Gallagher performing at the Vieilles Charrues Festival in 2018.
|Birth name||William John Paul Gallagher|
|Born||21 September 1972|
Burnage, Manchester, England
William John Paul 'Liam' Gallagher (born 21 September 1972) is an English singer and songwriter. He rose to fame as the lead singer of the rock band Oasis, and later served as the singer of Beady Eye, before performing as a solo artist after the dissolution of both bands. His eccentric dress sense, distinctive singing style, and abrasive attitude have been the subject of commentary in the press; he remains one of the most recognisable figures in modern British music.
Although his older brother Noel wrote the majority of Oasis' songs, Liam penned the singles "Songbird" and "I'm Outta Time", along with a string of album tracks and B-sides. Noel departed Oasis in 2009 and formed Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, while Liam continued with the other former members of Oasis under the Beady Eye name, releasing two albums, until they disbanded in 2014. His debut solo album As You Were was released 6 October 2017, which proved to be a critical and commercial success, topping the UK Albums Chart and being certified Platinum.
William John Paul Gallagher was born in Burnage, Manchester, to Irish parents Thomas and Peggy Gallagher. He was physically abused by his father as a child, although not to the extent that his older brothers Noel and Paul suffered. He has said that the abuse affected him deeply and inspired him to become an artist. When Liam was 10, Peggy took the boys and moved away from Thomas (she divorced him in 1986). 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 bedroom. The Gallagher brothers were troubled, especially in their mid-teens. Liam often stole bicycles from local shops. He attended St. Bernard's RC Primary School until age 11, then The Barlow Roman Catholic High School in Didsbury; despite common reports that he was expelled at age 16 for fighting, Liam was actually suspended for three months. He then returned to school, where he completed his last term in Spring 1990. He gained 4 GCSEs.
Liam had no interest in music at a young age, preferring sports. He credits his change in attitude towards music to a blow to the head by a hammer he received from a rival student. After this incident, he became infatuated with the idea of joining a band.
Noel has said that Liam showed little interest in music until his late teens, also that Liam was better looking than him, a better singer, had better clothes and could wear a parka jacket with more style. Gallagher became confident in his ability to sing and began listening to bands like the Beatles, the Stone Roses, the Who, the Kinks, the Jam, and T.Rex. In the process he forged an obsession with former Beatles singer/songwriter John Lennon; Liam would later sarcastically claim to be Lennon re-incarnated, despite being born eight years prior to Lennon's death.
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-songwriter, along with guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs. Noel Gallagher has since openly mocked this writing partnership, describing them as being "just awful". Liam said that "We were shit". The band only rehearsed once a week and did not get many gigs. It was after one of their rare shows in 1991, that Noel, having recently returned from touring America as a roadie with Inspiral Carpets, saw them perform.
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 the media perceive them as natural rivals. In August 1995, Blur and Oasis released new singles on the same day. Blur's "Country House" outsold Morning Glory's second single, "Roll with It", 274,000 copies to 216,000 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 said 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.
Oasis' much anticipated third album, Be Here Now, was released on 21 August 1997 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 2000 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 melody written for Kensit's son James Kerr described as "childlike". This song, along with the album as a whole, received generally mixed reviews.
Oasis' next album, Heathen Chemistry (2002), featured three more songs written by him. One of them was "Songbird", it was an acoustic ballad about his love for Nicole Appleton. The song was the fourth single from the album, reaching No.3 in the UK charts. Later that year, on 1 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.
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), "The Meaning of Soul" and "Guess God Thinks I'm Abel".
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, 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."
2008 saw the release of the band's final album Dig Out Your Soul (2008), which featured three Liam songs: "I'm Outta Time" (also a single), "Ain't Got Nothin'" and "Soldier On". Dig Out Your Soul went straight to number 1 in the UK Album Charts and reached Number 5 in the US 200 Billboard Charts. In mid-2009 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.
In November 2009, 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 19 November 2009, 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 2010.
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".
In March 2010, Gallagher was voted the greatest frontman of all time in a reader poll by Q magazine. On 16 March 2010, Liam announced that his new band would be releasing their first single in October with an album to follow the next year. On 9 November 2010 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 2011. The band's debut album Different Gear, Still Speeding was released on 28 February 2011. On the album the songwriting is credited as a collaborative work between Liam, Andy Bell and Gem Archer.
On 3 April 2011, Beady Eye headlined a Japan Tsunami Disaster relief concert at the Brixton Academy. Liam Gallagher organised this multi star-studded event as a fundraiser for the devastating event that happened on 11 March 2011. The event raised over £150,000 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 2012, Liam stated that Beady Eye would play Oasis songs. They did this for the first time when they supported The Stone Roses in June 2012. This prompted speculation as to whether an Oasis reunion was in the offing. In August 2012, Beady Eye performed "Wonderwall" at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony.
The band's second studio album BE was released on 12 June 2013. It was recorded with Dave Sitek between November 2012 and March 2013. The band embarked on a corresponding tour playing a "secret gig" at Glastonbury. In contrast to his headlining spot with Oasis, Beady Eye featured as one of the first bands to open the festival. Liam stated it was a "refreshing" change. BE was not as successful in the United States as Gallagher and the rest of the band had hoped. This hindered their American popularity and it was announced there would be no tour dates scheduled for the United States.
On 25 October 2014, Liam Gallagher announced that Beady Eye had disbanded. His post on Twitter stated that the band were "no longer" and thanked fans for their support.
On 26 July 2015, Gallagher appeared at an Irish pub in Charlestown, County Mayo playing a number of songs, including an early version of his new song 'Bold', in front of pub guests with an acoustic guitar. On 4 January 2016, he said on Twitter that he had no plans to pursue a solo career. However, in a 2016 interview with Q Magazine, he officially announced he would be releasing songs in 2017 although he does not consider it a solo career, advising they are just songs that he has written over the years that he would like to release.
A solo appearance at Norwegian festival Bergenfest in 2017 was announced in November 2016, with other festival appearances for summer 2017 later confirmed. It was announced in March 2017 that the debut solo album was to be titled As You Were. On 26 May 2017, he announced the release of his solo debut single "Wall of Glass" on 1 June 2017, however it was released a day earlier on 31 May with an accompanying music video. In the same month, Gallagher performed his first solo concert at the Ritz in Manchester with all proceeds going to victims of the Manchester terror attack.
On 4 June 2017, Gallagher made a surprise appearance at the One Love Manchester benefit concert where he played "Rock 'N' Roll Star", "Wall of Glass" and "Live Forever" with Coldplay's Chris Martin and Jonny Buckland. Gallagher performed at the Rock am Ring festival in Germany in June 2017. In the same month he performed at the Pinkpop Festival in the Netherlands. After a management dispute in early 2017, Gallagher has been represented by his nephew, Australian born Daniel Nicholas.
Gallagher performed at Glastonbury in June 2017. During the set he sang "Don't Look Back in Anger" for the first time, dedicating his performance to the victims of the recent Manchester and London terror attacks and the Grenfell Tower fire. On 30 June 2017, he released his second solo single "Chinatown". In July 2017, he performed at the Exit festival in Serbia and Benicassim festival in Spain.
On 3 August 2017, Gallagher performed at Lollapalooza festival in Chicago and left the stage in the middle of a song after performing for only 20 minutes. He later apologised on Twitter and said he had vocal problems. On 10 August 2017 "For What It's Worth" was released, a song Gallagher described as an "apology" saying "...I've made a lot of mistakes...I guess it is an apology to whoever. I've pissed a lot of people off". He performed this song on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on 14 August 2017.
In August 2017, Gallagher performed at Reading and Leeds festival. In October, Gallagher performed The Beatles' song "Come Together" with Foo Fighters and Joe Perry at the CalJam festival in California.
On 6 October 2017, Gallagher's solo album As You Were was released to positive reviews. The album debuted at number one in the UK with first-week sales of 103,000, outselling the rest of the top 10 of the UK Albums Chart combined. It also achieved the highest single-week vinyl sales in 20 years, with 16,000.
On 23 October 2017, Gallagher announced on Johnny Vaughan's radio show on Radio X that he would be doing a one-off concert in Finsbury Park (which coincidently, was a location on Oasis' Heathen Chemistry tour in 2002) on 29 June 2018. The gig sold out within minutes of ticket sales being announced. Subsequently in 2017, it was announced that there would be a concert at Emirates Lancashire Cricket Club in Manchester on 18 August 2018. It was also confirmed that Gallagher would be a headline act at the TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow Green on 30 June 2018, and that he would be a headline act at the 2018 Isle of Wight Festival alongside Depeche Mode, The Killers and Kasabian.
In April 2018, it was confirmed that Gallagher would support The Rolling Stones at The London Stadium on 22 May 2018. The same month, Gallagher confirmed on Twitter that he had started work on a second solo album with Greg Kurstin and Andrew Wyatt.
With the appearance of Oasis on the music scene in 1994, Gallagher quickly made a public name for himself with his "loutish" behaviour. In 1998 the Hong Kong-based airline Cathay Pacific banned Gallagher after he abused passengers and crew on a flight between the UK and Australia. During the band's Australian tour, he made a substantial out-of-court settlement to a British backpacker he allegedly headbutted.
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. 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 1994. When addressing their muted reception in the States (especially by comparison to the UK), Gallagher said: "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 Gallagher 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". Gallagher claims to have had "a conversation with God one night in a boozer".
On receiving an award at the 2010 Brit Awards for the best album of the past 30 years, Gallagher swore while he thanked all the former members of Oasis except for his brother. He then dropped the microphone and gave the award to a member of the crowd.
Although he had vowed never to return to Glastonbury after headlining with Oasis, Liam opened the 2013 Festival with Beady Eye, and claimed "Glastonbury's back in the good books". Gallagher took part in the 2017 event, performing tracks from his solo album As You Were, as well as various Oasis classics.
On 24 August 2018, British-based news outlet The Sun published an article about an apparent "bust-up" between Gallagher and his girlfriend, Debbie Gwyther. It was reported that Gallagher forcefully grabbed Gwyther by the throat and called her a "fucking witch". The allegations were later denied by both Gallagher and Gwyther on social media. The couple were seen in public together on 2 September 2018. A security tape of Gallagher and Gwyther from the Chiltern Firehouse, the location of the fracas, was later released, but was found to be inconclusive.
Gallagher's voice has been compared to a blend of John Lennon and John Lydon. He has stated he has no clear influence other than John Lennon and "music" itself, however, has been known to incorporate many different forms, such as punk, indie and new wave, and recently has explored elements of jazz with Beady Eye. 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 about 1994, Gallagher can be seen touching the microphone with one hand, but still employing his usual singing posture with the rest of his body.
In 2017, Gallagher said had it not been for pop singer Madonna, he would have never entered the music industry. Recalling a childhood anecdote, Gallagher said he was blown away the first time he heard Madonna's "Like a Virgin".
On 7 May 2010, it was confirmed that Liam's production company, In 1 Productions, are developing and producing a feature film about The Beatles' Apple Corps, adapted from the book by Richard DiLello, The Longest Cocktail Party.
In June 2015, Gallagher appeared in a charity football match at the Juventus Stadium in Turin. He appeared alongside former Juventus player Alessandro Del Piero who is a fan of Oasis. He also performed on the special episode of TFI Friday. He was a part of a supergroup which included Roger Daltrey (The Who), Paul Arthurs (Oasis), Jay Mehler (Kasabian, Beady Eye) and Zak Starkey (Oasis, The Who). They performed "My Generation" by The Who.
In December 2017, Gallagher narrated an "alternative Christmas advert" for The Climate Coalition as part of their "Show the Love" campaign. The advert depicts a snowman melting to show the effects of climate change.
Gallagher married Patsy Kensit on 7 April 1997. On 26 March 1998, Lisa Moorish bore Gallagher a daughter, Molly, who was conceived during an affair in Los Angeles in June 1997. Gallagher and Kensit's son Lennon Francis Gallagher was born on 13 September 1999. The couple divorced a year later. Gallagher's second son, Gene Gallagher, was born to Nicole Appleton on 2 July 2001.
Gallagher and Nicole Appleton were married on 14 February 2008 at Westminster Register Office, the same venue where he married Kensit. In 2010, Gallagher met and commenced an affair with New York Times journalist Liza Ghorbani, fathering daughter Gemma in 2012. Born in January 2013, his daughter's paternity and the affair were revealed in June after Gallagher began dating his personal assistant Debbie Gwyther. During this time Gallagher briefly moved to his mother's house in Ireland; Gallagher and his wife Nicole divorced in April 2014.
Gallagher is currently in a relationship with Gwyther, whom he says is his saviour for helping him return to making music.
In May 2018, Gallagher met his daughter Molly for the first time since she was an infant. Gallagher later expressed hope that he would have a continued presence in Molly's life and that she "wouldn't get sick of him".
During Oasis's first American tour in 1994, Liam frequently changed 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 the 1995 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 to the studio while Noel was trying to work.
In August 1996, after a record-breaking two-night stand at Knebworth, tension mounted between the Gallaghers when Liam backed out of Oasis's MTV Unplugged set minutes before it was due to start. Noel was forced to fill in at the last minute. Liam said that he had been struck down with a "sore throat" and that he does not like performing acoustically, though Noel says he was hungover. 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 show 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 the band mounted and Noel left the tour, causing several media outlets to question the future of the band.
While on tour in Barcelona in May 2000, Oasis were forced to cancel a show 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, Meg Mathews (apparently questioning the legitimacy of Noel's baby daughter Anais), leading to a fight. Following this, a press release was put out declaring that Noel had decided to quit overseas touring with Oasis. The rest of the band, with guitarist Matt Deighton replacing Noel, played the remaining dates.
In 2009, 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 (subsequently described by Noel as "no physical violence but there was a lot of World Wrestling Federation stuff") prior to their performance 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 onstage.
Despite their constant fighting, the Gallagher brothers did show affection for each other both before and after Oasis' split, with Liam calling Noel the best songwriter in the world, and Noel calling Liam the best singer in the world, "cooler" than him, and frequently referring to his good looks. Noel has said that Oasis came down to the relationship between him and Liam (Supersonic, October 2016). They often said they loved each other with Liam stating he loves and misses Noel increasingly in interviews during the promotion cycle of both of their albums in late 2017, leading up to their December 2017 "truce". Weeks prior to this, Noel said his younger brother was "obsessed with him", leading to Liam alleging the same thing about Noel.
In May 2017, Liam criticised Noel for his collaboration with former rival Damon Albarn on the Gorillaz song "We Got the Power". He also strongly criticised his brother for not appearing at the One Love Manchester benefit concert, calling him a "sad fuck".
In November 2017, during an interview, Liam said that he misses being in a band with Noel and that he hates performing without him on stage, stating: "I'm not a guitar player or a prolific songwriter. I can write a few songs every now and again but I miss being in a band. I miss my brother the way he was back then. I miss singing those great songs that we all made great."
One month later, in December 2017, Gallagher suggested that he and Noel were "all good", tweeting that Noel had "reached out" to him. He added in an interview that despite having no plans to reform Oasis, he was going to "try to see Noel at Christmas".
In January 2018, the truce seemingly came to an end when Liam took offence to Noel criticising him and several other singers, among them Richard Ashcroft (who is a friend of Liam) and Ed Sheeran, for collaborating with multiple co-songwriters. However in February 2018, Liam said that the truce did not actually happen and that it was "in his head" after having a couple of drinks.
On 19 July 2018, Gallagher, published a Twitter post that stated: "Earth to noel listen up rkid I hear your doing gigs where people can't drink alcohol now that's the BeZarist thing you've done yet I forgive you now let's get the BIG O back together and stop fucking about the drinks are on me LG x". There is no statement from Noel Gallagher on the matter. Liam Gallagher later tweeted: "I'll take that as a NO then as you were LG x". This was not the first time Gallagher has tried to reach out to his brother through Twitter. In a March 2018 tweet, Liam accused Noel's wife, Sara MacDonald, of sabotaging a scheduled reunion tour in the US, claiming she stole Gallagher's passport and "fucked with his head".
|1996||NME Awards||Himself||Most Desirable Person||Won|
|1997||NME Awards||Himself||Worst Dressed Person||Won|
|1997||NME Awards||Himself||Dickhead of the Year||Won|
|1998||NME Awards||Himself||Dickhead of the Year||Won|
|1999||NME Awards||Himself||Dickhead of the Year||Won|
|2001||NME Awards||Himself||Hero of the Year||Won|
|2003||NME Awards||Himself||Best Haircut||Won|
|2015||NME Awards||@liamgallagher||Best Band Blog or Twitter||Won|
|2017||GQ Men of the Year Awards||Himself||Rock 'n' Roll Star of the Year||Won|
|2017||Q Awards||"Wall of Glass"||Best Track||Nominated|
|2017||Q Awards||Himself||Best Live Act||Won|
|2017||Q Awards||Himself||Icon Award||Won|
|2018||NME Awards||Himself||Godlike Genius Award||Won|
|2018||Brit Awards||Himself||British Male Solo Artist||Nominated|
|Title||Details||Peak chart positions||Certifications|
|As You Were||
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
|"Wall of Glass"||2017||21||77||148||82||38||5||
||As You Were|
|"For What It's Worth"||33||82||182||91||46||19|
|"Come Back to Me"||—||—||54||86||—||78|
|"I've All I Need"||2018||—||—||77||61||—||35|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
(Liam Gallagher & Steve Cradock)
|1999||6||—||—||Fire and Skill: The Songs of the Jam|
(Death in Vegas featuring Liam Gallagher)
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Bold"||2017||60||—||As You Were|
|"You Better Run"||—||40|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|"History"||1995||A Northern Soul||The Verve||Handclaps|
|"Love Me and Leave Me"||1997||Do It Yourself||The Seahorses||Co-wrote with John Squire|
|"Come On"||Urban Hymns||The Verve||Backing vocals|
|"Space & Time"||Handclaps|
|"Nothing Lasts Forever"||Evergreen||Echo & the Bunnymen||Backing vocals|
|"Shoot Down"||2004||Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned||The Prodigy||Vocals|
|"Wall of Glass"||2017||Francois Rousselet|
|"Come Back To Me"||Shane Meadows|
|"I've All I Need"||Dave Fudge|
Most British Moment: Gallagher's brilliantly untutored drawl – one part John Lennon, one part John Lydon.
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