He’s dismissed Adele as “music for f---ing grannies,” called 50 Cent “the most distasteful character [he’s] ever come across” – and don’t even mention his brother Liam. Will Zagreb be in for a spit-spraying rant this August? Music’s surliest man, Noel Gallagher, is set to play the Croatian capital.
After spending nearly two decades with his brother at the forefront of English rock as part of Oasis, Gallagher quit the group amid very public acrimony. Two years later, he re-emerged, under the new moniker of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. He may have been one Gallagher down, but he’d lost none of the gruffly charming vocals, heavy and melodious guitar and surprisingly stirring lyrics that made Oasis songs such as Wonderwall so successful.
That was 2011, and since then, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – whose members include former Oasis session pianist Mike Rowe and The Zutons bassist Russell Pritchard – have released two acclaimed albums, received a Brit nomination, and have gained a reputation for putting on a brilliant show.
He’ll probably play a number of his more recent hits interspersed with Oasis classics – so expect to find yourself tearily chanting along to Don’t Look Back in Anger before swaying to some of the more mellow, jazzy tracks from latest album Chasing Yesterday. But whatever you do, don’t piss him off – you don’t want to get on the bad side of music’s most foul-mouthed frontman.