One of the world’s most quotable rock stars has come out with another pearler – with Noel Gallagher saying rock stardom has effectively died out.
The Oasis guitarist turned solo artist reckons rock stars are no longer able to live up to their standing, as the music industry no longer makes them enough money.
“Rock stardom will die because nobody will make enough money any more to be rock stars,” Gallagher told UK tabloid The Express.
“Everybody will be jobbing musicians. It’s unbelievable. The music industry has changed beyond all recognition. The music business we signed in to does not exist any more.”
Gallagher feels artists such as Michael Jackson and Guns n’ Roses enjoyed the best years, benefitting from huge record company advances.
“What is fascinating about that is that there was a way of making money and selling records that got happened upon in the Sixties and it worked for 30-odd years then all of a sudden, in under a decade, it’s gone, never to return.”
“It used to be about the A&R man going to see gigs, demos and people going into record labels saying ‘give us a chance’ and it’s not like that any more.”
Gallagher – who sold more than 70 million albums worldwide with Oasis – also feels his millionaire lifestyle has detached him from his audience.
“You can’t be a hypocrite and write songs about the plight of the working man when you are sipping champagne at eight in the morning in the South of France with a supermodel.”