The monobrowed guitarist slags off the tastes of the American record-buying public and looks ahead to Oasis' tour with the Black Crowes...

NOEL GALLAGHER has accused the US record-buying public of having “bad taste”, saying that pop bands such as the “rubbish” BACKSTREET BOYS “should be shot”.

According to Reuters, speaking at a press conference in Caracas in Venezuela prior to the band’s appearance at the city’s music festival last night (January 21), he said: “Americans have got very bad taste, hence the Backstreet Boys… [they] can’t sing, can’t play, can’t dance”.

Elsewhere, Gallagher played down the hype surrounding Oasis’ forthcoming US tour with the Black Crowes, saying, “It just seemed like a good idea at the time.”

He said: “I’ve met them at parties and backstage at their gigs and they’ve met us backstage at our gigs and it’s all been a bit polite, so I don’t know. But let’s wait until we have that 6am argument about who’s greater, the Beatles or the Stones. We like the Black Crowes. They like Oasis. We all get on well because we’ve all met each other. It’s not two bands going on the road together who are just getting to know each other while they are on the road.

“You could be a bit nostalgic and say, ‘Oh, it’s the greatest rock’n’roll band in America and the greatest rock’n’roll band in England…but I don’t know, it just seemed like a good idea at the time and it still seems like a good idea.”

According to US website All Star, the tour is tentatively due to start on May 25, and running through to late June.