Gallagher describes track as 'one of the best songs I’ve ever written'
Noel Gallagher has unveiled the video for his new single, ‘Ballad Of The Mighty I’.
The track, taken from Gallagher’s forthcoming second solo album ‘Chasing Yesterday’, features Johnny Marr on guitar. The single will be released on February 23, one week before the album hits the shelves.
Gallagher said Marr arrived to record the track without even listening to a demo. “He just arrived with two guitars and a bag of effects pedals. And I have to say, he’s unbelievable. He’s way up there, on another level to the rest of us. The result is a burst of energy that helped make ‘…Mighty I’ one of the best songs I’ve ever written.”
Gallagher returned the favour by appearing on stage at Marr’s show at O2 Academy Brixton on November 23, where they performed a cover of Iggy Pop’s ‘Lust For Life’ and ‘How Soon Is Now’ by Marr’s former band The Smiths. Gallagher later said he was suffering from a hangover during the performance.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been so fucking hungover onstage in all my life,” he said. “I was getting a back rub from his wife about two minutes before going onstage. If somebody had come up to me and said ‘You don’t have to do this’ I would have been, like, ‘Fucking, yes’. It was my wife’s birthday the night before and we’d smashed the arse out of it. I forgot I was playing with him. I promised him because he played on my record. He said ‘Get up and do ‘How Soon Is Now” and then he drops another song on me on the day. But I did it because I’m a fucking trooper.”
“I’d never played ‘Lust For Life’ before. You forget that you know all the words to it. ‘How Soon Is Now’ drags on a bit though, doesn’t it?”
At a live Q&A for XFM on November 3, Gallagher recalled how Marr was possibly the first Oasis fan. Gallagher said: “During the acid house craze in the late ’80s I’d bump into this guy in The Haçienda: didn’t know his name or who he was. And we weren’t friends, we were just on nodding terms. One day, I bought the The The album ‘Dusk’, which Marr played on. And I bump into this guy I recognise from the Hacienda. He asked me what I bought and he said, ‘Oh, our kid plays on that.’ I said, ‘Who’s your kid?’ And he said, ‘Johnny Marr’. I was like, ‘Wow’. I told him I was in a band and he said, ‘Give us a cassette and I’ll give it to our kid.’ Within an hour, Johnny had called me. And I was a nobody – nobody was into our band, bar the five people in it and a few hangers-on. That was it. But he was on the phone saying, ‘Ah, I think this is great.’ So in many ways he was the first ever fan. Two days later I go for a drink with him. He asked where I get my guitars from. ‘Guitars? Guitars? I’ll tell you where I got my one guitar from.”
Gallagher’s upcoming record ‘Chasing Yesterday’ will be his second solo studio album and features his new single ‘In The Heat Of The Moment’. Marr features on the track ‘The Ballad Of Mighty I’. The full tracklisting is:
‘In The Heat Of The Moment’
‘The Girl With X-Ray Eyes’
‘Lock All The Doors’
‘The Dying Of The Light’
‘The Right Stuff’
‘While The Song Remains The Same’
‘You Know We Can’t Go Back’
‘Ballad Of The Mighty I’
Gallagher will play a series of UK tour dates to support the album’s release next year, starting with a gig at Belfast Odyssey Arena on March 3 and finishing with a show at London O2 Arena on March 10. The full dates are:
Belfast Odyssey Arena (March 3)
Dublin 3 Arena (4)
Nottingham Capital FM Arena (6)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (7)
Manchester Arena (9)
London O2 Arena (10)