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Noel Gallagher is considering retirement from playing live
Noel Gallagher is considering retirement from playing live.
The 47-year-old rocker admits touring has become harder as he's aged, but insists his passion for making music remains strong.
The Manchester-born star told the April issue of Loaded magazine: "Maybe I'll retire from playing live, it depends how long you can be a***d. Ten years from now I don't think I'll be getting on a bus - it's undignified. But I don't think I'll ever stop writing - as long as my brain and bones last out.
"I'll just have to tailor the touring. It's not fun being on a bus for six weeks in America. It's fine when you're young, but I'm almost 50."
Noel also confessed that he increasingly struggles to cope with the party lifestyle of a musician.
He shared: "The worst thing for me about getting older is the hangovers. Hangovers last for three or four days.
"I haven't got the stamina for three days at Glastonbury any more, although I did that last year and it was f***ing horrific. On the third day I get a bad back and all the rest of it, but on the whole, I think I'm doing all right."
You can read the full Noel interview in the April issue of Loaded, which is out on March 26.
Rumours that Liam Gallagher is working on a solo record have been dismissed, a spokesperson close to the singer said.
In a report from NME, a source supposedly said "Liam is eyeing up summer festival slots so he can preview some of his new stuff...Though he knows his songwriting isn't as consistent as Noel's, he's also well aware that his name carries a lot of clout in the music industry. His solo record would be one of the most highly-anticipated releases in British rock."
But now, when asked by NME, a spokesperson for Gallagher described the report as being "a totally fabricated rumour."
Noel Gallagher recently said that Liam should put his cards on the table and record a solo record. But now, it appears, that won't be happening.
Noel's second solo album, Chasing Yesterday, is out now.
Liam Gallagher planning solo album for later this year
Liam Gallagher is reportedly planning to release a solo album, following resurfacing but unlikely rumours that Oasis are planning to reform.
The singer, whose band Beady Eye ended last year, recently posted a selfie of himself with a backstage pass for the gig of his brother and former Oasis bandmate Noel Gallagher.
Whilst this small gesture signalled the end of a decades long, on-off feud between the two brothers, the chances that this signals any kind of Oasis reunion are slim to none.
More likely though, in news that has been seemingly confirmed by a source for The Sun, is that Liam is preparing to release a solo album. The source is quoted as saying, "Liam is eyeing up summer festival slots so he can preview some of his new stuff. Though he knows his song writing isn't as consistent as Noel's, he's also well aware that his name carries a lot of clout in the music industry.
"His solo record would be one of the most highly-anticipated releases in British rock."
The move has been supported by Noel, who recently told NME: "I'm amazed Liam has chucked it in, but he won't stay out of the limelight for long. I think Liam should make a solo record - put his balls on the line, put his name up in lights and go for it..."
Beady Eye's second and final album, BE, was released in 2013.
Watch Johnny Marr join Noel Gallagher on stage in Manchester
Noel Gallagher was joined on stage by Johnny Marr last night (March 9th) as his UK and Ireland arena tour continued in Manchester.
Gallagher has been receiving praise for a more uptempo live set on his first tour behind second solo album and current UK number one ‘Chasing Yesterday‘, and there was an extra treat for the hometown crowd yesterday as another of Manchester’s favourite sons made a guest appearance towards the end of the show.
Marr reprised his role on the ‘Chasing Yesterday’ track ‘Ballad Of The Mighty I‘, and in the process returned a favour after Gallagher had played two tracks with the former Smiths guitarist in London last year.
Noel: If I didn't rely on myself so much I'd have fired myself from this tour already.
Taken from Noel Gallagher's tour diary: Tales From The Middle Of Nowhere Vol 3: The Good, The Bad And The Bubbly:
So where were we..?
Nottingham I believe. What a night that was. Even the soundcheck was great. Only our third gig and it was soaring...majestic...like an eagle or something!
The crowd were immense. Did I spy a leg bomber out there somewhere? I think I did! Always a welcome sight.
I'm STILL fannying around with the set. Almost there with it now. It's getting better...man!! (Ha-ha!)
Legged it straight off stage for a 4 hour drive up to Glasgow. Mind numbingly boring. It was made barely bearable by the Terry Tibbs Phone-in on Talk Sport. My god it was funny. Get on it if you can, it's fucking insane. Arrived into Glasgow at 3am...
Fuck me I need a haircut (another thing I forgot to do before I came away!). Problem is see, I have Irish hair and as any Irish man will tell you we have hair that doesn't grow in straight lines. Mine grows but doesn't get longer, it gets wider!!!
If I didn't rely on myself so much I'd have fired myself from this tour already... If I don't mention it anymore I might forget about it and let myself off, so let's move on.
The next day I'd agreed to do an in-store record signing thing at HMV in Glasgow...There were people there of all shapes and sizes and...even a few girls...real ones. I did feel a bit like Father Christmas at a grotto somewhere in the 70's.
There were some tears..not mine I might add...
Some guy had gifted me, as some kind of reward for his musical journey since '94, a betting slip in which he'd kindly placed a £3 bet for me on Man City to beat Burnley next Saturday! Let's hope the blues do the business and...well...The Milky Bars will be on me!!(that's a 70's joke there for you).
After signing all sorts of shit for about an hour it's fair to say R-KID has banged out a few cagoules in Glasgow... I might have been the only male in the shop not wearing one!! They do look good though, I must say.
The Hydro is, so my Scottish aftershave drinking pals tell me, a world class venue! I'll let you know in about 2 years, when this tour finishes, if that is indeed true. I'll tell you what is world class though...TRULY world class...is that fucking crowd.
Holy shit-balls... I've seen and done some shit in my time but I'm damned if I can remember anything to match that Saturday night!?! One of THE BEST nights I've ever done, ANYWHERE.
The kind of night you live for... A real privilege to have been there, nevermind actually being onstage. All downhill from that now surely? Saying that, they might have something to say about that in Manchester!
The toe-stub is...and there's no other way of saying this...a cunt. You know 'The Stub'? Of course you do! We've all done it, you know...stumbling round a bedroom minding your own business then all of a sudden...AAAARRRGH YOU FUCKING BASTARD!!!! You stub your toe on one of the bed legs...and whisper silently but very forcefully...'BASTARD!'. Middle toe...left foot...(my favourite actually)...STUBBED... STUBBED JERRY!!!!
It's fucking sore. I have a slight limp. Iree Nancy laughed her beautiful little arse off... it's all bruised and sad looking (my toe NOT her arse!). Good job I'm not known for blaming it on the boogie so to speak... I shan't let it affect my performance.
You currently find me with my foot up in Manchester, and you better be good tonight because the Glasgow massive booed when I suggested tonight might be the only place in Britain that could even compare with Saturday... Just saying.
I must go and literally hop in the shower, but before I do let me thank everyone who has bought my new record, pushing it up to where it belongs...on the topper most of the popper most! FANK YOU!!
Don't expect any obscure Oasis B sides in Noel's live set.
Noel has told XFM that he's playing less Oasis songs in his live sets now, admitting that "there's no point trying to be clever about this".
Noel Gallagher has promised to play "the big tunes" at his live shows, in favour of "obscure Oasis b-sides" that his newer fans won't recognise. "I've done enough gigs to know. There's no point trying to be clever about this," Noel told XFM's Jim Gellatly.
"Playing obscure Oasis b-sides - although they're great and I love them - there's like 11 people dotted around the arena going berserk. And there's 8901 people kind of just thinking: what's this?"
"If I go see Neil Young...I want him to play the bangers, do you know what I mean?...I want him to play the big tunes."
Noel also praised the line-up for T In The Park, where he'll headline alongside Kasabian and The Libertines.
"I looked at the bill for T In The Park and I would probably say out of all the festival bills I've seen, they've smashed it this year. They've got the Libertines, Kasabian and The Prodigy and dare I say it, myself on the same weekend is no mean feat.
"It's always great to gig in Scotland, no matter where it is...I'll bring my wellies and my tartan umbrella."
And Noel thinks that closing out the festival will bring its own joys - like reducing grown men to tears.
"I'm closing it aren't I? Sunday night...there's going to be some casualties there during The Masterplan."
Noel's 'Tales from the Middle of Nowhere' is back!
Noel's back with his award winning tales from the road. Here's the first of many... Enjoy!
Tales From The Middle Of Nowhere Vol 3: The Good, The Bad And The Bubbly:
Yes Mods And Rockers.
How long has it been...3...4 years? Too long? Not long enough? I'd say just about right myself.
Time to top up the air miles, clear the throat and get on your dancing feet we are of course back at the coal face...earning a crust, same firm, same venues, different songs (even though 'some of the chords are the same' Ha-ha!! Fuck you shitty Empire!!). That "new" album of mine is well over a year old to me now so it will be interesting to see what people make of it (thanks for buying it by the way...if you have already!). Must say its gone down spectacularly well so far. Starting off in such huge venues was always gonna be a bit of a Titus Bramble, but it's paid off so far. Most people have been commenting after the shows about how spectacular the "show" is which is slightly frustrating (as I never get to see it ) and a blessing at the same time as it keeps the focus off me.
So Belfast... for a first attempt I thought it was fucking good. Bit shaky in places, mostly me I might add, but all things considered a good away win. It goes without saying but of course should not get left unsaid that the crowd were bang up for it. Really special atmosphere in the room, so much so it was quite difficult to concentrate on what I was supposed to be doing and not just stand back and let them take over. I fear in places I may have lost that battle!! I suppose it beats the shit out of indifference though eh? Nice to see a few inevitably familiar faces down the front...from all over the world! Some lad had a banner down the front that read: HEAR COMES GALLAGHER THE BISCUIT! Clearly this lad was high when he'd put pen to cardboard on that!
I have no idea what it meant, I did ask him to try and get to the bottom of it, but I'm afraid his accent got the better of me so I gave up.
The set list as we speak has changed 18 times now since the start of rehearsals. It's not like me to have not nailed it months ago...I've become a fiddler! I fucking HATE fiddlers...unless it's a drunk Irish man in a bar full of Guinness fiddling as if his life depended on it! I think it's because I've got SO MANY GREAT FUCKING SONGS that I'm struggling with what NOT to play. I'm sure I'll get there in the end though...somewhere in Taiwan in 2017 no doubt!?
Packing a suitcase for a 3 week tour with a fucking DISGRACEFUL hangover is not to be recommended...I know this now... The night before the morning I came away me and Iree Nancy went out, and didn't make it in 'til gone 6:00...(fucking excellent night btw!).
I open my suitcase to find I'd packed it like a novice...like 13 pairs of cords (which I have no intention of wearing) 4 pairs of trainers (I don't even wear trainers...especially on stage!), the most ridiculous array of t-shirts that quite frankly a man should never be seen in and...( and this is the fucking killer...) NO LEATHER JACKETS...NOT ONE!!! The first time in 25 years I've been on the road without a leather jacket! Unforgivable shit that...I was in a fury...I sent myself a rather snippy email AND a shouty text...SEE ME IN MY HOT TUB YOU vagina!!!! I sat myself down and we talked it through...like adults admittedly...no raised voices...at first we understandably blamed each other but in the end we both knew that it was I that was in the wrong and could blame no-one else but myself (although Nancy's name did come into it at one point!). You find me now on my final warning. One more gaff like that and I've been told in no uncertain terms that I'm off the tour...Bang...Gone.
The atmosphere in my dressing room is a bit frosty but we're working our way through it.
They say time is a great healer and for the sake of everyone (you included!) let's hope that's true.
Anyway, Dublin, as you well know one my mostest bestest places on earth.
In a way it's great to kick things off in Ireland...In another way you kind of wish you'd arrive 6 weeks into a tour...I'm only operating at 75% myself see (had a cold for about 4 weeks now and I cannot shift it!) but as always the Irish dug me out of a hole. What a night!
The Biggest Guns Ireland has to offer had flown in from their own rehearsals in France, just for the night, to have a nosy and see what was being said and of course to talk turkey and generally misbehave and celebrate...well I'm not sure...but celebrate we did... not as hard as my bass player-the right honourable Jah-Rusta-Fari-Russell Pritchard, who I think got his end of tour party going early. "IZ FUCKIN'DARE THE EDGE LAD...GOT ANY CHAMPERS?!?" is something you don't here shouted very often (I would hazard a guess neither does The Edge lad!).
Iree Nancy got the night off to the best of starts by arriving with my eldest AND TWO leather jackets! First crisis of the tour overcome...the black stuff went down and down and down until we simply HAD to leave... Ireland, the land of my fathers, I love you very much. You haven't seen the last of me...not by a long shot...be good...and if you can't be good... be Bono!!
Arrived at East Midlands airport late last night to be met by 2 young coppers...one which says..."Evening sir can you just come this way please..round the side of the van please (a police van!)...Erm is it ok if we get a quick picture?"
GD: "Yeah 'course man.."
PC: "Shall we do it up against the back of the van for a laugh...?"
PC: "Don't worry, we won't tazer you!"
PC: "Tazer you...we WON'T tazer you?"
PC: "Can we JUST GET a quick picture?"
2nd PC: "Sorry mate..he's a bit star struck"
GD: "...I'm kind of hungover...and in a rush so....."
You find me un-tazered on a golf course in Derbyshire.
About to get ready for the show tonight in Nottingham...if you're coming check out the visuals apparently they're AWSOME!
(PS) Today I have been mostly listening to Lying in the Sun by Koushik
Noel Gallagher would love to work with former Verve frontman Ashcroft
Noel Gallagher has said he would love to make a record with his old pal Richard Ashcroft, even though he hasn’t heard from the former Verve frontman ‘in ages’.
“I haven’t seen Richard for ages but whatever he’s doing I hope he’s making a record,” Gallagher told NME. “I don’t know anyone who’s got his phone number. The one he gave me he never answers. He lives in a fucking big stately home and I imagine he’s just stoned, thinking, ‘What is that fucking noise?’. That United Nations Of Sound record was a fucking great record. I should make a record with him.”
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds at Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Noel Gallagher (photo) Live4ever
Noel Gallagher launched his UK and Ireland tour in Belfast last night (March 3rd) in the week of the release of his second solo album ‘Chasing Yesterday‘.
Gallagher had played a small warm-up gig at London’s Tufnell Park Dome last month, but yesterday marked his major live return armed with a setlist dominated by High Flying Birds material.
There was though room for Oasis favourites ‘Fade Away‘, ‘Digsy’s Dinner‘, ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger‘ and ‘The Masterplan‘, as well as lesser known 2002 b-side ‘Shout It Out Loud‘ and a reworked, acoustic version of ‘Champagne Supernova‘.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Alt-J and Portishead will headline Latitude 2015.
“Every year I challenge myself to build on previous summers and make each festival even better than the one before,” festival organiser Melvin Benn said.
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