Noel Gallagher


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.

Noel Gallagher: 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.

Noel Gallagher: 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.

Noel 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."

Read More
Subscribe to Noel Gallagher alerts

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - In The Heat Of The Moment

27th October 2014 -


With the upcoming release of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' second studio album on 2nd March, 2015, the band have released the music video for 'In the Heat of the Moment', the lead single from...

Don't Believe the Truth: Tickets for Noel Gallagher Tour Still Available

17th October 2014 -


Tickets for Noel Gallagher's arena tour in 2015 are still available, despite some outlets reporting they had sold out in just 10 minutes. The former Oasis frontman will take his new outfit, Noel Gallagher's High...

Noel Gallagher Announces Album 'Chasing Yesterday', Talks Glastonbury

13th October 2014 -


Noel Gallagher has announced details of the follow-up to his debut solo album as well as confirming a UK tour for 2015. Gallagher will release new album Chasing Yesterday under the moniker Noel Gallagher &...

Oasis Tipped To Play Glastonbury 2014, After Liam's Cryptic Tweets

25th April 2014 -


An Oasis reunion could be on the horizon after frontman Liam Gallagher tweeted the letters of the band's name over the course of a few hours on Thursday evening (April 24, 2014). Bookmakers Paddy Power...

Oasis Reunion in 2014? Probably Not, But Watch This Space

26th February 2014 -


Following Facebook and Instagram posts last night, Oasis fans were dusting off their parka coats and bucket hats, calling their brothers "r kid" and swaggering down to their local clutching a two-pound coin to play...

Noel Gallagher Goes on the Rampage. Arcade Fire, Look Away Now

6th December 2013 -


Nobody escaped unscathed from Noel Gallagher's summary of music in 2013, apart from maybe Kanye West and David Bowie. The former Oasis man agreed to phone interview with Rolling Stone magazine to chat about his...

Russell Brand Sparks Fracas At GQ Men Of The Year Awards With Nazi Jibes

5th September 2013 -


At the annual GQ Men of the Year Awards, Russell Brand sparked off a war of words between himself, Charles Moore, actor Jeremy Piven and a host of others, as the group embarked on a...

GQ Men of the Year Awards Descend Into Chaos Over Russell Brand, Nazis, Jews

4th September 2013 -


The GQ Men of the Year awards is always a rather boisterous affair. When you stick a load of preened rock stars, comedians, actors and journalists in the same room, give them free alcohol and...

Liam Gallagher Opens Glastonbury Festival With Oasis Songs [Pictures]

28th June 2013 -


Liam Gallagher and his band Beady Eye played an unbilled set at the Glastonbury Festival on Friday morning (June 28, 2013), officially opening three days of music set to be headlined by Arctic Monkeys, The...

Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye Open Glastonbury Festival With Morning Set

28th June 2013 -


Liam Gallagher was given the enviable job of opening the 2013 Glastonbury Festival with a surprise set on The Other Stage on Friday morning (June 28, 2013). The singer, who aired his dismay for the...

Latest Promotional Stint Will See Beady Eye Performing On 'The Voice'

12th June 2013 -


Beady Eye recently dropped a new album and are hitting the campaign trail hard, including an appearance on The Voice this weekend. The band, formed mainly by the remaining members of Oasis, sans Noel Gallagher,...

Step Off A Train, All Alone at Dawn: Liam Gallagher Returns To Manchester [Pictures]

12th June 2013 -


Liam Gallagher was mobbed by Oasis and Beady Eye fans as he stepped off a train at Manchester Piccadilly on Tuesday (June 11, 2013) to launch his new album BE in his hometown. Liam -...

Noel Gallagher Slags Off One Direction At Ivor Novello Awards, (Takes Home A Gong)

17th May 2013 -


"I come to the Ivor Novellos because One Direction aren't invited," said Noel Gallagher at this years Ivor Novello Awards, as the mouthy Mancunian commended the awards show for it's exclusivity and celebration of more...

Relentless Potty Mouth: Why Noel Gallagher Can't Take X-Factor Job

30th April 2013 -


Noel Gallagher has confirmed that he was asked to take up one of the judge’s roles on X Factor but insists that he’s not interested in the job. mainly because he’d have to watch his...

Riding On The Shoulders Of Dogs: Liam Gallagher Gets Wasted

23rd April 2013 -


Liam Gallagher’s not one for ageing gracefully, bless him, not that the punters at The Old White Bear in Hampstead, north west London seemed to mind too much as he indulged in a boozy drinking...

Noel Gallagher And Mick Jones' Daughters Unite For Peta Animal Cruelty Campaign

18th April 2013 -


Noel Gallagher (Oasis) and Mick Jones’ (The Clash) daughters have joined forces with the animal charity PETA for an ad campaign, encouraging people to report animal bullying.With the tagline ‘Cruelty Doesn’t Fly With Us. Be...

Nicole Scherzinger Reluctant For More X-Factor, As Simon Looks To Noel

10th April 2013 -


Nicole Scherzinger is giving X-Factor bosses a major headache ahead of the new series, which starts on ITV later this year. The American singer emerged as a hit member of the judging panel and mentored...

X-Factor Bosses Tell Noel Gallagher To "Name His Price" For Judging Spot

9th April 2013 -


X-Factor producers have officially approached Noel Gallagher for the second time with an offer to become a judge on the ITV talent show. The former Oasis guitarist, 45, has been at the top of Simon...

Noel Gallagher Set For An X-Factor Judging Spot? Surely Not

9th April 2013 -


Will we be seeing Noel Gallagher preside over a judging chair on The X-Factor? Well if reports are to be believed, and if Simon Cowell gets his way, then we might well do.The former Oasis...

Unusual Styles, Gallagher And Kane Trio Snapped At London's Groucho Club (Pictures)

4th April 2013 -


It seems to have been a busy night on Wednesday (April 3rd 2013) at London's popular party joint Groucho nightclub as Noel Gallagher and Miles Kane are joined by. Harry Styles?!What do you get when...

A Week in Music - James Blake Still Seeking His Niche, Yeah Yeah Yeahs Triumph With Lily Cole Video, Eels Stage A Love-In In Bournemouth

2nd April 2013 -


Albums of Note... It’s been a long two years since James Blake released his debut eponymous album and now, the pioneering producer returns with Overgrown, album number two. Peppered with quality collaborations, with hip-hop legend...

Is Liam Gallagher Right To Mock Noel Over Blur Collaboration?

25th March 2013 -


Liam Gallagher has blasted his brother Noel for performing with former Blur arch rivals Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon over the weekend. Former Oasis songwriter Noel teamed up with the Britpop pair at the Teenage...

Ed Sheeran Denies Lying To Noel Gallagher About Teenage Cancer Trust

25th March 2013 -


Ed Sheeran has denied making false promises to Noel Gallagher about performing at this year's Teenage Cancer Trust show. The former Oasis songwriter accused both Sheeran and Mumford and Sons of pulling out of a...

Hatchet Buried: Noel Gallagher And Damon Albarn Unite Onstage For Teenage Cancer Trust

25th March 2013 -


Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn put their notorious Britpop feud behind them this weekend to perform onstage together in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts that Noel was charged with curating. In the heady...

NME Awards Johnny Marr 'Godlike Genius' Title, 2013

11th February 2013 -


Johnny Marr will be crowned Godlike Genius of the Year at this year’s NME Awards. Marr, whose distinctive guitar licks were combined with Morrissey’s song-writing skills to make The Smiths the legendary band that they...

Kate Middleton Discharged From Private Hospital, A Nation Breaths Sigh of Relief

6th December 2012 -


After enjoying the privileges that come with private healthcare, Kate Middleton has been released from hospital after suffering from severe morning sickness, The Guardian reports. She was admitted to hospital on Monday afternoon after becoming...

Noel Gallagher On The Teenage Cancer Trust Gigs: "The Government Should be Doing This"

5th December 2012 -


Noel Gallagher is curating the Teenage Cancer Trust's set of gigs; getting some of the biggest bands and comedians to entertain audiences at The Royal Albert Hall, and all to raise money for teenagers that...

PICTURES: Raucous Party Greets The Kate Moss Book Launch

16th November 2012 -


Kate Moss and Jamie Hince leaving the book launch for Kate: The Kate Moss BookShe might have been releasing a book last night (November 15), but there was nothing bookish about the behavior of supermodel...

Kate Moss Lived With Noel Gallagher In The 1990s?

16th November 2012 -


Kate Moss held a predictably lavish launch party for her new book, Kate: The Kate Moss Book at 50 St James Street, London, this week. After spending the early evening signing copies of the tome...

Q Awards: Are Muse Really the Best Act in the World today?

22nd October 2012 -


The answer, of course, is no. But it's that time of year again folks: the Q Magazine Awards! Muse picked up the biggest gong at the event in London on Monday afternoon (October 22, 2012)...

Back to top

Noel Gallagher Images

More Noel Gallagher Pictures

Back to top

Noel Gallagher Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Noel Gallagher

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All


Editors Recommendations

Mark Ronson - Daffodils ft. Kevin Parker Audio

Mark Ronson will finally unveil his fourth album 'Uptown Special' on January 26th 2015 through...

Mark Ronson - Daffodils (Audio) Video

Bastille - Oblivion [Live]

Bastille perform their single 'Oblivion' live on the Honda Stage at Music Midtown in Atlanta. The track followed Platinum...

Bastille - Oblivion [Live] Video

Unbroken's Release Mere Days Away, So What Are Critics Saying About Angelina Jolie's Beloved Zamperini Biopic?

The reviews are in for Unbroken and the film, directed by Academy Award...

Unbroken's Release Mere Days Away, So What Are Critics Saying About Angelina Jolie's Beloved Zamperini Biopic?'s 10 Best Films of 2014

There was unexpected variety and diversity in cinemas this year, including some genre films that broke...'s 10 Best Films of 2014's 10 Worst Films of 2014

Most of these movies feature actors, actresses and filmmakers who really should know better...'s 10 Worst Films of 2014’s 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2015

As always, there are far too many sequels, spin-offs, remakes and reboots clogging the cinemas, but some of...’s 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2015

Andy Peterson's Picks Of The Year 2014

Former occasional turntablist for those funky divas Radiohead, Ryan Hunn created a record that...

Andy Peterson's Picks Of The Year 2014

Jim Pusey's Top Albums of 2014

I'm still unsure what this decade will be seen as in years to come with regard to music, 2014 despite offering...

Jim Pusey's Top Albums of 2014

'The Interview' Stars Seth Rogen & James Franco Celebrate As Sony Announces Limited Christmas Day Release

The Interview will be shown in limited cinemas in the US from Christmas Day...

'The Interview' Stars Seth Rogen & James Franco Celebrate As Sony Announces Limited Christmas Day Release

More recommendations


Daytura Dreamer's picture

Daytura Dreamer

Noel is the greatest musician on the planet and is the most talented songwriter in the history of music.The joy he has brought to my life, the way his music has inspired, helped, lifted and moved me is something unique, because he is unique.

7 years 11 months ago
View Comments

pugina's picture


Noel is the sexiest person in the whole universe.. and I know nobody as honest and talented as him. I think he should completely replace Liam..

8 years 2 months ago
View Comments