Noel Gallagher Says His Son Just Taught Him How to Play AC/DC's "Back in Black"

He admitted that he has yet to learn "Thunderstruck"

BY Heather Taylor-SinghPublished Aug 25, 2021

It looks like Noel Gallagher's musical skills have fallen onto his 10-year-old son, Sonny. The former Oasis guitarist revealed his son is now learning the guitar, and surprisingly, he's already showing his dad a thing or two. 

During his residency at Radio X, Gallagher shared that he recently learned the main riff in AC/DC's "Back in Black," thanks to his son. "He's doing good on the guitar. He rattles around on it every night," said Gallagher. "He showed me, and I genuinely did not know how to play this riff, 'Back in Black,' which is a famous riff."

He added: "He's a rocker, he likes AC/DC and Queen, it's fucking 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."

The rock music discussion led to Gallagher admitting "Back in Black" wasn't the only famous guitar riff he didn't know.

He recalled a conversation with his son: "[Sonny] 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?'"

While Gallagher is clearly proud of his son, he hasn't tried to put pressure on him to follow in his footsteps. 

"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," he shared, adding, "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."

Gallagher said his son recently took part in a four-piece performance at a school concert, saying of seeing his son play live: "I've never been so proud of anything or anyone in my life. It was amazing."

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