Noel Gallagher: ‘Maybe I’ll just be the guitarist in a band one day’

High Flying Birds singer says he likes being a frontman – but things could change in the future…

Noel Gallagher has hinted that he could stop fronting his own solo project to become “just the guitarist in a band one day”.

According to STV, the former Oasis chief said that although he had enjoyed being a frontman since releasing his debut solo LP ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ in October last year, he hadn’t ruled out stepping away from the limelight in the future.

He said:

I thought I would hate me being the frontman and I have to say I thought people would expect more, but I haven’t got any moves. As much as I miss being in a band like Oasis, the compromise would be too much. Maybe I’ll just be the guitarist in a band one day.

Gallagher also revealed that he had been encouraged to pursue a solo career by his wife Sara Macdonald because he had started to annoy her, adding: “I had a lot of time to work out what I was going to do; my first thought was do nothing. It was great until my then girlfriend, now wife, asked me after about 11 months what I was going to do.

“I said, ‘I suppose I could make an album’ and she asked if that could be tomorrow. Women! It’s either: ‘You’re never here’ or ‘You’re always under my feet.'”

Earlier this week (January 23), it was announced that Noel Gallagher will be presented with the Godlike Genius Award at this year’s NME Awards. Gallagher, who will pick up the gong at the ceremony on February 29 at London’s O2 Academy Brixton, said of his win: “I would like to thank NME for bestowing upon me such a great accolade. I have dreamt of this moment since I was 43 years old. I accept that I am now a genius, just like God.”

Meanwhile, a special collectors’ issue dedicated to Noel Gallagher is coming next month. Produced by the teams behind NME and sister title Uncut, the magazine will feature Gallagher’s greatest interviews, unseen photos and a competition to win albums signed by the man himself. The issue will be available on newsstands and digitally from February 2 – click here to pre-order your copy.

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