Noel Gallagher has admitted that he is willing to reform Oasis should someone pay the right amount. However, before fans get carried away, the former Oasis lead guitarist and chief songwriter revealed that to be a gigantic figure.
In an interview with Vulture, Noel Gallagher disclosed that he would reform the Britpop band for “half a billion,” no questions asked. He said, “If somebody puts that on the table, I’ll pack my bags in the morning and say, ‘How many gigs do you want?’ ”
Noel also added that the decision is not solely his to make.
“The thing that slightly annoys me is and I know I’m the only one doing interviews, people assume it’s up to me,” Gallagher explained.
“Let’s say I get up tomorrow morning, have a stretch, and say to my wife, ‘How about this Oasis thing?’ It’s not up to me. Who knows if Liam wants to do it? He probably does, but I don’t know. It’s not on my radar at all. I’m very happy with what I’m doing.”
Despite that, Gallagher revealed that Oasis will be releasing a documentary and a live album on the 20th anniversary of their historic gig at Knebworth.
“Just because it’ll be the 20th anniversary of our Knebworth concerts in 2016 and because we’re a bunch of nutters, we’ve completely forgotten that we had actually filmed the whole thing. With like 20 cameras and a lot of what happened on the festival ground as well. Like fans arriving, backstage sequences, interviews and flights over the area. Which we’ve never released. I’ve no idea why.”
When asked about the recent plagiarism scandal surrounding Sam Smith’s Grammy winning track, “Stay With Me,” being similar to plagiarism accusations that he faced in his career, Gallagher resolutely let his record speak for itself.
Noel attests to the fact that there have only been three songs that he’s ceded to plagiarism.
“That’s three songs out of about a thousand. I’m a product of my record collection. I don’t claim to be a fan of original thought. If I learned to play the guitar by strumming along to the Sex Pistols, or the Kinks, or the Beatles, what do you think I’m going to sound like? I’m not an artist like Kate Bush is an artist. I took my cue from punk in the late ’70s when it was like, You get off your a** and you do something for yourself. I don’t give a f**k about the way people think I write.”
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will drop its second album, Chasing Yesterday, in March.
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