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Noel Gallagher says rock music has become ‘too middle class’ for there to ever be another Oasis

‘Working class kids can’t afford to do it now, because guitars are expensive, there’s no rehearsal rooms’

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Noel Gallagher has said he doesn’t think there will ever be another Oasis because rock music has become ‘too middle class’. 

The musician is best known for as the vocalist and the lead guitarist of the Mancunian rock band, which was formed by him and brother Liam Gallagher in 1991.

Yet while the brothers came from humble beginnings in Burnage, Noel doesn’t think budding musicians from working class backgrounds stand much of a chance in the industry as they once did.

Speaking to The Daily Mirror, Noel questioned if teenagers are even able to make music anymore, with him asking: “Where are the fourteen-year-olds in bands now?”

He added: “Working class kids can’t afford to do it [make music] now, because guitars are expensive, there’s no rehearsal rooms. They’ve all been turned into wine bars and flats.”

The musician, who now fronts Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, said there are now ‘loads of middle class bands’ with members who wear guitars ‘as opposed to playing them’.

He suggested that this is a privilege reserved for individuals who have a certain amount of wealth, pointing out: “Four or five guys from a council estate can’t afford guitars.”

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Noel also discussed the ongoing success of Oasis, which he quit in 2009 after a public fall out with brother Liam, and how the band still sell hundreds of thousands of physical albums.

Commenting on their continued success, he said: “Oasis sold 480,000 albums in 2021. It’s unbelievable, as people don’t buy albums. Liam keeps the flame alive.”

Late last year, Liam announced that he would be returning to Knebworth over two decades on from the famous Oasis gigs.

He wrote on Twitter: “I’m absolutely buzzing to announce that on 4th June 2022 I’ll be playing Knebworth. It’s gonna be biblical. C’mon You Know. LG x”.

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Noel Gallagher ‘gobsmacked’ by girl who asked him what he does for a living

‘Google it…Just put in Liam Gallagher, you’ll probably see a picture of me.’

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Noel Gallagher said he was left speechless after a girl at a bar didn’t recognise him and asked what he did for a living.

Appearing on Absolute Radio’s Breakfast show to talk about his fourth High Flying Birds album ‘Council Skies’ and latest single ‘Easy Now’.

Sharing his love for going out and socialising, the Mancunian indie-rockstar went on to talk about an incident where he was chatting with a young woman at a bar who asked him ‘what do you do?’. 

The singer-songwriter said: “Somebody asked me in the Firehouse the other night, ‘what do you do?’ And I was like…I didn’t know what to say.” 

Presenter Dave Berry exclaimed: “Well what do you say to that, Noel?”

Noel continued: “Well, I didn’t know what to say because I’d never been asked before. I was like really? I change people’s lives for the better.”

The young woman, still not recognising him, asked: “Oh, you’re in the medical profession?” To which Noel replied: “Of sorts.”

Talking about the interaction, Noel said: “I was gobsmacked…I was like, ‘look, Google it, love…just put in ‘Noel Gallagher’, ‘High Flying Birds’, owt you want.”

He then added: “Put in ‘Liam Gallagher’, you’ll probably see a picture of me.”

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The former Oasis member then went on to talk about the current debate surrounding Nepotism babies, and opened up about his next album.

Noel’s album ‘Council Skies’ – the follow-up to 2017’s ‘Who Built The Moon?’– is due out on June 2nd via Sour Mash.

He’ll perform the record in a number of outdoor UK headline gigs this summer. You can purchase tickets here.

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LadBaby and Martin Lewis to release cover of Do They Know It’s Christmas

And it’s all for a good cause

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LadBaby has announced that they are releasing a fifth Christmas song, and they’ve got a very special guest this time round.

The YouTube stars are aiming to bag an unprecedented fifth Christmas number one single in a row, releasing a cover of Band Aid’s 1984 track Do They Know It’s Christmas.

The duo, Mark and Roxanne Hoyle, will be raising money for the Trussell Trust to help those affected by the cost of living crisis.

And finance expert Martin Lewis will be joining them on the track, as well as some ‘icons from the music industry’ who haven’t been revealed yet.

LadBaby made chart history during the last festive period with their fourth consecutive UK Christmas number one, a collaboration with Ed Sheeran and Sir Elton John called Sausage Rolls For Everyone.

Mark and Roxanne said: “We never intended to release a fifth Christmas single but as ambassadors of the Trussell Trust we were not prepared to sit back and do nothing in a year when people are struggling more than ever.

“So, a few months ago we approached Bob Geldof and Midge Ure and the Band Aid Trust to ask permission to rework the most iconic Christmas track of all time, Do They Know it’s Christmas. And we were truly honoured when they said yes!”

You can now pre-order the single, with it being officially released this Friday, December 16th – all proceeds will be shared between food bank charity the Trussell Trust and the Band Aid foundation.

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Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio wants listeners’ memories ahead of its 50th anniversary

What’s your favourite memory of the radio station?

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Manchester’s Piccadilly Radio celebrates its 50th anniversary in April 2024, and listeners are being invited to share their own memories of the Mancunian institution.

The station became one of the most popular mixed news and entertainment radio stations in the country, listened to and loved by millions of people.

And now a special book – titled ‘For the Record – Piccadilly Radio’s 50th Anniversary’ –  is scheduled for publication next year.

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Written by Piccadilly old boys Tony Ingham and Brian Beech, it will be a unique look at the show’s mammoth journey, featuring the story of the people who made it happen. 

The book will tell the story of the presenters, journalists, producers, engineers and – most importantly – listeners, for which Piccadilly Radio became the soundtrack to their lives.

For many, the iconic 261 logo and jingles quickly became part of everyday life in the North West of England.

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Ingham said: “For the listener, Piccadilly Radio was their music and their friend. Mention it to anyone of a certain age and immediately they are back under the bedclothes with Dave Ward or remembering ‘It’s a Goal!’ or ‘Oh no!’ Nobody did it better.

“We’ve got lots of stories from colleagues who worked there, but a major reason that Piccadilly was so successful was that it broadcast to the most responsive and the very best of audiences. We want to hear what Piccadilly Radio meant to them.”

The station birthed the careers of several national personalities, including Chris Evans, Timmy Mallett, Gary Davies, Mark Radcliffe, Andy Crane, Steve Penk and Andy Peebles.

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It also nurtured hugely popular local personalities including Susie Mathis, Phil Wood, Dave Ward, Mike Shaft, Pete Baker, James Stannage, Tim Grundy, Becky Want and Mike Sweeney.

As Chris Evans once said, “Piccadilly Radio knew exactly who it was and what it was about.  It was a new voice for a new generation. It was about the North West and everyone who lived there.”

If you have a story from the Piccadilly Radio glory days, you can email them at piccadillyat50@gmail.com for the chance to be included in the book.

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