Noel Gallagher reveals that Alan White's 'hyper-mobile thumb' ruled him out of the band's 'Tour Of Brotherly Love' with the Black Crowes...

NOEL GALLAGHER has said OASIS drummer ALAN WHITE must have an operation for the hand injury that has meant he cannot perform on the band’s current ‘TOUR OF BROTHERLY LOVE’.

Speaking to Danny Connor on BBC Radio 1, Gallagher said that White has “hyper-mobile thumb”, an ailment caused from “gripping his drum sticks wrong for the past 6-7 years”. As a result of his illness, Alan’s brother Steve, who has previously drummed with Paul Weller, is his temporarily replacement for the band’s current ‘Tour Of Brotherly Love’ with the Black Crowes.

He said: “Alan has got a thing called ‘hyper-mobile thumb’. He’s been gripping his drum sticks wrong for the past 6-7 years and his thumb has seized up, so he’s got to go and have an operation on it. There hasn’t been a fight, nobody has glassed anybody, everybody’s getting on fine, there was no row when we were doing the recording of the record, or in rehearsals. It was a pure medical thing, and luckily for us Steve (White) actually taught him to drum.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Gallagher said the band are still on track to release a new single before the end of the year.

He continued: “If everything goes to plan we’ll have a single out by the end of the year, and an album early next year. But the way things usually map out we’ll put the single out early next year. It’s going great. Gem and Andy have written some songs, Liam’s written a really strong song. I don’t really get excited about my own music, but I will say that this record is the best thing we’ve done in years and years. It’s really exciting already and that’s just the backing tracks. So once ‘his lordship’ has put his stamp on them, I think people will be pleasantly surprised.”

He said of the songs written by other band members, the songs written by bassist Andy Bell are mainly “melodic”, which guitarist Gem Archer’s attempts are “a bit more rocky”.

Gallagher continued: “Because we are producing it ourselves it’s our idea about how the band should sound. None of us are technically able to work the mixing desk, so we’ve got an engineer to do it. So, it’s a pretty basic rock and roll album, but it’s more like the sound and spirit of ‘Definitely Maybe’. It’s quite up and energetic, and they are positive and they don’t deal with negative aspects of anybody’s lives – mine are very optimistic.”