Noel Gallagher's wife encouraged solo record

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 13 August 2011
Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher says wife Sara MacDonald is responsible for his decision to launch a solo career because he was ''annoying'' her by being at home so much

Noel Gallagher decided to release an album because he was "annoying" his wife.

The guitarist was quite content to take a break from music after he quit Oasis in August 2009, but his spouse Sara MacDonald - who he married in June 2011, and with whom he has two sons, three-year-old Donovan and 10-month-old Sonny - eventually decided he needed to release a record.

He revealed: "I was in a band, right? And I left. And then I wrote some songs. I had a lot of songs left over from the band. And then I wrote some other songs. And after a couple of years sitting 'round the house, I had a baby. Moved house. My wife decided it was time for me to do something because I was annoying her."

Noel recently admitted that starting a musical career without his former Oasis bandmates - brother Liam, Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock, all of whom are now in Beady Eye - is a daunting prospect.

Speaking about his new project, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, he said: "They're a collective more than a band. Anyone can join and anyone can leave. I was sat in bed one night before I got my band together. I said to my wife, 'It's just dawned on me, I've got to find five other people. I won't know their wives or girlfriends, or mates, and I've got to share a tour bus with them.'

"It's like giving up drugs and moving on to a new circle of friends."

The musician releases his debut solo album 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' in October and will start his tour the same month.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Post-Oasis indie rock from Gallagher senior who is happy to dip into the Oasis back catalogue to bolster his set.

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