Noel Gallagher has revealed that he struggles to remember lyrics to his songs while performing onstage.
Gallagher – now aged 56 – pegged his forgetfulness to the “ongoing march of time”. Gallagher told Matt Morgan: “I’ve found myself on this tour consciously thinking: ‘What is the next line to this song?’ It’s like, you’ve just got to think about it.”
He went on to say that he would consider using a teleprompter for lyrics in the future: “I’m sure, eventually, I’ll need one.”
Gallagher isn’t the only musician to reveal they need aid in remembering lyrics. In late 2020, Paul McCartney revealed he uses a teleprompter at his live shows in case he forgets the lyrics to The Beatles‘ songs.
“Sometimes I’ll be doing a song, like ‘Eleanor Rigby’ [released in 1966] or something, and I’m on autopilot. And I’m starting to think, ‘Oh, what am I gonna have for dinner?’ Then I go, ‘Stop!’ because I’m singing ‘Eleanor Rigby’! I’ve separated myself not only from Paul and fame, but a couple of bits in my head are going in different places,” McCartney said.
McCartney added at the time: “Sometimes that breaks down and I forget the song. I have a teleprompter.”
Earlier this month, Noel Gallagher‘s High Flying Birds announced former Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan as the support act for their 2023 UK arena tour. See Meighan’s UK arena tour dates with Noel Gallagher below.
14 – OVO Arena Wembley, London
15 – Utilita Arena Birmingham, Birmingham
17 – Cardiff International Arena, Cardiff
18 – First Direct Arena, Leeds
20 – OVO Hydro, Glasgow
21 – M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
Reviewing Gallagher’s recent outdoor London gig, NME wrote: “Whether Oasis get back together over the next year remains to be seen. For now, Gallagher senior still makes a pretty good substitute. Plus he’s a damn sight better than any AI replication of the band.”