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January 2, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
John Lennon got verbally crucified in 1966 for declaring that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. Now, Noel Gallagher has topped that by asserting that God is a fan of Oasis. Noel, the former lead songwriter of the Beatles-obsessed band from Manchester, told Britain's the Sun newspaper that he already had his sales pitch ready to persuade St. Peter to open the pearly gates when he arrived in the afterlife. "I'd say, 'You've heard "Don't Look Back in Anger"?' and they'd say, 'Of course.' I'd say, 'Look, it's me, let us in. I can play you a tune.
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January 2, 2013 | By Reed Johnson
John Lennon got verbally crucified in 1966 for declaring that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus. Now, Noel Gallagher has topped that by asserting that God is a fan of Oasis. Noel, the former lead songwriter of the Beatles-obsessed band from Manchester, told Britain's the Sun newspaper that he already had his sales pitch ready to persuade St. Peter to open the pearly gates when he arrived in the afterlife. "I'd say, 'You've heard "Don't Look Back in Anger"?' and they'd say, 'Of course.' I'd say, 'Look, it's me, let us in. I can play you a tune.
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November 17, 2011
MUSIC Noel Gallagher is front and center, both live and on his solo debut, "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. " Not as memorable as Oasis' best anthems in the '90s, or as nasally rock-ready as his brother's latest incarnation, Beady Eye, the album hovers within a melodic good-to-average middle ground. If Liam hones the Stones, Noel reworks later-era Kinks, forgoing guitar theatrics for the inclusion of strings, horns and a chorus. The album encircles themes of love, melancholy and aging.
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November 18, 2011
MUSIC Noel Gallagher The former Oasis staple is front and center, both live and on his solo debut, "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. " Not as memorable as Oasis' best anthems in the '90s or as nasally rock-ready as his brother's latest incarnation, Beady Eye, but the album hovers within a melodic good-to-average middle ground. The album encircles themes of love, melancholy and aging. Royce Hall, UCLA. 8 p.m. $37-$77. uclalive.org . Kyuss Lives! Ax wielder Josh Homme may have moved on to Queens of the Stone Age, but the band he helped jump-start two decades ago in Palm Desert lives on. Vocalist John Garcia has reunited with Brant Bjork and Nick Oliveri to continue the group's heavy metal desert rock assault.
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November 9, 2011 | By Matt Diehl, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"No one told me Neil Young recorded here!" Noel Gallagher exclaimed, standing amid stuffed polar bears and ornate Italianate antiques in the grand room of the Paramour. The Silver Lake mansion is where Young made "Le Noise," and it's where Gallagher shot his music video in August for "If I Had a Gun…," the first U.S. single off his solo debut, "High Flying Birds," released Tuesday. Gallagher is both an apt pupil of rock history and a part of it: He rose to fame in the '90s as the guitarist and songwriter for Oasis, penning hits like "Wonderwall" and "Champagne Supernova" that transformed the Britpop group from Manchester, England, into superstars, selling more than 70 million albums worldwide.
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May 26, 1996 | Robert Hilburn, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic
Noel Gallagher, the creative force behind the flamboyant British rock group Oasis, is surprisingly reflective as he sits backstage after an afternoon sound check at the sold-out Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Isn't this the brash songwriter and guitarist who has been portrayed in the pop press as arrogant (for calling Oasis the best band in the world even before the group stepped onstage in this country) and even barbaric (for once saying he wished that members of a rival band would get AIDS)?
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June 2, 1996
I picked up the guitar for many of the same reasons Noel Gallagher did, not the least of which being the influence and inspiration of the Beatles ("Absolutely Fab-ulous," by Robert Hilburn, May 26). And I suppose I, like him, would like to be the next Lennon-McCartney songwriting dynamo. The difference is that I don't go around claiming to be, and I'm here to say that, all gushing critical praise and commercial success notwithstanding, Gallagher ain't it, either. Oasis are like pop music's version of L.A.'s Angelyne: They're famous for having the correct components in the correct places and the ego to display them in the most audacious way imaginable.
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May 26, 2002 | Karla S. Blume
For decades, books of rock 'n' roll quotes have depended on the same old provocateurs, from Pete Townshend and Frank Zappa to Elvis Costello and Johnny Rotten, to entertain us with memorable comments about the pop lifestyle. So John D. Luerssen, author of "Mouthing Off: A Book of Rock & Roll Quotes" (Telegraph Co., $14.95), thought it was time to point out that today's rockers are keeping the tradition alive. Most of the nearly 500 quotes in the paperback collection are from the past 10 years.
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September 26, 1994 | LORRAINE ALI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
* "The only reason to beli e ve in rock 'n' roll in 1994 . . . ." * "What the world has been waiting for . . . ." * From those quotes, you'd think the British music press was writing about a band that's changing the face of rock, right? Not really. It's just Oasis, another perfectly gratifying but fairly mediocre pop outfit with fab sunglasses and mod hairdos. This kind of hype is a tradition.
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November 17, 2011
MUSIC Noel Gallagher is front and center, both live and on his solo debut, "Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. " Not as memorable as Oasis' best anthems in the '90s, or as nasally rock-ready as his brother's latest incarnation, Beady Eye, the album hovers within a melodic good-to-average middle ground. If Liam hones the Stones, Noel reworks later-era Kinks, forgoing guitar theatrics for the inclusion of strings, horns and a chorus. The album encircles themes of love, melancholy and aging.
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November 9, 2011 | By Matt Diehl, Special to the Los Angeles Times
"No one told me Neil Young recorded here!" Noel Gallagher exclaimed, standing amid stuffed polar bears and ornate Italianate antiques in the grand room of the Paramour. The Silver Lake mansion is where Young made "Le Noise," and it's where Gallagher shot his music video in August for "If I Had a Gun…," the first U.S. single off his solo debut, "High Flying Birds," released Tuesday. Gallagher is both an apt pupil of rock history and a part of it: He rose to fame in the '90s as the guitarist and songwriter for Oasis, penning hits like "Wonderwall" and "Champagne Supernova" that transformed the Britpop group from Manchester, England, into superstars, selling more than 70 million albums worldwide.
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April 19, 2010 | Margaret Wappler and August Brown
Jay-Z's most talked about Coachella performance might not have been his headlining set on Friday. Though the rapper's triumphant hit parade overjoyed the tens of thousands of fans crowning the first night of their three-day odyssey of music, art and California desert vibes, spotting Jay's sunglassed visage at the side-stage indie rock shows became a favorite game for the audience. There he was, shaking hands with Brooklyn's electro-pop exotica act Yeasayer (or, as Jay shouted them out on the Main Stage, "the Yeasayers")
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November 11, 2006 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
This has been quite a week for special performances by feisty leaders of turbulent British rock bands. First, the Who's Pete Townshend anchored an intimate Tuesday show at the tiny Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. And on Thursday, Oasis' primary songwriter and lead guitarist, Noel Gallagher, took over the 1,400-seat Wadsworth Theatre in Brentwood, revisiting his star-crossed band's legacy and promoting a new best-of album. It was a fitting convergence.
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May 29, 2005 | Robert Hilburn, Times Staff Writer
It was easy to see how much times have changed for Oasis when the band's Noel Gallagher set up an interview for 9 p.m. so he could spend the day with his daughter. A decade ago, the party-minded Gallagher might have just been having breakfast at 9 p.m. Few British bands ever lived up to the adage of "sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll" more fully than Oasis, which for a brief time in the '90s enjoyed a Beatles-like popularity in its homeland.
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May 26, 2002 | Karla S. Blume
For decades, books of rock 'n' roll quotes have depended on the same old provocateurs, from Pete Townshend and Frank Zappa to Elvis Costello and Johnny Rotten, to entertain us with memorable comments about the pop lifestyle. So John D. Luerssen, author of "Mouthing Off: A Book of Rock & Roll Quotes" (Telegraph Co., $14.95), thought it was time to point out that today's rockers are keeping the tradition alive. Most of the nearly 500 quotes in the paperback collection are from the past 10 years.
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November 11, 2006 | Richard Cromelin, Times Staff Writer
This has been quite a week for special performances by feisty leaders of turbulent British rock bands. First, the Who's Pete Townshend anchored an intimate Tuesday show at the tiny Hotel Cafe in Hollywood. And on Thursday, Oasis' primary songwriter and lead guitarist, Noel Gallagher, took over the 1,400-seat Wadsworth Theatre in Brentwood, revisiting his star-crossed band's legacy and promoting a new best-of album. It was a fitting convergence.
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August 17, 1997 | Robert Hilburn, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic
When Oasis ended its nine-month concert hiatus with an appearance at KROQ-FM's recent Weenie Roast show at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, the audience was primed for any sign of tension between the frequently battling Gallagher brothers, Liam and Noel. Given the pair's history of public and private sparring, there seemed to be a chance for a classic rock 'n' roll moment: the breakup of a band at its reunion show.
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August 17, 1997 | Robert Hilburn, Robert Hilburn is The Times' pop music critic
When Oasis ended its nine-month concert hiatus with an appearance at KROQ-FM's recent Weenie Roast show at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, the audience was primed for any sign of tension between the frequently battling Gallagher brothers, Liam and Noel. Given the pair's history of public and private sparring, there seemed to be a chance for a classic rock 'n' roll moment: the breakup of a band at its reunion show.
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