The star gave away a few secrets at the ShockWaves NME Awards…

NOEL GALLAGHER has confirmed that the new OASIS album is finally, definitely, finished.

Talking to NME.COM at last week’s ShockWaves NME Awards, the guitarist revealed how he was relieved now that the long-delayed record is finally ready.

Describing the past year as “difficult”, Gallagher said: “Not difficult in that everyone’s been feeling down about things, just frustrating that we thought we got to the finishing line, but when it came to it, it just wasn’t worthy of putting out.”


He added: “The longer that we took to do the album, the better it had to be because of the time from the last one. When it was two years, we asked was it good enough after two years of fucking about and now we have to ask if it’s good enough after three years.”

The follow-up to 2002’s ‘Heathen Chemistry’ has been beset with problems. Early sessions with [a][/a] as producers were scrapped, and then when the album was thought to be ready for release last summer, until that too was scrapped after the band’s much-criticised Glastonbury performance.

“It’s done now. We master it tomorrow and it’s out on May 26,” confirmed Gallagher, suggesting that a possible title for the record could be ‘The Ear Has No Memory’.

For all the news and backstage gossip from the Shockwaves NME Awards along with exclusive interviews with all the winners, get this week’s collector’s edition of NME, out in London today (February 22) and nationwide tomorrow.


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