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Oasis will never reunite because they have nothing to achieve, according to the band's former guitarist, Noel Gallagher.
The group split in August 2009 due to the feud between brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher and the guitarist thinks there is no point in them getting back together because they could never be bigger than they were at their peak.
Noel said: ''I get asked on a daily basis about a reunion and I say to people, 'To achieve what?' I can understand The Stone Roses because they're bigger now than they ever were.
''We couldn't be bigger than we were because we were the biggest thing that ever was. What do we do - three nights at [venues] Wembley? Three nights at Heaton Park? Knebworth? We already did it all. Do it again? What's the point?''
Noel believes it is more important that Beady Eye - the band formed by Liam and the remaining members of Oasis - should work on living up to the claims they made about their music when they first got together.
He added: ''They've got things to do, Beady Eye. They've got a lot of graft to do since their singer proclaimed them to be the greatest band in the f***ing world. They need to get a move on with that. I've got no desire to get into a reunion. Not even for starving children.''
Noel - who now has his High Flying Birds solo project - admits he is enjoying working alone because Liam was always so temperamental.
He told Q magazine: ''I don't get nervous, I know I can do it, and so can the other lads in the band.
''If the power goes down I can handle it. But in Oasis, that was always just bedlam. Like, 'Oh f***ing hell, how's the singer going to react to this?' It was always, 'We don't know what's going to happen here tonight.' But I know what's going to happen.''
Andy Bell would love for an Oasis reunion to happen
Beady Eye guitarist Andy Bell has admitted the prospect of an Oasis reunion at some stage in the future is looking unlikely as the fractured relationship between Liam and Noel Gallagher shows no sign of healing.
Speaking to Drowned In Sound on the chances of a reformation, Bell said: “I’d love it to happen. I think that life’s too short for it not to happen. But, in reality, do I see it happening? At this point, no I don’t. The matter rests entirely with the two brothers. It probably should happen at some point but if they can’t make it happen, no one should force them to.”
And when reflecting back on his time with Oasis, the band he joined in 1999 as a replacement for original bassist Paul ‘Guigsy’ McGuigan, Bell continued:
“Working with the Gallaghers was brilliant. They’re both very different yet in some ways quite similar, and also very appreciative for what I was bringing to their band. I wasn’t bringing much other than playing bass on their songs to start with, but they knew and liked what I’d done before.
Noel Gallagher buys the NME whenever his brother Liam is on the front cover
High Flying Birds man says his brother doesn't 'like anyone very much'.
Noel Gallagher has revealed that he buys NME whenever his brother Liam is on the front cover – so he can find out how his old bandmate has been "slagging" him off.
Speaking in this week's 60th anniversary special collector's edition of the magazine, the High Flying Birds man said that it had amused him to read the verbal attacks launched against him by his former Oasis cohort.
When asked if he still bought the magazine, Gallagher – who claimed earlier this month that he wouldn't reform Oasis even if "all the staving children in the world depended on it" - replied:I buy NME when Liam's on the front – 'cos I know he'll be slagging me off.He went on to add: "There was one point when Beady Eye was out, but I wasn’t doing anything, and Liam was on the cover of NME every few weeks, basically saying, 'Noel's a cunt.'
"I'd go into the newspaper shop and me two Asian mates, they'd be reading it under counter," he continued. "'You come for this?' I'd see them wincing: 'It's not a good one…' 'I know.' 'I don’t think he likes you very much.' 'Yeah, I don't think he likes anyone very much.'"
Gallagher is just one of the eight iconic cover stars on this week's special collectors issue, with his younger sibling Liam, Arctic Monkeys, Patti Smith, John Lydon, Manic Street Preachers, The Killers and Paul Weller completing the set.
Inside, all eight cover stars reflect on their relationship with NME over the last 60 years – the high times, low times and all the hilarious moments. It's also packed with interviews from Kasabian, Green Day, Biffy Clyro and Beth Ditto talking through their favourite ever NME covers.
It also includes a free copy of the first ever issue of the magazine. The issue, which was published in 1952, features all the biggest stars from the era, including Vera Lynn, Alan Dean and Heath and Hylton, plus the big debate on whether two-beat Dixieland music rules over four-beat Big Band.
It's also packed with timely news coverage – including an exclusive story announcing that the Government would soon introduce commercial radio in Britain for the first time. Plus the hottest new music tips – including a certain "sexy singer from America" – future Amy Winehouse collaborator Tony Bennett.
Liam Gallagher calls old Blur rivalry "just good fun"
Liam Gallagher has spoken out about the fierce rivalry his old band Oasis used to have with Blur in this week's 60th anniversary edition of NME.
The feud between the two bands helped make Britpop into a national
obsession and originated in the magazine's pages but, in this week's
special collectors issue, Gallagher – who now fronts Beady Eye – said
that although had previously "hated" Damon Albarn and co, the
war-of-words they exchanged in the media had been "just good fun".
When asked whether he thought the rivalry between the two bands had been
manipulated by the music press, he replied: "I don't think so. At the
time I hated Blur, I thought they were just pansies from London and we
were a totally different thing. You might have done certain things, but
no-one told me whether I liked someone or not. I thought it was just all
is just one of the eight iconic cover stars on this week's special
collectors issue, with his older brother Noel, Arctic Monkeys, Patti
Smith, John Lydon, Manic Street Preachers, The Killers and Paul Weller
completing the set.
Noel Gallagher: Singapore nice place, nice people, very hot, very wet
From Noel Gallagher's 'Tales From The Middle Of Nowhere' tour diary.
So, Singapore then? It was great. I do like that gaff. Very exotic. It pretty much amounts to a gigantic shopping mall. Nice place. Nice people. Very hot. Very wet.
The Grand Prix was in town. Seems like a right laugh. Absolutely mobbed with your Top Gear mob. Not Clarkson etc . . . but your motor enthusiast. Squares, golfers, United fans . . . you know the type? Gig's were great. Bit mad but very enjoyable all the same.
Had a very bumpy flight to Hong Kong or as your Aussie calls it "Honkers".
Massive electrical storm hit about 10 minutes after we landed which was a stroke of luck . . . it was spectacular!! Have you been here? Crazy place. Dripping with money. I've never seen so many billboards advertising watches. Literally ten's of them. What is the obsession with fancy watches anyway? What's the obsession with snide fancy watches? They're a pain in the fucking arse. Once they put a clock in your phone . . . that's it innit? Sorted.
Gig was ok. Wasn't really in the mood. Not been feeling well of late. Doesn't help when people keep saying "You ok? You don't look well".
I think time might be just catching up with me.
Off to Taiwan in the morning. Where all the shit gear in the world used to be made until the Chinese said, "Hang on . . . shit gear? We can do that better and cheaper than any fucker!"
In other - more important – news, I have learnt to play "Let's Dance" by that David Bowie fella on my guitar!!!! It might be up there with my greatest musical achievements of which there are literally a few . . . anyway gotta go. I'm not feeling well.
Noel Gallagher says music innovation and resulting scenes are dead because consumerism has taken over music.
The former Oasis man is the subject of an exclusive cover story interview in our new issue, Q316 which is out now in print and on the iPad.
Speaking about British pop culture, Noel is pessimistic for the future of interesting music
"I'll tell you what I thought. Pop as we knew it, is dead as a fucking dodo," he explains.
"The Beatles, The Who and The Kinks - that's gone now and will never be repeated. In the mid-'90s, it was the bands and a small group of fans that had ownership of it. Now it's the consumer that drives it, so music will go wherever the consumer demands that it goes. We will not have another punk, or another acid house, or another Britpop. That's a fact.
"Because the consumer gets what he wants, and the consumer don't know shit. If you'd asked the consumer in the middle of prog-rock, What do you want next year? He's not going to say, I want Johnny Rotten, is he? And in 1986, the consumer who's knee-deep in fucking synth-pop, he's not gonna go, A new drug, flares, techno beats and smoke machines, is he?
"I do wonder what my five-year-old lad's relationship to music is going to be. When they're reading the will out - And I bequeath to you, Donovan, 14,000 vinyl records... He's just going to go, Sell it, not arsed. Two Bodines albums and a La's 10-inch that was deleted on the day it was bought from Piccadilly Records? He's going to say, Fuck, that's just taking up room, I don't want it."
Get Q316 now for the full interview with Noel including his outlook on his solo career, Russell Brand, Manchester City winning the league, the possibility of an Oasis reunion and much more.
Noel Gallagher has apologised for 'ruining dance music'.
The High Flying Birds frontman has said that it occurred to him when raving at Coachella that the shift away from house music towards guitar bands in the 1990s happened after Oasis became massive.
"One of the best nights I've had out recently was at Coachella," he tells Q. "We were up till seven o'clock in the morning, listening to those classic house tunes, going, Why did music have to change? Why couldn’t it have stayed like this? Then someone said, It’s because of you! And I was, 'Yeah, sorry about that'."
Speaking about his track 'AKA What A Life!', he said he thought the track was his danciest to date. "It's taken me 20 years to write a song which could've actually been played in the Haçienda!" he said.
Earlier this month, the former Oasis chief revealed that he wants to take a break from music next year, because he doesn't want to make another 'Be Here Now'. "I'm taking a well earned break after this," he said. "Why mess with brilliance? I'd only fuck it up. Look what it did to the aftermath of '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?'. Shit on it! 'Be Here Now'?"
Oasis' third studio effort is widely considered to be one of their worst albums with Gallagher himself describing it as "the sound of a bunch of guys, on coke, in the studio, not giving a fuck."
So there we were, sitting in a meeting room at the lovely Four Seasons hotel, talking to Noel Gallagher, the man who gave us anthems such as Wonderwall, Don’t Look Back In Anger, Live Forever, The Importance Of Being Idle, Lyla, The Hindu Times, Go Let It Out, Stand By Me, Shock Of The Lightning and many others.
He’s in town for this year’s Grand Prix, and even though he wasn’t feeling well, still consented to give us time for an interview. And here’s what he had to say, in all it’s uncut* glory.
(*Well, a little bit was cut. For fear of offending people who get offended by expletives, we’ve replaced the expletives with the word “bunny”.) ‘Nuff said. Let’s hop to it…
On whether being solo is freeing…
I’ve not really had the chance to analyse it yet, but when I was making the album I didn’t feel like I was entering a new phase. I feel like that now, because I’ve been on the road and it’s gone well after a year. I don’t sit down and think about such things, if I did that I’d never get anything done. If I thought I was into a Neil Young phase, I’d listen to all his records and then say, “Well I can’t be as good as that, so I’ll bunny retire”.
On knowing success…
But you don’t know that. Nobody can predict that, what’s going to happen. I think that the songs there are up there with the best collection of songs that I’ve written, but it doesn’t matter what I think. People might not have thought that. I was thinking, “I know I can do this, but are people going to be interested enough to watch me sing for one-and-a-half hours”? I don’t do much else.
On Oasis not being a “jump around” band…
That’s what I used to say, but other people in the group thought it was something else. As a songwriter, I have to believe it’s the power of the songs really. And everything else is just a bonus. I think every songwriter will tell you that.
On whether Be Here Now was a good album…
I don’t give a bunny what anybody says. You opinion is… I know that I just made it up as I went along. They’re not the greatest set of lyrics I’ve ever written. I don’t like it. It’s like how people go mad for Wonderwall. Stand by me; I’m not so sure about. But Don’t Go Away, yeah. But as an album I don’t like the sound of it, I don’t like the words – which are bunny – but I just think at the time, I could have done a lot better. I don’t really… I feel like I’ve given all my best songs to the B-sides for all the singles, from Definitely Maybe onwards. I feel like I’ve wasted two albums worth of songs. They came out as The Masterplan, but really, that should have been the third album.
On being nervous about going solo…
I wasn’t nervous about playing. I don’t get stage fright at all. You can’t expect people who’ve pay however much to come and see you and watch a guy who’s scared of being there. That’s bunny all. I was a bit curious and anxious as to what people would think of my thing. I’m rooted to the spot. I can’t balance a tambourine on my head, I don’t wear ludicrous parkas and I don’t have a funny haircut. And there’s a healthy section of my audience that dug that kind of thing. I’ve been vindicated in a way, because my whole thing was “Bunny it”. All I’ve got to give people are the songs, and if people want the razzmatazz and the wacky lights and all that, then they’re going to be disappointed. But I was pleasantly surprised that all the gigs – apart from the first one, which is always the weird one – have been pretty euphoric.
On judging success because Beady Eye put their album out earlier…
After Beady Eye put their record out. At that point we were managed by the same people and I thought, Well, there’s at least that. Because all the people who’ve bought the Beady Eye album are not going to not buy mine. But you can’t predict. For instance, I was listening to their record and I thought I would have put millions on it if I can have a big track off the album, as it turned out it’s been What A Life. So you don’t really know. I’m not going to be arrogant and say this is the bollocks. But you know, the Beady Eye record, they’re lads and they’ve got a great vibe and all that. But sadly, the one thing they don’t got is the songs, you know? And I’ve spent a decade or more trying to convince people that it is – bunny the vibe, if you want the vibe, go to a disco. Ultimately, I think I’ve been proved right.
On George Martin calling Noel the greatest songwriter of his era…
Honestly, it’s great when you see it in print and all that. I sat in a room with him and he asked me to show him how I wrote Wonderwall and he said, it’s great, you know, in his old upper class manner. But I don’t dwell on things like that. It’s great. And if anyone would know about great songwriters, it’d be him, having worked with the two best of all time. But I don’t think that. Otherwise I’d have retired after that. What else would you go after that? I’d have packed my things and gone bunny it. George Martin thinks I really should have been the fifth Beatles, so bunny everybody else. It’s all right if you think that. But if you think that, then you’re not the person to be producing my next album, because you’ve got to go into that with a clean slate. When I was at that NME Awards for that genius award and they showed that clip of George Martin saying that and I’d forgotten about it, but it is a kind of wow moment. You can’t just sit there and think, that’s bunny. Well, I do, sometimes.
On there being no more rock star bands like Oasis…
Oasis was the last of that kind of group. There’s no way, that a band like that – a street band – will go and sell 60 or 70 million albums. It will never happen again. Because the times have changed. People may sell more records, but it won’t just explode from the gutter from nothing. The music business in 1993, when we started, was great. Now it’s just a business and the consumer is king. And for most part, the consumer is an idiot. It won’t happen again. Bands won’t have that attitude any more.
On still performing as a band when he’s old…
I don’t see the nobility or dignity of being in a band and trying to sell that Last Gang In Town thing, when you’re at 103 or however old Mick Jagger is. That doesn’t appeal to me. When I left Oasis and people asked what I was going to do, there was only one real option. I can’t form another band, wear leather jackets and pretend like, “Yeah, we’re a band, man”. It’s just a bunch of grumpy old men, you know?
Me neither. I get asked about it and it annoys the life out of me. My attitude is: Why? Why would we do it? For money? Nobody in the group needs the money. To remind people of how good we were? We split up two years ago. If you didn’t see us, tough bunny. We were going for 20 years and if you didn’t see us, if you were too young, then… come and see me. I’m equally as good! I’ll be dictated to by what I writing. If I carry on writing the way I am, I’ll be compelled to put out album. What else can I do? I don’t see me doing long gruelling world tours like this. That’s a young man’s game. But McCartney’s still going. Neil Young is still going. We’ll see how far McCartney and Neil and Bob Dylan take it, and that’ll be the benchmark. And I go and see McCartney and I think, bunny hell, he’s amazing. But as long as I keep writing the stuff that I like, then I’ll be compelled to go into the studio. But the great thing about this is, if I don’t want to make an album for 10 years. I won’t do it. I’m just going to sit at home and – I don’t know what I’ll do – bunny get on my wife’s nerves. Which I quite enjoy. It depends on what enthusiasm I have for writing. That shows no signs of letting up. I start a million songs a week. Finish one a year! But I still like to write. It’s what I do.
On writing political songs…
I’m never going to write Blowin’ In The Wind. Let’s just say that. But there are lines in songs that sum up life. I know that. But it’ll be hidden in a song. I’ve got a song that I just finished, Dying In The Light – you can probably look it up on the Internet if somebody’s bootlegged it at soundcheck. But I finished it and I thought, yeah, I still can do it. Cigarettes And Alcohol is social commentary. It’s just that if a protest singer wrote it, he’d come and beat you around the head with it. You have to let people discover these things. I’m not one for saying my songs are one thing or another, but they’re just true to me, I guess.
On inspiring other people to do something about their lives…
That makes me incredibly proud. I know that and I’m aware of it. But I don’t sit on a throne and think I’m Caesar. Others might – let’s call them wankers. Paul Weller had the same effect on me. And I know Paul. He’s my neighbour – he lives right across the street from me. And a more down-to-earth, level headed guy, you’ll never meet in your live. The Jam was the Oasis of their day. They defined a generation both in the way they looked and what they thought about and their music still stands up today. He’s a great inspiration. I’m aware that things changed after Definitely Maybe and I know some people were inspired, to write books, form a band or whatever. I know that and it’s great. It means my funeral will be extremely well-attended. But I never sit there and think I’m the bunny bunny.
On his legacy…
My legacy? The music, thank god, will be there forever. It has a timeless quality to it. My legacy as an artiste – for want of a better word – is that I was somebody who inspired other working class people. But I don’t know if that’s true. I only go by what other people say. And the sad thing is I won’t be around to see what my legacy is. That’ll be a shame. I don’t know. Just a bunny good songwriter.
On the way the next Paul Weller or Noel won’t be the same…
I think the gap between Paul leaving the biggest band in England and going on to have an equally successful career as a solo artiste, the gap between him and me is 18 or 20 years from him going solo and me going solo. The gap between me and the next guy, don’t even think about it, it’ll be 50 years. People have side projects now. Nobody actually says, bunny it, I’m done, I’m going for it. They have side projects. People asked me if I had Alex Turner’s solo album and I didn’t even bunny know he had one out. It’s called Submarine or something. But why is he not shouting it from the rooftops? They’ve got a different mentality. It’s a shame, but bunny ‘em, I say.
On not performing at the Olympics…
I thought I was going to be in it. Of course, they asked me to sing Wonderwall. I went quite a far way down the road with it. And leading up to the beginning of the dress rehearsals. They kind of said, “You know, nobody’s playing live”. And I said, “Why?” and they said, “It’s kind of a big gig”. They sang live, they didn’t play live. They wanted me to do acoustic, so I would have to sing live but mime (the playing). And then someone said, “We’d like to do a new string arrangement for it” and I’m like, “Yeah, okay, alright – you know what, I’m going to pass on this” because I don’t like miming and singing live. And I thought, this is going to be too much bunny trouble, so I passed. And then they called up and said, “We’re going to ask Liam” and I said “great – just don’t bunny ask Keane or anybody like that”. I would have been up for doing it, had they bunny let me do it live. But there you go. It’s no big deal. I thought the whole thing was pretty good. Beady Eye? Yeah, they did it justice. They recorded it bunny note for note. I thought it was a difficult thing to sing live while the band is miming. It’s difficult. But I thought it went down pretty well. What can I say?
On whether there’ll be another High Flying Birds album…
I don’t know if that name will exist any more after this. Not for any other reason than I’ve made no plans after this. I’ve got a lot of songs. I’ve still got the other album that I scrapped, the songs off that. And I’ve got other songs leftover and I’m writing some. But I’m not thinking too far ahead. I finish this tour on Nov 12, and then I’ve got a TV thing to do on Nov 22. And after that … I don’t make plans. It’s like when I left Oasis, I didn’t have any plans. People asked and I said I’m not going to do anything. I’m not retired but I have made any plans. I went to bed one night, not thinking of music, I was thinking of what I was going to have for breakfast. And the next morning I woke up and I thought, I have to go back into the studio. I don’t know why that is. At the end of this tour, I’ll sit back and think, well that was great or that was bunny, and just wait for the call.
On the need to continue writing songs…
Financially, there’s no need to travel the world and do this. But you need to do it for yourself. When you’re a writer, there’s a need to get it out there because you gotta make space for more stuff. I’m a slave to it. I have this fear that – I’ve got loads of demos – and I have this fear that I’ll bizarrely die and I’d have left them all to my kids in the will and they’ll get all the glory. The older the get – I mean I’m not in any rush to do anything. I still feel time is one my side. And I don’t want to overplay it. I don’t think people want another album from me next year or the year after. Because that means I’ll have to go on tour and I think people have seen enough of me. So I’d want to go back into my other life. Just blend into the background and sample normal life. I don’t live to work. I work so I can live. I’ve got three young kids. No, they’re not on tour with me, they’ve got school.
On whether Noel’s kids will get into music…
Will they get into music? I don’t know. They love listening to music. Nobody forced me to do music. I think the key is just to have instruments in the house and if they’re inquisitive children they’ll eventually pick it up. I could sit my children in a row and say, “Right today we’re going to play bunny Let’s Dance by David Bowie” but then I’ll be like Michael Jackson’s dad. But that’s not fun is it? I think if you push you kids into any one direction, they start rebelling. So I wouldn’t even lead them. I wouldn’t force a guitar on them… anyway, there’s only room for one rock star in the house. Mum would go mad.
On wishing Liam happy birthday…
No, no, no. No, I didn’t call.
On Noel interviewing Mario Balotelli…
He’s a character. A real force of nature. Doesn’t give a bunny about anything. I went to see City train that the morning, from 9 to 11, and he was phenomenal in training. And he came in to do the interview and the story only broke that afternoon – the one where he was photographed outside a strip club and smoking at 5am – and he’s fascinated by why people are fascinated by him. He didn’t get it. I saw him a couple of weeks ago at the changing room before a game, and I was in the foyer and he was like, “Come down” and I’m like, “I don’t think so, the game’s kicking off in a bit”. And he was “Bunny it, come down”. He was acting like he was in his own room.
On Manchester City winning the Premier League…
We’ve not started like how we ended last season. Don’t be fooled by Man United. I think it’s going to be very close again. I think Chelsea will fall away. Arsenal look like they may be the dark horse, but I think they’ll finish third. I think it’ll go to the last week again. I think – over 38 games – we’ve got a better squad than they have. I don’t think Van Persie will see it through. And they’ve got dodgy goalkeepers. And we’ve got bunny midfield. We’re shipping goals and it’s unlike us. Vincent Kompany has had a terrible start. I think there’s been a hangover from last season. I think there’s still a lot of backslapping. I think the fans are really, we drove them onto the title last season. I think there’s a sense of “We’ve done it now”. But I think when we get into it, I can see us coming from behind to win it. I thought instantly, we start, and we’d be 11 points clear by Christmas and that would be bunny it. If you’ve seen against Real Madrid, when they snap out of it, and they’ve got their bunny together. I think once they get serious, if we fall 8 points behind and “Bunny it, Come on, what’s going on” we’ll be alright. I still think we’ll win it.
On the best and worst thing about being Noel Gallagher…
It’s hard to say. What’s the best thing that’s happened to me recently? I’ve got to meet lots of cool people. I can’t think of any that I’ve met recently but…! The worst thing? I don’t know. I don’t know about questions like that. Because I am me. Oh, in Bangkok? Oh yeah, listening to Adele’s album while being beaten by Real Madrid. That’s bunny bunny. Fan of Adele? Not in the slightest. She can sing? Can’t we all? We can all sing. Everybody can sing. I was singing songs since the first Oasis single, so I’ve been singing for a long time, but that was out of necessity because Liam either wouldn’t or couldn’t sing the song, so I’d sing it. But when I wrote the Importance Of Being Idle, I thought wow. That’s when I started to fancy it as a singer. Not as a front man. But I was confident of singing live. I enjoy that side of it now. I think it’s a great gift to be able to sing. Or rather, I should say, the confidence to sing. Everybody can sing.
On his hair looking better now than when he was in Oasis…
I was more interested in drugs than hair product back then. I don’t dye it. I’ll think I’ll grow gracefully grey. I think I’ll eventually become a silver fox. There’s nothing worse than – I’ve been in bands with men who were with the tea towel and you’d be going out to dinner and “Are you coming?” “No, I’ve got to send some emails” and the next day, their hair’s a different colour. Well, it’s the same colour, but it looks very brown now. “Sure, it wasn’t that colour?” I’m blessed with it. Comes from my mum’s side. They’ve all got great hair. My dad was bald as bunny.
On watching Manchester’s City’s next gig during F1 weekend…
I’m going straight off stage to watch it, and then watch this Grand Prix thing.
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From Noel Gallagher's 'Tales From The Middle Of Nowhere' tour diary.
Yes comrades. How's it going? All is well I trust?
So, I'm out in South East Asia. Bangkok . . . well, I'm actually in transit to Singapore to be exact.
Played a show in Bangkok last night. Pretty fuckin' good. Odd place Bangkok. Not quite sure what to make of it. It’s hot . . . very hot . . . pissing down constantly . . . like a monsoon!! Very, very busy gaff. Lot's of western people . . . sex tourists, hippies, travellers, Man United fans . . . you know the type. I do like the food though. Who doesn't?
Went out the other night to watch Real Madrid-Man City. Might have had the weirdest footballing experience I've ever had. Watched it in some shady bar on a big screen with hi-energy versions of that album by that Adele being played at excruciating volume. Not the most pleasant night out I've ever had. The fact that we blew it in injury time made it all the more . . . shit (for want of a better word).
What else . . . . . . . ? Seen that film Prometheus on the flight on the way over. What a load of shit. Laughable rubbish. Have you seen it? Well don't . . . it's dog-shit.
Alan McGee has paid a glowing to tribute to Liam Gallagher as the former Oasis legend turns 40 today (September 21st). Writing in The Sun McGee, who signed Oasis to Creation in 1993, used the opportunity to tell a story which he hopes will highlight a different side to the familiar public persona of the current Beady Eye singer.
“I was one of the first casualties of the Nineties scene,” McGee writes. “After partying straight for seven years, I spent nine months in rehab. When I got clean I came back to London around October 1994 really shaken up. You’d think that people would welcome you back with open arms. But most people were too embarrassed to speak to me. I was the elephant in the living room.”
“The one person who came up and spent two hours talking to me was Liam. It was in December 1994, the night after Oasis had recorded Jools Holland, with the suits on and the orchestra. Even people from my own record company, Creation, didn’t know what to say. But Liam was the one to say, ‘Are you all right?’ For that I will always love him.”
If you’re a neighbour of Liam Gallagher I’d advise some time away tomorrow. The former Oasis frontman is celebrating his 40th birthday – which sounds like a very bad hangover on the cards next week and noise pollution from the party.
But the Beady Eye singer and his fans have got something else to look forward to – Liam will be making his first acoustic performance in January as part of London Fashion Week. Only 120 punters will hear eight live tracks.
The Manchester City fanatic arrived back in London yesterday after a wild night at the Bernabeu where Liam’s boys lost 3-2 – and he got ticked off by cops for getting a bit carried away. Source:
Beady Eye frontman Liam Gallagher has said Paul McCartney and his brother Noel are ‘too nice’, adding that the ‘madness’ involved in John Lennon‘s songwriting is one of the reasons why he is a bigger fan of the late Beatles legend.
Speaking in this week’s NME after the publication’s readers crowned
Lennon as the ‘Biggest Musical Icon Of The Last 60 Years’ – a list on
which Liam himself was voted into second place – he remarked:
“John Lennon means everything to me. I wouldn’t say he’s a better
songwriter than McCartney, I’d say they’re both different but great. But
I like Lennon’s stuff more because it’s a bit more beautiful, and it’s
Noel Gallagher reckons that the 90s was the end of the rockstar era.
Speaking to Xfm backstage at the iTunes Festival the singer admitted that he believes he and his Britpop contemporaries were the last of their kind.
"The 90s was not the beginning of something - it was the end of something. It was the end of the music business as we knew it. We were the last rock stars," he told Xfm's Dan O'Connell backstage.
He continued, "I will argue it to my death: there will never be another time like it where any given time in the top ten there were bands - who we all cared about - like Pulp and Blur and Oasis the Manic Street Preachers and they're selling shitloads of records and shaping youth culture - that's never going to happen again."
Noel was speaking before his headline set at the iTunes Festival at London's Roundhouse - where he also admitted to us that he is taking next year off - to avoid creating another lacklustre album like Be Here Now.
You can hear the whole interview with Xfm's Dan O'Connell below.
From Noel Gallagher's 'Tales From The Middle Of Nowhere' tour diary.
Now then comrades. Been a while I know. Been busy though innit? So . . . let's go back . . . way back . . . .
I think the last time we spoke I was in the biggest retirement home in the world, that being the isle of Jersey. The gig was great as I recall. I was playing with my old comrades Primal Scream. They were mega. They played some of their new album. Sounded great. As always.
You might be aware of a story about a deadly spider or summat? A load of fabricated nonsense. Great night all the same though.
The next gig was in that other retirement home Bournemouth. Strange gig. Lots of punch-ups!! What the fuck?? It's an odd little place. It does have palm trees though . . . which is nice.
Next up was my spiritual home of Liverpool. Great show. Magnificent crowd. They never let you down them scousers. While I'm at it let me say I'm writing this on the day that THE TRUTH has finally been exposed about the Hillsborough disaster. Respect to the family's of the 96 for exposing the lies of Thatcher's government. With my hand on my heart I salute you. xxxxxx
Now . . . after that came a magical Friday night in London. Not sure where it came from but the magic happened. Monumental show. Incredible crowd. Unbelievable. One of the best. Nice one.
After that was Cardiff. Pretty fucking good. No fighting . . . which is quite rare in Wales. They were in fine voice though. I'm losing track now . . . might have been Nottingham next? It was! Nothing sticks in my mind about the gig apart from having some fun with a lad in the crowd about a hat or summat? Not sure. I'm sure it was fun though.
So to last night at the Roundhouse in London. Part of the iTunes Festival. Easy. Loved it. It’s more like a TV show than a gig though. Not much in the way of atmosphere but pretty fucking good all the same. I now have 5 days off . . . which is good!
Review: Noel Gallagher @ iTunes Festival, London Roundhouse
There. Said it. It’s what everyone’s thinking anyway.
It’s the elephant in the round room of Camden’s Roundhouse. However for this mop haired - albeit thinning - middle-aged crowd it’s a word that shall not be spoken loudly for fear of disrespecting the demi-God figure of Noel Gallagher who has just shuffled out and into his new position at the centre of stage.
Wounds are still fresh and broken hearts are still healing after he dissolved his legendary band after one too many bust ups with bullish brother Liam. Noel is the salt of the earth songsmith who inspired a generation of boys to pick up guitars and ignore grunge riffs for the honest open chord.
With his trademark red Gibson guitar slung over his shoulder he looks as timeless as his back catalogue of hits sound. He hasn’t changed much since those heady days of Cool Britannia and the mid-90s Britpop boom.
He’s still as frank and outspoken as ever. Nor has his sound changed much either. Noel Gallagher has a musical blueprint. A plan he used during his Oasis days, and is still using with his High Flying Birds project. It’s a recipe that has proved successful, so why tamper with it.
The crowd tonight certainly wouldn’t want anything other than the sing-a-long choruses and bawdy Northern swagger implicit with everything that Gallagher Snr does. It’s a sound to make beer boys move around to, and even cuddle one another.
The crowd needn’t have worried about disrespecting Gallagher’s High Flying Birds with thoughts and memories of the ‘O” word as tonight’s set is seeded with vintage Oasis as well stand outs tracks from their eponymous and underrated 2011 album.
Opening with the classic Oasis b-side (It’s Good) To Be Free sets the Oasis undertones before the High Flying Birds take off with their own work.
Everybody’s On The Run and If I Had A Gun… are recognisable classics now in their own right and are as rapturously received as is an acoustic reworking of Oasis’ debut single Supersonic and Half The World Away.
Some bands refuse to recognise their past. Noel Gallagher made a successful career out of recognising (and stealing from) the past when writing Oasis’ cannon of work.
And he’s not ashamed to recognise his own past either. Why would he? They’re his songs. He wrote many of them in his Manchester bedsit years before Oasis first zipped up their Adidas tracksuits and the two brothers from Burnage traded blows. More importantly the crowd, Noel’s crowd, love them.
Returning for an encore, tonight finds Noel not only in fine singing voice, but his patter with the crowd is genius.
It’s ironic maybe, but away from Oasis he seems to have found his trademark swagger again. He’s a man who’s enjoying again what he’s been doing for so long; entertaining the everyman. And they’re definitely entertained tonight.
When he and his High Flying Birds are joined by a choir they rock the Roundhouse’s rafters with Whatever before closing with Don’t Look Back In Anger which might have caused the biggest sing-a-long since Maine Road in ’96, some might say.
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Roundhouse Set List:
(It's Good) To Be Free
Everybody's on the Run
If I Had a Gun...
The Good Rebel
The Death of You and Me
D'Yer Wanna Be a Spaceman?
(I Wanna Live in a Dream in My) Record Machine
AKA... What a Life!
Soldier Boys and Jesus Freaks
AKA... Broken Arrow
Half the World Away
(Stranded On) The Wrong Beach
Let the Lord Shine a Light on Me
Little By Little
Don't Look Back in Anger
Noel Gallagher has emphatically ruled out any chance of an Oasis reunion in 2015 following the possibility of a return for the band to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their landmark album ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?‘ being discussed over recent months.
“Well, he shouldn’t have fucking tried to sue me, should he?” Noel told Nation Radio’s Chris Blumer ahead of his solo arena gig in Cardiff this week when asked about comments apparently attributed to Liam Gallagher that he would like Oasis to tour in 2015.
“Not even if all the starving children in the world depended on it,” he continued when quizzed on whether that meant an Oasis reunion would never happen. “I know it’s the done thing these days and what people do but it’s not what I do. I can understand bands reforming and they’re bigger than they ever were and more successful – we couldn’t be more successful than we ever were; we were one of the five biggest bands in the world at any given time and the biggest thing to come out of England in 35 years so what would we be doing it for? For the fans? No-one ever gave a shit about the fans in that band. So it’s done, it’s done.”
The latest run of UK arena dates for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds was completed in Nottingham yesterday (September 10th).
Video: Noel Gallagher previews new DVD with live teaser
Noel Gallagher has offered fans a first glimpse of his new live DVD ‘International Magic Live At The O2‘ by making a clip available on YouTube, which can be viewed below.
The video presents Gallagher’s performance of his most recent single ‘Everybody’s On the Run‘ in its entirety, and shows off the former Oasis star being joined by the Crouch End Festival Chorus, who also guested on the debut solo record ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds‘.
‘International Magic…’ captures Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds live at the O2 in London during their maiden tour of UK arenas earlier this year. An expanded version will come complete with a CD of demos, as well as the until-now-unreleased live favourite ‘Freaky Teeth‘. It will be released on October 15th.
Gallagher is currently on a fresh run of UK arena dates which began earlier this week in Bournemouth. The tour continues tonight (September 6th) at the Liverpool Echo Arena.
Liam: If I was a ginger prince and third in line to the throne.....
Beady Eye frontman Liam Gallagher has said he’d like to party with Prince Harry after the Royal Family member’s notorious antics in Las Vegas.
“I’d like to party with Prince Harry,” Gallagher is quoted as saying by the Daily Star at the GQ Awards this week. “He’s cool. If I was a ginger prince and third in line to the throne, I’d get pissed and naked every night. Just for the hell of it. I’ve never got so bladdered I’ve got naked though. I can handle my booze.”
Later, Liam also had words for Russell Brand after his brief fling with Spice Girl Geri Halliwell, whom he shared drinks with after the Olympics closing ceremony last month.
“Russell’s a dick,” he continued. “I don’t really care about any of his relationships. All I know is anyone can do better than go out with him. I get on with Geri, she’s all right. We’ve both got small dogs so we meet on Hampstead Heath sometimes.”
“The Spice Girls were a lot better on the booze than I thought after the Olympics. They’re not bad for old dears. They’ll never outlast me though, no one will. I’m not saying I’m a God, but I’m not far off.”
Liam was at the GQ Awards to present a prize to Olympic and Tour De France champion Bradley Wiggins, who picked up the Lifetime Achievement gong at the London ceremony.
Noel Gallagher, The Stone Roses, Blur nominated for 2012 Q Awards
Established acts who have made a successful return to the music world during the past twelve months are amongst those nominated for this year’s Q Awards.
The Stone Roses, whose comeback shows at Manchester’s Heaton Park were some of the most talked-about events of the summer, have been nominated in the Best Act In The World Today category, and will also compete for the Best Live Act gong.
Meanwhile, a massive outdoor concert at Hyde Park in London to mark the end of the London Olympic Games, which was preceded by an intimate warm-up tour of the UK, has been enough to see Blur land nominations in the same categories.
And Noel Gallagher, who has enjoyed a significant level of commercial success since re-emerging from a break after the Oasis split in August 2009, will compete for the Best Solo Act and Best Video.
Elsewhere, excellent recent releases from The Black Keys, Richard Hawley, The Maccabees, Paul Weller and Bobby Womack will go head-to-head in a strong looking Best Album section.
“It’s been the most incredible year for British music. Our bands and our anthems transformed the Olympics into the greatest music event on earth,” Q editor Andrew Harrison has said.
“And amazing comeback shows from Blur and the Stone Roses showed the enduring appeal of our greatest musicians. All the nominees for this year’s Q Awards helped make 2012 an absolutely unforgettable year.”
The winners will be announced at a London ceremony on October 22nd.
A potentially deadly spider with threatening green fangs gave rocker Noel Gallagher’s crew a scare when it sprung from one of his flight cases in the lead up to a gig.
The former Oasis frontman was headlining with his new band High Flying Birds at Jersey Live Music Festival when the chaos unfolded backstage on Sunday, ahead of his performance.
The mystery black and green arachnid, which has yet to be identified, was discovered by crew members unpacking the singer’s flight cases.
The mystery spider, pictured after it was captured by Noel Gallagher's crew backstage at the festival
Wildlife experts are looking into the possibility that the unidentified spider crawled into the rocker's luggage following tours in South America and Asia
Organisers quickly caught it in a container but were so concerned the fanged spider was dangerous that they quarantined an area back stage for twenty minutes.
The rock star, whose Oasis hits include Don't Look Back in Anger - has been touring recently in exotic places including South America and Asia as well as closer to home in Europe, sparking fears of where it could have come from.
Jersey Live spokeswoman, Jayne Houghton, said: 'The Jersey crew members were unpacking Noel’s flight cases when a huge black spider with green fangs came out with a flourish.
'Staff immediately set about catching the spider and an area backstage had to be quarantined for nearly twenty minutes.
'Luckily there were members of Durrells Wildlife Conservation Trust at the festival who kindly took the spider away for analysis.
Noel had not arrived at the gig and so was blissfully unaware of the panic the spider caused.'
Twelve animal experts from Durrells Wildlife and Conservation Project had by chance been collecting drinks cans to raise money for charity when they were summoned backstage.
Sarah Nugent, from the conservation project based in Jersey, said: 'We are having the spider analysed at the minute.
Noel Gallagher was getting ready to headline at Jersey Live Music Festival with his band High Flying Birds when the mystery spider was discovered by his crew in his luggage.
'We found out that the crew had been to most parts of the world during their tour, including Argentina and Japan.
'But Noel has also been to places like Chelmsford, so the spider could have hitched its ride at any point, or simply walked in from a nearby field here in Jersey.'
Sarah added: 'We were really lucky because we got taken back stage, which was great for us, and the crew had already put the spider in a plastic container.
'It was the size of a 50p piece with green fangs. We used the teams laptop to see if we could Google what the spider was.
'There are hundreds of thousands of species of spider worldwide so it is going to be a difficult one to decipher.'
Noel Gallagher headlined at the annual festival at the Royal Jersey Showground in Trinity, Jersey, yesterday with his Manchester-based rock band High Flying Birds, which formed last year.
The two-day festival, billed as the 'biggest party in the Channel Islands', launched in 2004 and attracts around 10,000 people each year.
From Noel Gallagher's 'Tales From The Middle Of Nowhere' tour diary.
Comrades . . . had a week off so you'z were the last thing on my mind (no offence!).
Now . . . the gig in Dublin was OK in the end. There was a couple of false starts. Power went down like at that gig I did recently in France with Franz Ferdinand, (for the last time . . . YES THEY ARE STILL GOING!!!!!!). At least it didn't rain which is always a bonus in Ireland. I was drunk for at least 3 days in a row. Not good . . . but great (if you know what I mean?).
After that we flew to Paris. A festival. It was good . . . well better than the last time I was there but we won't go into that eh?? After that I had a week off. Didn't do much. Went to the dentist if you must know . . . I LOVE THE DENTIST!!!!!!!!!
You currently find me in an old people's home in the Channel Islands.
You might have heard of it? It's called "JERSEY". It smells of dead fish.