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Ex-Oasis star Noel Gallagher says Belfast love song 'one of best I've ever written'



Noel Gallagher performing in Belfast’s Odyssey Arena

Noel Gallagher performing in Belfast’s Odyssey Arena

David Holmes

David Holmes


Noel Gallagher performing in Belfast’s Odyssey Arena

Musician Noel Gallagher has described writing a song in Belfast about love as "one of the best things" he has ever done.

The former Oasis star said there was nothing more "joyous" than being in love as he described one of his tracks, Black And White Sunshine, on upcoming album Who Built The Moon? released in November.

His full band, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, will be taking the record on tour next year, almost three years after his last offering, Chasing Yesterday, in 2015.

Speaking of his work on the track with Northern Irish producer and composer David Holmes, ahead of its release on Sour Mash, he said: "David played me the sample, so I worked out the chords and we demoed just a few short minutes of it, taking it away on tour and playing with it.

"When it became a song back in Belfast it was so joyous, I just had to do it justice.

"What's more joyous than being in love, baby?

"So, I wrote a song about love and it's one of the best things that I've ever done."

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The creative collaboration with renowned producer, DJ and composer Holmes has been two years in the making and Gallagher (50) admitted that there were moments when working in collaboration took its toll on his patience.

Remembering the process of creating the track The Man Who Built The Moon, he said: "When we got to the chorus, David kept asking me to write a new one ... again and again and again.

"I was ready to strangle him. The one that you hear is the eighth attempt and, you know what? The annoying thing is he was right."

The High Flying Birds soar into Northern Ireland next year, playing the SSE Arena in Belfast on May 9 before heading south to the 3Arena in Dublin on May 10.

Tickets go on sale at 9am this Friday and are available from the SSE Arena box office on (028) 9073 9074 or www.ssearenabelfast.com, and at Ticketmaster outlets.

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