With less than three weeks before Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds release their second album Chasing Yesterday, the former Oasis guitarist has been dogged by questions regarding his old band.
Mostly those questions revolve around a reunion, and what it would take to get Oasis back together six years after their split. Finally — fucking finally — Gallagher put a price on it.
And that number is: “half a billion.”
We’ll assume he’s talking about British pounds, so if you’re scoring in the States like we are, that converts into roughly $769 million. Plus change.
“If somebody puts that on the table, I’ll pack my bags in the morning and say, ‘How many gigs do you want?'” Gallagher tells Vulture in an interview this week.
He adds: “The thing that slightly annoys me is — and I know I’m the only one doing interviews — people assume it’s up to me. Let’s say I get up tomorrow morning, have a stretch, and say to my wife, ‘How about this Oasis thing?’ It’s not up to me. Who knows if Liam wants to do it? He probably does, but I don’t know. It’s not on my radar at all. I’m very happy with what I’m doing.”
One, nice jab at the rest of the Oasis lads in noting that no one’s been asking them any questions, and two, slick poke at Liam by assuming he’d jump at the chance to sing “Wonderwall” again. He’s probably right.
Let’s start passing around that collection plate.
In the meantime, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds release the appropriately titled Chasing Yesterday on March 2, and the band plays the Boston Opera House on June 6.
Here’s Gallagher teamed up with Johnny Marr on the album’s second single, “The Ballad of the Mighty I.”