Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds is the solo moniker of former Oasis lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. The band originates from Manchester and includes former Oasis session pianist Mike Rowe, drummer Jeremy Stacey of The Lemon Trees and percussionist Lenny Castro. The band also varies guests on their debut album such as the Crouch End Festival Chorus and The Wired Strings.
Since his split from Oasis in August 2009 many speculated that Gallagher might record a solo album. In July 2011, he held a press conference to confirm that this was the case, after denying rumours from his brother Liam Gallagher that he had already heard the tracks featured on it. He also explained that he would be collaborating with Amorphous Androgynous for a second album that is due for release in 2012.
The singles for Gallagher's debut album are "The Death of You and Me", "If I Had a Gun..." and "AKA... What a Life!". The latter made its debut on a Vauxhall television advertisement, and is only to be released as a UK single.
Gallagher announced that he will begin touring a week after the album is released. He stated, "We're going to go out on tour a week after the album is out. We're going to start off slow in small theatres. If it's good enough to get bigger than that then it'll get bigger than that. I don't think there'll be a huge great big tour this year. I think this year it'll be a quick whizz around the world and try and do the major cities and then it will probably be a bigger tour next year."
Gallagher claimed in an interview with Jonathan Ross on The Jonathan Ross Show that he came up with the name High Flying Birds while washing up dishes listening to the Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac and decided that he should name the beginning his band Noel Gallagher's. He then heard on the radio a song, by 60s American psychedelic rock band Jefferson Airplane titled High Flying Bird from Jefferson Airplane's debut album: Jefferson Airplane Takes Off. Gallagher then decided to mix the two together to come up with the name: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.