Noel Gallagher: ‘Rock stardom will die out’

'Nobody will make enough money anymore to be rock stars,' says High Flying Birds man

Noel Gallagher has claimed that rock stardom “will die” because musicians don’t make enough money to support the lifestyle anymore.

In an interview with the Sunday Express, the High Flying Birds man said that the music industry “has changed beyond all recognition” and that the days of making money from releasing records were “gone”.

Gallagher – who famously penned the track ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Star’ for Oasis’s debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’ – said:

Rock stardom will die because nobody will make enough money anymore to be rock stars. Everybody will be jobbing musicians. It’s unbelievable. The music industry has changed beyond all recognition. The music business we signed into does not exist anymore.


The singer went on to elaborate about how the industry had changed since he rose to stardom in further detail, adding: “What is fascinating about that is that there was a way of making money and selling records that got happened upon in the ’60s and it worked for 30-odd years, then all of a sudden, in under a decade, it’s gone, never to return.

“It used to be about the A&R man going to see gigs, demos and people going into record labels saying, ‘Give us a chance,'” he finished. “It’s not like that anymore.”

Meanwhile, Gallagher has confirmed the release of his first solo live DVD on October 15. International Magic Live At The O2 will feature the full gig from his February 26 show plus a second disc which will include footage of his performance from the NME Awards, where he was crowned this year’s Godlike Genius, plus an acoustic set at The Mod Club in Toronto and three music videos from his recent singles.

Gallagher and his High Flying Birds will also play the iTunes Festival on September 12 at London’s Roundhouse. See for full details on how to get tickets.