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William John Paul "Liam" Gallagher (born September ) is an English musician, singer and songwriter.
He was formerly the frontman of Oasis and is currently of the band Beady Eye. Gallagher's erratic behaviour, distinctive singing style, and abrasive attitude have been the subject of commentary in the press.not in citation given He remains one of the most recognisable figures in modern British music.
Although his elder brother Noel Gallagher wrote the majority of Oasis's songs, Liam has penned the singles "Songbird" and "I'm Outta Time", along with a string of album tracks and B-sides. Since Noel's departure from Oasis in August , Liam has said he will continue making music with ex-Oasis members Gem Archer, Andy Bell, drummer Chris Sharrock, recording under the band name Beady Eye.
Gallagher was born in Burnage, Manchester, and is the third and youngest child of Irish parents Thomas and Peggy Gallagher. Thomas was often violently abusive toward his family and although his older brothers Noel and Paul took the most abuse, Liam has said that the abuse affected him deeply and inspired him to become an artist. When Liam was , Peggy took the boys and moved away from Tommy. Although Liam maintained sporadic contact with his father throughout his teens, he has said that their issues remain unresolved.
Paul and Noel often contend that even from a young age, Liam went out of his way to antagonise people, especially Noel, with whom he shared a room. The Gallagher brothers were troubled, especially in their teens. Liam was expelled from school at ag for fighting, and would often steal bicycles from local shops.
Noel Gallagher has said that Liam showed little interest in music until his late teens. Liam became confident in his abilities to sing and began listening to bands like The Stone Roses, The Who, The Kinks, The Jam, T.Rex and The Beatles. In the process he forged a lifelong obsession with John Lennon; Liam would later claim to be Lennon re-incarnated, despite being born eight years prior to Lennon's death.
Gallagher married Patsy Kensit on April . However, the marriage got off to a bumpy start due to various incidents reported in the tabloids. Gallagher made headlines after an incident of road rage. He allegedly leaned out of his car window, grabbed a cyclist and threw him off his bike. The cyclist was not injured and Gallagher was given a caution. In January ,citation needed Lisa Moorishcitation needed bore Gallagher a daughtercitation needed, Molly, who was conceived during an affair in Los Angeles only a week after he and Kensit were marriedcitation needed.
Gallagher and Kensit's only child together, son Lennon Francis Gallagher, was born in September . The couple divorced a year later.
Liam Gallagher's second son, Gene Gallagher, was born to Nicole Appleton on July . Liam tried to drag a photographer into a fight outside the hospital.
In , Gallagher made headlines when it was revealed that he regularly paid £ in child support for his son Lennon Francis and daughter Molly. Furthermore, he criticised musician Pete Doherty, the father of Lisa Moorish's other child, for his alleged lack of child support. The relationship between the two was put under further strain, because of Doherty's heavy heroin habit and his visits to Moorish under the influence of the drug.
In April , it was reported that Gallagher had purchased a property in Henley-on-Thames. Gallagher and Nicole Appleton were married on February at Westminster Register Office, the same venue where he married his first wife, actress Patsy Kensit. Also present were Appleton's sister Natalie and her husband, The Prodigy's Liam Howlett. Noel Gallagher and band mates Gem Archer and Andy Bell were not notified until after the ceremony took place.
Gallagher is a passionate supporter of football club Manchester City F.C.
Relationship with Noel
During their first American tour in , Gallagher took to changing the words of Noel's songs so that they were offensive to both Americans and Noel. A confrontation after the show led to a chair being thrown and a brawl; Noel left the tour. 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.
After a record breaking two night stand at Knebworth, tension mounted between the Gallaghers when Liam backed out on Oasis' MTV Unplugged set minutes before it was due to start. Noel was forced to fill in at the last minute. Liam claimed to have been struck down with a "sore throat" and that he doesn't like performing acoustically, though Noel claims he was hung-over; Noel was further angered when Liam proceeded to heckle him from the balcony while the band performed. Four days later, Noel was again forced to fill in for Liam on the first gig of their American tour when Liam refused to travel to America with the rest of the band, claiming he needed time to buy a house. He was back on stage with Oasis for their next show three days later, in Detroit, but tension between Noel and the rest of Oasis mounted and Noel left the tour, causing several media outlets to question the future of the band.citation needed
While on tour in Barcelona in May , Oasis were forced to cancel a gig when drummer Alan White's arm seized up, and the band spent the night drinking instead. During the night, Liam made a derogatory comment about Noel's then wife, Meg Mathews (apparently questioning the legitimacy of Noel's daughter), leading to a fight. Following this, a press release was put out, declaring that Noel had decided to quit overseas touring with Oasis, and the rest of the band (with guitarist Matt Deighton replacing Noel) played for the remaining Oasis dates.
In , prior to the group's break up, Noel characterised Liam as "rude, arrogant, intimidating and lazy. He's the angriest man you'll ever meet. He's like a man with a fork in a world of soup." The final straw for the band came at the Rock En Seine festival in Paris when an altercation between the brothers prior to their performance (an altercation subsequently described by Noel as "no physical violence but there was a lot of World Wrestling Federation stuff") resulted in the destruction of one of Noel's guitars and saw him announce his departure from the group.
Liam has stated he does not speak much with his brother and that they "don't really have a relationship". During the final tour, the only time that they ever spoke directly was when on stage.
As for his relationship with brother Noel, Liam has shown a sign of conciliation as he said, when asked who is the best frontman ever, "Noel Gallagher. What makes a good frontman? Behaving yourself, and not jumping around like a bastard."
On May , after almost three years of no communication, it was revealed that Liam and Noel had been in "friendly text contact" after Manchester City won the Premier League.citation needed A source close to the brothers said "They were both over the moon when City won and messages were exchanged. It took something like that to break the ice and they've also been in touch since by text,". The pair have since come to contact at a mutual friend's party in London. According to Noel the night started out well and ended up with Liam starting an argument over Noel's refusal to re-unite Oasis in a tour of Morning Glory.
The Gallagher brothers performing at an Oasis concert in
When school friend Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, invited Gallagher to join his band, The Rain, as a vocalist, he agreed. Liam was the band's co-song writer, along with guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs. Noel Gallagher has since openly mocked this writing partnership, describing them as being "just awful"; even Liam admits that "We were shit". The band only rehearsed one day a week and did not get many gigs. It was after one of their rare shows in , that Noel, having recently returned from touring America as a roadie with Inspiral Carpets, saw them perform. Although Noel disliked the band, Liam asked him to join and Noel agreed on the condition that he be the sole songwriter, ending Liam and Bonehead's songwriting partnership. Noel later went on to say "If you think some of my early stuff is bad, you should have heard the stuff that those two were coming out with."citation needed It was around this time that Liam pushed for the band name to change to Oasis.citation needed
Under Noel's guidance, Oasis acquired a record contract and recorded the album Definitely Maybe, which at the time was the fastest selling British debut album ever. Liam was praised for his vocal contributions to the album, and his presence made Oasis a popular live act. However, his attitude also won him much attention from the British tabloid press who often ran stories concerning his alleged drug use and behaviour. (What's the Story) Morning Glory? was even more successful, becoming the third-best selling album in British history. Around this time, Oasis became embroiled in a well documented media-fuelled feud with fellow Britpop band Blur. The differing styles of the bands now leading the Britpop movement – Oasis a working class, northern band and Blur a middle class, southern band – made them natural rivals. On Augus, Blur and Oasis released new singles on the same day. Blur's "Country House" outsold Morning Glory's second single, "Roll with It", , copies to , during the week. When the band mimed the single on Top of the Pops, Liam pretended to play Noel's guitar and Noel pretended to sing.
After an incident of air rage (apparently over a scone) on a flight to Australia, Gallagher was banned for life from Cathay Pacific airlines; Gallagher claimed he would "rather walk". During the tour of Australia, Gallagher was arrested and charged with assault after allegedly head-butting a -year-old fan, who claimed he was only asking him for a photo. Criminal charges were later dropped although a civil case was pursued leading to Gallagher reportedly settling out of court. Liam later admitted the assault, claiming he was being heckled by the fan.
Oasis' much anticipated third album, Be Here Now, was released on Augus and set a new record as the fastest selling album in UK Chart history. The album was dismissed by Noel in later years, but Liam has defended the album, describing it as "a top record".
Oasis returned in with Standing on the Shoulder of Giants. Founding members Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs and "Guigsy" McGuigan left during the recording, leaving Liam Gallagher as the only member remaining from The Rain. The album featured their first song written by Liam rather than Noel, "Little James", a childlike melody written for Kensit's son James Kerr.citation needed The album, along with the song, received mixed reviews from critics.citation needed
Oasis' next album, Heathen Chemistry (), featured three more songs written by him. "Songbird" was an acoustic ballad about his love for Appleton. The song was the fourth single from the album, reaching No. in the UK charts. Later that year, on December, Gallagher broke several of his teeth and sustained injuries to his face after a fight broke out in a Munich bar. He and Alan White were arrested, but were released without charge. Oasis had to pull out of the shows in Munich and Düsseldorf due to Liam's injuries.
saw the release of Oasis' sixth studio album, Don't Believe the Truth, featuring a further three compositions by Gallagher: "Love Like a Bomb" (co-written with rhythm guitarist Gem Archer), "The Meaning of Soul" and "Guess God Thinks I'm Abel".citation needed
Gallagher joined the rest of Oasis to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at the BRIT Awards . As the band picked up the award, he commented on stage, "Seeing as we don't get nominated for this shit no more this'll have to do." Around the same time, it was announced that he was in negotiations with the makers of Channel afternoon quiz Countdown to appear as the weekly celebrity guest in "Dictionary Corner". Co-presenter Carol Vorderman, interviewed by The Daily Sport, said, "Liam loves it and yes, we're in talks about him coming on. I told him I think it will do his cred no end of good."
saw the release of the band's final album Dig Out Your Soul (), which featured further Liam songs: "I'm Outta Time" (also a single), "Ain't Got Nothin'" and "Soldier On". Dig Out Your Soul went straight to number in the UK Album Charts and reached Number in the US Billboard Charts. In mid- at the end of the tour of the same name, the band split up due to Noel not being able to work with Liam any more.
Beady Eye (–present)
In November , Gallagher announced that he and former Oasis band members had written new material as part of a new project, and could be gigging as early as a couple of months, and stated that "Oasis are done, this is something new". On November , Liam announced that he would be recording an album with Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock around Christmas time, with a possible release date in July . It is unknown whether guitarist Jeff Wootton recorded for the album as well.
He told MTV: "We've been demo-ing some songs that we've had for a bit. Just doing that, on the quiet, not making a big fuss about it. After Christmas we might go in the studio and record them and hopefully have an album out in July." He later said that the band would "do it in a different kind of way now. I'll try and reconnect with a new band, new songs, and I'm feeling confident about the songs." He was reported to be "feeling a million percent confident that they could be better than Oasis."
On March , Liam announced that his new band would be releasing their first single in October with an album to follow the next year. On November Beady Eye released their first single Bring the Light as a free download The next single from the album, "The Roller", was released in January . The band's debut album Different Gear, Still Speeding was released on February . On the album the songwriting is credited as a collaborative work between Liam, Andy Bell and Gem Archer.
On April Beady Eye headlined a Japan Tsunami Disaster Relief Gig at O Academy Brixton. Liam Gallagher organised this multi star-studded event as a fundraiser for the devastating event that happened on March . The event raised over £, for the British Red Cross working in the Earthquake and Tsunami hit country. Liam also announced that Beady Eye's version of The Beatles' 'Across the Universe', which they performed on the night, would be released as a charity single, to further benefit the fundraising.
In March , Liam stated that Beady Eye will play Oasis songs. They did this for the first time when they supported The Stone Roses in June . This prompted speculation as to whether an Oasis reunion was in the offing.
Since February the band have been recording their second album. A Facebook page, dedicated to the recording of the new album was made by a close associate of Liam. Presently the album is slated for summer release.
Oasis appeared on the music scene in and quickly made a public image for themselves. In , it was alleged that Gallagher had a drunken fight with Paul Gascoigne at the Groucho Club which ended with Gallagher setting off a fire extinguisher in Gascoigne's face. Gallagher has made known his distaste for many non-Brits' tastes and conventions (particularly those of Australians and Americans). On an early US tour, Gallagher regularly made derisive remarks about Americans, as well as his brother Noel, which led to an ultimatum from the guitarist who briefly left the band in . When addressing their muted reception in the States (especially by comparison to the UK), Gallagher stated "Americans want grungy people, stabbing themselves in the head on stage. They get a bright bunch like us, with deodorant on, they don't get it."
Gallagher briefly touched on the topic of religious belief with the statement, "I live for now, not for what happens after I die. If I die and there's something afterwards, I'm going to hell, not heaven. I mean, the devil's got all the good gear. What's God got? The Inspiral Carpets and nuns. Fuck that." However Liam has confessed to going to church, but he claims to not "be looking for guidance". He stated that "some days I don't believe and some days I do believe". Liam claims to have had "a conversation with God one night in a boozer".
On receiving an award at the BRIT Awards for the best album of the past years, Gallagher swore while he thanked all the former members of Oasis except for his brother. He then threw the award into the audience. The camera cut to presenter Peter Kay, commenting, "what a knobhead!". The following day, Gallagher responded to Peter Kay's comment by posting a message on his Twitter page reading "Listen up fat fuck as a real northerner I was brought up to say shit to people's faces not behind their back. Live forever LG.", followed by Peter Kay repeating his "knobhead" remarks towards Gallagher on his website.
On April , Gallagher attended Manchester City's vital derby match with rivals Manchester United. City won the match through a Kompany goal, to go above United at the top of the Premier League. Gallagher was seen celebrating the victory, and interrupted a post-match press conference, telling reporters "What do you want to know lads? ... top of the league".
Liam's voice has been compared to a blend of John Lennon and John Lydon. In , Q magazine voted Gallagher thth best singer of all time, citing songs such as "Live Forever", "Lyla", "Don't Go Away", "Slide Away" and "Champagne Supernova" as examples of his best work. Gallagher also ensures that the microphone comes in the closest contact with him between his upper lip and nose, rather than directly in front of the mouth as is the case with most singers.citation needed On the Definitely Maybe DVD, Gallagher revealed that the reason he sings with his arms behind his back is because it allows him to project more power through his voice. In very early Oasis shows until abou, Gallagher can be seen touching the microphone with one hand, but still employing his usual singing posture with the rest of his body.
On May , it was confirmed that Liam's production company, In Productions, are developing and producing a feature film about The Beatles' Apple Corps, adapted from the book by Richard DiLello, The Longest Cocktail Party.
Liam is also the owner of the clothing range Pretty Green, named after a song by The Jam. The shop was targeted in the Manchester riots on August , though Gallagher said in a later interview that he was relieved it wasn't burnt down and that nobody was hurt, adding that he "wouldn't want it to happen on a weekly basis."
Pretty Green announced in November it would no longer use fur in its range drawing praise from animal rights activists PETA.