Noel Gallagher: ‘Oasis were the last great traditional rock’n’roll band’

Ex-Oasis man says old-fashioned success makes him 'feel like a righteous old man'

Noel Gallagher says Oasis were the last great traditional rock ‘n’ roll band.

Reflecting on the band’s huge success in an interview with Time magazine, Gallagher puts much of Oasis’ fame down to their existence in a pre-YouTube age.

“We came along before the internet so, if you wanted to see us, you had to be there. It makes me feel like a righteous old man.”

He added:

We don’t live in an era where indie rock bands sell 60 million albums. Oasis were the last great, traditional rock’n’roll band.

Gallagher, who releases his debut solo album on October 17, also says he was approached about making a solo record as far back as Oasis’ landmark Knebworth shows in 1996.

“I distinctly remember somebody sidling up to me saying, ‘It’s time for the solo record now’. But I always said I wouldn’t do it if the band was together.”

And Gallagher senior spoke out in defence of the poor sales of little brother Liam’s Beady Eye debut ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’.

“They’ve sold 10,000 less than the Arctic Monkeys — that’s only one hit single,” he said.

Noel Gallagher begins his first solo tour on October 23 in Dublin. Go to NME tickets for more information.

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