Still to find an Oasis of calm
Solo Liam Gallagher is building bridges with Coldplay, but still bugging brother Noel, writes Cameron Adams
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.
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