Oasis songwriter Noel Gallagher played surprise support sets at Paul Weller shows last week...

Noel Gallagher (right) took fans by surprise at three of his friend Paul Weller‘s UK tour dates last week when he strolled onstage and played short warm-up sets.

Unannounced each night, Noel played six songs on acoustic guitar at Wolverhampton Civic Hall on July 6, Bristol Colston Hall (7) and Plymouth Pavilion (9). He played songs by The Jam and The Beatles, as well as Oasis favourites. No new material was aired.

The Jam song Noel chose was ‘To Be Someone (Didn’t We Have A Nice Time)’ from the album ‘All Mod Cons’. He also played The Beatles’ ‘Help’, and Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’. A spokesperson for Noel told NME: “He’s had quite a lot of time off lately and he just fancied playing again.”


Oasis sources have also confirmed that their forthcoming B-sides album is to be called ‘The Masterplan’ and will be released worldwide on November 2 (See earlier story). A photo shoot for the album took place in a converted warehouse on London’s Isle Of Dogs on July 6.

The cover shot is said to depict a 10-year-old Noel Gallagher lookalike teaching music to a group of adults in a classroom. The young ‘Noel’ is pictured facing the class, the camera is situated at the back of the class showing a roomful of attentive ‘grown-ups’ from behind.

The image is said to have a late-’70s feel with many of the adults sporting garish shirts and flared trousers. The ‘classmates’ are largely comprised of band friends and family and included several pensioners. Noel Gallagher briefly visited the session.

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