Noel Gallagher
British musician
Noel Gallagher
Noel Thomas David Gallagher is an English musician and singer-songwriter, formerly the lead guitarist, lead and backing vocalist and principal songwriter of the English rock band Oasis. He is currently fronting his solo project, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. Raised in Burnage, Manchester with his brother Liam, Noel began learning guitar at the age of thirteen.
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Why George Michael's Music Will Always Make Us Feel Like Teenagers
Huffington Post - 2 months
George Michael was only 53 years old when he left us, but for Generation X, his music recalls the Cold War-era sounds of our youth. The soulful Wham singer hit the top of the charts in the mid-1980s by singing about the jitterbug and filming a video at the Great Wall of China. Yet, in the latter part of his career he became a nuanced and complex, if sometimes misunderstood, writer and interpreter of songs. “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go,” “Careless Whisper,” and “Last Christmas” gave way to the more direct “I Want Your Sex” and later “Jesus to a Child.” As he advanced to more mature subjects, so did his audience. George Michael dominated the pop charts when Baby Boomers controlled the record labels and the rest of us were coming of age. His “Freedom 90” video captured the zeitgeist of the supermodel phenomenon with the lyric, “sometimes the clothes do not make the man.” The line was tongue-in-cheek but also begged for us to take him seriously. What an incredible voice he possessed; his 2 ...
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What’s on TV Sunday: 100th Episode of ‘Elementary’ and ‘Oasis: Supersonic’
NYTimes - 4 months
“Elementary” celebrates a milestone by exploring outer space. And “Oasis: Supersonic” follows the squabbling brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher during the 1990s.
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Gallagher brothers rock and brawl in 'Oasis: Supersonic'
LATimes - 4 months
In mid ‘90s Britain there was no bigger band than Oasis, featuring the brilliant and brawling brothers from Manchester, Liam and Noel Gallagher. Director Mat Whitecross channels their heady energy and sonic magic into the rock documentary “Oasis: Supersonic,” an origin story of the band that many...
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Gallagher brothers rock and brawl in 'Oasis: Supersonic'
LATimes - 4 months
In mid ‘90s Britain there was no bigger band than Oasis, featuring the brilliant and brawling brothers from Manchester, Liam and Noel Gallagher. Director Mat Whitecross channels their heady energy and sonic magic into the rock documentary “Oasis: Supersonic,” an origin story of the band that many...
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Noel Gallagher and James Bay win big at the Q Awards
Reuters.com - over 1 year
Rocker Noel Gallagher and singer/songwriter James Bay were among the winners at London's Q Awards on Monday, the annual ceremony run by Britain's Q magazine celebrating musical talent.Some of the industry's biggest names gathered for the event, including Tom Jones, Duran Duran, Mark Ronson, Charli XCX and Ella Eyre.Gallagher's High Flying Birds picked up the Q Best Album award for "Chasing Yesterday", which like the other prizes was voted for by Q magazine readers."Hold Back The River" singer Ba
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Niall's car gets pranked by 1D bandmates
USA Today - almost 2 years
And that's why you don't let Liam and Louis near your house.        Related Stories Ouch! Zayn hits back at former One Direction bandmate Louis on Twitter Noel Gallagher thinks Zayn Malik is an 'idiot' for leaving One Direction Zayn Malik changes Twitter handle, One Direction fans freak out -- again  
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Rocker Noel Gallagher goes for eclectic feel on 'Chasing Yesterday'
Reuters.com - almost 2 years
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Singer/songwriter Noel Gallagher believes his second solo album, "Chasing Yesterday," includes some of his best ever work with a range of instrumental melodies and an eclectic feel to it.
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Singer Noel Gallagher goes for eclectic feel on 'Chasing Tomorrow'
Reuters.com - almost 2 years
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds soar to the top of the UK charts and get set to embark on the U.S. leg of their second album tour. Jen Atkinson reports.
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George Ezra, Echosmith, Jessie Ware Slated as “Late Late Show” Performers
Headline Planet - almost 2 years
Earlier this month, CBS revealed lineups for the first three “The Late Late Show with James Corden” episodes. The March 23 premiere will feature actor Tom Hanks and actress Mila Kunis. The March 24 episode will then welcome actor Chris Pine and musical guest Modest Mouse, while Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart and musical guest Leon Bridges will appear on the following night’s installment. (Basketball coverage will pre-empt “Late Late” on March 24 and 25) Those remain the only names with confirmed appearance dates, but they are no longer the only sources of anticipation. In a Friday press release, CBS revealed a myriad of additional interview and musical guests confirmed for upcoming appearances on “Late Late.” Other upcoming interview guests (in alphabetical order) include athlete David Beckham, comedian Rob Corddry, music executive Simon Cowell, actress Courteney Cox, Emmy Award winner Jon Cryer, Emmy Award winner Claire Danes, Academy Award winner Michael Douglas, actor Jeff Goldb ...
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Noel Gallagher trashes Swift, Kanye, 1D
USA Today - almost 2 years
Sounds like someone got up on the wrong side of the bed.        Related Stories Take a peek inside Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez's girls' night The 5 (awesome) things you can expect with Taylor Swift as your godmother... Kanye West just announced his new album  
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Noel Gallagher Mocks Oasis in Epic DVD Commentary Supercut
Rolling Stone - about 3 years
The infamously cranky Noel Gallagher isn't shy about expressing his opinion – especially when it comes to his old band Brit-pop legends Oasis Back in 2010 Gallagher provided DVD commentary for the career-spanning 2010 Oasis box set Time Flies and he unloaded a stream of spit-take-worthy tidbits about the group's...
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Amy Winehouse Birthday: Charity Events To Honor What Would Have Been Late Singer's 30th
Huffington Post - over 3 years
LONDON -- Amy Winehouse lived and died in north London's Camden neighborhood – and in the month that she would have turned 30, her presence is still being celebrated. The beehived diva's spray-painted image adorns several Camden walls, and fans still flock to the area more than two years after her 2011 death from accidental alcohol poisoning at age 27. Winehouse got her start amid the pubs and clubs of Camden, so local businesses are holding a series of events this month to raise money for the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity set up by the singer's family. An exhibition opening Thursday at the Proud art gallery includes photographs of the singer – many taken in Camden – along with paintings, sketches, graffiti art and the street sign from the square where she died at home, which is covered with tributes from fans. "Camden meant everything to Amy, and Camden recognizes that," the singer's father, Mitch Winehouse said Wednesday at a preview of the show. Other events for the cha ...
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The secrets of songwriters
Guardian (UK) - over 3 years
The day the Kinks overtook the Beatles, why the Clash wrote 'Rock the Casbah', when Johnny Marr first drove to Morrissey's house … Daniel Rachel has interviewed many of the nation's best songwriters. Here are some highlights Ray Davies, the Kinks Can you recall the sentiment behind writing "Lola"? It was about love, but not directly. The song was designed. I didn't show the words to the band. We just rehearsed it with the la-la la-la Lo-la chorus which came first. I had a one-year-old daughter at the time and she was singing along to it. But I was bothered by the arpeggio guitar at the beginning. I said, "It's got to be hit in the first three seconds." Later I went back in the studio and took the phrase at the end of the verse, C C C C D E, and replayed it at the beginning to grab people's attention. I had a new Martin acoustic guitar which I tracked three times all slightly out of time to give it character. And then I put a National guitar on top of it. What was the ambition at th ...
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Noel Gallagher named most stylish rocker in survey [Photos]
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
Noel Gallagher has outdone his younger brother Liam yet again – he has been named the world's best dressed rock star.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Noel Gallagher
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    In 2016, Gallagher stated that while he remained left-wing, he opposed Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, deeming him to be a communist.
    More Details Hide Details He said that "The Tories don't care about the vulnerable, and the communists don't care about the aspirational". Throughout his career, Gallagher has used a wide range of different guitars, effect pedals and amplifiers from his large collection. Most of it emerged from the Standing on the Shoulder of Giants sessions, where he decided to drop the equipment used in the three previous albums and instead buy "loads of really weird pedals, old guitars, and small amps", as the lack of deadline to deliver the album allowed Gallagher to "take quite a few days just messing around." Electric guitars In the early days of Oasis, Gallagher did not use pedals: "I used to just turn up the amps as full as I could get them". Since then, he has begun using a large number of effects, but singled out the Ibanez Tube Screamer.
  • 2015
    Following the self-titled debut, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds released their second album Chasing Yesterday March 2, 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Noel Gallagher has confirmed he is working on High Flying Birds' third album.
    In a February 2015 interview with The Quietus, Gallagher elaborated on his disillusion with current politicians and how they'll do anything to say they're just regular people:
    More Details Hide Details Gallagher then went on to say that Thatcher was brutal but more direct, and "You can kind of respect that"
  • 2012
    In February 2012, he implied that the UK under the Premiership of Margaret Thatcher was a more fertile ground for dissent in the arts: "Under Thatcher, who ruled us with an iron rod, great art was made.
    More Details Hide Details Amazing designers and musicians. Acid house was born. Very colourful and progressive. Now, no one's got anything to say. 'Write a song? No thanks, I'll say it on Twitter'. It's a sad state when more people retweet than buy records."
  • 2011
    In October 2011, Gallagher told Newsnight he believed the then Labour leader Ed Miliband was "utterly uninspiring and dull", and said he had no idea what he stood for.
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    Gallagher along with Kasabian lead guitarist Sergio Pizzorno took part in drawing teams for the FA Cup third round in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Coincidentally Pizzorno drew his hometown team Leicester City with Gallagher's Manchester City for the Third round tie in which both teams drew 2-2 and Manchester City preceded to win 4-2 in the replay. He participated in the unveiling of Umbro sponsored football kits with captain Vincent Kompany. In the advertising campaign, the two men are pictured wearing the new Manchester City home and away shirts for the 2012–13 season. Formerly, the footballer introduced Gallagher to 80,000 fans during Rock Werchter music festival in Belgium. Gallagher also supports the Republic of Ireland national football team and has said "I don’t consider myself to be English at all". Nevertheless, he did serve as an official ambassador for England's bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Gallagher stated in a 2006 radio interview with Russell Brand that he does not believe in God or "an all-guiding force". Despite this assertion, throughout his career, many of his songs have mentioned God ("Carry Us All", "Gas Panic!," "The Hindu Times" and "Little by Little"), and all the tracks he had contributed to Dig Out Your Soul, as well as the other bandmates' songs, have lyrics and references to God and other biblical terms. Dig Out Your Soul has been described by Gallagher as a "religious Armageddon". But in recent interviews for Dig Out Your Soul regarding religion, he stated "See, I don't know what I am.
    On 20 July 2011, Gallagher released a 47-second trailer of his first single "The Death of You and Me".
    More Details Hide Details The video for the debut single was released on 25 July at 8:21 am (GMT).
    He began touring in Dublin on 23 October 2011.
    More Details Hide Details The touring band announced for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds included David McDonnell (guitar), Russell Pritchard (bass), Mikey Rowe (keyboards) and Jeremy Stacey (drums); McDonnell left during rehearsals and was replaced before the tour with Tim Smith who had played with Rowe and Stacey previously.
    Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds released a self-titled album on 17 October 2011; a collaboration album with Amorphous Androgynous was to be released in 2012 but has now been shelved indefinitely.
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    Speaking out about the August 2011 riots that took place in England, Gallagher stated, "Last August I was on tour in Europe and people were asking me about the riots.
    More Details Hide Details All over the world, Syria and Egypt, people were rioting for freedom. And these kids in England are rioting for tracksuits. It's embarrassing." Gallagher claimed that violent video games and violent television shows which children were being exposed to were partially to blame for social problems.
    Gallagher and MacDonald were married on 18 June 2011 in a private ceremony at the Lime Wood Hotel in the New Forest National Park.
    More Details Hide Details Gallagher's best friend Russell Brand was best man at the wedding. He was a frequent guest on The Russell Brand Show on BBC Radio 2, appearing on almost every show, leading Brand to dub him an unofficial "Co presenter". He is also a regular on the digital radio sports show, "TalkSPORT" Other notable friends of his are, Mani of the Stone Roses, Richard Ashcroft of the Verve – for whom he dedicated a song, "Cast No Shadow", the band members of the Chemical Brothers, - Sex Pistols members John Lydon and Steve Jones the members of the rock band Kasabian, Andy Nicholson, boxer Ricky Hatton, Paul McCartney, former Liverpool F.C. footballer Jamie Carragher, Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland of Coldplay, Johnny Marr, Morrissey, Bono, Paul Weller, Ian Brown, John Squire, Lee Mavers, Craig Cash, Kelly Jones and Johnny Depp (who played slide guitar on the Oasis song Fade In-Out). He was also good friends with Kate Moss who used to stay with him when she was visiting London. In 2001 he was reported to have an estimated personal fortune of £25 million. In 2009, The Sunday Times Rich List estimated he and Liam's combined personal fortune at £52 million.
    On 10 February 2011, Gallagher stated he has "not even started" his first solo record, despite Liam rumouring that he 'swiped' material from the Dig Out Your Soul sessions. "I am not recording new stuff, not just yet," he said to Talksport. "It'll be out when it's finished I guess.
    More Details Hide Details Well I've not even started it, so I don't know."
  • 2010
    On 24 November 2010, Miles Kane revealed that Gallagher sang on a track from his debut solo album entitled My Fantasy.
    More Details Hide Details Kane also revealed that he will appear on Gallagher's forthcoming album, playing guitar.
    Gallagher confirmed that he would be returning to the studio in August 2010 to record drums for an unnamed artist, later confirmed to be Paul Weller.
    More Details Hide Details He also denied rumours that he would be the Best Man for Russell Brand's marriage to Katy Perry. In August, it was mentioned on a UK Music blog, Sourmash Music, that Gallagher had been working with Liverpool group the Sand Band. Lead singer David McDonnell has been co-writing with Gallagher and are looking to collaborate on future solo projects together.
    Gallagher also joined friend Paul Weller onstage in London on 21 April 2010, and played the Oasis song "Mucky Fingers" and a song he co-wrote with Weller, "Echoes Round the Sun".
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    Gallagher's first concerts without Oasis were announced on 1 February 2010 to be at London's Royal Albert Hall on 25 and 26 March 2010 for Teenage Cancer Trust.
    More Details Hide Details He was supported by the Courteeners and Plan B respectively. Terry Kirkbride and Gem Archer joined him on-stage, as did Jay Darlington, all of whom Gallagher had previously worked with while he was still a member of Oasis. He played a mostly acoustic set, and played a variety of Oasis album tracks and B-sides. It was almost the same set he played at the Royal Albert Hall in 2007.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    However, the relationship between the two brothers had become strained throughout 2009, leading eventually to a last-minute cancellation of an Oasis concert scheduled to take place on 28 August 2009 in Paris, due to an "altercation within the group."
    More Details Hide Details Later that evening, Gallagher confirmed he had left Oasis as he "simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer." Through the Oasis website, he said "It's with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight". On 29 August, Gallagher expanded further on his blog, stating "the level of verbal and violent intimidation towards me, my family, friends and comrades has become intolerable. And the lack of support and understanding from my management and band mates has left me with no other option than to get me cape and seek pastures new." When asked in 2012 about his brother and an Oasis reunion Gallagher said "I last texted Liam at Christmas after the City match. I don't think it's gonna happen. It would be great for everyone else except me. It'd be mega for the millions and millions and everybody else it would be brilliant but I wouldn't be very happy about it. I guess you don't know what you're gonna feel like in 20-odd years but right now, I mean I was in Oasis for nearly 20 years. I've been doing this what I'm doing now for one year and I'd like to see what it's like to do it for longer. I don't think anyone is pushing for a reunion either. Nobody ever brings it up in any seriousness – I mean Liam does publicly but he says a lot of things publicly.
    On 28 August 2009, he quit Oasis after a fight with his brother, Liam.
    More Details Hide Details A little before midnight on Friday Gallagher posted a statement on his message board called "Tales from the Middle of Nowhere" on the band's website announcing his departure.
    In March 2009, The Times in conjunction with iTunes released a selection of live recordings by Noel Gallagher taken from his semi-acoustic performance at the Royal Albert Hall on 27 March 2007 in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.
    More Details Hide Details The Dreams We Have as Children features classic and rare tracks from the Oasis canon along with several cover versions of some of Gallagher's favourite artists.
  • 2008
    Gallagher was passionate in his support for Barack Obama's successful bid for US President, calling his acceptance speech to the 2008 Democratic National Convention "spellbinding".
    More Details Hide Details In 1997, he played a 5-song set at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in New York City. As a result, Oasis were deemed "unsuitable" by the Chinese government, forcing a planned tour of the country in 2009 to be cancelled. Gallagher has also been very vocal about knife crime. In 2008 he was quoted: "The scumbags are taking over the streets. I don't know what David Cameron and Gordon Brown are going to do about it. It all goes back to the Thatcher years. It sounds like a cliché but that's when the rot set in." When the interviewer suggested it was for status he replied, "In my day status was about trying to be somebody, not trying to kill somebody, so how's that all changed?"
  • 2007
    Gallagher, along with the band recorded their seventh studio album between 2007 and the next year at Abbey Road Studios and in Los Angeles, and started at the end of the summer of 2008 a tour that will last at least 12 months.
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    In early 2007, Gallagher joined the rest of Oasis to collect the "Outstanding Contribution to Music" Award at the Brit Awards 2007.
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    March 2007 saw Gallagher perform in Moscow—the first time an Oasis member has performed in Russia.
    More Details Hide Details Yet Gallagher dismissed claims that he was planning to embark on a solo career.
  • 2006
    In late 2006, Gallagher toured the UK, Europe, Japan, America and Australia in a series of acclaimed intimate semi-acoustic gigs accompanied by Gem Archer and Terry Kirkbride on percussion.
    More Details Hide Details The show proved successful and a further series of sets took place in 2007.
  • 2001
    Gallagher and Mathews divorced in January 2001 on grounds of his adultery with Scottish publicist Sara MacDonald.
    More Details Hide Details After the divorce was finalised, Gallagher admitted he had only claimed to have cheated in order to speed up the divorce process and that he had never actually been unfaithful.
    In 2001, Gallagher formed his own label, Sour Mash Records, which released records by the likes of Shack and Proud Mary.
    More Details Hide Details The incorporation of the label followed Gallagher's debut as a producer, working with Proud Mary on their debut, The Same Old Blues.
    Gallagher stated in 2001, "I liked drugs, I was good at them.
    More Details Hide Details But I'd had panic attacks for about a year and I stopped because I wanted to. After you make the decision, it is quite easy." Between 1993 and 1998, Gallagher claims, "I can hardly remember a thing."
  • 2000
    Since his separation from Mathews, Gallagher has been in a relationship with MacDonald, whom he met at club Space on Ibiza in June 2000.
    More Details Hide Details He wrote "Waiting for the Rapture" about their meeting. They have two sons, Donovan Rory MacDonald Gallagher (born 22 September 2007) and Sonny Patrick MacDonald Gallagher (born 1 October 2010).
    Mathews gave birth to a daughter, Anaïs Gallagher, on 27 January 2000.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    He claimed to have quit using illicit drugs on 5 June 1998.
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  • 1997
    In June 1997, Gallagher married Meg Mathews in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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    After the hype surrounding the release of Be Here Now had started to wane, critical response to the band became calmer and more considered, leading to a media backlash. In 1997, Gallagher was criticised for attending a high-profile and well-publicised media party at 10 Downing Street, hosted by the newly appointed Prime Minister, Tony Blair, along with other celebrities and industry figures who had supported New Labour in the run-up to the general election.
    More Details Hide Details Both brother Liam and Blur's Damon Albarn declined their invitations, with Albarn commenting "Enjoy the schmooze, comrade." The perception of Gallagher as someone now mixing with politicians—or, in particular, a famous photograph of him sipping champagne with Blair—conflicted with the "working class hero" status championed through songs such as "Up in the Sky". In 1999, rhythm guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs quit the band, with bassist Paul McGuigan following soon afterwards. As a result, the fourth studio album, Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, was recorded by just the Gallaghers and drummer Alan White, with Gallagher playing all guitar parts. He later commented on Bonehead's departure, "It's hardly Paul McCartney leaving the Beatles, is it?". After the recording sessions were completed, Gallagher selected Gem Archer to join in place of Bonehead. Later that year Alan McGee decided to leave Creation and sold the rest of his 51% stake in the label to Sony. Gallagher took this opportunity to set up Big Brother Recordings, which took over Oasis' distribution in the UK, but Sony imprint Epic Records continued to handle the band's international distribution. Around the time of the album's release, Andy Bell, formerly of Ride, joined the band as bassist.
  • 1996
    Gallagher became so influential that a June 1996 NME article argued that "If Noel Gallagher, the most successful songwriter of his generation, champions a group, then said group are guaranteed more mainstream kudos and, quite possibly, more sales.
    More Details Hide Details And since Noel has taken to championing only five or six groups, then it's a powerful cabal he's promoting." The NME article grouped the bands Gallagher praised, including The Boo Radleys, Ocean Colour Scene, and Cast, under the banner of "Noelrock". John Harris typified these bands, and Gallagher, of sharing "a dewy-eyed love of the 1960s, a spurning of much beyond rock's most basic ingredients, and a belief in the supremacy of 'real music'".
    In March 1996, Gallagher and his brother Liam met their father again when the News of the World paid him to go to their hotel during a tour.
    More Details Hide Details He left for his room, later commenting "as far as I'm concerned, I haven't got a father. He's not a father to me, y'know? I don't respect him in any way whatsoever". In August 1996, Oasis sold out two nights at Knebworth, playing to over 250,000 fans. Following the worldwide success of Morning Glory?, Be Here Now (1997) became Oasis' most eagerly anticipated album to date. As with the previous two albums, all the tracks were written by Gallagher. After an initial blaze of publicity, positive critical reviews, and commercial success, the album failed to live up to long-term expectations, and public goodwill towards Be Here Now was short-lived. The album was ultimately regarded by many as a bloated, over-indulgent version of Oasis, which Gallagher has since blamed on the drug-addicted state and indifference of the band at the time.
  • 1995
    The Gallagher brothers famously share a turbulent relationship; one of their arguments was even released on a 1995 bootleg single entitled Wibbling Rivalry.
    More Details Hide Details Although in recent years their relationship had stabilised, during the band's early career there were a handful of incidents where the two have actually come to blows. In an L.A. show during their first American tour in 1994, Liam took to changing the words of the songs so that they were offensive to both Americans and Noel. A confrontation after the show which led to a chair being thrown and a brawl caused him to leave the tour and head for Las Vegas; Gallagher later claimed he had "visions of Fear and Loathing flashing in his eyes". During recording sessions for the second Oasis album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, the brothers had a violent fight involving a cricket bat, when Liam invited everyone from a local pub back into the studio while he was trying to work. In 1995, Noel was obliged to sing "Wonderwall" on Later... with Jools Holland when Liam failed to turn up.
    The most infamous of Gallagher's controversial statements was in a 1995 interview with The Observer, where he expressed a wish for Damon Albarn and Alex James of rivals Blur to "catch AIDS and die", a comment which he quickly apologised publicly for, and stated that "AIDS is no laughing matter".
    More Details Hide Details This statement was preceded by the success of (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, which led to a well-documented feud with fellow Britpop band Blur. The differing styles of the bands, coupled with their prominence within the Britpop movement, led the British media to seize upon the rivalry between the bands. Both factions played along, with the Gallaghers taunting Blur at the 1996 BRIT Awards by singing a rendition of "Parklife" when they collected their "Best British Band" award (with Liam changing the lyrics to "Shite-life"). Gallagher maintains that the rivalry was conceived by the magazine NME and members of Blur's entourage as a ploy to raise their respective profiles, and that since this point he has had no respect for either party. However, Albarn has suggested the roots of the feud were much more personal. By 2007, the tension between the two had cooled, and in an NME interview, Gallagher said "I've got a lot of respect for Damon, I really do mean it. Because I'm indifferent to Damon he thinks that I think he's a cunt. Our Liam will talk to him, I won't because he's just another singer in a band to me, but I don't think he's a cunt. Good luck to him!" On 23 March 2013, Gallagher, Damon, Graham Coxon and Paul Weller performed the Blur hit "Tender" at the Teenage Cancer Trust.
    As compensation, he decided he would sing lead vocals on "Don't Look Back in Anger". 1995 also saw Gallagher play two songs for the charity album Help!: "Fade Away", accompanied by friend and Oasis fan Johnny Depp and Depp's then-girlfriend Kate Moss; and the Beatles' 1969 hit "Come Together", along with Paul Weller, Paul McCartney and others in a supergroup called Smokin' Mojo Filters.
    More Details Hide Details He began collaborating with the Chemical Brothers, Ian Brown, the Stands, the Prodigy and Weller, amongst others.
    Gallagher followed up the debut in 1995 with Oasis' first UK number one single in "Some Might Say".
    More Details Hide Details This preceded their second album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, released later that year. Though it suffered initial critical apathy, the album became the second fastest-selling album ever in the UK, entering the UK album charts at number one and peaking at number four on the US Billboard 200 chart. The success of Oasis and his newfound fame and fortune were not lost on Gallagher, and both he and his brother became famous for their "rock and roll lifestyle". They drank heavily, abused drugs, fought fans, critics, peers, and each other, and made celebrity friends such as Ian Brown, Paul Weller, Mani, Mick Jagger, Craig Cash, Kate Moss and Johnny Depp. Gallagher spent extravagantly, buying various cars and a swimming pool, despite the fact he can neither drive, nor swim. He named his house in Belsize Park in London "Supernova Heights" (after the song "Champagne Supernova"), and his two cats "Benson" and "Hedges" after his favourite brand of cigarettes.
  • 1994
    He had met her in 1994 through her roommate, MTV presenter Rebecca de Ruvo, whom he was dating at the time and whom he left for Mathews.
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    Gallagher claimed to have written Oasis' first single, "Supersonic", in "the time it takes to play the song." "Supersonic" was released in early 1994 and peaked at No.31 on the official UK charts. The single was later followed by Oasis' debut album Definitely Maybe, which was released in August 1994 and was a critical and commercial success.
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    They had an on-again, off-again relationship before finally separating in June 1994, with Gallagher stating, "I don't think I'll ever get over it."
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    It became the fastest-selling debut album in British history at the time, and entered the UK charts at number one. Despite their rapidly growing popularity, Gallagher briefly left Oasis in 1994 during their first American tour.
    More Details Hide Details The conditions were poor, and he felt the American audience—still preoccupied with grunge and metal—did not understand the band. Gallagher stated that his early songs, especially "Live Forever", were written to refute grunge's pessimism. Tensions mounted between him and Liam, culminating in a fight after a disastrous L.A. gig. Having effectively decided to quit the music industry, he flew to San Francisco without telling the band, management or the crew. It was during this time that Gallagher wrote "Talk Tonight" as a "thank you" for the girl he stayed with, who "talked him from off the ledge". He was tracked down by Creation's Tim Abbot and during a trip by the pair to Las Vegas, Gallagher decided to continue with the band. He reconciled with his brother and the tour resumed in Minneapolis.
  • 1991
    In 1991, Gallagher returned from an American tour with the Inspiral Carpets to find that his brother Liam had become a singer with a local band called The Rain.
    More Details Hide Details He attended one of their concerts at Manchester's Boardwalk, but was unimpressed by the group's act. After rejecting an offer from Liam to be the band's manager, Gallagher agreed to join the band, on the condition that he take creative control of the group and become its sole songwriter. According to another source, Gallagher told Liam and the rest of the group after having heard them play for the first time: "Let me write your songs and I'll take you to superstardom, or else you'll rot here in Manchester". His control over the band in its early years earned him the nickname "The Chief". In May 1993, the band heard that a record executive from Creation Records would be scouting for talent at King Tut's in Glasgow. Together, they found the money to hire a van and make the six-hour journey. When they arrived, they were refused entry to the club because no one notified the venue that Oasis had been added to the bill. The band eventually secured the opening slot and played a four-song set that impressed Creation founder Alan McGee.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    In May 1988, Gallagher met guitarist Graham Lambert of Inspiral Carpets during a Stone Roses show.
    More Details Hide Details The two struck up an acquaintanceship and he became a regular at Inspiral Carpets shows. When he heard singer Steve Holt was leaving the band, Gallagher auditioned to be the new vocalist. He was rejected, but became part of their road crew for two years. Singer Tom Hingley said Gallagher owes his own career to the band, since "his business sense, work ethic, message, and humour are Inspiral down to the core". He struck up a friendship with monitor engineer Mark Coyle over their love of The Beatles, and the pair spent soundchecks dissecting the group's songs.
  • 1983
    He also appeared (and scored) for Manchester Gaelic football outfit CLG Oisín at Croke Park, Dublin in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details As teenagers, the Gallagher brothers maintained limited contact with their father in order to secure jobs in construction. However, the relationship between father and sons continued to be tempestuous; Gallagher said that "because we were always arguing we'd still be working at nine o'clock every night". Having left his father's building company, he took a job at another building firm sub-contracted to British Gas. There he sustained an injury when a heavy cap from a steel gas pipe landed on his right foot. Following a period of recuperation, Gallagher was offered a less physically demanding role in the company's storehouse, freeing up time for him to practise guitar and write songs. He claimed to have written at least three of the songs on Definitely Maybe in this storehouse (including "Live Forever" and "Columbia"). He later called the storehouse "The Hit Hut" and claimed the walls were painted gold. Much of the late 1980s found Gallagher unemployed and living in a bedsit, occupying his time with recreational drug use, songwriting, and guitar playing. He is left-handed, but plays right-handed.
    Gallagher was particularly inspired by the debut of The Smiths on Top of the Pops in 1983, performing their single "This Charming Man".
    More Details Hide Details He later reflected that "from that day on... he wanted to be Johnny Marr".
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1976
    Peggy Gallagher acquired a legal notice of separation from her husband in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details Six years later, she finally left him, taking the three boys with her. As teenagers, the Gallagher brothers (especially Noel) were regular truants, often getting into trouble with the police. When his mother took a job working in the school canteen, Gallagher ensured that he stopped by to visit her during lunch before skipping the rest of the day. He was expelled from school at the age of 15 for throwing a bag of flour over a teacher. He used to hang around with the football hooligan firms Maine Line Crew, Under-5s, and Young Guvnors in the 1980s, and at the age of 13, he received six months' probation for robbing a corner shop. It was during this period of probation, with little else to do, that he first began to teach himself to play a guitar his father had left him, imitating his favourite songs from the radio.
  • 1972
    Gallagher was born in Longsight, Manchester, the son of Irish parents Peggy and Thomas Gallagher. He was the couple's second child, after the birth of Paul Anthony Gallagher. Soon after the birth of younger brother Liam in 1972, the Gallaghers moved to Ashburn Avenue in the Manchester suburb of Burnage.
    More Details Hide Details Gallagher had an unhappy childhood. He and his brothers were often beaten by their father, who was an alcoholic, and he was often reclusive. Liam described him as "the weirdo in the family". Due to their unease around their father, he and Paul both developed stammers. As the oldest child, Paul was given a room to himself, and Noel was forced to share with Liam.
  • OTHER
  • 1967
    Born on May 29, 1967.
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