Former Oasis man says, "For the record, no-one's getting anything out of me for free"
Noel Gallagher has postulated a scenario in which copies of the next Coldplay album will be hand-delivered by Chris Martin – and come with a free tenner.
Gallagher was speaking to Radio 4’s John Wilson for the series Mastertapes, in which the former Oasis guitarist discussed the making of ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’, his 2011 solo debut. The programme will be broadcast at 11pm today (December 8).
Asked for his opinion on U2’s iTunes giveaway of new album ‘Song Of Innocence’, Gallagher said: “I don’t agree with music being given away for free because it costs a lot of money to make a record. Look, [U2] obviously don’t need the money, good for them, but it’s not something that I would ever consider…”
Asked if the move undermines the value of music, Gallagher replied: “It doesn’t undermine the value of my music, no, so does it undermine the value of theirs? I don’t know. A lot of people go to see them live and they’re brilliant. If anything, they’ve gained two new fans in my sons, who since then have become mega-fans.”
Discussing the shift in the music industry, Gallagher said that the trend started with Radiohead’s 2007 album ‘In Rainbows’, which could be purchased for a nominal fee online.
“All this started with Radiohead didn’t it, and people have been reacting to that ever since… I remember the Kaiser Chiefs were like, ‘Make your own record, we’ll give you a pound.’ What? You’re giving people a pound?! It remains to be seen how Coldplay react to it. I firmly believe we’ll all get a knock on the door at some point over the next two years and Chris [Martin] will be stood there. And he’ll say, ‘Alright man, you know, here’s a Coldplay album.’ And you’ll go, ‘Thanks.’ And there’s a ladder and he’ll say, ‘Bass player’s just fixing the guttering, Johnny’s round the back, he’s doing the gardening and I think Will’s going to put the recycling out, so enjoy.’ And then he’ll come back and say, ‘Oh, I forgot – here’s a tenner.’ Who knows what’s going to happen. But for the record, no-one’s getting anything out of me for free.”
Watch a video clip of Gallagher’s conversation on the BBC website.
Chris Martin joined Bruce Springsteen in filling in for the recovering Bono at a special performance in New York’s Times Square last week (December 1).