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Noel Gallagher says Oasis album with never-before-heard music was scrapped after disagreement with Liam

The album was believed to feature never-before-heard music and covers from the band

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Noel Gallagher has – quite unsurprisingly – revealed that an Oasis Greatest Hits album was scrapped thanks to a disagreement with his brother, Liam.

Now it’s no secret that there’s no love lost between the long-feuding brothers – Oasis split back in 2009 and over a decade on, they continue to take pops at each other in the press, with no sign of an emotional makeup reunion on the cards just yet.

Their animosity for one another began in the early Oasis days, with many reports claiming their big fall out initially kicked off in 1994 while touring the US.

During one of their gigs in LA, Liam apparently changed the lyrics to their track ‘Live Forever’ from, ‘Maybe I don’t really wanna know how your garden grows’ to ‘Maybe I don’t really wanna know why you pick your nose’, just to annoy Noel.

Liam is also said to have whacked Noel over the head with an instrument on that same night, as well as insulting fans at the gig.

Obviously, his behaviour didn’t impress Noel, who actually quit Oasis shortly after to make a point (spoiler: he rejoined the band a couple of weeks later after a change of heart).

But the seed had been sown, and, during that same year, they did that iconic interview with NME, which saw the magazine follow them on the road and recorded how often they told each other to ‘f*** off.’

Even following the discontinuation of Oasis, the brothers’ relationship hasn’t fared much better, with them continuing to make public jibes towards one another even today.

And the latest instance took place just last week, with Noel dishing some serious dirt on his brother once again.

In a new interview, the High Flying Birds founder and frontman placed the blame on Liam for the collapse of a potential Oasis Greatest Hits album, which was set to feature never-before-heard music and covers from the band.

He told Record Collector Magazine: “You know that ‘Don’t Stop’ demo we put up? We had planned to do an Oasis best of the 2000s because it’s a period of Oasis that the masses are not interested in but for the actual fans there’s some great tunes.

“With ‘Don’t Stop’ it was like, ‘Well people are f****** floundering, put that out, the fans will love it.’ Well, we did this best of and the bonus disc was gonna be all these unreleased songs.

“But, ha, unfortunately we couldn’t agree on something and it got dropped by the wayside.”

The greatest hits LP was reportedly set to include covers of ‘Eleanor Rigby’ and ‘It’s All Too Much’ by The Beatles and feature guitar hero Johnny Marr.

Noel added: “There was this box in the cupboard under the stairs with all these blank CDs in.

“I went, ‘Right, today I’m going to fucking take that’. I’m putting on these CDs and I found a load of old Oasis stuff, like songs I’d never recorded but demoed. I’m going, ‘No fucking way’.

“There’s a great version of ‘Eleanor Rigby’, a punk version, and an amazing version of ‘It’s All Too Much’ we did on the day George died. Johnny Marr’s on it. I’d forgotten all about it. It was just the backing track. Liam hadn’t gotten round to doing the vocals.”

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Shania Twain announces huge Manchester gig as part of UK tour

Let’s go girls…

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Shania Twain has her sights set upon Manchester as part of a huge UK tour next year.

The country music icon, responsible for hit tracks such as ‘Man! I Feel Like A Woman!’ and ‘From This Moment On’, announced that she would be touring the UK in the wake of her new album ‘Queen of Me’, which is set for release on February 3rd, 2023.

This is the first time Shania has announced a global tour in nearly five years, with her more recently hosting a lengthy residency in Las Vegas.

The tour will kick off on Saturday September 16th 2023 at London’s O2 Arena, before moving on to Dublin, Glasgow and Manchester.

It will then wrap up in Birmingham on Tuesday September 26th.

Here’s the full list of Shania Twain’s UK tour dates:

  • September 16th 2023: London, The O2.
  • September 19th 2023: Dublin, 3Arena.
  • September 22nd 2023: Glasgow, OVO Hydro.
  • September 25th 2023: Manchester, AO Arena.
  • September 26th 2023: Birmingham, Utilita Arena.

Tickets go on general sale on the Live Nation website this week on Friday November 4th from 10am.

Though fans who pre-order the new album from the official store before 4pm on Tuesday November 1st will receive a pre-sale code for 2023 tour tickets from Wednesday November 2nd at 10am.

For more information and tickets, click here.

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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott praised for capping concert tickets to fight music industry ‘greed’

‘I’m very much against greed within the industry because I feel as though there is quite a lot’

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Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott have been praised by fans for capping their concert tickets at £30 in a stand against ‘music industry greed’.

The musicians, who were famously part of pop rock group The Beautiful South, appeared on BBC Breakfast last week to discuss the reasoning behind their affordable ticket prices. 

Paul said it was important to keep their gig prices low for fans, adding that he hopes he will ‘set an example’ to other artists and musicians.  

He said: “It’s really important through the coming months and possibly years that we tell the fans that we’re getting paid enough and we want to keep it low for you. I think people are delighted.

“I’m very much against greed within the industry because I feel as though there is quite a lot.

“We’re trying to just battle and say look we’ll do it as low as we can. And you know… set a bit of an example.”

Paul’s comments were met with a warm reception on social media, with countless fans rushing to praise his and Jacqui’s decision to lower the cost of tickets. 

One person wrote: “What a man. Brilliant. Understands people are struggling and he’s making enough… why can’t others think like that.”

A second noted: “Love Paul Heaton, what a legend. Hope more follow suit the price of gig tickets is ridiculous nowadays.”

And a third commented: “Fair play Paul Heaton. Always been on the right side of things. Gig tickets are ridiculous now.”

Though this isn’t the first time Heaton has been applauded for his generosity; earlier this year, the singer turned sixty and, to celebrate, put thousands of pounds of his own money behind the bars in sixty pubs across the UK.

He said at the time: “To celebrate my sixtieth birthday I’d originally intended to do another bicycle tour, visiting and performing at sixty pubs across the UK and Ireland.

“However, due to recording delays caused by the pandemic, I’ve had to shelve these plans for the time being.

“Instead, I’ve decided that the next best way to celebrate this coming of age is to handpick sixty pubs across the UK and Ireland and put a given amount of money behind the bar of each one. Then, both regulars and yourselves can enjoy a birthday drink on me (until the money runs out, or the bar runs dry!)”

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Spice Girls 2023 tour confirmed as Mel B tells fans ‘we’re back’

Lives are set to be spiced…

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The Spice Girls are seemingly heading back on the road as Mel B tells fans ‘we’re back’. 

Taking to Instagram this week, Mel B – known as Scary Spice in the band – shared a video montage of the Spice Girls’ best moments over the last twenty-five years, alongside a brief caption, “We’re back”. 

She wrote alongside her post: “To ALL our fans get ready for #spiceworld25 yippppeeee [sic] its here at long last!!!! Boom”, adding the hashtags ‘#girlpower’, ‘#friendshipneverends’ and ‘#spicetour2023’.

While no exact dates were revealed, fans were very excited by the cryptic announcement. 

One person commented: “Omgggg. WUT”, while another gushed: “You are the best! Yes, please! #spicetour2023”.

A third noted: “I need to be there!”.

The iconic ‘90s girl band reunited back in 2019 for a huge UK tour, which included several sold-out gigs here in Manchester, though they were without former bandmate Posh Spice, aka Victoria Beckham.

It is not yet known if Victoria will be joining the band on next year’s tour. 

Mel B has previously discussed the prospect of a Spice Girls reunion, with her revealing that the band had been in talks to get back on the road before the Covid pandemic.

While hosting Steph’s Packed Lunch in September last year, the singer said: “We did our last tour and Victoria respectfully ducked out, and you have to respect when someone doesn’t want to go on tour.

“I’m always pushing to have a Spice Girls reunion and we were in talks last year [2020] but then Covid hit so it pushed everyone’s plans.

“I think we’re hopefully on the same page together.”

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