Noel Gallagher told Sky News how David Bowie inspired him to step out of his comfort zone and ‘step out’ with his music, hailing the visionary singer-songwriter as ‘one of the greatest all time”.
The Oasis and the High Flying Birds star were among guests at the premiere of Moonage Daydream, the first officially sanctioned documentary about Bowie since his death from cancer in January 2016.
Told through never-before-seen images, performances and music, the feature film is guided by the Ziggy Stardust interpreter’s own narration.
Gallagherwho says he was lucky enough to meet Bowie during his career – and accepted an award on his behalf alongside Kate Moss to the Brits in 2014 – told Sky News he was more of a fan than ever and the star had “one of the most interesting backstories in all of music”.
Speaking on the red carpet at the London premiere, he said: “My relationship is purely through music, really. I didn’t really know him that well. I first knew him in the years 80s, doing Let’s Dance and all that, then going back, when I was more into music, going back in time.
“I’m a huge fan. I was a huge fan anyway, but he’s more of an influence on me now than he ever was. He’s one of the greatest of all time .”
Gallagher said he looked to Bowie for inspiration when working on Who Built The Moon?, his third album with High Flying Birds.
“It was my first time writing in a studio, and he did it all the time, and my producer at the time encouraged me to do it more,” he said. “He was kind of like ‘listen to his interviews, saying you have to put yourself forward and be slightly unsure of what you’re doing.’ That was a good point to where we were going at the time with our record.”
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Gallagher is no stranger to being the subject of documentaries himself, having featured in the 2016 film Supersonic, about Oasis’ formative years and their rise to the height of their fame in the 1990s.
More recently he could be heard on the 1996 Oasis Knebworth program and seen on Sky Arts’ Out Of The Now, released in 2021 to celebrate 10 years of the High Flying Birds.
But he may be unlikely to see his appearances on many programs, saying, “I don’t watch TV.”
Gallagher seems much more interested in watching Moonage Daydream than anything about it.
However, when asked what he would like a documentary telling his story at the end of his music career to look like, he admitted he wanted it to happen.
“I just wish a story to tell at some point,” he said. “I don’t care how. I won’t be there to see it anyway.”
Moonage Daydream will be released exclusively in IMAX on September 16 and generally in UK cinemas from September 23
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