Richard Ashcroft: I’m the only solo artist who can support Oasis

Written by on September 12, 2018

Richard Ashcroft says he’s ”the only” act worthy enough of opening for Oasis.

the ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’ hitmaker – who was often nicknamed ‘Captain Rock’ by Noel Gallagher, a reference to his 2010 The United Nations of Sound track – believes his set has the necessary ”artillery” to warm up the Manchester group’s fans.

Speaking to Gordon Smart on Radio X about supporting legendary acts like The Rolling Stones, he said: ”I’m very lucky that I can walk on the stage before anyone in the world. And that’s the thing: you’ve got to be pretty confident to go on after me. You’ve got to have the artillery, as I call it. and the artillery is your songs.

”If you’ve got 50,000 people and they’re getting further and further inebriated and they want some fucking tunes, you’d better be delivering.”

Ashcroft – who releases his new solo album ‘Natural Rebel’ on October 19, followed by a mini UK tour – opened for Oasis in The Verve and as a solo star in the 90s, and he told them himself that he’s the only musician with the same ”spirit” to do the job.


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