As he ramps up for the release of the second Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds album Chasing Yesterday, it’s a rare day that the former Oasis songwriter/guitarist doesn’t reveal some news or outrageous opinion in the media.
Among his latest are that there are plans afoot for a live Oasis album and film next year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the band’s legendary appearance at the 1996 Knebworth Festival. Noel spilled the beans in the German magazine Event, saying that the band had “forgotten” that they’d filmed the event with “like 20 cameras” and that he has “no idea” why they’ve never released it before.
And remember the feud between Oasis and Blur during the golden years of Brit-pop? It’s over. In fact, he tell the Irish Times that he was over at Blur frontman Damon Albarn’s place recently and that he’d be “very, very interested” in collaborating with Albarn in the future if only they could find the time. He said he went to see Albarn perform in London last year and that it was “one of the best gigs” he’d seen all year — “maybe the best.”
Earlier this month, Noel Gallagher said that he’d “rather drink petrol straight from the nozzle at a garage than listen to an interview with Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys.” So what does the former Oasis man think of some of America’s biggest rock bands, like Jack White or The Black Keys?
“I don’t read their interviews, d’you know what I mean?” Gallagher tells Stereogum. “So I wouldn’t be able to comment. It wouldn’t be fair. I do like their music. I think the Black Keys are great. I think Jack White is a very f**king gifted guitarist.”
“[The Black Keys are] the best band on shuffle in the history of rock music,” he adds. “Every time the Black Keys come on, everyone goes, ‘Hey, who’s this?’ ‘That’s the Black Keys.’ They’re the greatest shuffle band of all time.”
Gallagher also gave his thoughts on the Jack White guacamole incident, in which a leaked White tour rider included a very detailed guacamole recipe that was to be made backstage.
“I don’t understand the culture of people poking fun at artists because they’ve got requirements on the rider which probably, speaking from experience, Jack White probably had very little to f**king do with,” Gallagher says.
For his part, White issued a similar statement, saying that the recipe was an “inside joke” between his tour manager and the local promoters.
And of course, Noel began this week by showing up as a guest commentator Sunday on the British soccer broadcast Match of the Day 2, where he held forth on the deficiencies of the coaches of the Manchester United and Chelsea football teams.
Chasing Yesterday, Gallagher’s second album with his post-Oasis band, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, will be released on March 3.