Still to find an Oa­sis of calm

Solo Liam Gal­lagher is build­ing bridges with Cold­play, but still bug­ging brother Noel, writes Cameron Adams

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On your solo tour in the UK, you played Oa­sis songs with for­mer mem­ber Bone­head join­ing you on stage. That would have been cool for fans.

Yeah. Bone­head is cool. He’s a lot cooler stood be­side me as well.

You played you know it’s one of the big­gest an­thems of the past few decades in Aus­tralia? Won­der­wall — do

It topped some Triple J poll, didn’t it? A lot of peo­ple give it stick, they say they’ve heard it a mil­lion times, but as soon as you play it peo­ple lose their s--and they’re all f---ing buzzing. The way I see it, there’s a new gen­er­a­tion of peo­ple com­ing to see me or (brother) Noel and they want to hear it. We’ll be play­ing it in Aus­tralia, don’t worry.

Will your sons Len­non and Gene join you in Aus­tralia?

I’m kinda in trou­ble at the mo­ment for (tak­ing) them out of school. I did of­fer to bring them out, but I think trav­el­ling to Aus­tralia is just a lit­tle bit too far for their lit­tle brains.

Len­non is 18 now; what does he do?

A bit of mod­el­ling for who­ever, in New York. Gene’s still in sixth form but he’s des­per­ate to be in a band.

What’s his voice like?

I’ve not heard him sing, but he’s got the at­ti­tude and the look for sure. He’s a good lit­tle gui­tar player, he’s bet­ter than me. I can’t play, but he’s good.

Your solo al­bum As You Were has sold in­cred­i­bly well in the UK. Was that a re­lief ?

Mas­sively. If it had bombed that would have been me f---ed. I wouldn’t have been able to go on the road. And I like go­ing on the road, I like play­ing Oa­sis songs.

The solo songs seem to fit well with the Oa­sis songs in a set.

Well, there’s some good songs on the al­bum. I wrote them with some very tal­ented peo­ple. Some of my songs have just got some­thing about them.

Peo­ple fo­cus on the eter­nal war of words be­tween you and Noel — but play­ing so many songs he wrote in your solo shows is surely a nice way of pay­ing re­spect to his tal­ent?

It’s pay­ing re­spect to a great band. Noel’s in the pa­per say­ing, ‘Liam’s do­ing my songs’. Last time I looked, Oa­sis was a band. It’s not like I’m go­ing out there singing his f---ing solo songs. He wrote them for Oa­sis; it just so hap­pens — whether he likes it or not — that I was the front­man of Oa­sis. And I sang them f---ing songs. So I’ll do them for­ever. I’m glad it p---es him off. He was say­ing I had to sign a re­lease form to sing them. I’ll sign nish, mate.

Rob­bie Wil­liams says your song For What it’s Worth is the best song a Gal­lagher has writ­ten in 20 years.

He’s com­ing to his senses. It’s a good song. He said it was uni­ver­sal, and it is, it’s time­less.

Has enough time passed that you and Rob­bie could be friends again?

God no. Not likely. We’re from dif­fer­ent cor­ners of the uni­verse, man.

Cold­play were your back­ing band on Live For­ever at the One Love con­cert in Manch­ester. You’ve said some not so nice things about them in the past ...

You’ve got to put all that stuff aside when it comes to these kind of things. Chris (Martin) rang me and said would you do it? Too f---ing right. That’s my home town. I’m there. I’ve met Chris loads of times; it’s only ban­ter. I don’t wish them any harm. I ac­tu­ally apol­o­gised, I said, ‘I’m only wind­ing you up, let’s get on with what we’re here for’, and off we went.

Do you rate Cold­play?

The first two al­bums are mega. I’m not a fan of their new stuff. It’s all gone a bit dancey now. Gui­tar mu­sic now doesn’t have enough gui­tars in it, it’s gone pop; that’s why I think my al­bum stuck out like a sore thumb and peo­ple liked it.

Have you heard Noel’s new ex­per­i­men­tal al­bum?

I’ve heard the one with the per­son play­ing f---ing scis­sors on it. But I’ve not sat down and lis­tened to his record, I’m not that des­per­ate. It’s not for me. I pre­ferred his solo records with songs.

Does us­ing Twit­ter get you in trou­ble?

A few times. Maybe. Life’s all about get­ting in trou­ble, isn’t it? LIS­TEN AS YOU WERE (WARNER) OUT NOW.

SEE LIAM GAL­LAGHER, FALLS FES­TI­VAL, LORNE, SATUR­DAY, SOLD OUT; FES­TI­VAL HALL, JAN­UARY 5, $99.90, TICK­ET­MAS­TER

“I LIKE PLAY­ING OA­SIS SONGS”

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