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Noel Gallagher On Oasis' 2009 Split


'A number of quotes from Noel Gallagher: Out Of The Now' that is broadcast tomorrow on Sky Arts at 21:00 (UK Time).

On leaving the band.

"It's not a decision I took lightly, and I'd written every meaningful song that was ever recorded by Oasis. And it was my life, I directed it and creatively it was my thing. With the benefit of hindsight it was the best thing for me and for the band. Because the band now, Oasis back in 2009 were not lauded as one of the greats of all time. There was a kind of undercurrent of, 'well they should really call it a day'. That's what I felt anyway. And I felt that people had stopped listening to the records and were coming to see us trot out the hits and it's a position I never wanted the band to be in. But now of course we're seen as up there with all the greats."

"Oasis tours were always about the struggle anyway, The incident in Paris, that was just the straw that broke the camel's back, really."

"And the driver pulled off and that was it. I didn't feel a sense of relief because I knew there was a shitstorm coming. And there was going to be a lot of nonsense talked about it. One of the biggest bands ever imploded, finally. And I couldn't go back to England because the press had descended on my house and my missus was there with my kids. So we had to kind of spirit her out in the middle of the night and they came to join me in France somewhere. And then when we eventually got back to England, of course all fucking hell broke loose."

A short clip from the show can be watched here.

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