Noel Gallagher: ‘It’s even more important to put more music out there’ in wake of Paris attacks

Gallagher slams "fucking animals" behind recent attacks on French capital

Noel Gallagher has said that it’s more important than ever for musicians to make and play music as a way of countering terrorism.

Speaking in an interview with Australian publication Music Feeds, Gallagher was asked what motivates him to make music 20 years into his career and whether it was the same things which inspired him in the early days.

Gallagher began by saying that songwriting is what keeps him going: “Look at bands like U2 and The Rolling Stones. They’ve been around forever. People always ask, ‘Why do they do it? They don’t need the fucking money!’ They do it because they love doing it,” he said. “A song that wasn’t written yesterday will be written today – and one day it’ll be sung by some fucker somewhere and thousands of people in a stadium will sing along. That, in itself, is a really special thing.”

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However, he then continued and brought up the attacks in Paris on November 13 in which over 100 people were killed, including 89 people at an Eagles of Death Metal gig in the city.

“In the light of the things that have gone on in Paris recently, it makes it even more special,” Gallagher added. “These fucking animals are trying to take that shit away from us. They hate musicians. They hate women. They hate music. That’s all I love. It’s even more important to put more music out there in the world – to protest that, to counter that. That’s the way I see it.”

Gallagher also made a mysterious comment about Damon Albarn in the same interview, saying that he was in regular contact with the Blur frontman and hinting at something which will be made public shortly. “I was talking to him today, as a matter of fact,” Gallagher said of Albarn. “We were talking about somesuch nonsense, which you will probably find out about sooner or later. We still talk when the need arises.”

Gallagher and his band released their new album ‘Chasing Yesterday’ earlier this year and enjoyed a triumphant festival season, including a headline appearance at London’s Calling Festival.

The band will be back on the road in April 2016 with a tour that begins in Glasgow at the SSE Hydro on April 21 and culminates at the end of the month at Bournemouth’s BIC. The band will play dates in Aberdeen, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham in between. Super Furry Animals support on all dates except in Bournemouth.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will play

London, Royal Albert Hall (December 10)
Glasgow, The SSE Hydro (April 21)
Aberdeen, AECC (April 24)
Liverpool, Echo Arena (April 25)
Leeds, First Direct Arena (April 27)
Birmingham, Genting Arena (April 29)
Bournemouth, BIC (April 30)