Noel Gallagher’s solo album title inspired by Fleetwood Mac, Jefferson Airplane

Ex-Oasis leader admits wife Sara MacDonald prefers Kasabian to '…High Flying Birds'

Noel Gallagher has revealed how he was influenced by a pair of legendary bands when it came to naming his debut solo album.

The ex-Oasis leader said ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ was inspired by Jefferson Airplane track ‘High Flying Bird’. Meanwhile, the format of the title is a homage to the original name for Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac.

Gallagher told XFM:

That name [‘High Flying Bird’] jumped out. I had a bit of a eureka moment, so I wrote it down. I thought, that looks really cool. I doesn’t mean anything, you know?


He added that although the reception to the album has been largely positive, there’s one person in his circle who isn’t impressed – his new wife Sara MacDonald.

MacDonald apparently prefers listening to Kasabian, as Gallagher explained:

There’s one on the new album she really doesn’t like. The last track [‘Stop The Clocks’]. When she saw the tracklisting, she said, ‘Oh, you’ve not included that bloody song have you?’

Ironically, Gallagher has been working on ‘Stop The Clocks’ for more than 10 years – it was set to appear on Oasis‘ sixth studio album ‘Don’t Believe The Truth’ in 2005.

‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ will be released on October 17 through Sour Mash Records.

Meanwhile, earlier today (August 2), Gallagher announced details of his new band’s very first live dates.

He will play three shows – in Dublin, Edinburgh and London – in October. Tickets for the shows go on sale at 9am on Friday August 5.


To check the availability of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

Watch the official video for the first single from the album, ‘The Death Of You And Me’, below:

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – The Death Of You And Me on MUZU.TV