If the Black Crowes start sounding suspiciously British this month, blame Oasis’ Noel Gallagher.
The Crowes and Oasis don’t plan on merging into a bluesy Brit-pop supergroup anytime soon, but the two bands will definitely jam onstage together on their joint Tour of Brotherly Love, Gallagher promises.
“It’d be rude not to, wouldn’t it,” Gallagher said Wednesday from his manager’s office in London. “I have no doubts in my mind that there’s gonna be various people on stage at various points — as for what we’re gonna do, I don’t know.” (RealAudio excerpt of interview)
The songwriter/guitarist/vocalist said that his top three choices of cover songs to play with the Crowes would be Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven,” the Beatles’ “Yer Blues” and the Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”
“The first week, everybody will get to know each other [and] as the tour progresses, it’ll be more of a communal thing,” Gallagher said.
A spokesperson for the Black Crowes didn’t respond to requests for comment on the bands’ plans to jam.
Oasis are rehearsing some of their biggest hits and more obscure album tracks for the tour, which is slated to kick off May 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Given that Gallagher’s famously fractious relationship with Oasis’ singer — his brother Liam Gallagher — led him to walk off a European tour last summer (see “Noel Gallagher Walks Out On Oasis” ), the guitarist said that the opening city is appropriate.
“I’m not a gambling man [but] the first gig is in Las Vegas, so if anybody is taking odds on the tour finishing, I’ll place a few bets.”
Despite his uncertainty about how the outing will end up, Gallagher said that he and his bandmates are excited about the tour, which he described as the first time they’ve gone on the road in the U.S. without an album to promote.
“We’re completely relaxed — we’re free,” he said. “I don’t think anybody’s got preconceived notions.”
The two bands will be joined on the tour by neo-glam rockers Spacehog (see “Spacehog Join Black Crowes/Oasis Tour” ).