Noel Gallagher releases his second solo album on Monday, and it seems some parts of it find the frontman and former Oasis guitarist in slightly nostalgic mood.
Not only is his latest High Flying Birds record called Chasing Yesterday, it also features a song inspired by Manchester and the streets he used to knock about in when Oasis were still trying to get noticed.
The track, While The Song Remains The Same, was inspired by a walk Noel used to take every week through the city centre. “How that song came about was I was coming up to see (Manchester) City 18 months ago,” Noel exclusively told The Diary.
“I used to live on Whitworth Street and on a Saturday I would do this specific route, walk around the shops to see my mates that worked at the shops, and then walk back to the flat.
“That Saturday 18 months ago when I was up there, I thought, ‘Do you know what? I’m going to do that walk again because I haven’t done it since I was in my 20s’.
“At every turn, the landmarks of my life had gone. And I was shocked. Pubs that used to be there were health clubs and restaurants, and some of the buildings aren’t there. And there’s a whole other part of the city built after the IRA bomb.
“It was like, ******* hell, I kinda don’t recognise it any more. When I got back to London my wife asked why I was so sad about it, and I told her it was because I would have liked to do that walk with my sons and shown them where I played for the first time, or this was the Hacienda.”
Noel was talking to the MEN ahead of his headline show at Manchester Arena on March 9. Tickets are still on sale, priced £35-£70.
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