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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Biography

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds are an English rock band formed in 2010 as the solo moniker of former Oasis songwriter, lead guitarist, and backing vocalist Noel Gallagher. The touring band consists of former Oasis members Gem Archer (guitar), Mike Rowe (piano), and Chris Sharrock (drums), as well as former Zutons member Russell Pritchard (bass). The band has also had a variety of guests contribute to albums such as the Crouch End Festival Chorus, Amorphous Androgynous, Johnny Marr, and Paul Weller.History Break-up of Oasis (2009–2010) On 12 July 2009, rumours that Noel Gallagher intended to go solo spread, but this was not true. Two months later, a fight between the Gallagher broth...
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds are an English rock band formed in 2010 as the solo moniker of former Oasis songwriter, lead guitarist, and backing vocalist Noel Gallagher. The touring band consists of former Oasis members Gem Archer (guitar), Mike Rowe (piano), and Chris Sharrock (drums), as well as former Zutons member Russell Pritchard (bass). The band has also had a variety of guests contribute to albums such as the Crouch End Festival Chorus, Amorphous Androgynous, Johnny Marr, and Paul Weller.

History

Break-up of Oasis (2009–2010)

On 12 July 2009, rumours that Noel Gallagher intended to go solo spread, but this was not true. Two months later, a fight between the Gallagher brothers took place in a backstage area, reportedly resulting in Noel's guitar being smashed by Liam, and Noel subsequently storming off. On 28 August 2009 Oasis' manager announced the cancellation of their concert at the Rock en Seine festival near Paris just minutes before it was about to begin, along with the cancellation of the European tour and a statement that Oasis "does not exist anymore". Two hours later, a statement from Noel appeared on the band's website writing that "with some sadness and great relief...I quit Oasis tonight. People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer."

Chasing Yesterday (2013–2016)

On 15 August 2013, Noel Gallagher appeared on the TalkSPORT show “The Sports Bar”, presented by Andy Goldstein and Jason “The Duck Lover Cundy, to discuss Manchester City and other sports topics. When confronted with questions from fans on Twitter and through Email, Andy Goldstein read through speculations of rumours of an Oasis reunion for Gallagher while on the show. Once again, Gallagher swatted away any possible Oasis reunion for 2014, and then was asked if he was working on any new 'High Flying Birds' material. Gallagher confirmed on the talk show:

"I've got tons of songs leftover from the last one. What am I doing at the moment? I'm writing, putting stuff together. I'll definitely make another one, [a new album], that's for sure! I don't want to go back out on the road though, that's the thing." Guarding any more of detail of a new second solo album, Gallagher was then asked for a release date of new material, and with hesitation, he said: "It'll probably come out when it's finished, I don't know."

Gallagher said on 20 October 2013 that his most recent songs that were written solely for the new album were his 'best songs ever' written. "I finished it and I played it (the new songs), I think 'That's pretty good! In fact, it might be the best song I’ve ever written!' — Until I heard 'Rock and Roll Star' on the radio, and go, 'Yeah… it's not that good!'."

On 17 February 2014, Rosie Danvers and The Wired Strings collaborated with Noel Gallagher for his second solo album, recording strings for one track. The session occurred at Abbey Road Studios in London, according to the Wired Strings website.

On 29 May 2014, Gallagher posted a photo on his official Facebook page confirming he has started work on his second album and follow-up. The photo shows him tuning one of his many electric guitars.

On 17 June 2014, his wife, Sara MacDonald, indicated on Instagram that Gallagher was in the middle of recording his new album. She posted a message to fans confirming that Gallagher would not be making his usual trip to the World Cup, "Brace yourselves people.......he's not going. At all. He is too busy".

On 13 October 2014, it was announced that a new album titled Chasing Yesterday would be released on 2 March 2015. The first single from the album, "In the Heat of the Moment", was released on 17 November 2014 followed by "Ballad of the Mighty I" and "Riverman". A UK, European and North American tour followed as well as many festival appearances.

High Flying Birds in 2015

On 4 July 2015 they headlined at Calling Festival in Clapham Common. After performing their first song, "Everybody's on the Run", Noel spoke to the crowd saying; "Hello Clapham... Now there's something I never thought I'd say."

The Chasing Yesterday Tour continued into 2016, though on 7 March – a day before the tour resumed in Guadalajara, Mexico – it was announced that drummer Jeremy Stacey would be joining King Crimson. After this leg of the tour took the band to South America, Australia and Europe, Stacey's final show was on 30 April in his hometown of Bournemouth.

For the remainder of the tour, Gallagher reunited with former Oasis touring drummer Chris Sharrock, whose first show was in Atlanta on 1 July. Sharrock was actually one of only two drummers in England, along with Stacey, that Gallagher originally considered during High Flying Birds' inception. However, since Sharrock had already joined Beady Eye, Liam Gallagher's new band with the other former members of Oasis, that left Stacey as the only choice by default. Though Stacey had left the touring band, he would still be the primary drummer for the recording sessions of High Flying Birds' third album, Who Built the Moon?

The tour concluded that September with a one-off show at the Brixton Academy (the first time Noel had ever headlined the venue with either his High Flying Birds or Oasis). During this show, Noel was joined on stage by special guests Johnny Marr and Paul Weller.

Rolling Stone gave a positive review stating, "The greater appeal of Chasing Yesterday is in the way Gallagher, 47, now does reflection, loss and persistent optimism, leavening his usual power chords and pub-choir-ready choruses with a dusky, psychedelic churn that exposes the long, hidden thread running from early-Seventies Traffic to The Stone Roses." Mojo gave the album a 4/5 rating writing that, "While it may appear to arrive under a typically vague or clanging banner in the tradition of Dig Out Your Soul or Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, Chasing Yesterday is the most fittingly titled album to bear Noel Gallagher's name. The 47-year-old is in reflective lyrical mode, revealing his view from middle age, trying to find peace with the past, or (textbook mid-life crisis material) searching for a spectral, unattainable female.".

Back the Way We Came: Vol. 1 (2021–present)

On 29 April 2021, Gallagher announced the release of the band's first greatest hits album, titled Back the Way We Came: Vol. 1 (2011–2021). The album is a double release, which along with 16 previously released tracks, features two new songs; "We're On Our Way Now" and "Flying On the Ground", the former of which was released as a single the same day as its announcement. It was released on 11 June 2021.

Touring band members

  • Noel Gallagher – lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar (2010–present)
  • Mike Rowe – keyboards (2010–present)
  • Russell Pritchard – bass guitar, backing vocals (2010–present)
  • Chris Sharrock – drums (2016–present)
  • Gem Archer – rhythm and lead guitar (2016–present)
  • Jessica Greenfield – backing vocals and additional keyboards (2017–present)
  • Charlotte Marionneau – tin whistle, scissors, spoken French, tambourine, backing vocals (2017–present)
  • YSEÉ – backing vocals (2017–present)

Former members

  • Jeremy Stacey – drums (2010–2016)
  • Tim Smith – rhythm and lead guitar, backing vocals (2010–2016)
  • Jeff Wootton (2015-2016)

Timeline



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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Discography

  • 2009AlbumThe Dreams We Have As Children (Live)
  • 2011AlbumNoel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
  • 2014SingleIn The Heat Of The Moment
  • 2015SingleBallad Of The Mighty I
  • 2015SingleLock All the Doors
  • 2015SingleRiverman
  • 2015SingleThe Dying Of The Light
  • 2015SingleThe Dying of the Light
  • 2015AlbumWhere The City Meets The Sky
  • 2016SingleEl Mexicano
  • 2017AlbumWho Built the Moon?
  • 2018SingleIf Love Is the Law
  • 2018SingleIt’s a Beautiful World
  • 2018SingleShe Taught Me How to Fly
  • 2019SingleA Dream Is All I Need to Get By
  • 2019EPBlack Star Dancing
  • 2019EPThis Is the Place
  • 2019SingleWait And Return
  • 2019SingleWandering Star
  • 2020AlbumBlue Moon Rising
  • 2020SingleCome On Outside
  • 2021AlbumBack The Way We Came: Vol. 1 (2011 - 2021)
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