Noel Gallagher: ‘As a live band Oasis got better as the songs got worse’

Gallagher tells fans it is "tough" if they didn't get to see his former band play live

Noel Gallagher has said that while he will always consider reforming Oasis if the money is right, he has no sympathy for fans who complain that they didn’t get to see the band perform live.

Gallagher made an appearance on Radio X, the newly branded XFM, this morning (September 21). He spoke to breakfast show presenter Chris Moyles as he made his debut. The DJ inevitably asked him whether he’d ever reform Oasis.

“Probably not in the very near future,” Gallagher replied, adding, “one should never say never though, when someone’s waving a cheque for a quarter of a billion…”

“I’m sure there are countless, thousands of people who would love it,” he said of the potential reformation. “But there’s one that wouldn’t…me.”


Gallagher continued: “I do say: ‘We were together for 20 years, if you didn’t see us, tough…I didn’t get to see the Sex Pistols. The second lot of gigs we [Oasis] did at Wembley were infinitely better. As a live band, we got better – as the songs got worse.”

Moyles then asked Gallagher when he last saw his brother Liam to which he claimed he has not seen him since February of this year.

Recounting his time on tour with Oasis, Gallagher went on to reveal how the band would book one extra hotel room, so they could use it as ‘the party room’ before returning to their own, clean hotel rooms at the end of the night.

He recalled: “We’d book an extra suite, that would be the party room and we’d trash it, well not trash it, and then at 7am go back and we’d all have pristine hotel rooms.”

Chris Moyles launched Radio X this morning. Moyles returned to radio after leaving Radio 1 in 2012.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are among the acts confirmed to play the first ever Radio X Road Trip.

The nationwide tour will celebrate the relaunch of XFM as Radio X with dates running through November and December. Radio X breakfast show host Chris Moyles will preside over the gigs.

The Radio X Road Trip dates and line-up are as follows:

Stereophonics – Bristol O2 Academy (November 3)
Bloc Party – Glasgow O2 ABC (9)
Courteeners – Leeds O2 Academy (23)
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Johnny Marr, Neon Waltz, Pretty Vicious – Manchester O2 Apollo (December 2)
James Bay – Birmingham O2 Academy 2 (8)