Noel Gallagher on the Possibility of an Oasis Reunion, One Direction and Life as a Solo Artist
As Noel Gallagher comes across the pond to promote his second solo album, Chasing Yesterday, the musician tells Billboard that he’s even more settled into the idea of being out on his own and away from Oasis.
“I knew what to expect this time around, so I was a bit more relaxed about it,” says Gallagher. “Saying that, it’s a whole new set of songs. So it was a new challenge. I’m enjoying it, though -- that’s the main thing.” And, he adds, he’s particularly reveling in being a solo artist, with no plans to turn his High Flying Birds band into anything resembling a formal group. “Having been in a band for 20-odd years, it’s the last thing I want at this point,” explains Gallagher. “I see (High Flying Birds) in the long run as a fluid collective of whoever’s around at any particular time for any particular project.”
Watch Gallagher's intimate performance from London's The Dome of Chasing Yesterday’s “Riverman” (“Probably my favorite song since going solo”) from his recent European tour, which Billboard is premiering exclusively below.
Gallagher has, however, been pleased to be part of the reissues of Oasis’ first two albums, and he says a reissue of 1997's Be Here Now will be coming along as well. As to the latest recent reports about an Oasis reunion supposedly set for 2016, Gallagher says that, “There has been no ‘gentleman’s agreement’ to reform Oasis. There will never be a ‘gentleman’s agreement’ to reform Oasis. There is no ‘source close to the band’; there might well be a ‘source’ course to Liam! It isn’t going to happen -- the end.”
However, after Liam Payne’s recent description of One Direction’s new music, Gallagher did acknowledge that he’s “fascinated to hear what 1D's idea of being an album being ‘Oasisy’ might be.”
Gallagher’s just-started North American tour runs through the Governor's Ball Music Festival on June 7 in New York. He’ll kick off a European festival run on June 12 at the Orange Warsaw Festival in Poland and will perform in South Korea and Japan during late July.