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Oasis: 'Wembley will be great'

Oasis have announced plans to play a series of super gigs next summer. Noel Gallagher talks about what it feels like to be back at Wembley, backstage rituals and rehearsals for their forthcoming BBC Electric Proms gig.

Noel Gallagher
Noel said Oasis never have any rituals before they go onstage
How does it feel to be back?

It's good. The new Wembley Stadium is quite a big venue and it's the first time I've ever been through the door actually. It is a great British venue isn't it? I guess it's going to be great.

Do you think you'll beat (your team) Manchester City to playing here?

Yeah, because they're not going to get here this year. So again I think we will be representing Man City at all stadiums around the country.

Will you be having a special stage show at Wembley?

No we're doing it in the traditional sense. There will be a stage at one end and a bar at the other and in between in the middle you don't want to get involved in if you're over 25.

As long as there's big moving footage of me playing the guitar that's alright.

What are your memories of the last time you played?

The second night was monumental because Liam (Gallagher) had been out with a Spice Girl the night before and ended up not bothering to go to bed and it was going out live across Europe. I think it was the first comedy performance in the old Wembley.

Looking back, the first night was great and the second night was quite skin crawlingly excruciating.

Were you annoyed with Liam?

No not at all. It was brilliant. How can I get annoyed with him? It's as much his band as it is mine. We've never mentioned it though since that day.

Heaton Park is an unusual venue to play. How did that come about?

I think the last person to play there was The Pope in 1982. It's been stagnant for a few years so it seems a shame to let it do nothing.

We originally had a few gigs at the City Of Manchester City Stadium but I think the new owners said there is no need to play concerts there anymore because obviously they don't need the money.

We said, 'Neither do we, we're just doing it for a laugh'. So Heaton Park was the next suitable venue. The obvious one would have been to go to Old Trafford but that isn't going to happen.

Do you ever approach the stadium shows differently?

The first stadium gig we did was at Maine Road in Manchester and for some reason it never felt daunting playing to 40,000 people. You can't sit and think about things like that.

Some bands will sit in their dressing room and quake in their boots. We're from the other end of the spectrum. All these people are here to see me play the guitar. It doesn't get any better than that.

What's the worst that could happen. You're s*** so what? They're (the fans) are too a*** holed, so they won't remember anyway.

Will you be going back to Glastonbury?

I wouldn't go back to Glastonbury. Why is R Kelly playing there or something?

No seriously, this is where it's going to be at next summer but we said the last time we did Glastonbury that we've never really pulled it off.

I think the first year we played when we were on that second stage in the afternoon was the best. We always blow the big gigs. We always manage to somehow George Best it.

All these people are here to see me play the guitar - it doesn't get any better than that.
Noel Gallagher on Oasis' super gigs
The first time we headlined it we played too many songs off (What's The Story?) Morning Glory which hadn't been released then.

The last time, we scrapped an album which was supposed to come out the week of that festival. So it was a bit of a damp squib.

Glastonbury is great to be at but it's not really good for people like me to play at because you don't go on until 11 at night and all the people you're with by that time are absolutely battered.

By the time you get off you're just playing catch up all night and trying to make sense of what your girlfriend is saying.

Do you have any rituals before you go onstage?

Yes of course. We slaughter goats and fry mushrooms. No we've seen that happen, bands doing the band hug and all that.

The first band we ever saw do that was Travis and we were like what the f*** are they doing? They all got in a huddle and did a little jig.

We've never been ones for that. We never even wish each other good luck on the way up to the stairs to the stage. We're northern men. We enjoy ourselves in silence and suffer in silence.

How are the BBC Electric Proms rehearsals?

We had a rehearsal in someone's kitchen in Muswell Hill. It sounded quite celestial in places and quite ridiculous in others.

It's going to be great though and they're made up that they can wear their own clothes.

It's just a pity it is going to be such a small gig. We might try to get a choir out for these big gigs.

What have you got against The X Factor?

I always seem to be coming across like I'm putting X Factor contestants down and I'm not. Honestly, who would deny the right for kids to better their own lives?

Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher playing football at Wembley Stadium
It's not really about the music though, people from Bradford singing in American accents.

It's a case of who has the biggest sob story this year isn't it? 'Oh me cat died and it's outstretched paw was pointing at the letter X. So I've come here today Simon to sing What's New Pussycat?'

Come on do us a favour get a proper job.

Simon Cowell always goes, 'You are what this contest is all about'. No it's not it's about you, it's not about them.

My eight-year-old daughter was watching it last week when some girl band comes on and they said they're going to do Wonderwall by Ryan Adams.

I turned round to my daughter and said, 'No I did write it I assure you'.

What do you think about giving free music away?

I wouldn't give an album away for free because 9.99 for an album or 7 on the internet, is fair. That's enough for me to keep the swimming pool full of mineral water anyway.

What do you think about the state of the industry?

The industry itself is in the s*** because it's kind of got too big and major record labels have had to take a hit because there's too many people working for them.

I think eventually the music industry will land in a place where it should have been all along which is leaner and meaner and more about the music and less about the product.

It's been coming for a long time but I don't think it's hit the bottom yet. But it's good in a way and if anything has come out of this current climate, it's the fact that records are cheaper.

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