Noel Gallagher reveals he forgets lyrics and has to “make shit up” when playing live
Noel Gallagher may be revered as a great songwriter, but he’s revealed that he often forgets his lyrics when performing live, relying on some hasty improvisation when needed.
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Gallagher revealed to The Sun: “Brain freeze, I get it. I get them when I’m doing gigs to 70,000 people. As the next line is coming I think, ‘Seriously, what is the next line to this song?’ You’re thinking, ‘I genuinely don’t know what it is’. Somehow it falls out of the sky. But sometimes I just have to make shit up.
“My band will say, ‘Are they the right lyrics?’ And I go, ‘I don’t think so’.”
He then revealed: “I’ve played Don’t Look Back In Anger a billion times and sometimes I think, ‘What is the first line?’”
He also revealed to the Sun that he’s currently working on an album of covers – not of big-name tracks, but of obscure songs that he was influenced by. Explaining the more underground nature of the tracklist, Noel explained: “Everybody does Bob Dylan covers albums – it’s boring.”
Earlier this year, Gallagher spoke out about his anger at the UK prime minister and the government in general for the way they handled the COVID-19 pandemic. He also specifically called Boris Johnson a “fucking idiot” for catching the disease.
Gallagher accused the UK government of not preparing for a second wave, despite one being discussed as the first was happening. “What annoyed me most about it was in the first wave they were saying there’s gonna be a second wave and then when it came they did absolutely fucking nothing to prepare for it.”
He again criticised the UK prime minister, saying: “Boris Johnson has proved himself not to be the fucking man in the crisis. Number one, getting it for a start – you fucking idiot. Right at the start of it, he’s out of the game for three months. Hang on a minute, where is the fucking idiot who’s paid to make the rules? Oh, he’s in bed because he’s ill. Fat cunt.”
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