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Noel Thomas David Gallagher (born 29 May 1967 in Longsightmarker, Manchestermarker) is an English musician best known as the former principal songwriter, lead guitarist, and occasional vocalist of English rock band Oasis. Raised with younger brother Liam Gallagher in Burnagemarker, Manchester, Gallagher received guitar lessons from Dayle Robertson at the age of thirteen during a period of probation. After a series of odd jobs in construction, Gallagher joined local Manchester band the Inspiral Carpets as a roadie and guitar technician in 1988. Whilst touring with the Inspirial Carpets, he became aware that younger brother Liam had formed a band of his own, known as The Rain before eventually taking on the name Oasis. After Gallagher returned to England, he took lead from his brother and quickly asserted dominance over the band while writing songs that would later pave their creative direction.

Within a few years, with Oasis's early success due to their debut album, Definitely Maybe (1994), Gallagher assumed centre stage of the Britpop movement, during which Oasis continued to enjoy much critical and commercial success. This stage of the band's career was epitomised by the release of their second album Morning Glory? (1995) and a rivalry with fellow Britpop band Blur. Since the demise of Britpop, Gallagher released four further studio albums with Oasis. On 28 August 2009, following an altercation with brother Liam prior to a gig in Parismarker, he left the band. On 23 October 2009, Noel Gallagher confirmed his intentions to undertake a solo career.

Biography

Early years

Noel Gallagher was born in Longsight, Manchester, to Irish parents Peggy and Tommy Gallagher. He was the couple's second child. Soon after the birth of younger brother Liam in 1972, the Gallaghers moved to Ashburn Avenue in the Manchester suburb of Burnagemarker. Noel had an unhappy childhood. He and his brothers were often beaten by his alcoholic father, and he was often reclusive—Liam described him as "the weirdo in the family". Due to their unease around their father, Noel and Paul both developed stammers. As the oldest child, Paul was given a room to himself, and Noel was forced to share with Liam.

Peggy Gallagher acquired a legal notice of separation from her husband in 1976. Sixteen years later she finally left him, taking the three boys with her. As teenagers the Gallagher brothers—especially Noel—were regular truants, often getting in trouble with the police. When his mother took a job working in the school as a janitor, Noel 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 has admitted to stealing car stereos and burglary as a teenager. He used to hang around with the football hooligan firms Mayne Line Crew, Under-5s and Young Guvnors in the 1980s, and at the age of thirteen, Noel received six months' probation for robbing a corner shop. It was during this period of probation, with little else to do, that Noel first began to teach himself to play a guitar his father had left him, imitating his favourite songs from the radio. Noel was particularly inspired by the debut of The Smiths on Top of the Pops in 1983, performing their single "This Charming Man". He later reflected, "From that day on ... I wanted to be [Smiths guitarist] Johnny Marr."

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; Noel said, "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, Noel was offered a less physically demanding role in the company's storehouse, freeing up time in which to practice 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 Noel unemployed and living in a bedsit, occupying his time with recreational drug use, songwriting and guitar playing.

In May 1988, Noel met guitarist Graham Lambert of Inspiral Carpets during a Stone Roses show. The two struck up an acquaintanceship and Noel became a regular at Inspiral Carpets shows. When he heard singer Steve Holt was leaving the band, Noel auditioned to be the new vocalist. He was rejected, but became part of their road crew for two years. Singer Tom Hingley said that Gallagher owes his own career to the band, since "his business sense, work ethic, message and humour are Inspiral down to the core." Noel 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.

Joining Oasis

In 1991, Noel returned from an American tour with the Inspiral Carpets to find that his brother Liam had become the lead singer with a local band called "The Rain". Noel 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, he 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, Noel 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, a club in Glasgowmarker. 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. McGee then took the Live Demonstration tape to Sony America and invited Oasis to meet with him a week later in London, at which point they were signed to a six-album contract. Gallagher has since claimed that he only had six songs written at the time, and has put his success in the interview down to "bullshitting". However, McGee believes that when they met, Gallagher had fifty or so songs written, and merely lied about how prolific he had been following the contract. Richard Ashcroft was so impressed with Oasis during the time, that he invited them to tour with his band The Verve as an opening act.

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 #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. It became the fastest-selling debut album in British history at the time, and entered the UK Charts at #1. Despite their rapidly growing popularity, Noel briefly left Oasis in 1994 during their first American tour. The conditions were poor, and he felt the American audience—still preoccupied with grunge and metal—did not understand the band. Noel 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.marker gig. Having effectively decided to quit the music industry, he flew to San Franciscomarker without telling the band, management or the crew. It was during this time that Noel 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 Noel decided to continue with the band. He reconciled with his brother and the tour resumed in Minneapolismarker.

Britpop and the height of fame

Gallagher followed up the debut in 1995 with Oasis' first UK #1 single in "Some Might Say". This preceded their second album, Morning Glory?, released later that year. Though it suffered initial critical apathy, the album became the second fastest-selling album in the UK, entering the UK album charts at #1 and peaking at #4 on the 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 and Mani. Noel 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 Parkmarker in London "Supernova Heights" (after the song "Champagne Supernova"), and his two cats "Benson" and "Hedges" after his favourite brand of cigarettes.

Oasis went on to have greater success with their next two singles, "Wonderwall" and "Don't Look Back in Anger" charting at #2 and #1 respectively. Originally, Noel had wanted to take lead vocals on "Wonderwall", but Liam insisted on singing it. As compensation, Noel 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. Noel has also collaborated with the Chemical Brothers, Ian Brown, The Stands, The Prodigy and Weller, amongst others. 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. 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, Noel and Liam Gallagher met their father again when a British newspaper paid him to go to their hotel during a tour. Noel 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". Also in 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 Noel. 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.

Gallagher began to suffer drug-induced panic attacks during this period. His lonely, paranoid state inspired the song "Gas Panic!", subsequently included on the 2000 album Standing on the Shoulder of Giants. Gallagher claims to have quit drugs on 5 June 1998. He stated in 2001, "I liked drugs, I was good at them. 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, he claims, "I can hardly remember a thing."

Post-Britpop years

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, Noel was criticised for attending a high-profile and well-publicised media party at 10 Downing Streetmarker, hosted by the newly-elected Prime Minister, Tony Blair, along with other celebrities and industry figures who had supported New Labour in the run-up to the general election. 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 after a row with Noel, 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 Noel playing all guitar parts. Gallagher 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 continues 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. In 2001, Gallagher formed his own label, Sour Mash Records, which released records by the likes of Shack and Proud Mary. The incorporation of the label followed Gallagher's debut as a producer, working with Proud Mary on their debut, The Same Old Blues.

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. The show proved successful and a further series of sets took place in 2007. March 2007 saw Gallagher perform in Moscow—the first time an Oasis member has performed in Russia. Yet Gallagher dismissed claims that he was planning to embark on a solo career. In early 2007, Gallagher joined the rest of Oasis to collect the "Outstanding Contribution to Music" Award at the Brit Awards 2007.

Noel, along with the band recorded their seventh studio album between 2007 and the next year in Abbey Road Studiosmarker and Los Angeles, and started at the end of the summer of 2008 a tour that will last at least 12 months.

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. The Dreams We Have As Children features classic and rare tracks from the Oasis canon along with several cover versions of some of Noel’s favourite artists.

Quitting Oasis

On August 28, 2009 Noel quit Oasis after a fight with his brother and front-man of Oasis, Liam Gallagher. A little before midnight on Friday he posted a statement on the band's website that read:

"It's with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight. People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer. Apologies to all the people who bought tickets for the shows in Paris, Konstanz and Milan."

In a follow-up statement on the band's website, Noel released the following statement:

Personal life

According to Noel's older brother, Paul, Noel was always very popular with women having several girlfriends from a young age. When Noel was 18 he proposed to his then girlfriend Diane but they never got married and eventually split up. In 1988 Gallagher moved out of his family home to live with his girlfriend at the time - Louise Jones. He lived with her for 6 years. They had a stormy relationship splitting up several times, only to get back together again a couple of days later. The Oasis classic Slide Away was written for her. Noel described them as 'soulmates' and when they finally split up in June 1994 Noel said 'I don't think I'll ever get over it.']

Gallagher married Meg Mathews in Las Vegas in June 1997. He met her in 1994 through her roommate, MTV presenter Rebecca de Ruvo whom he was dating at the time - but according to Noel, he liked Meg more so he dumped Rebecca and started dating Meg instead. Mathews gave birth to a daughter, Anais, in 2000. Gallagher and Mathews divorced shortly afterwards, in January 2001, following Liam's own announcement of his separation from Patsy Kensit. The divorce was on the grounds of Noel's adultery with Scottish publicist Sara MacDonald. After the divorce Gallagher claimed he'd only admitted to cheating in order to get the divorce over quickly and that he'd never actually been unfaithful. Soon after his split with Meg he entered a long-term relationship with Sara. They briefly separated in 2002, but they got back together soon after. The pair met in a club in Ibiza called Space during the time Noel left the Standing on the Shoulder of Giants tour. The song Waiting for the Rapture is about that meeting with Noel describing it as "about someone very special I met and have spent the last eight years with. In 2007 she gave birth to Noel's second child, Donovan Rory MacDonald Gallagher.

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". Other notable friends of his are, Richard Ashcroft of The Verve - for whom he dedicated Cast No Shadow to Sex Pistols members John Lydon and Steve Jones the members of the rock band Kasabian, Andy Nicholson, boxer Ricky Hatton, Paul McCartney, Liverpool F.C footballer Jamie Carragher, Chris Martin, Johnny Marr, Paul Weller and Johnny Depp (who played slide guitar on the Oasis song Fade In-Out and gave Noel the guitar he often uses with the letter “P” on it.) and Ian Brown, 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 Noel and Liam's combined personal fortune at £52 million.

Gallagher is a fan of football, being a supporter of Manchester City F.C. He is a friend of former City midfielder Joey Barton, and also of Italian striker Alessandro Del Piero, who described Gallagher as Italy's "lucky mascot" during the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and appears in the Oasis video "Lord Don't Slow Me Down".

In 2005 Gallagher discussed his Catholic roots and how to pray with U2 singer Bono, saying of Bono "that he made tons of sense." Subsequent to his talk with Bono, Gallagher restated in a 2006 radio interview with Russell Brand that he does not believe in God or "an all-guiding force." Although Gallagher isn't very religious, throughout his career many of his songs mention God; (Carry Us All, Gas Panic!, The Hindu Times, Little by Little, Let's All Make Believe to name five) and all the tracks he had contributed to Dig Out Your Soul, as well as the other band mates' songs, have lyrics and references to God and other biblical terms. The entire record has been described by Noel as a "religious Armageddon". But in recent interviews for Dig Out Your Soul regarding religion, Noel stated "See, I don't know what I am. If I was an atheist I'd just write songs about not believing in God - but I don't know what I am."

In 2008 it was announced that Gallagher would sell his Ibizamarker home located near fellow musician James Blunt, saying that he "Can’t stand living there in the knowledge that Blunt is nearby making terrible music."

Songwriting and musicianship

Noel Gallagher was the primary songwriter in Oasis, and on the group's first few albums he was the sole songwriting contributor. Gallagher is often criticised for the praise he gives to his own songs. He points out "If you'd written 'Live Forever', you'd be walking to a different tune the next day too." Gallagher has often been accused by critics of plagiarising the music of his heroes, but he has maintained outright homages in his music are his intention. In a 1996 Guitar World interview, he described himself as "a fan who writes songs" and stated, "I'm not saying, 'I'm the greatest songwriter in the world. Listen to me.' Usually, I'm saying, 'These are the greatest songwriters in the world. And I'm gonna put them all in this song"'. His response to critics about the topic of "blatantly pinching riffs" was, "No, I don't feel guilty. But you feel pissed off because you didn't do it first."

Though naturally left-handed, Gallagher plays guitar right-handed, which he claims is the only thing he can do with his non-dominant hand. Noel has said he sometimes does not understand his own lyrics, commenting in 2005 that "when I'm halfway through 'Don't Look Back in Anger' I say to myself. 'I still don't know what these words mean!'"

Changing band dynamic

Gallagher's role as chief songwriter for Oasis has changed as he allowed a greater level of lyrical input from the other band members. Standing on the Shoulder of Giants included Oasis' first ever album track written by Liam Gallagher. Heathen Chemistry included a further three tracks by Liam (including the single "Songbird"), one by Archer and one by Bell. Don't Believe the Truth featured another three tracks by Liam (though one of them, "Love Like a Bomb" was co-written with Archer), one from Archer, and two from Bell. The latter two albums have been greeted with increasing critical and commercial success in the U.K., particularly Don't Believe the Truth. Yet the second single from Don't Believe the Truth, "The Importance of Being Idle" became the second Noel-sung Oasis track to top the UK charts and was named 2005's finest track by Q magazine, as well as being nominated for the NME's "Best Song of 2005" award. However, on recent Oasis albums, Noel's increasing role as lead singer, apparently to compensate for his diminished role as songwriter, has caused some tension with Liam.

Zak Starkey, previous drummer for Gallagher's heroes The Who and Johnny Marr, and son of former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, replaced longtime Oasis drummer Alan White during the recording sessions for Don't Believe the Truth. The loss of their longtime drummer prompted Gallagher to comment, in a 2005 interview, that he puts Oasis' trouble with drummers, in part, to the fact that he is himself a talented drummer, saying "I get a lot of stick for it, but I'm the best drummer in the group."

Controversy

Gallagher is well known for his controversial, outspoken statements in the press; he acknowledged his tendency for faux pas in the song "My Big Mouth" on the album Be Here Now. Yet Gallagher has defended himself, saying "people think [I'm] controversial for the answers [I] give to silly questions in interviews, but...I'm not thinking about insulting...people; I say what I genuinely feel is in my heart. My conscience is clean, d'you know what I mean? Y'know, I'm true to myself—fuck everybody else." His opinions have earned him an "elder statesman" reputation, with NME dubbing him "The wisest man in rock".

Damon Albarn and Blur

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." 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, however, proved the most aggressive, and in an interview with The Observer, he uttered this statement.

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!"

Liam Gallagher



The Gallagher brothers famously share a turbulent relationship; one of their arguments was even released on a 1995 bootleg single entitled Wibbling Rivalry. 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 led to a chair being thrown, and Noel leaving the tour and heading for Las Vegas, claiming 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 Noel was trying to work. Noel took hold of the bat and whacked Liam over the head with it. The fight ended with Noel breaking Liam's foot. In 1996, Gallagher provided lead vocals at a performance for MTV Unplugged when Liam backed out minutes before the set was due to start. Liam claimed to have been struck down with a "sore throat"; the band later found out that Liam did not like performing acoustically. Noel was further angered when Liam proceeded to heckle him from the balcony while the band performed. Just before the band were about to board a plane to the United States for their crucial make-or-break US tour, Liam left the airport, claiming he had to find a house for his then wife Patsy Kensit. He later joined the band for their last few gigs and the infamous MTV Awards performance; the remaining dates were scrapped. The band's future was tabloid daily news.

While on tour in Barcelonamarker in 2000, Oasis were forced to cancel a gig when Alan White's arm seized up, and the band spent the night drinking instead. Liam made a derogatory comment about Noel's then-wife Meg Mathews, and attempted to cast doubt over the legitimacy of Noel's daughter Anais, causing a scuffle in which Noel punched Liam, knocking him down. Following this, Noel declared he was quitting overseas touring, but returned for an Oasis gig in Dublinmarker on 8 July 2000. During the performance, the two brothers shook hands at the end of "Acquiesce".

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 August 28, 2009 in Paris, due to an "altercation within the group." Later that evening, Noel confirmed he had left Oasis as he "simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer." Through the Oasis website, Noel said "It's with some sadness and great relief to tell you that I quit Oasis tonight". On August 29, Noel 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."

Glastonbury

On February 1, 2008 it was announced that Jay-Z would headline the 2008 Glastonbury Festival. Tickets failed to sell out with 100,000 out of a possible 137,500 being sold (the previous festival sold out in two hours). Critics blamed the choice of a hip hop artist as opposed to a rock band as the main problem. Noel criticised the organisers of the festival for scheduling Jay-Z as a headliner for the traditionally guitar-driven festival, stating "If it ain't broke don't fix it. If you start to break it then people aren't going to go. I'm sorry, but Jay-Z? No chance. Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music and even when they throw the odd curve ball in on a Sunday night you go 'Kylie Minogue?' I'm not having hip hop at Glastonbury." A controversy ensued in the months leading up to the event with artists, promoters and fans weighing in both for and against. Jay-Z responded to this controversy saying, "We don't play guitars, Noel, but hip hop has put in its work like any other form of music. This headline show is just a natural progression. Rap music is still evolving. From Afrika Bambaataa DJ-ing in the Bronx and Run-DMC going platinum, to Jazzy Jeff And The Fresh Prince winning the first rap Grammy, I'm just next in the line. We have to respect each other's genre of music and move forward."

Jay-Z opened his set at the 2008 Glastonbury Festival with a cover of Oasis' classic "Wonderwall." When Gallagher was asked about the incident he replied "The way it's played itself out is that I said Jay-Z had no right to play Glastonbury, which is a crock of horseshit. I got off a plane and someone asked me about the fact that Glastonbury hadn't sold out for the first time in years, and if it was because of Jay-Z. From there it grew into this crap that I was standing on an orange crate at Speakers' Corner saying, 'Gather round, brothers and sisters. Have you heard what's happening at Glastonbury this year?' I have a certain turn of phrase. So if I say, "Chicken sandwiches in McDonald's are just plain fucking wrong," it doesn't mean I'm attacking all chickens or all sandwiches. I've hung out with Jay-Z in Tokyo. I've seen his show. It's not my bag, but it's all right. We have a mutual friend in Chris Martin. So I am a guy who doesn't like hip-hop—shock, horror. I don't dislike rappers or hip-hop or people who like it. I went to the Def Jam tour in Manchester in the '80s when rap was inspirational. Public Enemy were awesome. But it's all about status and bling now, and it doesn't say anything to me." When Jay Z was asked about Gallagher's comments he said "I haven't spoken to him [Gallagher], I heard he was reaching out. I don't bear any grudge, it's all good. I just don't believe in good music and bad music, I've always said that. You look at any interview from the beginning of time, I've always stated that I don't believe in the lines and classifications that people put music in so they can easily define it". When asked who he would be interested in collaborating with in the future, the rapper said, "Anyone. Oasis as well – it doesn't matter to me."

Politics

Noel has been outspoken about his political views on several occasions, most notably when he visited Tony Blair at No. 10 Downing Street in 1997. In an interview in 1997 when he was asked about why he visited Blair he replied, "I’ve taken a lot of flack for going to No. 10 Downing Street but the thing about that is, I never considered myself a rebel anyway. I wasn’t going there representing the ‘Indie community’. I wasn’t representing anyone. I was going there for me. You have to understand that from when I went to school and from when I was born all we ever knew was conservative, Tory, right-wing government. What people don’t mention is, they say ‘He went to meet Tony Blair.’ No. I went to meet the LABOUR prime minister. Our parents always drummed into us that the Labour Party was for the people and the Tory Party was not. I went to meet the Labour prime minister. Full stop.”

In an interview in 2007 when asked about politics he said, “I’d been unemployed all my life. It was a big deal for me when he [Tony Blair] got in. Now David Cameron is no different than our Tony Blair and Gordon Brown is no different than our David Cameron. They’re all cut from the same cloth and it annoys me that the biggest political icon in the last 30 years has been Margaret Thatcher, and she's a dick. Someone who tried to destroy the working class. It freaks me out. So I don’t really think there’s anything left to vote for. I believe that I, as a person, can only change things once every 5 years and that’s by voting, and my point is that even casting that vote means that the same guy gets in, the only difference is one has a red tie and the other has a blue one. That’s all it means, so I think that I should start the Gallagher Party.”

He was open in his support for Barack Obama's successful bid for president, calling his acceptance speech to the 2008 Democratic National Convention “spellbinding.”

In 1997 he played a 5 song set at the Tibetan Freedom Concert in NYC. As a result Oasis have been deemed "unsuitable" by the Chinese government, forcing a planned tour of the country in 2009 to be cancelled.

He has also been very vocal about knife crime. He said to one journalist, "It all goes back to the Thatcher Years. I know it's a cliché to say it but that's where the rot set in. If you go up north to any city there are rows and rows and rows of derelict houses. They can’t even afford to knock them down and build something new, and that’s where it all starts, if kids haven’t got anything what are they supposed to do?"

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?"

Musical equipment

Throughout his career Gallagher has used a wide range of different guitars, effect pedals and amplifers from his large collection.

Guitars

Electric guitars

  • Epiphone Les Paul - In the early days of Oasis Gallagher's main instruments were a series of sunburst Epiphone Les Paul Models.
  • Epiphone Sheraton - From 1996-2000 Gallagher used various incarnations of the Epiphone Sheraton. Most notably the Union Jack model he used at Maine Road in 1996.
  • Gibson ES-355 - Since 2002, Gallagher's primary stage instruments has been a Bigsby-equipped, cherry Gibson ES-355.
  • Gibson Les Paul - Following Oasis' breakthrough, Gallagher replaced his Epiphone Les Pauls with Gibsons. From 2002 onwards, however, he used Les Pauls sparingly on stage. At Oasis' 2008 Wembley concert, for instance, the only song on which Gallagher played a Les Paul was Cigarettes & Alcohol.
  • Fender Telecaster - Gallagher has, on occasion, played a variety of Fender Telecasters on stage. In 2000, for instance, he used a pink paisley Telecaster for the song Don't Look Back in Anger.
  • Gibson Trini Lopez - Used in the video for Lyla.
  • Gibson ES-345 - Unlike Gallagher's cherry ES-355, his ES-345 lacks a Bigsby and has a "flowerpot" headstock inlay (as opposed to the "split diamond" found on the ES-355).
  • Rickenbacker 330 and a Rickenbacker Mapleglo, both used around the year 2000.


Acoustic guitars

  • A sunburst Gibson SJ-200 with a retrofitted single coil pickup in the soundhole is Gallagher's main acoustic guitar.
  • Gallagher also owns a wide array of vintage Gibson and Martin guitars. On "Dig Out Your Soul," for instance, he played a 1970 Martin D-28. Other acoustics known to have been employed either in the studio or onstage are a Takamine EF-325SRC, a Takamine FD -460SC, Takamine EG 335 12-string and a Takamine NV360S.:


Amplification & Effects

Amplifiers

Gallagher is well known for his changing amplification preferences. During the band's early days and the recording of its seminal album Definitley Maybe, Gallagher utilized a Marshall solid-state combo run through an overdrived Vox AC-30. When the band first appeared on television, the Vox had been replaced with a WEM Dominator 25-watt tube combo. By the time Oasis toured behind the album, however, the recording setup had been abandoned in favour of a 100-watt Marshall JCM-900 head and one or two matching 4x12 cabinets. Following the release of Morning Glory, Gallagher appeared with various amplifiers. Some sources indicate that he used a pair of Orange Overdrive 120 heads with four matching 4x12 cabinets, but photographs from this period clearly show him playing through a JCM 900 stack. It is quite possible, especially considering the wide variety of amplifiers used during this period, that no definitive record will ever be assembled. Indeed, between 1997 and 2000, there appear to be no extant records of what Gallagher was playing through or even whether he was consistent in his choices.

From 2000 onwards, however, Gallagher's setup has remained more or less intact in that it has revolved around the entrance of the 15-watt Fender Blues Junior. At one point he ran a pair of Blues Juniors into Marshall 4x12 cabinets loaded with Celestion G-12s. Also present in his quite substantial rig between 2000 and 2007 were a vintage Vox AC-50 head, and an unidentified Orange head which could very well be another Overdrive 120. He has also used, on occasion, a Fender Bandmaster head and matching cabinet. Other amps to have made appearences in his rig during this period are the Clark Beaufort Combo and the Clark Tyger Combo. By 2008, however, Gallagher's rig had solidified into a single Blues Junior paired with three Hiwatt bass cabinets via three THC Hotplate power attenuators. Interestingly, each of the Hiwatt cabinets contains four 10" speakers as well as one 15" speaker.

Effects

In the early days of Oasis, Gallagher's effect setup was quite limited: he used a delay pedal and a Roland Space Echo. By 2002, in contrast, his pedal board had ballooned to include a large array of stomboxes as well as a large MIDI controller. Following is a list of all the guitar effects known to have been used from 1994 to 2009:

  • Ibanez TS-9 Tubescreamer
  • THC Hotplate Power Attenuator
  • Roland Space Echo
  • Boss DD-3 Digital Delay
  • Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner
  • Line 6 DL4 Delay Modeler
  • Hughes & Kettner Tube Rotosphere (which simulates a Leslie speaker)
  • Boss TR-2 Tremolo
  • Pro-Co Rat Distortion
  • Boss AC-2 and AC-3 Acoustic Simulators
  • Way Huge Aqua Puss Delay
  • Dunlop Crybaby Wah
  • Various Vox Wah pedals
  • Boss RV-3 and RV-5 reverb
  • Boss PN-2 Tremolo/ Pan
  • SIB Echodrive
  • Boss LS-2 Line Selector
  • Analogman King Of Tone Overdrive
  • Danelectro Dan-Echo Delay
  • Boss HR-2 Harmoniser


The reality is that Gallagher has used an immense array of effects pedals, as well as several quite substantial rack-mounted units, throughout his career in Oasis. An exhaustive list is probably impossible to compile.

Discography

Albums



Charted Songs

Year Title UK Album
2009 "Don't Look Back In Anger" 101 The Dreams We Have As Children
"Talk Tonight" 119
"Cast No Shadow" 120
"(It's Good) To Be Free" 121
"The Importance Of Being Idle" 141


References

  • Gallagher, Paul; Christian, Terry. Brothers, From Childhood to Oasis (Virgin Books)
  • Harris, John. Britpop!: Cool Britannia and the Spectacular Demise of English Rock. Da Capo Press, 2004. ISBN 0-306-81367-X
  • Hewitt, Paolo. Getting High: The Adventures of Oasis (Boxtree Press)
  • Middles, Mick. Oasis: Round Their Way (Independent Music Press)
  • Moody, P. Oasis: Lost Inside (UFO Music Ltd)
  • Robertson, I. Oasis: What's The Story? (Blake Books)
  • Wheeler, J. Oasis: How Does It Feel? (UFO Books Ltd)
  • Williams, J. & Cook J. Oasis member attacked on stage (Canoe.ca)


Notes

  1. http://www.nme.com/news/oasis/48012
  2. Harris, John. Britpop!: Cool Britannia and the Spectacular Demise of English Rock. Da Capo Press, 2004. Pg. 118. ISBN 0-306-81367-X
  3. "Oasis". Behind the Music, VH1. 2000.
  4. Harris, pg. 119
  5. Harris, pg. 120
  6. This is cited at many sources, including an interview with VH1's Behind the Music (2000), Russell Brand on 1 Leicester Square (2006) and Oasis: In Their Own Words (1996)
  7. Harris, pg. 121
  8. Harris, pg. 123
  9. Interview with Frank Skinner, The Frank Skinner Show, 2000
  10. Harris, pg. 128-29
  11. Oasis chart info 100XR. Retrieved 7 February 2006.
  12. Harris, pg. 189
  13. 1997 report on London News
  14. Interview at Soccer AM (Sky Sports 1), 11 September 2004
  15. Kessler, Ted. "Noelrock!" NME. 8 June 1996.
  16. Harris, pg. 296
  17. Cavanagh, David (2000). The Creation Records Story: My Magpie Eyes Are Hungry for the Prize. (London) Virgin Books
  18. Live Forever: The Rise and Fall of Brit Pop. Passion Pictures, 2004.
  19. http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/1843/img024u.jpg
  20. news|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/7595458.stm|title=Gallagher on 'staggering' City takeover|publisher=BBC|date=2008-09-03|accessdate=2009-06-28}}
  21. Interview with Jonathan Ross, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, 10 September 2004
  22. Caws, Matthew. "Top of the Pops". Guitar World. May 1996.
  23. Sutcliffe, Phil. "Meet the New Boss". Mojo Classic: Morrissey and the Story of Manchester. Vol. 1, issue 13. 2006
  24. NME, issue of 10 December 2005
  25. Noel Gallagher; Etalk Daily Interview; 2005
  26. Highlighted at Daily Mail.co.uk, 29 May 2007. Retrieved 06 April 2008.
  27. (scroll down to section 3.5)
  28. Gallagher and Albarn both interviewed on Live Forever: The Rise and Fall of Brit Pop; John Dower; 2003
  29. " Oasis China concerts are shelved". BBC Online (2 March 2009). Retrieved on 30 April 2009.


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