Noel Gallagher

  • 09 June 2004

Date of birth

29th May, 1967







Noel Gallagher (born 29.5.1967) Noel Gallagher is the main songwriter, guitarist and sometimes singer of the British rock band Oasis. Oasis rose to fame in the 1990s as part of the Britpop movement.

Childhood: Noel Gallagher was born in the Burnage area of Manchester. His Irish parents are Peggy and Tommy Gallagher. He has an older brother Paul Gallagher and a younger brother Liam Gallagher.

Noel has said in interviews that he had an unhappy childhood and that his father was an abusive alcoholic. Noel developed a stammer as a child and had to share a bedroom with his younger brother.

When Peggy Gallagher left her husband in 1976, she took the three boys with her. As a teenager, Noel was often in trouble with the police and hung around with football hooligans known as the Mayne Line Crew. He has stated that watching The Smiths perform 'This Charming Man' on Top of the Pops was the moment that made him want to be a guitarist (thanks to Johnny Marr's guitar playing). He was also a fan of The Beatles, T. Rex, The Small Faces and The Rolling Stones.

In 1988, Noel Gallagher met Graham Lambert, the guitarist of Inspiral carpets, at a Stone Roses gig. After auditioning to be the band's singer and being rejected, Noel became a part of the band's road crew. Tom Hingley of Inspiral Carpets has said that Noel Gallagher owes his career to Inspiral Carpets.

Music Career: When Noel returned from touring the USA with Inspiral Carpets in 1991, Liam had joined a band called The Rain. He joined the band, insisting on becoming the sole songwriter.

In May 1993, Oasis travelled to King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, as they had heard that Alan McGee was on the hunt for new talent for Creation Records. McGee signed the band and The Verve's Richard Ashcroft liked the band so much he invited them to open for his band on tour.

'Supersonic' was Oasis' debut single. Their debut album, Definitely Maybe, was released in August 1994. It went straight to number one in the UK and was, at the time, the fastest selling album of British history. When they toured the USA that year, Noel briefly left the band, disappointed with the response they received in that States. He went AWOL briefly and the rejoined the band in Minneapolis.

(What's the Story) Morning Glory? Was released in 1995 and became another number one album for Oasis. The lead single from the album was 'Some Might Say'. Noel's reputation in the press around this time was created less for his music and more for his and Liam's heavy drinking, partying lifestyle. They were frequently photographed out with celebrity friends such as Paul Weller, Mani and Ian Brown.

Noel Gallagher then contributed the song 'Fade Away' to the charity album Help! and was accompanied by Johnny Depp and his girlfriend at the time, Kate Moss. He was also joined by Paul Weller and Sir Paul McCartney and called the band Smokin' Mojo Filters. In the past, Noel has also collaborated with The Chemical Brothers, Ian Brown and The Prodigy.

The media created the banner 'Noelrock' to describe a certain type of band around at the time, including The Boo Radleys, Cast and Ocean Colour Scene.

The band's third album Be Here Now was released in 1997. At around this time, Noel Gallagher was invited to 10 Downing Street by the British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Be Here Now was followed by 2000's Standing on the Shoulder of Giants. He was publicly criticised for the move, especially by Damon Albarn of Blur.

Noel Gallagher invited Gem Archer (formerly of Heavy Stereo) to join Oasis for their fourth album, Standing on the Shoulder of Giants, following the departure of Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs. When their drummer Alan White left, he was replaced by Zak Starkey, the son of Ringo Starr. Starkey had previously drummed for The Who.

In 2008, Noel Gallagher got himself in hot water when he criticised Michael Eavis for booking Jay-Z to headline that year's Glastonbury festival. Jay Z retorted by walking onstage singing 'Wonderwall', whilst his wife Beyonce looked on.

Noel Gallagher quit Oasis in August 2009, following a fight with Liam Gallagher.

Personal Life: In 1997, Noel Gallagher married Meg Matthews in Las Vegas. When they met, Noel was actually dating Meg's housemate, the MTV presenter Rebecca de Ruvo. Meg and Noel's daughter Anais was born in 2000 but they divorced shortly after her birth. The grounds for divorce was Noel's affair with the Scottish publicist Sara MacDonald.

Noel and Sara have a son together, named Donovan. He was born in 2007.

Noel Gallagher is good friends with Russell Brand and often appeared on Brand's BBC Radio 2 show.

Noel Gallagher is a keen sports fan and follows Manchester City. He is a close friend of the former City player Joey Barton. He is also a fan and friend of the boxer Ricky Hatton.

In 2008, Noel Gallagher announced that he was selling his Ibiza home because it was too close to the home of James Blunt, who, he says, makes "terrible music."

All The Big Winners At The 2018 Q Awards

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 18 October 2018

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The 2018 Q Awards packed a few surprises at London's Roundhouse last night.

The Q Awards shook off some of the criticism traditionally directed towards it for being a bastion of male, pale and stale guitar rock by announcing a number of surprising winners at its 2018 ceremony last night – including new punk acts IDLES and Goat Girl.

The Best Breakthrough Act was shared by the two groups after voting became too close to pick an outright winner between them.

Comedian Mo Gilligan presented the gongs on Wednesday night (October 17th) at the iconic music venue the Roundhouse in north London.

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Music News Round-Up: Dave Grohl Covers Nirvana, Huge 2019 Ed Sheeran Gigs, Noel Gallagher's First Book

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 22 September 2018

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The latest music news rounded up, including Dave Grohl covering Nirvana, new Lana Del Rey and Nick Cave albums and a Noel Gallagher book.


Since finding colossal fame on his own terms with Foo Fighters all those years ago, Dave Grohl very rarely breaks into his former band Nirvana’s catalogue.

However, this week he made an exception, taking to the drums for a guest spot alongside Trombone Shorty at Los Angeles’ Voodoo Threauxdown Festival for a rendition of ‘In Bloom’, the classic fourth single from Nirvana’s Nevermind album.

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Noel Gallagher Now Refusing Oasis Reunion In Any Circumstances After Liam Footage

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 30 August 2018

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Footage emerged earlier this month of Liam Gallagher apparently getting physically aggressive with girlfriend Debbie Gwyther.

The recent footage of Liam Gallagher grabbing his girlfriend by the neck appears to have had more damage than that which is immediately obvious, with his brother Noel deciding to rule out, for good, any possible Oasis reunion after seeing it.

Noel, the older of the two warring siblings, is said to be “disgusted” with his younger brother after footage emerged last week that seemed to show Liam arguing with his partner, Debbie Gwyther, and showing him apparently grabbing her throat.

A source told The Sun on Thursday (August 30th): “Noel has now said there’s no chance of a reunion happening now. He doesn’t want to take to the stage with Liam after what he’s done.”

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The 2018 Mercury Prize Nominees Are Revealed

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 26 July 2018

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A comparatively commercial list of 12 nominees for the 2018 Mercury Prize was revealed on Thursday.

Arctic Monkeys have become the joint second most-nominated artist in the history of The Mercury Prize, with their sixth studio album Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino landing them their fourth nod as the 2018 shortlist was announced this morning.

Revealed on BBC Radio 6’s mid-morning show on Thursday (July 26th), Arctic Monkeys join PJ Harvey with four career nominations, both behind Radiohead’s five. The Sheffield-based group won in 2006 for their debut Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, while Harvey is the only artist to have ever won the Mercury Prize twice (in 2001 and 2011).

They are joined on the 2018 shortlist by a couple of other second-time nominees. Everything Everything received a nod for their fourth record A Fever Dream, as did Wolf Alice for a second consecutive time with sophomore album Visions of a Life. Florence and the Machine’s fourth record High As Hope was also nominated, giving lead singer Florence Welch the third nomination of her career.

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Liam Gallagher Urges Noel To Reform Oasis

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 20 July 2018

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Liam reached out to Noel on Twitter.

Despite endless months of taunting his brother on social media, Liam Gallagher has exhorted Noel to stop “f***ing about” and to reform Oasis.

In a new tweet this week aimed at his guitarist brother, 45 year old Liam wrote: “I forgive you now let's get the BIG O back together”. Fans of Oasis will be seeing Liam’s communique as a lifeline for a possible Oasis reunion.

Next summer will mark the 10th anniversary of the legendary band’s demise, which came after a bust-up backstage before a festival date in France in which Liam reportedly broke his brother’s guitar.

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Liam Gallagher Slams Brother Noel After England's World Cup Exit

By Ed Biggs in Music / Festivals on 12 July 2018

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Gallagher called out his brother for not keeping the faith.

Liam Gallagher has hit out at his brother Noel and branded him “miserable” in the aftermath of England’s exit from the World Cup last night.

The former Oasis frontman took to Twitter to post a series of tweets praising the England team, who got edged out by Croatia 2-1 after extra time in Wednesday night’s World Cup semi-final.

“That England team were biblical and the best thing to come out of this is that we got a proper manger Gareth Southgate you rule”, he wrote.

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Liam Gallagher Brands Noel's Wife Sara MacDonald A "Witch"

By Ed Biggs in Lifestyle / Showbiz on 28 February 2018

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In an outburst on Twitter this week, Liam described his sister-in-law in pretty disparaging terms, and said she's the reason there won't be an Oasis reunion.

The likelihood of any Oasis reunion in the foreseeable future is getting more remote by the week, with Liam Gallagher now hitting out at his brother Noel’s wife, Sara MacDonald, on Twitter, claiming that she is the reason that the Britpop legends can’t get back together.

“Think it’s time to address the witch,” the 45 year old singer took to his social media account to say today. “You want me to drop dead – you have a screw loose and know the world knows.”

Liam continued: “She’s the reason Oasis is no longer – have to put it out there, she’s DARK.” Recalling an alleged incident apparently from their Oasis days, he wrote: “We were about to go on tour to [the] USA – she robbed Noel’s passport. Fucked with his head for a week – he came crying at my door, she’s proper dark.”

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Liam Gallagher Has NOT Made Up With Noel Gallagher

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 16 February 2018

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Their Christmas truce turned out to be non-existent.

It was an exciting moment at Christmas when it looked like Liam Gallagher and his brother Noel Gallagher were back on track, but it seems their peace was far too good to be true. Liam has just revealed that, far from resolving their 20-year feud, neither of them have met up again yet.

Image caption Liam Gallagher performing at Sleep in the Park 

It's been a confusing last few months; both brothers have criticised each other, though Liam has repeatedly said that he misses being in Oasis with Noel. Things seemed to get more positive at Christmas, though since then their relationship has only gone back downhill.

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Noel Gallagher Makes Meeting Noel Edmonds Hilariously Awkward

By Holly Mosley in Music / Festivals on 25 January 2018

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Two Noels in one restaurant apparently spells trouble.

There has always been something refreshingly unusual about Noel Gallagher and his brother Liam; both are overtly honest, and both constantly find themselves having awkward exchanges with fellow celebrities. Noel opens about his recently bumping into Noel Edmonds while he was out with his wife at a restaurant.

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Unless you avoid TV and radio like the plague, it's unlikely you'll ever find yourself getting mixed up between Noel Gallagher of Oasis fame and Noel Edmonds from 'Deal or No Deal', but that didn't stop the latter making a joke about their namesakes when they found themselves sat across from each other while out for lunch.

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Liam Gallagher Blasts Sacha Baron Cohen

By Clive King in Music / Festivals on 16 January 2018

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British rocker Liam Gallagher has hit out at Sacha Baron Cohen, saying he is ''full of s**t''.

Liam Gallagher thinks Sacha Baron Cohen is ''full of s**t''.

The 45-year-old rocker has hit out at the British comedian, who previously claimed that Liam once threatened to ''stab him in the eye'' at a party.

Liam said: ''That f***ing geezer Sacha Baron Cohen. He's full of s**t, mate. Was that after I f**kin' threatened to stab him? Was that that one?

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Noel Gallagher leaving BBC Radio Two after promoting his new album 'Who Built The Moon ?' - London at BBC Radio Two Studios - London, United Kingdom - Friday 24th November 2017

Noel Gallagher and Bob Geldof at the 'Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains' red carpet event at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 9th May 2017

Noel Gallagher at Chiltern Firehouse - London, United Kingdom - Friday 31st March 2017

Noel Gallagher seen entering the Channel 4 Stand Up To Cancer Gala Fundraiser held at the Westminster Methodist Central Hall, London, United Kingdom - Friday 21st October 2016

Noel Gallagher , singer song-writer - Celebrities arrive at the BBC Radio 4 Maida Vale Studios at Maida Vale Studios - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 11th May 2016