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Noel Gallagher: I was mistaken for Liam outside Abbey Road Studios

Noel Gallagher has released three albums with his solo project Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (Ian West/PA)
Noel Gallagher has released three albums with his solo project Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (Ian West/PA)

Noel Gallagher has said he was mistaken for his estranged brother Liam while walking outside London’s Abbey Road Studios.

The rocker, who was in Oasis with his brother for years until their rowing caused them to split in 2009, has also revealed that he has already started work on his next solo album.

Since leaving Oasis, the guitarist has released three albums with his solo project Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, including his latest album, Who Built The Moon? in 2017.

Sara MacDonald and Noel Gallagher
Sara MacDonald and Noel Gallagher at the Q Awards (Ian West/PA)

Speaking at the Q Awards, where that record is nominated in the best album category, he told the Press Association he had already begun recording a follow-up.

He said: “I’ve already been in the studio.

“I was in f****** Abbey Road for two weeks, and I walked past that zebra crossing every day to get recognised.

“Tourists were walking across barefoot. Still no-one stopped.

“I got stopped once by a black cab driver who went past and went ‘all right Liam?’”

The Beatles recorded almost all their albums and singles at Abbey Road’s famous studios between 1962 and 1970.

Oasis, notable fans of the Fab Five, recorded the 2008 album Dig Out Your Soul and 1997’s Be Here Now there.

Wolf Alice
(left to right) Theo Ellis, Joel Amey, Ellie Rowsell and Joff Oddie of Wolf Alice at the Q Awards (Ian West/PA)

Gallagher, who is also nominated for best solo artist at the Q Awards, added that he was not fazed by the mixed reactions to his most recent album.

He said: “I don’t think any record I’ve ever made has been universally liked, apart from Definitely Maybe. A lot of people hated this one more than they hated the last one.”

Asked why he thinks that is, he said: “Because they’re f****** idiots. What else could it be?”

Gallagher, who was joined at the awards ceremony by his wife Sara MacDonald, also said he was enjoying the music-making process now more than ever before.

He said: “When you’re young it’s all in front of you. Now with a bit of time behind me, it feels different.

“How many records are you going to make? When you are in the studio you have to give it your all. I love it. I love it now more than I ever have before.”

The awards, held by the music magazine in association with Absolute Radio, will see a host of stars being honoured at London’s Roundhouse venue in Chalk Farm.

Chic co-founder Nile Rodgers, rapper Professor Green, Mercury Prize winners Wolf Alice, singer-songwriter Nadine Shah and Brett Anderson from Suede were among the stars on the red carpet ahead of the ceremony.

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