SHAN­NON NOLL The singer talks can­didly about fame and in­famy.

The singer apol­o­gises for his re­cent pub­lic melt­down and tells WHO how he’s mov­ing for­ward

WHO - - Contents - By Alana Wulff

On July 7 in small-town Nyn­gan, NSW, singer­song­writer Shan­non Noll took to the stage at the Duck Creek Pic­nic Races. The sea­soned mu­si­cian was set to per­form a se­lec­tion of his best-known hits, cov­ers, and a hand­ful of tunes from his new al­bum, Un­bro­ken. But as Noll’s band started play­ing the in­stantly recog­nis­able open­ing bars from Daryl Braith­waite’s “The Horses”, Noll didn’t sing along. In­stead, he un­leashed a bar­rage of F-bombs at one un­ruly au­di­ence mem­ber, stun­ning yet fir­ing up the crowd with a rant that be­gan, “F--king pri­vate school stupid f--khead mother--ker, have some f--king balls and get up here and I’ll punch your f--king teeth down your throat out the back.”

Footage of the an­gry, ex­ple­tive-laden in­ci­dent was cap­tured and swiftly up­loaded to Facebook the next day. The video went vi­ral,

forc­ing the usu­ally af­fa­ble Noll to re­spond with a lengthy and re­morse­ful state­ment on July 8. “I would like to apol­o­gise for my be­hav­iour and lan­guage,” he wrote.“dur­ing our set there were peo­ple in the au­di­ence throw­ing cans and bot­tles at the stage and af­ter one guy threw a full can, just miss­ing my head, it re­ally rat­tled me.”

Noll went on to ex­plain that just last year, his band ex­pe­ri­enced a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a fire­cracker, which re­sulted in se­ri­ous in­juries for one of Noll’s band mem­bers. “You don’t have a lot of deep vi­sion into the crowd from the stage and it’s pretty scary to see some­thing sud­denly fly­ing straight at you,” he added. “I com­pletely un­der­stand that that is still no ex­cuse for the way I spoke and I am deeply sorry for the ter­ri­ble things I said that were purely out of frus­tra­tion.”

The tirade was just the lat­est bump on a roller-coaster life for Noll, 42, whose sec­ond­place fin­ish to Guy Se­bas­tian in the first sea­son of Aus­tralian Idol en­deared him to the pub­lic as a wor­thy bat­tler. Open­ing up to WHO’S Pete Timbs (see box), Noll ad­dressed the Jan­uary 2017 in­ci­dent in which he was charged with two counts of as­sault for at­tack­ing a bouncer at the Crazy Horse strip club in Ade­laide. Although those charges were dropped three months later, the story made front-page news and the dam­age was done. “Lots of peo­ple jumped to lots of con­clu­sions,” Noll tells WHO. “I was just stoked that the truth came out and that there was no ev­i­dence. I was the only one that got bashed that night and that I didn’t do any­thing that war­ranted get­ting ar­rested.”

Pro­claim­ing his in­no­cence in pub­lic was just one part of the ex­pe­ri­ence. Noll also had to dis­cuss it with his fam­ily—his wife of 13 years, Rochelle Ogston, and his chil­dren, sons Cody, 17 and Blake, 15 and daugh­ter Si­enna, 11. “I said, ‘Look, it’s go­ing to be out there and just I want you to know what ac­tu­ally hap­pened and the sit­u­a­tion,’ ” Noll says. “I took full re­spon­si­bil­ity for it with the kids. In say­ing that, I ex­plained to them too that I was no means in the wrong at all, I’d been wronged, and that was the case.”

Noll con­cedes it was “all new ter­ri­tory” for him to have that kind of heart-to-heart. “That’s all I could re­ally try to do,” he adds. “Ex­plain what hap­pened, why it hap­pened, and don’t be­lieve what any­one’s say­ing. Just ask me and I’ll tell you.”

Noll has cred­ited his time on I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here, where he placed sec­ond to Fiona O’lough­lin in March, with help­ing him get ahead of naysay­ers. But he re­veals to WHO that deal­ing with trolls “men­tally is hard. With so­cial me­dia these days there’s no reper­cus­sions for any­thing any­one says be­cause they’re face­less, name­less peo­ple—it’s sad and a real con­cern.” Yet with a new baby on the way, the “What About Me” singer says he’s mov­ing on with his trade­mark hu­mour still in­tact. “Peo­ple will make their own mind up on what­ever fal­si­ties that are thrown in front of them,” he says, “but as the say­ing goes, s--t hap­pens.”

“Don’t be­lieve what any­one’s say­ing. Just ask me and I’ll tell you”

Shan­non Noll on July 4 in Cronulla, NSW. Noll head­lined the fi­nal night of the 2017 Deni in Ute Muster on Sept. 30 De­niliquin, NSW. AL­WAYS POS­I­TIVE Noll says of pre- Idol life, “I think a lot of peo­ple would rather be the per­son that ev­ery­body cel­e­brates

Noll with his fam­ily, from left: wife Rochelle, son Cody, daugh­ter Si­enna and son Blake.

Run­ner-up Noll and win­ner Guy Se­bas­tian (right) went on the road in 2004 as part of the Aus­tralian Idols Live tour.

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