Name inspired by Jefferson Airplane

Noel Gallagher has revealed that the name of his new project was inspired by Jefferson Airplane.

Hats off to Noel Gallagher, he knows what he likes. As Jay-Z can attest to, the one time Oasis main-man is a strict adherent to the gospel of the guitar with Gallagher boasting a particular penchant for the late 60s.

Unveiling his latest project, the guitarist chose to name the group Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Completing a new album, debut single 'The Death Of You And Me' is due to be released shortly.

Speaking to XFM, the guitarist revealed that the name of the group is based on a track by Jefferson Airplane. 'High Flying Bird' is an early cut from the Haight-Ashbury legends, and appears on their 1974 compilation 'Early Flight'.

The format of the name, meanwhile, is intended as a homage to Fleetwood Mac - initially known as Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac.

"That name ('High Flying Bird') jumped out. I had a bit of a eureka moment, so I wrote it down" he explained. "I thought, that looks really cool. I doesn't mean anything, you know?"

Continuing, Noel Gallagher revealed that he has been running new material past his wife Sara MacDonald. Chatting to XFM, the guitarist claimed that his partner was not impressed by the final tracklisting of 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds'.

"There's one on the new album she really doesn't like. The last track ('Stop The Clocks')" he admitted. "When she saw the tracklisting, she said 'Oh, you've not included that bloody song have you?'"

'Stop The Clocks' has been around in demo format for almost ten years. Noel Gallagher recorded an acoustic version to present to the members of Oasis, but the track went unrecorded - according to legend, due to a row with Liam Gallagher.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds have prepared the following shows:

23 Dublin Olympia Theatre
27 Edinburgh Usher Hall
28 London HMV Hammersmith Apollo

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