While Oasis might have professed to the joys of being a "Rock n Roll Star" on the first track of their debut album, the band's one time guitarist/songwriter Noel Gallagher has claimed that the idea of rock stardom is "dying out" because musicians don't make enough money to fund the lifestyle anymore. According to NME, the "Wonderwall" writer offered the following comments in an interview with the Sunday Express:
"Rock stardom will die because nobody will make enough money anymore to be rock stars. Everybody will be jobbing musicians. It's unbelievable. The music industry has changed beyond all recognition. The music business we signed into does not exist anymore."
He elaborated by explaining the changes since in the industry since his band was signed back in the mid-90's:
"What is fascinating about that is that there was a way of making money and selling records that got happened upon in the sixties and it worked for 30-odd years, then all of a sudden, in under a decade, it's gone, never to return.
"It used to be about the A&R man going to see gigs, demos and people going into record labels saying, 'Give us a chance'.. It's not like that anymore."
Noel Gallagher, who had roadied for fellow Manchester act Inspiral Carpets before his success with Oasis, recently claimed that he'd probably still be hauling gear for other bands if his own act hadn't taken off:
"I would have been out there now, probably in an ill-fitting black T-shirt with a tattoo and some scruffy Converse trainers. Because that is what they all wear But I was maybe the best-dressed roadie in the history of music. I used to wear white jeans and never got them dirty. I was too quick for the dirt."