Noel Gallagher: “London Has Lost Its Spark. Also, I’m 300 Years Old.”

11/03/2009 10:10 AM |


I don’t really know what’s going on in London these days. I was there a few years ago and it seemed nice enough, not even all gray and rainy like everyone told me it would be. Noel Gallagher knows something I don’t, though, because he’s announced that he’ll be moving back up north to his native Manchester, on account of London suddenly becoming lame. At an event in the capital last night, Gallagher had this to say to The Metro:

“I’m leaving London to go back up north, to Manchester. I’ve been advised to do a Rod Stewart, as in a tax exile, but I don’t want to do it. But London has lost its spark.”

Yeah, you know, he’s probably right. It makes sense that the entire city of London, rather than a 42-year-old ex-guitarist from an irrelevant rock band, would just go ahead and lose it’s spark. [Gigwise]

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  • Well, I doubt it’s because he’s 42 or was once part of an irrelevant rock band. Keyword here is ‘once’ so if he had enough smarts to split there’s hope yet. NYC has sort of lost its spark so why not London? Places, like films or bands, can ‘jump the shark’ or ‘nuke the fridge’ if you’re an Indiana Jones fan. Just walk down Williamsburg on any given day — brother, that spark was lost ages ago.

  • If New York has lost its “spark”, which I don’t really think it has, as it still inspires me everyday, even though its being run by corporations, then its probably due to the smothering dullness of curmudgeons like Noel Gallagher and John. One old guy’s flamed out and wet wooden match is another young guy’s flaming bonfire. I know CBGB’s is gone and stuff, but there’s other cool things around here, right? Narrowed view points should not be a symptom of nostalgia, friends.

  • The irony is that we’re talking about LONDON! Top one worst cities ever.

  • Conklin, your analysis of Londontown is based on a holiday trip you spent there?

    BTW, Oasis’ 2008-09 world tour (arenas and stadia on 5 continents, including a sold-out MSG gig) hardly screams “irrelevant.” And Noel Gallagher’s observations are most certainly relevant (look up his interviews on YT or the hilarious one with Jim Shearer). The wit and wisdom, the tells-it-like-it-is observations are in stark contrast to the lame-o musicians on Sesame St.ereogum out there in pretentious and uninspiring Williamsburg.

    Manchester is very much a second city like Chicago. And increasingly, I’d take Chi-town over the inflated prices and egos of New York City these days myself.