COVER STORY: Noel in City Life
OASIS fans had better prepare themselves for a shock. For Burnage’s most famous
son has hinted that he may not be touring for much longer.
At 36, the group’s guitarist and chief songwriter, Noel Gallagher, admits he now
compares notes with fellow dad-rocker, Paul Weller, on how old is too old to be
a rock star.
“If he packs it in, I won’t be far behind,” he told this week’s City Life
Gallagher was speaking exclusively at a Worsley hotel, where the group were
filming for a 10-year retrospective DVD about their debut album, Definitely
He says: “You start to dress very differently in your thirties. Sometimes, I
have to have a long hard look in the mirror and ask myself: Do I look a ****?'”
And the prospects for Oasis touring into their dotage like The Rolling Stones?
“The longer you do it, the more you do fear it, yeah,” he says. “At some point,
you’ve got to accept that music has moved on and you’re not the cat’s whiskers
“What brings it home to you is when people stop you in the street for
autographs, and they’re quite old these days.”
But, 10 years on from the dawn of Britpop, it seems Gallagher still cannot
resist raking over the embers of that infamous Blur-Oasis feud.
And, just for good measure, he has taken a pop at another rock luminary, Suede
frontman Brett Anderson.
“I think Blur and Suede suffered from the same thing – their singers became
egomaniacs. Brett Anderson wanted Bernard Butler out and Damon Albarn is now
running away with his band.” And he’s not finished there. Of the music of
retro-rock darlings The Darkness, he says: “I just find it really, really
inoffensive. It doesn’t do anything for me.”
Gallagher Snr huffs oddly: “Cat Deeley bands – that’s what The Flaming Lips and
The Darkness are. But nothing against Cat Deeley, I’m sure she’s a very nice
As for The Strokes, Noel loves them, but the second album is “dog****”, while
The Vines and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are “top live, but the music is ****.”
Only Coldplay get an unqualified Gallagher thumbs-up.
Meanwhile, Oasis go into the studio next month to record what he promises will
be “a proper psychedelic rock ‘n’ roll record”.
It is also likely to be a collective effort, with brother Liam apparently
writing “too many songs” for Noel’s liking after learning how to play the