BLACK 2001 FACING OASIS

Noel Gallagher says the band's new record could be delayed by six months...

OASIS mainman NOEL GALLAGHER has indicated that his band’s proposed tour with THE BLACK CROWES will take up the majority of 2001, and has delayed the release of band’s new album by “six months”.

Speaking in an interview on the Radio 1 show ‘Lamacq Live’ (November 20), Gallagher said his band will tour from “May To November” 2001 with the Crowes. He said: “We’re going out to South America in January to do Rock In Rio and a couple of festivals because we didn’t make it there on the last tour. Then we are going to come back to England and revamp the set, do some new songs, and go out with the Black Crowes May to November, so that’s the best part of the year taken up.”

He continued: “That’s put our album back by six months. So, it’s a bit of a bummer really – (but) you don’t turn down chances to go on a tour like that every day.”

Gallagher claims to have been a Black Crowes fan “since the first album”. He added: “I’ve seen them loads of times, at the Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Wembley Stadium and that. They went on before us at Glastonbury the first time we headlined it. And I know Chris and Rich – they’re about as close to me and Liam as you can get. We’ve got a lot in common, and the guys in the band are really cool. It’s music we like and they like our music.”

As previously revealed on NME.COM, Oasis have commenced writing the follow-up to ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants’, with all the members contributing to the sessions. Guitarist Gem Archer has written a new track entitled ‘The Roller’, which sounds like “T-Rex doing ‘Instant Karma'”, while Noel’s brother Liam has also contributed material to the sessions.

Gallagher added that it “doesn’t matter” when the album is released “as long as we keep doing it once in a while”.

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