Noel was not playing ball with the reunion question (Picture: BBC/Rex)
Noel Gallagher dodged the question of an Oasis reunion on The One Show, pretending presenter Ronan Keating’s question about ‘the band getting band together’ concerned his latest chart-topping group, High Flying Birds.
As Ronan, prefaced his question with ‘We can’t not ask’, it was pretty clear to everyone – Noel included – exactly which band was meant.
But the rocker wasn’t letting him get away with the cheeky question, and promptly leapt straight on the ambiguity that had been introduced, saying: ‘High Flying Birds?’
As the studio laughed and Ronan exclaimed, ‘Come on!’, Noel ploughed through, continuing: ‘We’ll get back together in, I think, we are due back together in 2023 – coming to a garden fete near you.
‘Yeah. We’ll be treading the boards together some time again in the 2020s.’
Noel then smirked and leant back as Ronan commented: ‘Look at that smile!’
Elsewhere in the show, the 54-year-old revealed he’d made peace with the fact his most successful song-writing days might well be behind him, and said he avoided putting himself under the stress to produce era-defining hits like Wonderwall and Don’t Look Back In Anger again.
He shared his simple process, explaining: ‘A lot of people work themselves into a paralysis about writing music – I don’t really think about it too much. If it feels good to me, I’ll put it out.’
Going on to tackle the potential pressure of his back catalogue, he said: ‘Obviously, I’ve let go of the nineties and I’m never going to write things as culturally significant as that – and I’m cool with that.
Noel’s long-running feud with his brother Liam is a bit of a bump in the road towards an Oasis reunion (Picture: Publicity Picture)
‘You can only do what you do to make yourself happy in the current moment and that’s what I’m doing, and whatever will be after that is up to other people to decide.’
The former Oasis member is hardly doing shabbily with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, which he formed in 2010, as his new greatest hits collection Back The Way We Came Vol 1 (2011-2021) is charging up the charts towards number one.
The star also revealed he’d been considering selling off his back catalogue, in a move that mirrors stars like Bob Dylan and Stevie Nicks, because he wasn’t sure he could trust his kids with knowing the value of it after he was gone, joking that they’d ‘swop it for a choc ice and a PlayStation’.