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."
This is a reference to Noel Gallagher's criticism that modern pop stars and bands seem to be very focussed on their careers.
He’s one of the biggest musical acts in the world today and could be forgiven for living a life of excess, but Ed Sheeran is determined to keep his feet on the ground and not let his career slide away.
During a new interview with the Big Issue, Sheeran addressed Noel Gallagher’s infamous recent criticism of new artists being “careerists” and too focussed on the financial side of their music, and it would seem that he takes the label as a compliment.
Ed Sheeran reckons modern pop stars are more "savvy" than those from the past
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Noel scotched widely reported rumours of an Oasis reunion later in the year, and blamed his brother for circulating them in the first place.
Furthermore, the 47 year old claims that he hasn’t at any point considered reuniting the beloved Britpop group, after he himself quit the band at a show in Paris in August 2009. At the time, Liam was reported to have broken one of his favourite guitars minutes before the band was due onstage at a festival.
Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, he said: “There was a rumour last week that we've had a gentleman's agreement [to reform Oasis], but that rumour's come from his people. It's a ‘source close to him’, and I'll tell you how close it is: she probably wakes up with him every morning. It's always left to me in an interview to let the kids down. People say, “You're breaking these kids' hearts”. Well, what the f***, man?”
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Ospreys are reported to have built a nest within the noise disturbance 'buffer zone' that the law is required to enforce, leaving T In The Park hanging in the balance.
The annual T In The Park festival in Scotland is under threat of cancellation if the local council for its proposed new site at Strathallan Castle in Perthshire fails to approve its application.
Opposition to the move from environmental protestors has been gathering momentum following a recent report that nesting ospreys had arrived within a proposed 2,500 feet ‘buffer zone’ designed by law to protect such species.
Kasabian are set to headline T In The Park - but will it even go ahead?
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Noel Gallagher is king of the vinyl.
Noel Gallagher has topped the new vinyl record chart with his second solo record Chasing Yesterday. Vinyl records have been granted their own official chart in line with a boom in sales in the format in recent years.
Noel Gallagher topped the first week of the vinyl chart with Chasing Yesterday
Vinyl album sales are up to 69 per cent year on year - singles are up 23 per cent. 1.29 million LPs were sold in 2014 including albums from Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan.
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Noel Gallagher has two more shows booked in the capital.
Noel Gallagher has said that after playing recent shows in Manchester and Glasgow, Tuesday night’s crowd at the O2 Arena in London didn’t cut it. Gallagher had been joined by the former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr during the show in his hometown.
Noel Gallagher said the London O2 Arena crowd just didn't cut it - compared to Manchester and London
Writing on the Huffington Post, Gallagher discussed his recent string of gigs.
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Shots of British rock star Noel Gallagher as he performs with his current band Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds live in concert at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 10th March 2015
The bands join Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds in Clapham Common this July.
Modest Mouse and Wolf Alice are the latest additions to the steadily growing line-up for Calling Festival 2015; a day festival that will see thousands flock to Clapham Common in London this summer to experience the latest and greatest in rock music.
Washington six-piece Modest Mouse and North Londoners Wolf Alice hit the Calling bill alongside the likes of headliners Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, and previously announced Ryan Adams and the Shining, The Hives, and Echo And The Bunnymen. The multi-stage festival is still to see further exciting line-up announcements in the coming weeks; the bill so far barely scrapes the surface of what to expect at this extraordinary event, which last year played host to more than 80,000 festival goers who congregated to experience Stevie Wonder and Aerosmith.
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Noel Gallagher - British singer/songwriter Noel Gallagher, best known for being part of Manchester-based band Oasis, hosts fan meet and greet with his band and signs copies of new album Chasing Yesterday. at HMV - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Saturday 7th March 2015
The 'Left Hand Free' hitmakers were singled out for criticism by the former Oasis man during an interview with Rolling Stone earlier this week. Both artists are due to headline Latitude Festival later this year.
The former Oasis man let rip at the band, who topped the album charts last year with their second album This Is All Yours, in an interview with Rolling Stone. He said that he was “in no way a fan of Alt-J” and that, despite buying their track ‘Left Hand Free’, said they could “f**k right off as far as I’m concerned.” When he was asked why, he replied: “I don't know. One of them's got a moustache, and that's unacceptable.”
Gus Unger-Hamilton (L) and Thom Green (R) of Alt-J responded to Noel Gallagher
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Edge - Shots of the British band Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds as they gave a live performance on stage at the 3 Arena in Dublin, the band were watched watched by his good pals Bono and Edge from U2 in Dublin, Ireland - Wednesday 4th March 2015
Noel Gallagher - Noel Gallagher meeting fans today outside TodayFM and FM104,where he stopped and signed autographs for all the fans.Two lucky fans,Sean Mullins and Charlie Groves who were on thier way to the 3 Arena for tonights gig got thier t-shirts signed.One fan even gave Noel some of his favorite crisps Tayto. - Dublin, Ireland - Wednesday 4th March 2015
Noel Gallagher doesn't regard Taylor Swift as a credible songwriter.
Noel Gallagher is on the promotional rounds for his latest album Chasing Yesterday and you know what that means - quotes, quotes, quotes. This week, he's been chatting to Rolling Stone and he had everyone from Taylor Swift to One Direction in his sights.
Noel Gallagher has taken aim at Taylor Swift, One Direction and Ed Sheeran
When the interviewer mentioned Swift's knack for songwriting, Gallagher went on the attack, "Who says that? Her parents."
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David Beckham will be starring in one of Noel Gallagher's new videos
David Beckham agreed to feature in one of Noel Gallagher's next music video when the pair appeared on The Graham Norton Show last week. Gallagher performed his new single Ballad of the Mighty I on the show before joining guests Hugh Jackman and Beckham.
Noel Gallagher asked David Beckham to star in one of his videos
Norton got things moving by asking Gallagher why he hates making music videos.
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