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Liam Gallagher’s transformation from rock ‘n’ roll rebel to dedicated family man seems complete with the recent revelation that he does the school run each day and teaches music to students at his son's school in his spare time. And he’s swapped drunken brawls for daytime telly – early in 2007, Carol Vorderman let slip that the Oasis frontman was in negotiations to appear as a regular guest in Dictionary Corner. “I told him I think it will do his cred no end of good,” Carol giggled.
The scandal sheets are filled with sorry tales of Amy Winehouse, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and other silly starlets, but where have all the bad boys gone?
Noel Gallagher interviewed for the ' Hitmans' new DVD
He is the Liverpool man with the inside track on Ricky Hatton’s dramatic shot at boxing glory.
Director Mike Cockayne followed the rising star of British boxing around the world to make a film about his life.
The pair became good friends and now Mike, who runs Bold Street film company Integral Productions, has promised Hatton a night out in Liverpool.
Mike, 41, from the city centre, flew out to Las Vegas to film the record-breaking run-up to Hatton’s unsuccessful fight against undefeated US champion, Floyd Mayweather.
The footage will be added to his hit film, already a top selling DVD, and will be screened on ITV 1 in the new year.
He said: “I had a fantastic time making the film and it was a privilege getting such close insight into the life of someone like Ricky.
“The timing couldn’t have been better, with the big Mayweather fight taking place when the film came out.
Mike, who has directed music videos for Atomic Kitten and Happy Mondays, hopes his DVD will become the biggest selling boxing DVD ever.
It has already become a high-street bestseller on the back of promotion by Liverpool PR firm Fire Management, which is run by Mike’s wife Leisa Maloney.
“We also interviewed Amir Khan and Noel Gallagher for the film. Ricky is very well liked.
“One of my favourite parts is when we used a new technique so we could show the viewer what it’s like to get in the ring with Ricky and just what it s like to be hit by the Hitman. It’s a scary experience.”
KASABIAN are cooking up a special surprise for their headlining stint at Concert in the Gardens – but the cheeky scamps won't tell.
"It wouldn't be much of a surprise if I told you what it is," says frontman Tom Meighan, and it's hard to argue.
Still, no harm in a little probing, so when it's put to the singer that the Leicester band could be joined on stage by none other than their pal Noel Gallagher from Oasis, he's visibly taken aback.
"Oh man, where did you hear that?" he laughs, firing the question straight back.
"Nah, seriously, who told you that?"
When Meighan is informed that a little birdy told us, he makes a not-very-convincing job of playing down said speculation.
"That's bull****, man," he begins earnestly, before saying, "No man, I don't know anything about it."
Then he adds: "I don't want to say too much about anything but . . . no man."
It was Meighan's bandmate, rakish guitarist Sergio Pizzorno, who set the rumour mill in motion, teasing, "Since we are headlining it, we have planned a surprise.
"I can't tell you what it is because it's one of those things that if it does not happen, then it will still be a great gig.
"But if we do pull it off it will be the greatest New Year throughout the whole world – I promise."
Back to Meighan, whose resistance to the rumour is wearing down. He says: "Oh man, right, all I'm saying is there's a very strong possibility of . . . Oh man, listen, if we can pull it off, let's just say that it's gonna be a corking Hogmanay.
"It's going to be awesome whatever happens, I can tell you that much," he adds.
This is the most forthcoming 26-year-old Meighan has been on the subject of Gallagher's possible cameo and, to be fair, it's not as if Kasabian aren't capable of providing their own fireworks on stage.
Leicester's biggest musical export since Engelbert Humperdinck, the band have visited the Capital on two previous occasions, and both resulted in bristling performances.
The band's two principal members, Meighan and Pizzorno (the others are Chris Edwards and Ian Matthews) met in Leicester, aged 11. The year was 1993 and Oasis ruled the airwaves.
Fast forward a few years and the lads set out to emulate their heroes, holing themselves up at a now-mythical farm where they "arrived for a party and never got around to leaving".
It was there they recorded their eponymous debut album, a release which may have bypassed most critics but connected dramatically with an audience that recognised them as one of their own – just as Oasis had done with Meighan and Pizzorno in 1993.
The band sold an impressive 700,000 copies of their first album in the UK alone, and went on to become the undisputed victors of the festival circuit, putting on sizzling performances at T in the Park, Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds.
But if their debut album announced their arrival then it was the follow-up effort, Empire, which put the band in the big league, shooting into the charts at Number 4, and going on to win a wedge of awards.
Like idols Oasis, Kasabian have since gained a huge and fiercely loyal following, and those who witness their show at Concert in the Gardens will be happy with what they get.
After all, this is the band who took home the Best Live Act award at the 2007 NME Awards.
"We were delighted when we were asked to play the Edinburgh Hogmanay gig," says Meighan, who adds the band didn't have to think twice before accepting the invitation.
"It's like, what else would we be doing on New Year's Eve anyway? Sitting at home in front of the telly watching Jools Holland and watching Big Ben, waiting for the bells. And then what? Phoning about 200 relatives and telling them how much you love them?
"Nah, we're coming up there and it's gonna be mental.
"Edinburgh's up there with New York and the rest of 'em for New Year's Eve, and we've heard it's the best Hogmanay party in the world.
"We've never been to the Edinburgh Hogmanay Party but we've seen it on telly and we can't wait for it. It's gonna be awesome. We're going to f****** rock that place."
After next week's gig it's back to the recording studio for the band, who aim to put out album number three in the summer.
"We're recording the third album just now on the outskirts of Leicester," explains Meighan. "We've got this little studio set up and it's like the Batcave – it's hidden away and no-one can find it.
"We did an EP a while back and it's along similar lines to that. We put a few right good demos down and it's sounding great.
"We'll get back in there at the beginning of January and hopefully it will be ready for release in the summer."
Asked what sort of year 2007 has been for the band, Meighan answers in his customary amusing manner. "Effin' mental, man," he laughs.
"It's been another mental year for us. Man, this was supposed to be a year when we took it a bit easier and it's been full f****** on. We've played about 85 gigs already, ridiculous, man, and next year we'll probably play about 800 more.
"We played two gigs in Brazil 'cos we've got a lot of fans there. Man, the place is horrible, horrible. Horrible man, it's completely poverty stricken and it wasn't a nice place to go."
Switching the subject back to Edinburgh and Pizzorno says he too can't wait to get up on the stage at Princes Street Gardens. "Playing there is going to be phenomenal," he smiles.
"I am really looking forward to it and now I couldn't imagine being anywhere else."
He adds: "Like I said, Edinburgh is well renowned for being the place to be on New Year's Eve. I've never been there to celebrate it but I've always wanted to.
"I've seen it on the telly and it looks fantastic – all the people on the streets going mental."
Getting the last word in, Meighan revels in telling of the band's plans for after the gig.
"Just get right in the middle of it and join in with all those mental Scots," he says.
"Yeah, I reckon we'll pull off a stormer of a gig and, as we come off stage about five minutes before the countdown to the bells, we can then just get right in there amongst it all. We're gonna 'ave it."
Kasabian headline the Concert in the Gardens on Hogmanay
Christmas is a time for family feuds and nobody does them quite well as the Gallagher brothers.
Liam's monobrow is pointing firmly to the south cause he's been banned from dressing as Santa at the clan's Christmas Day party in Switzerland.
The general feeling is that moody Liam, 34, is too scary to play the portly gift-bearer and will end up making the children cry. Noel, 40, has been asked to take over.
If Liam's rage doesn't simmer down before the big day. Noel could end up replacing the angel on the top of the Christmas tree.
Our man with the Mancunian reindeer said: "Poor Liam. He'd gone to the trouble getting the beard and having a red suit specially tailored. He even rehearsed a rock version of Jingle Bells in a Santa voice.
"Liam's also a bit miffed his family and friends think kids are scared of him."
We're guessing the first Noel won't go down too well at the party.
We recently asked you, the esteemed ZOO readers, to pick your top bloke of 2007. You voted in your droves and, after spending hours in dark rooms counting up the ballots, we can reveal the results. Meet ZOO's 100 Coolest Blokes...
01. Noel Gallagher
Whether you believe he’s a song-writing genius, or a Beatles-lite plagiarist, there's no doubt that Noel Gallagher was one of swinging nuts in the swagger of what was "cool Britannia".
Manages to keep a lid on his flash-fire temperament, in public at least, (unlike his tinderbox brother) and penned some of the greatest anthems of the last two decades.
From humble beginnings, lugging gear for the Inspiral Carpets, to worldwide tours and millions in the bank, the boy from the streets of Burnage takes no prisoners and doesn’t care who he offends.
In fact, he could well be the last of the truly soundbite-worthy musicians. And that’s why, despite his millions, he’s one of us. Nice one, top one, Noel.
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Name two songs which have been released as Oasis singles in the UK but were not included on the album Stop The Clocks.
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Liam Gallagher has been giving music lessons to youngsters at his lads’ school.
The Oasis rocker often drops in to Lennon and Gene’s classroom and passes on his skills to their young pals.
He has even been kicking a football around in the playground with the kids.
The youngsters must be made up to be getting music masterclasses from a rock ’n’ roll legend . . . but I’m not sure their parents will be quite as happy.
If the kids have started swaggering home, sticking up two fingers at their mums then calling their dads “sunshiiiiiine”, their folks will know who to blame.
A source told me: “Liam’s spending loads of time in the school. He does the school run and often pops in and teaches the kids some music skills.
“He’s often in the music room playing on the instruments with the kids. And he sometimes has a kickabout outside too.
“Some of the kids are a bit too young to really understand who he is.
“He’s just another dad to a lot of them — they don’t know how lucky they are. He’s spending more time in the classroom now than he did as a kid.” The rock wildman — whose band’s albums include The Masterplan — has turned into a model father in the last few years.
Well, almost. He did attack a photographer in front of little Gene in February.
His missus Nicole Appleton calls him “the best daddy in the world”.
And earlier this year Liam said he loves fatherhood and sorting out little Gene’s hair.
He said: “My kid’s got the best haircut in the world, man. I do it every day — the comb is your friend.
“I think I’m a top dad. Haven’t got a nanny, none of that.”
Liam has embraced fatherhood so much that Spongebob Squarepants is now one of his favourite kiddies’ shows.
One of the first signs of Liam being tamed was when he took a break from beating up photographers to pose for snaps outside the cartoon movie premiere in 2005.
Liam went to school in Didsbury, Manchester — occasionally.
But he wants his kids to get a good education at their London school and runs a tight ship at home.
And Noel Gallagher was chuffed to bits on Monday night when he got a half-hour one-on-one backstage chat with Led Zeppelin guitar god Jimmy Page.
I’d love to tell you what they spoke about, but I don’t know. More alarmingly, neither does Noel. The Oasis hitmaker was so hammered he has no recollection of the monumental meeting of minds following Zep’s triumphant comeback gig at London’s O2 arena — and he’s completely gutted.
A source told me: “Noel’s rubbed shoulders with some of the biggest musical figures.
“He was really looking forward to exchanging notes with Jimmy — but he’d overdone it on the Stella.
“He woke up the morning after the show and realised he couldn’t remember anything about their chat.”
So even legendary caners make schoolboy Stella Artois-related drinking errors.
Oasis fan Ashleigh went along to Abbey Road one morning last week (6/12) to try meet Oasis, many Hours later and soaked to the bones Ashleigh was able to chat and have his photo taken with brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher.
Zak Starkey and and Jason Rhodes were kind enough to snap these stills for Jason !
via L4E's contributing UK editor stopcryingyourheartout
It may have been big brother Noel who shared refreshments with then-Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1997, but now it looks like Liam Gallagher wants to get in on some Downing Street action.
Except - according to the red-tops today (December 10) anyway - he wants to do it in reverse, and invite Gordon Brown round his gaff for Christmas dinner.
Oh yes, according to "a source", "Liam thinks it'd be "interesting". We have to agree. Especially when we read that Liam also wants to extend the invitation to 'I'm A Celebrity...' winner Christopher Biggins.
"He's a huge fan", the source tells the Daily Star. A large pinch of salt with your turkey, Mr Gallagher?
Tom Fletcher's Song Writing rivals Noel Gallagher...in his opinion.
Tom Fletcher, McFly's songwriter and frontman, has penned a truly extraordinary 10 number one singles.
That’s a staggering achievement for anyone, but for someone who is still only 22, it’s a feat that is nothing short of remarkable.
The acclaim awarded to similarly successful hit-makers like Gary Barlow and Guy Chambers is yet to be afforded to the youthful strummer.
And he’s not happy about it.
“I’m definitely not mentioned in the same breath as people like that,” he says.
Tom even reckons that his hit-penning ability rivals that of Noel Gallagher.
He says: “Someone once said to me that if OASIS had done Room On The Third Floor it would have been heralded as one of the greatest songs of all time. I said to them: ‘You could be right’. I see our music like that.”
Sexy star EVE MENDES harbours an unlikely celebrity crush on OASIS star LIAM GALLAGHER - and insists he is one of the "sexiest men alive".
The 2 Fast 2 Furious star loves the U.K. music scene, especially the aesthetic talents of rocker Gallagher.
She says, "I love the English bands. I adore The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Oasis, all of those guys. I think Liam is one of the sexiest men alive." The actress admits she's also a big fan of Gallagher's northern England hometown. Mendes adds, "I've got a lot of friends from Manchester and it's a really cool city."
The January issue of UNCUT is on sale now, featuring an all-star panel of musicians selecting their favourite song by the late Beatle John Lennon.
30: Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
From the John Lennon & Yoko Ono album, Double Fantasy (November 1980)
Written for son Sean, then aged five, and partially inspired by the writings of French psychologist Emile Coue, "Beautiful Boy" sees Lennon extolling the simple joy of fatherhood.
Liam Gallagher, Oasis
"Little James was inspired by "Beautiful Boy" and "Hey Jude". More "Beautiful Boy".
People who've got any soul will realise that there's a day when you go home and put your feet up and cuddle your kids. If anyone slags it off, they've either got no heart or they don't know what the meaning of life is.
They just go out and do-do-do-do-do the same thing everyday. So f**K them. You can't win with these people.
They're going, "You're the wild man of rock, you're this, you don't f**king care," and when you do show a bit of caring, they call you a poof...
Originally, I wanted it to be acoustic. Have you heard Lennon's demos? They're dead crackly, and it's just on the guitar, and that's the way I'd like to write music. But if it's gonna be on an Oasis album, it's gotta be big, hasn't it?
So then I played it to Noel, he went away with the band and he goes: "What do you think of this?"
I went: It's f**king top."
Source: Uncut Magazine Via stopcryingyourheartout.com