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Oasis to tour with The Crowes...

Oasis star Noel Gallagher whose family is from Ireland and whose father still lives here, last year announced he was quitting overseas touring - has told how he longs to return to the road with volatile brother Liam. The star will head off next month on a tour with his band co-headlining with cult US group The Black Crowes.

And he admitted he was attracted to doing the dates "because we've got nothing on for the rest of the year. I'd rather go and spend a month with these guys on the road than sit at home watching television."

The guitarist said of working alongside the Crowes, "Everybody I've spoken to who's been in a band, they're going `you lucky sods, man'. Everybody who's not in a band is looking for the reason why it's going to fail. We couldn't do something like this in England because we're `the biggest band in England' and all that. It's great that it's in America because we're just going out and playing. We don't even know what set we're going to play. It could be six songs off the new album and six radio hits and that's it. Because we've got nothing to do, we might think `let's bust out some of the old songs'.''

Noel said there was no grand scheme behind the plan to hit the road with such an established act. "We just said `we're going'. We love their band and they love our band. We've got nothing to promote and we're going to go because we can, you know? We don't sit down in a dark smoky room and say `here's the master plan'.''

Noel quit a world tour last year while the band was in Europe after a physical bust-up with brother Liam. He said he would play no more overseas dates but agreed to play the handful of UK and Ireland stadium shows last summer.

Noel said: "When I got back to England last time I thought `I'll do these stadium shows and then we're not going to do anything'. Being away from home and on the road is hard enough as it is anyway, but it's different if every other night you're going to see your friends whose band you actually do like and you buy their records. As soon as this was mentioned I was on the plane.''

The potential for brotherly disharmony did not put him off the dates. "I'm not going to go `because you got on my nerves I'm going to blow a month on the road with these guys'. I don't care. Liam can be the biggest arsehole he wants for a month but he's not going to spoil my tour.''

And he said he would be keen to bring the tour to Europe eventually. "I would love to. I mean if I was going on the road with any other band in a situation like this, these would be the first.''

Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson said: "We want to hang out with these guys and we want to see their band every night. We like the camaraderie and once we get into the groove of the road it's going to be a great time.''

The tour kicks off in Las Vegas on May 11. News wire services contributed to this story.

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