Oasis songwriter Noel Gallagher today accepted that even rock and roll stars cannot live forever.
The 37-year-old Mancunian said he is getting old and now prefers an early bedtime to partying.
“Up here, in my head, I feel great, but I’ll take the Les Paul (guitar) off and… me f***n’ back! There’s a self-pity that comes with approaching 40,” he told Scotland on Sunday.
“When you’re 24 you’re immortal, but hangovers last two days now, and when nine o’clock comes, you turn into a stupid, tired old man and look forward to bedtime.”
Gallagher, whose band will play an intimate gig at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall tonight in advance of a summer stadium concert at Glasgow’s Hampden Park, said he had not even had a fight with pugnacious brother, Liam, for five years.
The mellowed star said he has to work harder now as success does not come as effortlessly as it did in their Knebworth heyday nearly a decade ago.
“I was blessed back then. I was showered with magic dust. Now? I think I’ve got to work at it more.”
He also revealed that his Edinburgh-born live-in girlfriend Sara MacDonald prefers to listen to Glasgow art rock sensation Franz Ferdinand than Oasis.
“The fantastic thing about Sara is that she’s not a fan of the band at all. But I’ll tell you, she bloody obsesses over Franz Ferdinand.”
Gallagher, who at the zenith of Britpop famously attended a reception at Downing Street where he met Tony and Cherie Blair – and later said the best part about the visit had been defecating in the toilet, also revealed that he voted Labour last week.
“Take Iraq and David Kelly out of the question – are you seriously telling me anyone could run the country better? One thing that’s amazed me is the minimum wage. I never thought I’d see it in my lifetime.”