The guitarist was quite content to take a break from music after he quit Oasis in August 2009, but his spouse Sara MacDonald – who he married in June 2011, and with whom he has two sons, three-year-old Donovan and 10-month-old Sonny – eventually decided he needed to release a record.

He revealed: "I was in a band, right? And I left. And then I wrote some songs. I had a lot of songs left over from the band. And then I wrote some other songs. And after a couple of years sitting 'round the house, I had a baby. Moved house. My wife decided it was time for me to do something because I was annoying her."
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Noel recently admitted that starting a musical career without his former Oasis bandmates – brother Liam, Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock, all of whom are now in Beady Eye – is a daunting prospect.

Speaking about his new project, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, he said: "They're a collective more than a band. Anyone can join and anyone can leave. I was sat in bed one night before I got my band together. I said to my wife, 'It's just dawned on me, I've got to find five other people. I won't know their wives or girlfriends, or mates, and I've got to share a tour bus with them.'

"It's like giving up drugs and moving on to a new circle of friends."

The musician releases his debut solo album 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' in October and will start his tour the same month.