The Oasis star insists he was only trying to get at brother Liam. Well, he sure did that...

NOEL GALLAGHER has declared his plans for a solo album – which led to an inter-band bust-up and him walking out on the OASIS world tour earlier in the year – were fabricated to wind-up his brother LIAM.

Speaking in an interview on British Saturday morning television show CD:UK, Gallagher told presenters that he “never intended to do a solo album”.

He claimed the remarks in interviews were made to wind up his younger brother, and once he saw how badly Liam reacted to the ‘news’, Noel decided to stick with the story and told every journalist he met that a solo record was on the cards.

He said: “I was in an interview in Europe and I said ‘These four songs I might not use for Oasis but might I on a solo album’ – I could see it in his (Liam’s) eyes he was disgusted and offended that I would even consider a solo album, so in every interview I did I said I was planning a solo record. This kept getting back to him and the more he got annoyed about it the more I would say it.

“For the record, I’m not doing a solo album. I never intended to do a solo album, it’s just all for the benefit of family relations.”

The issue of a Noel Gallagher solo album is said to be one of the main factors which led to Noel walking out of the band’s ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants’ world tour earlier in the year following backstage arguments.

Speaking at the time, Liam said: “I was doing interviews, and I’m hearing this solo shit. It’s bollocks – I don’t want to be hearing about it. Just fucking do it and get it over and done with, but I don’t want to hear about it.

“For him to be committing to some solo thing pisses me off because he should be just solid, thinking about this band – I don’t think about anything else, except this band, me wife and me kid – and he’s fuckin’ thinkin’ about solo albums. So we had a little barney. We had a little scrap and he got his ball and went home.”

Oasis are currently in the process of writing their fifth studio album, as well as finalising plans to tour the US with the Black Crowes from “May to November” next year. They have also confirmed a date at the Rock In Rio festival in January 2001.