November 14, 2000 11:34

SOME MIGHT STAY (ON THE ROAD)

The star confesses that statements made earlier in the year that he was quitting overseas touring were "made to fend off the lawyers"...

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NOEL GALLAGHER has said he will rejoin OASIS on forthcoming tours, and has confessed statements made earlier in the year that he was quitting overseas touring altogether were "something our manager made up to fend off the lawyers at the time".

Gallagher walked out on the European leg of the Oasis world tour in May this year. At the time, a press release was issued, which claimed Gallagher "decided to quit overseas touring with Oasis, with immediate effect".

However, speaking in a television interview with comedian Frank Skinner last night (November 13), Gallagher said: "The official line of the last tour was that I was quitting touring overseas with the band, but I never actually said that. That was something our manager made up to fend off the lawyers at the time, but we are going to tour again.

"It's actually becoming a bit sad now because that's the third tour I've walked off. It gets a bit embarrassing because this time when I told the rest of the band I was leaving they were just like, 'Yeah, right...'"

Oasis are currently in discussions with the Black Crowes, with the idea of playing a US tour next summer. The group are also confirmed to perform at the Rock In Rio festival in Brazil on January 14.

An official spokesperson for the band told NME.COM that "Oasis are doing South America and Noel is a part of that."

Speaking about the forthcoming Oasis album, the follow-up to 'Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants', Gallagher said that the band are "waiting for the big songs to come along". He continued: "Before you ask, the next album is appalling. I've written about six songs and Liam has written about 11 for the new album - so we've got six songs. We've got enough material to do an album tomorrow but we're waiting for the big songs to come along."

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