Noel Gallagher admits difficulties in performing live as he forgets lyrics to hit songs

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Former Oasis star Noel Gallagher, 54, has revealed he’s sometimes forced to make up lyrics while performing his hit songs on stage.The singer songwriter regularly performs gigs in front of thousands of fans, but his “brain freeze” has made singing live more difficult for him in recent years.

He said: “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’.”

Noel revealed that his High Flying Birds bandmates often question him after performances when he has to “make s*** up”.

He continued: “Somehow it falls out of the sky. But sometimes I just have to make s*** up.

“My band will say, ‘Are they the right lyrics?’ And I go, ‘I don’t think so’. 

“I’ve played Don’t Look Back In Anger a billion times and sometimes I think, ‘What is the first line?’.”

Noel also shared that he is set to release a new album featuring covers of less widely known tracks, which he credits for influencing his songwriting.  

He added to The Sun: “Everybody does Bob Dylan covers albums — it’s boring.”


Noel’s admission comes after he and his brother Liam Gallagher, 48, decided to set their differences aside to work on a new documentary film on the band’s iconic Knebworth shows in 1996. 

Noel and Liam were both executive producers on the project.

Noel previously said of the film: “There’s lots me and Liam will never agree on, and with Oasis we both have the chance to say no to anything, but doing this was a no-brainer.”

The Oasis Knebworth 1996 film sees the band performing in front of 250,000 fans.

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They then go on to discuss the legendary event, predicting it will never be repeated.

Noel explained in the film that 30 cameras captured every moment of the shows.

However, the band forgot about the footage after their American tour “imploded” when both Liam and Noel missed shows and they later rushed back into work and recorded a new album.

Noel revealed: “We were going to do the film of it then and if you remember the timescale we left Knebworth, went to America and that tour imploded, it all went t**s up and when we came back, like idiots, the first thing we did was go back in the studio and made a new record.”

The star also described the documentary as reflecting a “by-gone era” before the internet.

He cited that people would not film concerts on their phones at the time.

Noel has tried to perform smaller gigs during which audience members don’t use mobile phones.

However, the rockstar thinks this idea wouldn’t be possible at larger shows. 

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