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Liam Gallagher
Liam Gallagher in his typical singing stance
Liam Gallagher in his typical singing stance
Background information
Birth name William John Paul Gallagher
Born September 21, 1972(1972-09-21) (age 34)
Origin Flag of England Manchester, England
Genre(s) Rock
Britpop
Occupation(s) Lead singer, songwriter
Instrument(s) Lead vocals
Tambourine
Rhythm guitar (occasional)
Keyboard (occasional)
Years active 1991 - present
Label(s) Creation Records
Big Brother Records
Epic Records
Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Associated
acts
Oasis
Website oasisnet.com

Liam Gallagher (born William John Paul Gallagher on September 21, 1972, Burnage, Manchester, England) is an English singer and tambourine player of the band Oasis. His erratic behaviour, distinctive singing style and abrasive attitude have been the subject of commentary in the press. Although his brother, Oasis lead guitarist Noel Gallagher writes the majority of the band's songs, in recent years Liam has increasingly developed himself as a songwriter, and has contributed songs for the group's most recent albums. Image File history File links Circle-question. ... Liam Gallagher This work is copyrighted. ... is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_England. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Britpop was a British alternative rock genre and movement that was at its most popular in Great Britain in the mid 1990s. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... “Buben” redirects here. ... Rhythm guitar is a guitar that is primarily used to provide rhythmic and harmonic accompaniment for a singer or for other instruments in an ensemble. ... An electronic keyboard instrument An electronic keyboard or digital keyboard is a type of keyboard instrument. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... At least two different record labels called Creation Records have existed. ... Big Brother is a record label that has released records, singles, and DVDs by the band Oasis in the UK and Ireland since 2000. ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... The Sony BMG Music Entertainment logo. ... Oasis are an English rock band, formed in Manchester in 1991. ... is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Burnage is a post-industrial suburb of the City of Manchester in North West England. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... “Buben” redirects here. ... Oasis are an English rock band, formed in Manchester in 1991. ... Noel Thomas David Gallagher (born May 29, 1967 in Burnage, Manchester, England) is an English songwriter, guitarist and occasional vocalist with the Manchester rock band Oasis. ...


Despite differing opinions on his antics, Liam was one of the figureheads of the Britpop movement in the 1990s and remains one of the most recognisable characters in modern British music.[1] Britpop was a British alternative rock genre and movement that was at its most popular in Great Britain in the mid 1990s. ...

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Biography

(1972–1993) Childhood and early years

Liam was born in Burnage in 1972 to Irish parents Tommy and Peggy Gallagher. When Gallagher was a child, he was often called "Peggy's Shadow" as he regularly clung to his mother, or "The Weetabix Kid" due to his fondness of the breakfast cereal. Tommy was an alcoholic and was often violently abusive to his family. When Liam was 14, Peggy took the boys and moved away from Tommy. Noel Gallagher claims they left him with "nothing but the carpets". Weetabix is a wheat-based breakfast cereal produced by Weetabix Limited. ...


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. When he was around eight years old, he went through a stage in which he claimed that he hated music and would often insult people walking down the street with guitars in their hands, calling them students[citation needed]. Noel has made much of the fact that at the point he was becoming quite proficient with the guitar. Because they shared a bedroom, they often fought with each other. The Gallagher brothers were regular truants and in their teens were often in trouble with the police — they allegedly broke into cars and courtyards, stealing bicycles, clothes and lawn-mowers[2] which they sold for cannabis[citation needed]. Cannabis (also known as marijuana[1] or ganja[2] in its herbal form and hashish in its resinous form[3]) is a psychoactive product of the plant Cannabis sativa L. subsp. ...


Paul and Noel claim that, as a child, Liam had never really showed an interest in music except when he met Jason Livesey who also played lead guitar with Ian Brown and John Squire before The Stone Roses were formed aside from a period in the mid- to late eighties during which he liked rap, such as Run DMC and Public Enemy[citation needed]. Indeed, Gallagher admits he did not care about music until he was eighteen, when he went to see a benefit gig for AIDS awareness at the International Two club in Manchester. Though James were headlining, it was The Stone Roses who caught Gallagher's attention. Gallagher was captivated and began listening to other bands like The Kinks, The Jam, T.Rex, and The Beatles, forging a life-long obsession with John Lennon, which would later lead to him claiming he was Lennon re-incarnated,[3] (even though he was born eight years before Lennon was murdered). When school friend Paul McGuigan, nicknamed Guigsy, invited Gallagher to join his band, The Rain, as a vocalist, he offered his services but he insisted that the band's name be changed to Oasis, named after a venue in Swindon, which was on an Inspiral Carpets tour poster in his and Noel's bedroom[citation needed]. Ian George Brown (born February 20, 1963) is an English musician and former lead singer of the indie rock/Madchester band The Stone Roses. ... John Squire (born John Thomas Squire on 24th November, 1962) is an English songwriter, guitarist and artist. ... The Stone Roses were an influential English rock band from Manchester formed in 1984. ... Run-DMC is a hip hop crew founded by Jason Jam Master Jay Mizell that included Joseph Run Simmons and Darryl DMC McDaniels. ... Public Enemy, also known as PE, is a hip hop group from Long Island, New York, known for their politically charged lyrics, criticism of the media, and active interest in the concerns of the African American community. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Kinks were an English rock group formed in 1963 by lead singer-songwriter Ray Davies, his brother, lead guitarist and vocalist Dave Davies, and bassist Pete Quaife. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... T.Rex (originally known as Tyrannosaurus Rex, also occasionally spelt T Rex or T-Rex), were an English rock band fronted by Marc Bolan. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Paul McGuigan (born 9 May 1971 in Manchester), better known by his nickname, Guigsy (pronounced Gwigzee), was one of the four founding members of British rock band Oasis. ... , For other places with the same name, see Swindon (disambiguation). ... The Inspiral Carpets is an alternative rock band from Oldham in Greater Manchester, England formed by Graham Lambert in 1986. ...


Liam was the band's co-song writer,[4] along with Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs (who was the also band's guitarist). Noel Gallagher has since openly mocked this writing partnership (as he ironically stated: "Liam is a songwriting genius. His songs make me cry 'cause they are better than mine"), whose output was not strong. The band only rehearsed one day a week and didn't get many gigs. It was after one of their rare shows in 1992, that Noel, having recently returned from touring America as a roadie with the Inspiral Carpets, saw them perform. He was highly critical of his younger brother's band, describing them as "utter shite"[citation needed]. However, Liam had realised the potential of his brother's songwriting skills and asked him to join. Noel agreed on the condition that he was given complete control of the band and wrote all of their songs[citation needed]. Paul Bonehead Arthurs, (b. ... The road crew (or roadies) are the technicians who travel on tour, usually in sleeper buses, with musicians and who handle every part of the production except actually playing the music. ...


(1994–1998) Britpop & rock and roll

Under Noel's guidance, Oasis acquired a record contract and recorded the album Definitely Maybe, which became the fastest selling British debut album ever. Gallagher 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 sexual promiscuity. Definitely Maybe is the debut album by English band Oasis, released in 1994. ... A tabloid is a newspaper — especially in the United Kingdom — that uses the tabloid format, which is roughly 23½ by 14¾ inches per spread. ...


During their first American tour in 1994, 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 Noel leaving the tour and heading for San Francisco, then Las Vegas. (The song "Talk Tonight" is supposedly about the events that led Noel to rejoining the band.) During recording sessions for the second Oasis album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, they 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.[5] Also in 1995, drummer Tony McCarroll was asked to leave Oasis after an alleged fight with Gallagher. Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... A song is a relatively short musical composition. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Vegas redirects here. ... Talk Tonight is a song by British rock band Oasis, written by the bands lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. ... (Whats the Story) Morning Glory? is the second album by the English rock band Oasis, released in October 1995. ... A cricket bat is used by batsmen in the sport of cricket. ... Tony McCarroll was one of the founding members of English rock group Oasis, as their drummer from 1991 to May 1995. ...


(What's the Story) Morning Glory? was even more successful, becoming the third-best selling album in British history.[6] 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. Whilst Noel was the most vitriolic of the band (famously telling The Observer that he hoped Damon Albarn and Alex James would "catch AIDS and die"). At the same ceremony, Oasis received the award from Michael Hutchence and insulted him straightaway. On Monday, 14 August, 1995, Blur and Oasis released new singles on the same day, setting up a "Battle of the Bands" that dominated the week's music news. Blur's "Country House" outsold Morning Glory's second single, "Roll with It", 274,000 copies to 216,000 during the week.[7] Blur are an English rock band formed in Colchester in 1989. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Damon Albarn, (IPA: []) (born March 23, 1968 in Leytonstone, London), is an English singer-songwriter who gained fame as the lead singer of rock band Blur. ... Alex James (born Steven Alexander James, 21 November 1968, in Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset, England) is the bass player in the band Blur, and one of the members of Fat Les. ... Michael Kelland John Hutchence (January 22, 1960 – November 22, 1997) was the original lead singer of the Australian rock band INXS. // Hutchence was born in Sydney, son of Kelland (Kell) and Patricia Hutchence, but was subsequently raised in Hong Kong. ... Country House is a song by the band Blur. ... Roll With It is a song by British rock band Oasis written by their lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. ...


When Oasis played "Roll with It" on British chart show Top of the Pops they were forced to mime. The Gallagher brothers used the opportunity to switch roles with Liam pretending to play guitar, while Noel pretended to sing (equipped with Liam's tambourine). The set ended with the band erupting in laughter at the Gallaghers' impressions of each other[9]. Top of the Pops, also known as TOTP, was a long-running British music chart television programme, made and broadcast by the BBC. It was originally shown each week, mostly on BBC One, from 1 January 1964 to 30 July 2006. ...


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 and each other and made celebrity friends such as Ian Brown and Richard Ashcroft[citation needed]. Ian George Brown (born February 20, 1963) is an English musician and former lead singer of the indie rock/Madchester band The Stone Roses. ... Richard Paul Ashcroft (born September 11, 1971 in Billinge Maternity Hospital in Billinge Higher End, Lancashire (now part of the Metropolitan Borough of Wigan, Greater Manchester) is an English singer-songwriter. ...


In March 1996, a British newspaper paid Thomas Gallagher to go to the Gallagher's hotel during a tour. Noel left for his room, but Liam took the opportunity to confront his father and threaten him, leading to a two-page story in the newspaper, with the headline "I thought Liam would kill me". 1996 is a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ...


Also in 1996, Oasis sold out two consecutive nights at Knebworth, playing to over 250,000 fans. Only Genesis had previously achieved this, but as the first of their August '92 shows was cancelled due to adverse weather, the Oasis 1996 shows represented the largest crowds ever to see a single act in British history. Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... This article details all the concerts held to date in the grounds of Knebworth House in the village of Knebworth. ... Genesis are an English rock band formed in 1967. ...


After 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.[8] 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 Gallagher 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, but tension between Noel and the rest of Oasis mounted and on 11 September Noel left the tour, causing several media outlets to question the future of the band. MTV Unplugged is a series showcasing popular musical artists playing acoustic instruments. ... is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


In January 1997, Blur released the first single from their self-titled fifth album. The title of the song, "Beetlebum", and to a certain extent the lyric, is falsely said to be a stab at Gallagher, for his over-idolising The Beatles. However, at this time tension had decreased between the bands. 1997 is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Blur are an English rock band formed in Colchester in 1989. ... Blur is the fifth album by Blur, first release in 1997. ... Beetlebum is a song by English band Blur and was released as the lead single from the bands eponymous fifth album, Blur. ... The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ...


Gallagher married Patsy Kensit on April 7, 1997, preceding Oasis' much anticipated third album, Be Here Now. However, the wedding got off to a bumpy start. Gallagher made headlines after an incident of road rage. He allegedly leaned out of his car window, grabbed a cyclist and dragged him along. The cyclist was not injured and Gallagher was given a caution [10]. In January 1998 Lisa Moorish, who now fronts Kill City, bore Gallagher a daughter, Molly, who was conceived during an affair in Los Angeles only a week after he and Kensit were married. 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 19-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. [11]. Liam later admitted the assault, claiming he only did it as he was being hassled by the fan. Patricia Jude Frances Kensit (born 4 March 1968 in Hounslow, Middlesex) is an English actress and singer, and is also well-known for her three celebrity marriages. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... For other uses, see Be Here Now (disambiguation). ... Road rage or road violence is the common name for deliberately dangerous and/or violent behaviour under the influence of heightened anger by a motor vehicle operator that affects the safety of one or more other operators or bystanders. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Kill City is a British electro-rock group, signed to Poptones Records. ... For the foodstuff see Scone (bread). ... Cathay Pacific Airways Limited (Cantonese: gwok3 taai3 hong4 hung1 yau5 haan6 gung1 si1; Traditional Chinese: ; Pinyin: ; abbreviation: 國泰) (SEHK: 0293) is an airline based in Hong Kong, operating scheduled passenger and cargo services to over 104 destinations world-wide. ...


(1999–present) Post-Britpop

Further problems followed in 1999, during the recording sessions for Oasis' next album. Liam found himself under much pressure from Patsy and the cocaine-free Noel to temporarily quit alcohol, due to his erratic behavior in the studio. Reluctantly he agreed to stay sober during recording sessions. However, Gallagher's close friend Bonehead left the band after an argument with Noel when he was unable to comply with the band's ban on alcohol. Guigsy left shortly afterwards making Liam the only remaining original member of the band. Bonehead and Guigsy were replaced by Gem Archer and Andy Bell respectively. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Andrew Piran Bell (Born 11 August 1970, in Cardiff, Wales) is a British musician formerly of Ride, a 1980s and 90s British shoegazing band, and Hurricane #1. ...


Liam's second child, a son, Lennon, was born September 13, 1999. He and Kensit divorced in September 2000, shortly before Noel announced he was divorcing Meg Mathews. Soon after his divorce was closed, Liam began a relationship with Nicole Appleton of the British bands All Saints and Appleton. is the 256th day of the year (257th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... 2000 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December This is a timeline for events in September, 2000. ... Nicole Appleton Nicole Marie Appleton (born December 7, 1974) is a pop singer and a member of Appleton and a former member of All Saints. ... All Saints are an English Pop girl band that released their debut self-titled album in 1997. ... Appleton is an English/Canadian musical duo comprising of sisters Natalie and Nicole Appleton. ...


Oasis returned in 2000 with Standing on the Shoulder of Giants. This featured their first song written by Liam rather than Noel. "Little James", a childlike melody written for Kensit's son James Kerr, surprised many who had expected a more aggressive song from Gallagher. The album was poorly received by critics. Year 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full 2000 Gregorian calendar). ... Standing on the Shoulder of Giants is the fourth studio album by the English rock band Oasis, released on February 28, 2000. ...


Whilst on tour in Barcelona in May 2000, Oasis were forced to cancel a gig when drummer Alan White's arm seized up, the band spent the night drinking instead. During the night, Liam made a derogatory comment about Noel's then wife, Mathews (apparently questioning the legitimacy of Noel's daughter), leading to a massive 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 the rest of Oasis' non-UK shows for the rest of the tour. Location Coordinates : Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Barcelona (Catalan) Spanish name Barcelona Nickname Ciutat Comtal (City of Counts) Postal code 08001–08080 Area code 34 (Spain) + 93 (Barcelona) Website http://www. ...


Liam Gallagher's second son, Gene, was born to Appleton on July 3, 2001. Liam famously tried to drag a photographer into a fight outside the hospital. Oasis' next album, Heathen Chemistry (2002), featured three more songs written by him. Two were Lennonesque tracks, but one, "Songbird", was an acoustic ballad about his love for Appleton. The song was deemed worthy to appear as the fourth single from the album, reaching #3 in the UK charts. is the 184th day of the year (185th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Heathen Chemistry is the fifth studio album by English rock band Oasis, first released in summer 2002. ... Songbird is a song by British rock band Oasis, from their fifth studio album Heathen Chemistry. ...


The band endured a streak of hard luck incidents while on tour in 2002: On August 7, Noel, Andy Bell and keyboardist Jay Darlington were injured in a car crash while riding in a taxi in Indianapolis, Indiana. The three members of the band were treated for shock, cuts, and bruises. Noel was riding in the front seat and suffered severe facial bruising and seat belt cuts, and Darlington has had his hand cut and bandaged. Liam was not with his bandmates at the time of the accident. Subsequent tour dates in Boston and New York City were canceled and never re-scheduled. Later that year on December 1, Gallagher broke several of his teeth and sustained injuries to his face after a fight broke out in a Munich hotel. 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. Also see: 2002 (number). ... is the 219th day of the year (220th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Jay Darlington Jay Darlington (born May 3, 1968) is a keyboardist formerly of the British rock band Kula Shaker. ... “Indianapolis” redirects here. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, The Hub (of the Universe)1, Athens of America, The Cradle of Revolution, Puritan City, Americas Walking City Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County Mayor Thomas M. Menino(D) Area    - City 232. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... is the 335th day of the year (336th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Munich (disambiguation). ... The title of this article contains the character ü. Where it is unavailable or not desired, the name may be represented as Duesseldorf. ...


Longtime drummer and Liam's official drinking partner Alan White left in early 2004 to be replaced by Ringo Starr's son Zak Starkey. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Richard Starkey Jr, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name Ringo Starr, is an Academy Award and Grammy Award winning English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer of The Beatles. ... Zak Starkey (born September 13, 1965 in London, England) is the drummer for English rock band Oasis. ...


In 2004, Gallagher made headlines when it was revealed that he regularly paid £2000 ($4,000) in child support for his son Lennon Francis and daughter Molly. Furthermore, he criticised the father of Lisa Moorish's other child — former Libertines and current Babyshambles frontman, Pete Doherty — 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 visits to Moorish under the influence of the drug. Liam has recently expressed his disgust towards Doherty's habit in the press. Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Libertines was a critically acclaimed British rock and roll band noted for their chaotic live outings and uniquely English take on punk rock. ... This article is about the band Babyshambles. ... Peter Doherty (born March 12, 1979) is an English musician, artist and poet. ... For other uses, see Heroin (disambiguation). ...


2005 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), another acoustic ballad, was well received, and "Meaning of Soul" was a hard rocking track. Many have speculated that "Guess God Thinks I'm Abel" is an apology to Noel for the incident that took place between the two in Barcelona five years previously. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dont Believe the Truth is the critically acclaimed sixth studio album by Oasis, released on May 30, 2005 internationally and a day later in the United States. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Location Coordinates : Time Zone : CET (GMT +1) - summer: CEST (GMT +2) General information Native name Barcelona (Catalan) Spanish name Barcelona Nickname Ciutat Comtal (City of Counts) Postal code 08001–08080 Area code 34 (Spain) + 93 (Barcelona) Website http://www. ...


Gallagher joined the rest of Oasis to receive the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award at the BRIT Awards 2007. 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, in what was seen as a bizarre career choice, it was announced that he was in negotiations with the makers of Channel 4 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."[9] The Brit Awards are the annual United Kingdom pop music awards founded by the British Phonographic Industry. ... This article is about the British television station. ... Countdown is a British game show presented by Des OConnor and Carol Vorderman. ... Carol Jean Vorderman MBE (born 24 December 1960) is an English television personality best known for being a long-standing co-presenter of Channel 4 game show Countdown. ... The Daily Sport is a tabloid newspaper published in the United Kingdom by Sport Newspapers. ...


In April 2007, it was widely reported that Gallagher has purchased a property in Henley-on-Thames - a quintessentially English riverside town and home to the world-famous Henley Royal Regatta.[10] April 2007 is the fourth month of the year. ... , Henley-on-Thames is a town on the north side of the River Thames in south Oxfordshire, England, about 10 miles downstream and north-east from Reading, 10 miles upstream and west from Maidenhead. ... A race taking place at Henley Regatta 2004 Henley Royal Regatta is a rowing event held every year on the river Thames by the town of Henley-on-Thames, England. ...


Public persona

Oasis appeared on the music scene in 1994 and quickly made a public image for themselves. They chose to portray themselves — arguably realistically — as loud mouthed, arrogant and aggressive. This caught the public's imagination. Though the other members of the band took this role lightly, Liam appears to have really taken it to heart, often verbally abusing photographers and members of the public in his Mancunian accent, with his trademark arrogant swagger. Starsailor approached Noel to question him about negative comments made in the press, Liam interjected and ended up "squaring up" to Walsh. The two were to feud for some time afterwards. In 2006, 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.[11] At the 1996 BRIT Awards, INXS singer Michael Hutchence presented Oasis with an award, after which Gallagher remarked, "Has-beens shouldn't be presenting awards for gonna-bes".[12] For other uses, see Music (disambiguation). ... A photographer at the Calgary Folk Music Festival Paparazzi at the Tribeca Film Festival A photographer is a person who takes a photograph using a camera. ... This article is about the City of Manchester in England. ... Starsailor is a British rock band from Chorley in England. ... Paul John Gascoigne (born 27 May 1967 in Gateshead, England), often referred to as Gazza, is a retired English football player who is widely regarded as one of the most gifted footballers of his generation. ... The Groucho Club is a well-known private arts and media club in Dean Street, Soho, London, opened in 1985 as the antidote to the traditional club. In this spirit it was named after Groucho Marx because of his famous remark about not joining any club that would have him... The Brit Awards are the annual United Kingdom pop music awards founded by the British Phonographic Industry. ... Michael Kelland John Hutchence (January 22, 1960 – November 22, 1997) was the original lead singer of the Australian rock band INXS. // Hutchence was born in Sydney, son of Kelland (Kell) and Patricia Hutchence, but was subsequently raised in Hong Kong. ...


Gallagher has made known his distaste for many non-Brits' tastes and conventions (particularly those of Australians and Americans). On an early U.S. 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 1994. At different times, addressing their less-than-hysterical reception in the States (especially by comparison to the UK), Gallagher stated, "...Americans have bad taste — hence the Backstreet Boys...they should be shot."[13] and "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."[14] Backstreet Boys at the 2002 , Grammy Awards The Backstreet Boys are a Grammy-nominated male vocal pop group that enjoyed enormous success in the mid-late 1990s and 2000s. ...


Liam has also had a habit of making incomprehensible statements. He has in the past claimed that he was possessed by the spirit of John Lennon, even going so far as to suggest he is Lennon in a re-incarnated form, despite the fact that he was eight years old when the former Beatle was murdered. However strange, Noel claims to feed this obsession, he occasionally indulges him, going so far as to buy him Lennon's "dreamcatcher" necklace. In March 2006, Gallagher publicly blasted the Rolling Stones and U2, saying "I respect the Stones but their songs are a pile of crap. As for U2, they don't say a lot or seem like normal people."[15] John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (October 9, 1940 – December 8, 1980), (born John Winston Lennon, known as John Ono Lennon) was an iconic English 20th century rock and roll songwriter and singer, best known as the founding member of The Beatles. ... Reincarnation, literally to be made flesh again, is a doctrine or mystical belief that some essential part of a living being (in some variations only human beings) survives death to be reborn in a new body. ... March 2006 : ← - January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → Fijian Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase announces that the 2006 Fiji general elections will be held in the second week of May 2006 from the 6th to the 13th. ... U2 (IPA: /ju. ...


Unlike many band frontmen, actors and celebrities, Liam and Noel remained quiet about the Iraq War in 2003, never solidly stating whether they were for or against it. They both criticised people who chose to use their celebrity as a soap box for political opinions. For other uses, see Iraq war (disambiguation). ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A soapbox is a raised, improvised platform on which one stands to make an impromptu speech, often about a political subject. ...


On October 27, 2006 Liam Gallagher reportedly attempted to ring Virgin Radio on the Who's Calling Christian? (Christian O'Connell) show where there is the chance to win £10,000 for charity. Liam was apparently in a drunken state and it took him three hours after an aggressive protest to convince Virgin bosses that it was indeed him and not an impostor. A great deal of swearing occurred off air between the managers and Gallagher who swore that he would come down to Virgin Radio and "Rip Christian O'Connell's fucking head off". After further phone calls from Polydor records and from Nicole Appleton begging for him to be let on, Gallagher was eventually allowed on and swore live on air on a morning breakfast show which may result in a fine. However he did not complete the conversation, leaving good friend Hervé Villechaize to speak for him, saying that he had to take his kids to see the film Harry Potter. is the 300th day of the year (301st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Virgin Radio, originally known as Virgin 1215, is a British commercial music radio station based in London which plays popular music and rock. ... Christian OConnell is an English radio DJ who presents the Virgin Radio weekday breakfast show. ... An impostor is a person who pretends to be somebody else, often to try to gain financial or social advantages through social engineering, but just as often for purposes of espionage or law enforcement. ... Virgin Radio, originally known as Virgin 1215, is a British commercial music radio station based in London which plays popular music and rock. ... Polydor Records is a record label once headquartered in Germany. ... Hervé Villechaize Hervé Jean-Pierre Villechaize (April 23, 1943–September 4, 1993) was a French actor of Filipino ancestry who achieved worldwide recognition for his role as Mr. ... This article is about the Harry Potter series of novels. ...


Liam Gallagher recently commented on the "wide range of talent amongst London's buskers." He has often been seen strolling along the Southbank tipping buskers and having a quick chat with them between songs. "There was one kid Sean, who was mega on the acoustic guitar and he happened to be playing one of our songs." There is also a Southbank (of the Brisbane River) in Brisbane, Queensland, and a South Bank (of the River Thames) in London, United Kingdom. ... A street musician with accordion in Bremen A performance comprises an event in which generally one group of people (the performer or performers) behave in a particular way for the benefit of another group of people (the viewer or viewers, or audience). ...


Ironically, Liam is avid fan of the American Rock band System of a Down. This comes as a surprise to Oasis fans due to the fact that he has been known to constantly insult American Musical Acts; for the exception of Elvis Presley and a handful of other bands in which he shows any respect for at all.[citation needed] For the bands self-titled album, see System of a Down (album). ... Elvis Aron Presley (January 8, 1935 – August 16, 1977), often known simply as Elvis and also called The King of Rock n Roll or simply The King, was an American singer, musician and actor. ...


Lead singer

Liam performing at an Oasis concert, 2005

Liam's voice has been compared to a blend of John Lennon and John Lydon while Stephen Thomas Erlewine, contributor to allmusic.com dubbed him, "the best singer in rock." Noel has hinted that he uses certain words regularly in his songs because of the way Liam pronounces them when he sings. The UK-based music magazine NME has regularly proclaimed Liam as the "greatest British vocalist of the past 25 years." Popular website allmusic.com also declared Liam had retaken his throne atop the rock world's vocalist landscape following the release of Don't Believe the Truth in 2005. Image File history File links 68782459_760c3d444a. ... Image File history File links 68782459_760c3d444a. ... John Joseph Lydon (born January 31, 1956), also known as Johnny Rotten, is an English rock musician. ... The All Music Guide (AMG) is a large, comprehensive and high quality metadata database about music. ... For other uses, see NME (disambiguation). ...


Liam's stage presence has been both praised and derided. Often compared to Manchester legend Ian Brown, walking like him, using a tambourine in the same way and standing and staring at the crowd in the same way. He is famed for going against rock and roll tradition by rarely touching the microphone or its stand. Instead, he stands, hands behind back or in his pockets, with a bent knee and sideways bend at the waist, his neck bent upwards towards an angled-down microphone. This recognisable singing pose has been suggested by some as a contributing factor to his distinctive vocals. Ian George Brown (born February 20, 1963) is an English musician and former lead singer of the indie rock/Madchester band The Stone Roses. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... “Microphones” redirects here. ...


But many years of singing in that pose, along with heavy smoking and drinking, may have taken their toll, with many fans feeling Gallagher's voice may now lack the range and power he exhibited in his youth. Although it is a subject regularly debated and argued about by Oasis fans, neither Liam or Noel Gallagher have made much public comment about it, although in a BBC interview on June 2002, Liam admitted he couldn't sing certain older songs live "because I'm not 21 these days", and in December 2005 Noel expressed frustration at the lack of variation in live setlists because "We draw up a list of songs we'd like to play, Liam crosses them all off, and then he draws up a list of songs that he's capable of singing, and then we kind of look at it and go 'but that's the fucking same as last time'." The British Broadcasting Corporation, which is usually known as the BBC, is the largest broadcasting corporation in the world in terms of audience numbers, employing 26,000 staff in the United Kingdom alone and with a budget of more than GB£4 billion. ... 2002 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December A timeline of events in the news for June, 2002. ...


In February 2007, Noel reportedly got into an argument with Liam regarding his singing at the 2007 Brit Awards. According to the report: "He thought Liam's voice was too nasal and well off his best. He reckons his singing is becoming more pub karaoke than professional."Liam wanted to perform "Songbird" but Noel told him, `No chance'. That started a problem beforehand and then they had a huge row over who should keep the award."The source added: "The band had their own sound team so there was no excuse for Liam not being on the money. The arguments have rumbled on since and they're barely speaking."[16] February 2007 is the second month of the year. ... The Brit Awards are the annual United Kingdom pop music awards founded by the British Phonographic Industry. ... Songbird is a song by British rock band Oasis, from their fifth studio album Heathen Chemistry. ...


However the most recently leaked Oasis sessions, those for their cover of The Beatles' "Within You Without You" recorded in June-July 2007 for the Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band 40th anniversary album, have led to widespread suggestion amongst YouTube users that Liam's voice has returned to form. The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... Within You Without You is a song written by George Harrison and recorded with a group of Indian musicians, without any input from his fellow Beatles. ... YouTube is a popular video sharing website where users can upload, view and share video clips. ...


Songwriting

Liam's first known dabbles into songwriting came in the early days of Oasis, before Noel Gallagher joined. Liam and Bonehead co-wrote a handful of songs, Liam writing the words and Bonehead writing the music, including "Take Me" and "Life in Vain" (both available on bootlegs). Of these songs, only "Take Me" met the Noel Gallagher seal of approval, with his wish to re-record and release it being turned down by the writers.


Liam also co-wrote a song (titled "Love Me and Leave Me") with former Stone Roses guitarist and songwriter John Squire for The Seahorses' debut album in 1997. John Squire (born John Thomas Squire on 24th November, 1962) is an English songwriter, guitarist and artist. ... The Seahorses were an English band, best known as the post-Stone Roses project of guitarist John Squire. ...


With 2000's album Standing on the Shoulder of Giants came a slight relaxation in Noel's songwriting monopoly. Liam's first successful attempt to produce a song adequate for an Oasis album was "Little James", written about his stepson James. The song was ridiculed by a lot of fans and critics who mocked its childlike rhyming scheme and heavy Beatles influence. Standing on the Shoulder of Giants is the fourth studio album by the English rock band Oasis, released on February 28, 2000. ...


This more democratic approach to songwriting, gave Liam further chances to showcase his abilities in this particular area, with three songs being included on their 2002 album Heathen Chemistry: a "deep-thinking" rock ballad, "Born on a Different Cloud", the sneering rocker "Better Man" and the mellow, acoustic "Songbird", written for his fiancée, Nicole Appleton. Noel claimed that his brother had written five songs for the Heathen Chemistry sessions and from these they took the best three. His tunes, along with the album received a much warmer reception from fans and high sales, despite receiving bad reviews from critics. Heathen Chemistry is the fifth studio album by English rock band Oasis, first released in summer 2002. ... Born on a Different Cloud is a song of the Britpop band Oasis on their 5th album Heathen Chemistry, written by frontman Liam Gallagher. ... Songbird is a song by British rock band Oasis, from their fifth studio album Heathen Chemistry. ...


The Oasis album, 2005's Don't Believe the Truth, features a further three of Liam's songs: "The Meaning of Soul", "Love Like a Bomb" and "Guess God Thinks I'm Abel". The second is described by Noel as "Songbird"'s bigger brother" and a "song for the ladies", while the latter is a song in the vein of "Born on a Different Cloud", but without the guitars. Another Liam song is the acoustic ballad "Won't Let You Down" — also inspired by Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance" — which appeared on the single "Lyla". Noel stressed that most of the batch of 70 tunes written for the turbulent Don't Believe the Truth sessions were written single-handedly by Liam. Another new Liam written song was released as a B-side to the single "The Importance of Being Idle". The song, entitled "Pass Me Down The Wine", features an acoustic-led melody in the vein of "Songbird". Dont Believe the Truth is the critically acclaimed sixth studio album by Oasis, released on May 30, 2005 internationally and a day later in the United States. ... Give Peace a Chance was a song written by John Lennon and originally credited to Lennon-McCartney (John Lennon and Paul McCartney). ... Lyla was the first single from British band Oasis sixth album Dont Believe the Truth, released in May 2005. ...


However, in an interview following the release of Don't Believe the Truth, Liam stated that he doesn't believe he is improving as a songwriter[citation needed] and often needs guitarist Gem Archer's assistance. As a consequence, Gem is credited as co-writer of "Love Like a Bomb" on the new album. He commented, "Gem helps me out a lot, I struggle with lyrics sometimes... I can't find the words. The words I find hard 'cos I'm fucking thick."


Notes

  1. ^ Liam the powerhouse of Britpop [1]
  2. ^ http://www.independent.co.uk/arts/film/news/article224584.ece
  3. ^ The Sun Newspaper Online 'John Lennon quote' 6/7/07 [2]
  4. ^ Brothers - From Childhood To Oasis [3]
  5. ^ Definitely Maybe DVD Interview
  6. ^ http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6151050.stm
  7. ^ Blur and Oasis singles sales [4]
  8. ^ Noel Interview on MTV Unplugged - Behind The Scenes
  9. ^ Reported at musicrooms.net, 9 February 2007 [5], retrieved 15 February 2007
  10. ^ Reported in The Sun newspaper, April 2nd 2007 [6]
  11. ^ Reported at gigwise.com
  12. ^ Reported at [7]
  13. ^ Reported at [8]
  14. ^ http://www.rockonthenet.com/artists-o/oasis_main.htm
  15. ^ http://breakingnews.iol.ie/entertainment/story.asp?j=175672568&p=y75673z74
  16. ^ http://music.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,,2016526,00.html

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Liam was born in 1972, to Irish parents Tommy and Peggy Gallagher.
Gallagher was captivated and began listening to other bands like The Beatles, The Kinks, The Jam and T.Rex, forging a life-long obsession with John Lennon, which would later lead to him claiming he was Lennon re-incarnated.
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Liam had some artistic approaches before 1999 having co-written a song (titled "Love Me and Leave Me") with former Stone Roses guitarist and songwriter John Squire for the band The Seahorses' debut album in 1997, but mostly due to his inexperience and lack of necessity of writing songs, his contigent attempts were unsuccessful.
Gallagher was born in Longsight, Manchester to Irish parents Peggy and Thomas Gallagher.
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