Before long Noel Gallagher wandered in and had a chat at the bar. Noel obviously enjoys a night out with a few beers and the banter but I couldn’t help noticing how disinterested he seemed with the whole event. For those who haven’t met him, and that included me until then, he is nothing like his public image suggests. Noel is a cool, bright and decent bloke, nothing like the yob he is portrayed as.
We wandered out into the main hall and the stage was set up. Here we go, I thought, there is going to be a ‘Jam’ later. I chatted again with Mick Talbot who also didn’t know who would be playing, but the big grand piano, and the small drum kit, suggested it wasn’t going to be a Jam reunion. I cannot tell you how disappointed I was to see the Bootleg Beatles take to the stage. I mean, this was a tribute to the Jam, so the Bootleg fucking Beatles, what is that all about. So I was off into the bar again where we had a few more beers. Soon, I saw the menacing figure of Liam Gallagher wandering over.
“ Alright mate” “er yeah, alright Liam” ( I hadn’t met him before either, but he seemed to think I had ) “how’s it going” “Fooking great mate, fooking spot on, number 6!” He was talking about the chart position of his version of Carnation.
I asked him what the deal was with him dragging the Mirror journalist up onto the stage, and making him look a twat, he said the guy has been rubbishing him for fooking ages and just wouldn’t get off his back. We had a chat for quite a while about song writing and his latest stuff. Liam told me he would never release anything solo as he was a band man, he motioned over to Noel and said that if anything he wrote was considered good enough by the band, then the band would do it. He said he had a lot of respect for his band and he is not the kind of guy to swan about playing big shot doing solo stuff and, I have to say, I respected what he was saying because he meant it.
The thing with Liam is you get what is in front of you. He is refreshingly un guarded and very open, which is what makes it easy to quote and mis quote him, and from talking to him and Noel you can see they realise that, and really, genuinely, don’t give a toss what is written about them. Which is a shame as they are both decent guys often portrayed badly. For example, I read the next day in two papers about how badly Liam had behaved the night before, but I didn't see that, and nor did anyone else, only the papers it seems.
Liam told me he had written two songs considered good enough to go on the next album, one called Little James about his step son, and he talked about them enthusiastically. I asked him if they were from the same mould as Noel’s songs and he said why don’t you judge for yourself when you hear them. Then he started, “I get it, you are from the fooking press aren’t you” “No mate, you must be joking” “are you fooking sure” and Claire intervened and took Liam aside, she explained to him we were nothing to do with the press but he wasn’t really that bothered, just joking around and having a few beers.