Noel Gallagher has revealed how his dislike for Christmas has increased, after a cover of his track featured on the John Lewis festive advert.
The High Flying Birds frontman said hearing Aurora’s version of the Oasis B-side, Half The World Away, on the high street chain’s Man On The Moon advert made him feel disappointed, because the song will now forever be associated with Christmas.
“It will forever be synonymous with Christmas from now on and, as is well known, it’s not my favourite time of year,” he said as he performed a concert with BBC Radio 2 in London.
“Having said that, at least it comes with a cheque, which, believe me, is highly worthwhile.”
The 48-year-old rocker joked: “And don’t go buying me John Lewis vouchers for Christmas, trying to be a smart a**, inside a card that says ‘Noel’.”
Noel has previously expressed his aversion to Christmas, saying: “I hate the silly music on the radio, I hate the adverts, I don’t like mince pies and I hate turkey. I can’t be a**ed getting involved.”
He was joined by his Oasis bandmate Gem Archer – who was also part of Noel’s brother Liam’s band Beady Eye – as he performed the intimate and semi-acoustic set, filled with B-sides of Oasis singles and hits from his first High Flying Birds album, at the BBC Radio Theatre.
The Manchester-born musician introduced Gem as “my former right-hand man, who is now my left-hand man”.
Four hundred fans watched Noel play live, although more than 50,000 people applied to attend the gig, which included past Oasis hits Wonderwall, (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? and Don’t Look Back In Anger.
He also dedicated the Oasis track, Slide Away, to his absent wife Sara MacDonald, “who couldn’t be bothered to come tonight”.
Noel, who performed at Lincoln’s Bishop Grosseteste University with Gem on December 5, will next play at the Royal Albert Hall on December 10.
He will embark on a UK tour next April.