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Noel Gallagher, 54, slams ABBA hologram concerts as he insists he will always perform live… but NOT in his old age as he wants to be dead at 75

Noel Gallagher has branded ABBA’s holographic comeback concerts ‘meaningless’, insisting he would never put on a show when he wasn’t physically on stage.

The Swedish band – Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 76, Björn Ulvaeus, 76, Benny Andersson, 75, and Agnetha Fältskog, 71 – announced their new album Voyage last year as well as a residency in London.

The futuristic set will feature holograms of them on stage at a custom-built arena along with a live band, but the singers themselves will not physically appear.

But High Flying Birds frontman Noel, 54 – who also said he wouldn’t be on stage in his older years as he doesn’t want to live past 75 – was left unimpressed with the idea, saying a gig is all about the act’s interaction with the audience.

Bold words: Noel Gallagher, 54, has branded ABBA's holographic comeback concerts 'meaningless', insisting he would never put on a show when he wasn't physically on stage
Bold words: Noel Gallagher, 54, has branded ABBA’s holographic comeback concerts ‘meaningless’, insisting he would never put on a show when he wasn’t physically on stage

He told The Sun On Sunday: ‘I would not consider gigs with me as a hologram. No, there would have to be an audience involved.

‘You need a crowd in front of you. It’s a human interaction, and if you don’t have that it is meaningless.’

Noel also claimed he would not still be playing when he is the same age as the ABBA members – because he’d rather not be alive in his late-70s.

Comeback: The Swedish band announced their new album Voyage and a residency in London which will feature holograms of them on stage at a custom-built arena along with a live band
Comeback: The Swedish band announced their new album Voyage and a residency in London which will feature holograms of them on stage at a custom-built arena along with a live band

Comeback: The Swedish band announced their new album Voyage and a residency in London which will feature holograms of them on stage at a custom-built arena along with a live band

Hitmakers: Fans were delighted Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 76, Björn Ulvaeus, 76, Benny Andersson, 75, and Agnetha Fältskog, 71, had reunited but Noel was unimpressed (pictured 2016)
Hitmakers: Fans were delighted Anni-Frid Lyngstad, 76, Björn Ulvaeus, 76, Benny Andersson, 75, and Agnetha Fältskog, 71, had reunited but Noel was unimpressed (pictured 2016)

He explained: ‘Do I want to live another 50 years? No. Just think how s**t the world is now. I would rather not live through it. At 75 I want to go.

‘My plan for the next ten years is to make three great albums.’

Meanwhile, Noel claimed last week that the current Labour Party is a ‘f***ing disgrace who have betrayed the working classes’ after failing to stop Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s landslide election win in 2020.

He explained: ‘Do I want to live another 50 years? No. Just think how s**t the world is now. I would rather not live through it. At 75 I want to go.

‘My plan for the next ten years is to make three great albums.’

Meanwhile, Noel claimed last week that the current Labour Party is a ‘f***ing disgrace who have betrayed the working classes’ after failing to stop Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s landslide election win in 2020. 

Traditional: Noel told The Sun on Sunday of the upcoming ABBA shows: 'You need a crowd in front of you. It¿s a human interaction, and if you don¿t have that it is meaningless'
Traditional: Noel told The Sun on Sunday of the upcoming ABBA shows: ‘You need a crowd in front of you. It’s a human interaction, and if you don’t have that it is meaningless’

The former Oasis star has a lifelong association with the left-wing political party after growing up in Burnage, a predominantly working class Manchester suburb, during the Margaret Thatcher dominated ’80s.

But the musician insists he will turn his back on the ballot box at the next general election and may even consider launching his own political party instead of voting Labour, now under the leadership of Sir Kier Starmer.

Noel, who is worth an estimated £50million and lives in leafy Hertfordshire, told The Matt Morgan podcast: ‘I fing hate the Labour Party, they’re a fing disgrace. What they’ve become now, a disgrace.

‘They’ve betrayed the working classes, they’ve betrayed ordinary people and they’ve allowed this shower to run the country for however long they’ve f***ing run the country.’

He added: ‘They are not capable of running an after-show party. I should start a new party called the After Show Party, it would be great.’

Former advocate: Gallagher was famously invited to Number 10 Downing Street with his then-wife Meg Matthews following Tony Blair's election victory in May 1997

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