meeting while shopping in Harrods in London.
Noel, 44, said: “I’ve only ever really been star-struck twice.
“One was Neil Young and the other was Billy Connolly. I don’t know why. I met him in Harrods. He went, ‘Awright, ma wee brother’. I was like, ‘F***, it’s Billy Connolly’. “I’d seen him live and watched his DVDs. He makes me laugh till it hurts.
“When I decided I was going to kick drugs, I spent a lot of time lying on the couch, eating soup and watching his DVDs.
“They say laughter is the best medicine. I assure you it is. I love the guy. He’s great.
“I met him recently at the premiere of the George Harrison movie Living In The Material World in London. A top man.”
Noel was in Glasgow last week playing a sell-out gig at the 10,000-capacity SECC followed by a secret show for 300 fans at The Grand Ole Opry, the city’s famous country music club.
The singer returns to Scotland on July 7 to play the Main Stage at T In The Park alongside his music heroes The Stone Roses.
He will also headline Edinburgh Castle 10 days later. And he might be measuring for curtains because he wants to buy the castle for his wife Sara MacDonald, who is from Edinburgh.
Noel said: “I’ve been up to the castle with the wife but never gone inside. If it’s for sale, I’ll be putting in a bid. I’ll buy it for the missus as a weekend gaff.”
He married long-term girlfriend Sara last summer in a private ceremony in New Forrest National Park and comedian Russell Brand was his best man.
The couple have two sons, Donovan Rory, four, and Sonny Patrick, two. Noel also has a daughter, Anais, 12, from his previous marriage to Meg Mathews, which ended in divorce in 2001.
Noel claims to have ditched his wild party lifestyle since meeting Sara at the Space club in Ibiza in 2000.
He was so smitten with the PR girl, he wrote Waiting For The Rapture, a track on Oasis’s 2008 album Dig Out Your Soul, for her.
She also helped straighten him out at a time when he was blowing £1million on drugs as Oasis ruled Britpop.
Noel even claims to have snorted coke in a Downing Street toilet reserved for the Queen after being invited to No.10 by Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1997.
Noel once said: “Doing drugs is the most beautiful thing about being in a rock band. Up until 1998, I must have spent £1million on drugs. Then I stopped because it is bad for your health, brain, life and for people around you.”
After 18 years as an addict, he reached a crossroads when he woke up in his plush London home after an all-night party and found the place full of hangers-on who he didn’t recognise.
He said: “I got up one morning in 1998 during the World Cup when Germany were playing Italy. There was a load of people in my house – I didn’t know any of them – who were carrying on the party from the night before.
“The first thing I did was walk to the fridge and get a beer and got back on it. But then I thought, ‘This weekend will end with me speaking to a stranger about the Pyramids’.
“I changed my life. It sounds pretty corny but I kissed drugs goodbye. I was depressed and felt weak. When I talked to a doctor, he gave me simple but sound advice – ‘kick the drugs’. I did and don’t really miss it.”
Noel jumped at the chance to appear on the Main Stage at T In The Park for one good reason – he wants to see The Stone Roses, who have reunited after a 15-year split.
He turned down an offer from T boss Geoff Ellis to headline the King Tut’s Tent because he didn’t want to go head-to-head with them.
Noel said: “I’m a huge fan. The first time I saw them was in 1985 at the International 1 in Manchester when Sally Cinnamon first came out and they were selling the 12-inchers at the merchandising stall. I remember it like it was yesterday.
“I’m glad I’m playing with them at T because I’m not going to get the chance to see any of their other reunion gigs. They tried to put me on in the tent at the same time they were on the Main Stage.
“There’s f****** no way that’s going to happen. I want to see them. I’m made up I’m gonna to do my thing, then they are gonna do theirs.”
Noel’s solo career with his latest project, the High Flying Birds, has given him a new creative lease of life since quitting Oasis in 2009 after one bust-up too many with brother Liam.
He has scored hits with singles AKA…What A Life!, The Death Of You And Me and Dream On from his debut album.
The singer is estimated in The Sunday Times Rich List to have a personal fortune of more than £52million but he says he’s not motivated by money.
Noel said: “It depends what you’re driven by. If you’re driven by money and you end up with lots of it, I suppose you might think, ‘I’ve got money now’.
“In the early days I was driven by the need to make a mark or leave a footprint. Now I’m not as driven but enjoy it more.
“I was saying to some young people at The Brits the other week, ‘You’re all living someone else’s dream. Don’t let me catch you moaning because there’s a kid in a council estate somewhere with a guitar watching this and all he wants is what you’ve got. So if you complain, step aside. There are plenty more who will take your place’.”