Noel Gallagher: Oasis split is why we’re “up there with all the greats”

Noel Gallagher: Oasis split is why we’re “up there with all the greats”

Noel Gallagher believes that choosing to leave Oasis when he did enabled them to have legendary status.

The former Oasis guitarist and chief songwriter quit the band in 2009 after a huge row with his brother Liam, but he maintains it was not a decision he took lightly, but enabled the band to be up there “with all the greats”.

As reported by Sky News, speaking on Sky Arts programme Noel Gallagher: Out Of The Now, the Manchester rocker said audiences had grown bored of the band during the final months.

“It’s not a decision I took lightly,” he said of his decision to leave. “And I’d written every meaningful song that was ever recorded by Oasis. And it was my life, I directed it and creatively it was my thing. With the benefit of hindsight it was the best thing for me and for the band.

“Because the band now, Oasis back in 2009 were not lauded as one of the greats of all time. There was a kind of undercurrent of, ‘well they should really call it a day’. That’s what I felt anyway.

“And I felt that people had stopped listening to the records and were coming to see us trot out the hits and it’s a position I never wanted the band to be in. But now of course we’re seen as up there with all the greats.”