From the Stadium to the Shower: Noel Gallagher Contemplates Solo Life


UK megastars Oasis are talking about a break — or at least bandleader Noel Gallagher is. “I don’t think it’ll affect what Oasis do. Liam, on the other hand, will f***ing freak out,” he told British magazine Q, referring to his brother, the band’s legendarily acerbic frontman. Contemplating a five-year recharge between the end of the group’s current tour and the start of work for a new album, Gallagher reveals he plans to finally deliver a long-rumored solo record. His most recent solo appearance, however — in a bathroom shower stall — suggests he may want to reconsider his presentation. Of course, the acoustics in there are pretty damn great. Watch a clip of the performance after the jump, and find out about more material on the way.

Noel’s acoustic performance of “Waiting for the Rapture” was filmed for (RED)WIRE, an online music mag dreamed up by Bono to help raise money for people in Africa affected by HIV. The full version of the video will be available through the site exclusively from April 29 through May 4.

Meanwhile, a live solo concert that Gallagher performed at London’s Royal Festival Hall in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust receives a US iTunes release on April 28, and is also available via the band’s official online store. The offering, titled The Dreams We Have as Children, includes 16 songs — including a guest appearance from modfather Paul Weller, who joins Noel for covers of the Jam’s “Butterfly Collector” and the Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love.” A take on the Smiths’ “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” also features in the 2007 set.

Gallagher additionally told Q that he hopes the rest of the band work on solo projects during the break, although he doesn’t have many kind words to add about his brother. Revealing that Liam has never even met his own nephew (Noel’s son Donovan), Gallagher adds, “To a stranger it sounds ludicrous, but you wouldn’t have him in the house if he spoke to you the way he speaks to me and my family. He’s rude, arrogant, intimidating, and lazy. He’s the angriest man you’ll ever meet. He’s like a man with a fork in a world of soup.”