Noel Gallagher Shares The AC/DC Song He Could Never Play
Oasis guitarist and co-lead vocalist Noel Gallagher talked about his son Sonny Patrick MacDonald Gallagher and his guitar playing during a recent appearance on Radio X.
Many kids whose parents are active in the music scene have been inspired by their parents, which is also true for Noel’s youngest son Sonny, who is currently following his father’s steps. He started playing the guitar when he was ten years old and exercising every day to reach his father’s level.
In the conversation, Noel pointed out that Sonny has been doing well with the guitar and said that he is rattling around with it every night. However, Noel is afraid of seeing him bored of it in the future because of how early he started learning and playing.
As Noel said, Sonny loves to listen to rock music and is into AC/DC and Queen. At this point, the musician admitted that Sonny is the one who taught him how to play AC/DC’s iconic ‘Back In Black’ song.
Noel mentioned the time when Sonny asked him if he can play ‘Thunderstruck’ or not. After learning that Noel doesn’t know how to play it, Sonny started mocking him by saying that even a boy he knows in second grade can play it.
Noel Gallagher revealed his relationship with Sonny in the interview:
“He’s doing good on the guitar. He rattles around on it every night. He showed me, and I genuinely did not know how to play this riff, ‘Back In Black,’ which is a famous riff. He’s a rocker, he likes AC/DC and Queen, it’s f***ing great. I hope he hasn’t started too early so that when he gets to 18 he’s bored of it. He’s my little protégé.
My plan was always not to say, ‘Right, dad’s a musician, you’re going to be a musician,’ because I know loads of kids who have done that, and by the time they get to 21, they’ve given it up. They’re just not interested. So my plan was just to leave musical instruments around the house. Sonny’s always had little keyboards in his room and a guitar. He literally picked it up, and he’s had a go. He’s into it.”
“He was practicing a few things – ‘Smoke On the Water’ and then he came home from school one night and said, ‘Can you play ‘Thunderstruck’ by AC/DC?’ I sheepishly went, ‘No’. He was like, ‘Guy, in our school, can play it, and he’s grade 2. What grade are you?’ I was like, ‘I’m grade £76 million, son. That’s what I am, how about that? But big up Sonny. He made me a very, very proud dad.”
Later in the conversation, Noel revealed when Sonny played the guitar on stage and rocked it. According to Noel, he has never been so proud of anything or anyone in his life.