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Noel Gallagher’s Chance To Fly High

05:01 PM Wednesday 7/6/11 | |

Fans that took Noel Gallagher’s side over the Oasis breakup nearly two years ago will soon have the chance to buy the guitarist’s solo album and go to one of his shows.

Gallagher announced details about his solo career during a news conference in London earlier today.

His debut album, Noel’s Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, is set for release on his own label, Sour Mash Records, Oct. 17 in the U.K. and Nov. 8 in the U.S. on Sour Mash Records/Mercury.

According to Reuters, Gallagher explained that the main difference between his new band and Oasis is that there’s hardly any guitar solos on the new album.

“There’s a guitar solo on two tracks and one of them I didn’t play. You’ll like it. You’ll think it’s brilliant,” he said.

“The songs are not Oasis songs. It’s not stadium rock. There’s an electric kettle in there, for crying out loud. When I write a song I’m not thinking ... I have to do something different because of what I’ve done in the past.”

He also collaborated with Amorphous Androgynous (the psychedelic rock alias for Future Sound of London) on a second, as yet-untitled album, which will be released in 2012.

Tour plans are in the works for the week after the debut album is released in the U.K. Gallagher says he’s “going to start off slow in small theatres,” according to NME.com. “If it’s [his solo album] good enough to get bigger than that then it’ll get bigger than that.”

Fans can expect to hear some Oasis songs on tour.

“They are my songs and I wrote them all by myself,” he said, according to the Guardian. “I’m proud of them and of what they mean to people. I'll never do a gig without playing them, they’re like drugs to me.”

During the news conference Gallagher also talked about Oasis’ breakup and what really happened with his brother and former bandmate Liam.

Oasis split up in August 2009 when Gallagher quit minutes before the Britpop band was set to take the stage at Paris’ Rock En Seine Festival. A festival organizer was forced to tell the waiting crowd that the band had broken up. 

“I hadn’t had enough of Oasis, I had had enough of Liam,” Gallagher said, according to the Guardian.

The guitarist said that backstage at Rock En Seine, Liam threw a plum at him and then left and re-entered the dressing room “wielding a guitar like an axe.”

“He was quite violent. At that point there was no physical violence but there was a lot of World Wrestling Federation stuff, he was like Randy Savage or something. It was an unnecessarily violent act and he nearly took my face off … I was like, ‘You know what, I’m f**king out of here.’”

After Oasis broke up, Liam formed a new group called Beady Eye with three of his former bandmates including drummer Chris Sharrock and guitarists Gem Archer and Andy Bell. Beady Eye released its debut album, Different Gear, Still Speeding, in February.

Click here for the Reuters story.

Click here for the NME.com story.

Click here for the Guardian story.


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