Noel Gallagher Eyes Up Glastonbury Solo Slot, Announces Second Album
Chasing Yesterday will mark Noel’s second album with his band the High Flying Birds. The Britpop pioneer also teased the record’s first single, In The Heat Of The Moment and announced an arena tour for March next year.The Oasis songwriter quipped that the new material had been part inspired by Pink Floyd and admitted he wasn't so sure how his debut would pan out: “I didn't know how I was going to be perceived or how I was going to perceive it.”
Following talk of the album, Noel, alongside BBC 6Music’s Matt Everitt took questions from the floor and via his Facebook page.
The inevitable question of a reunion with his old band came up, with the star quick to quash any rumours that it would take place at Glastonbury 2015. The Everybody’s On The Run singer is however keen for a shot at headlining, solo: “Yes, if I was asked, yes. If you are listening Michael Eavis, I’ll do it.”
Further revelations ensued when Noel disclosed that the album's fourth track had taken over two decades to finish: “There’s a song on this record that has taken me 23 years to finish. It’s called Lock All The Doors.”
Next came U2's decision to give their latest album away for free, the Mancunian laughed off suggestions that he might do the same: “No, because my records in particular cost too much f**king money to make to start giving them away for free.”More exciting news followed with Noel announcing that Johnny Marr would be playing on the record, hailing the former Smith as ‘brilliant’ and comparing him to Nile Rodgers, stating: “He has something in his guitar playing that not many people have”.
Talk turned to the Oasis anniversary re-releases of Definitely Maybe and What’s The Story Morning Glory? as well as his younger brother Liam Gallagher’s public rubbishing of the re-issues.
“He won't be saying that when he's putting the cheque in the bank,” the Burnage-born musician laughed.
The elder of the Gallagher siblings did however reveal that the two are on good terms, after a question from MTV News about his thoughts on Beady Eye’s first two albums, consisting of Liam and his former Oasis band mates.
“Yeah they're good,” he said “I was with Beady Eye the other night and they are still plugging away, we all talk nonsense for hours.”Further humour and wit came from Noel including his decision to snub a spot on the X Factor judging panel. He admits his daughter still disapproves of before reflecting on the proudest moment of his career so far:
“If I could pick one it would maybe be me and Liam dragging that thing, whatever it was, to Knebworth in such a short space of time, I guess looking back on that now that's something to be proud of on the way that Oasis has carried on and it's still going strong.”
The Heat of The Moment is due for release on November 17, ahead of album Chasing Yesterday will be released March 2, 2015. Noel’s UK tour will then kick off in Belfast the next day.
Chasing Yesterday album track listing:
2. In The Heat Of The Moment
3. The Girl With X-Ray Eyes
4. Lock All The Doors
5. The Dying Of The Light
6. The Right Stuff
7. While The Song Remains The Same
8. The Mexican
9. You Know We Can't Go Back
10. Ballad Of The Mighty I
2015 tour dates as follows:
03/03 : Belfast Odyssey Arena
06/03 : Nottingham Capital FM Arena
07/03 : Glasgow The SSE Hydro
09/03 : Manchester Arena
10/03 : London The O2 Arena
By Theo Watt @MTVUK