Gallagher rose to fame as rock sensation Oasis headed by himself and brother Liam - the band saw chart-topping albums Definitely Maybe (1994) and (Whats the Story) Morning Glory? (1995) before their disbanding in 2009. Loved for their memorable melodies amid powerful multi-layered guitar, Definitely Maybe was the embodiment of the '90s Britpop movement.
Noel’s solo project Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds formed in 2011 and shortly released a self-titled debut album, selling 770,000 copies in the UK alone. Noel's style is reminiscent of Oasis in its former glory: a carefree, catchy sound, with contemplative lyrics. The group, comprised of the Zuton’s bassist Russell Pritchard, Mikey Rowe (keyboards) Jeremy Stacy of The Lemon Trees (drums) and Tim Smith on guitar is a winning musical recipe.
Gallagher is infamous for his explosive language and blithe public persona that forms the embodiment of the Britpop movement. His turbulent disputes with brother Liam often made the British tabloids, at the peak of the band's stardom, and their rivalry with Britpop legends Blur also made frequent press, revealing an obsession with the British media has not wavered over time. This release and arena tour are likely to show no different side to Noel, with a Q&A session on facebook incurring a typically entertaining flurry of profanities. On asked whether he intends to release an autobiography Noel replied, "If I've ever got literally no f**king money left and nothing better to do. But I struggle to write texts. Are you from a publishing company? Because I will do it for £750,000." And on the album's new sound, he stated, 'It's got saxaphone solos on it. Don't think of Spandau Ballet. You're going to love it.'
The album also has a host of distinctive new sounds that set Noel apart from Oasis. As Noel himself points out, 'The guitar, the bass, various keyboards, the tambourine, the washboard, the electric kazoo, the triangle, the wineglasses, the electric kettle and you know the bathtub with the thing in it. That didn't make the final cut, but I tried it.'
Entertaining as Noel’s public persona may be, his music does not fail to gain critical acclaim. Hailed as one of the best songwriters of all time (NMA awarded him the Godlike Genius Award, a deification which undoubtedly did much for his ego) Noel has friends in high places and the album closing track Ballad of the Mighty features fellow musical legend Johnny Marr on guitar. The band will be playing six major venues across the UK and tickets are due to be released imminently so get them while they're hot.
|What||Noel Gallagher, 02 Arena|
|Where||The O2 Arena, Peninsula Square , London, SE10 0DX | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Greenwich (underground)|
On 10 Mar 15, 7:00 PM – 12:00 AM
|Website||Go to the o2 website for more information|