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    Tue, 13 Mar 2012 09:35:37

    Noel Gallagher Says Oasis Weren't as Huge in America as They Could've Been Because... - ...their frontman wasn't like Bono or Chris Martin

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    More fightin' words from a Gallagher brother.

    Noel Gallagher told CNN that Oasis didn't break as huge in America as they could have because they "didn't have a frontman like Bono or Chris Martin." Uh, Oasis did have a string of radio smashes and were pretty popular, but not on the level of U2 or Coldplay. We get that. But he certainly used his chat as an opportunity to trash his brother Liam, now didn't he?

    "I think unfortunately for us, and then, we got off on the wrong foot with America," he said. "Four tours in a row were either never started or never finished," he said. "We didn't have a frontman like Bono or Chris Martin. We had a different kind of frontman who was like Johnny Rotten. But I don't think anybody in Oasis would look back it with any regret."

    No looking back in anger, huh? Backpedalling, perhaps?

    Noel, who has famously warred with his brother for years, then qualified his statements, saying, "Not that I've got to justify it, but we did sell out the Hollywood Bowl and Madison Square Garden regularly. And I've got gold discs and platinum discs to prove it, Sonny Jim. You don't get that from selling records in Dagenham, let me tell you."

    He also took a moment to trash rock fans in the US, saying, "Those Americans are still proving to be stubborn fools though. Don't know what's going on over there. Have they got no taste? How can Green Day be billionaires and I'm not over there? It's nonsense, isn't it?" Okay, so he was being British and sarcastic, right? No need to toss rotten eggs and tomatoes at him, right?

    What do you think of Noel Gallagher's comments about his brother Liam-as-frontman and about American rock fans?

    —Carly Costello
    03.13.12



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