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Saturday, March 14, 2009
An Impromptu Interview With Liam Gallagher
I Prefer The School Run To Getting Wrecked Every Night,' Liam Gallagher Confesses
Liam Gallagher and his brother Noel have always been two of my favourite celebrities. Absurdly talented, outrageously outspoken and often shockingly badly behaved, they shoot from the verbal and physical hip, don't care what people think of them and make fantastic records.
Although I've met Noel a few times - including one memorable occasion at Tony Blair's 'Cool Britannia' party at Number 10 in 1997, when I caught him about to pen a Hitler moustache on Margaret Thatcher's portrait - I've never properly met Liam. Until tonight, that is. And let's just say, he didn't disappoint.
An old friend of mine, Stephen Purdew - who owns various top health clubs, including Champneys - had his wedding at Claridge's hotel, and as I sipped champagne at the reception, I was led over to meet Liam.
'Hey, man - 'ow are you?' he said. 'Like that chat show of yours; it's sound.'
'Thanks - I'd love to have you on as a guest.'
'No, no, I don't do f****** interviews. I leave it to our kid to sound off. He likes doing that.'
We then spent 20 minutes having the most hilarious conversation I've had with anyone for a long time. Liam speaks like a machine gun, firing out brilliantly provocative one-liners.
'How's your brother?' He grimaced.
'Have you got brothers?' he asked.
'Well, he's like that.'
'Often quite annoying, then?'
'I didn't expect to see you at a party like this.'
'Nor did I. I don't go out a lot, to be honest, but I like Stephen, and I've just finished a tour two days ago, and when that happens I always feel a big comedown when I get home. I miss the buzz of being on stage and just mope around the house if I'm at home. So it's nice to come out.'
'You seem a lot calmer these days.'
'I am, I am. I prefer going on the school run, or to my local supermarket, to getting wrecked every night. I've grown up.'
'Hang on - you go to your local supermarket?' 'Yeah, man - Waitrose, all the time. It's sound. I like the fish counter - it's a real laugh round there.'
At which point I spotted his shoes: a pair of leopard-skin loafers.
'Interesting footwear, Liam...'
'I f****** love these, man. LOVE them. I've got two pairs, and wear them all the time.'
'We used to rely on you when I was a newspaper editor. On a quiet day, we'd hope you'd turn up at some awards show and start hitting and abusing everyone.'
'Yeah, well, that's because I never won anything, and I'd be on loads of drugs. Now they give me all the f****** awards, and I don't take drugs, so I don't get so wound up!'
'So you'll be on best behaviour tonight, then?' Liam smiled, and leant towards me. 'Listen, man, I could still drink anyone in this room under the f****** table. Don't worry about that. Any one of 'em.'
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