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Despite a strained relationship with brother Noel, Liam Gallagher says he will never go solo
WHEN it comes to the Gallaghers of Brit rock band Oasis, it could very well be that dysfunctional family dynamics work best for them.
On several occasions, they have professed to not being close.
But according to lead vocalist Liam Gallagher, he just 'doesn't know any better way to rock it out' than with his older brother Noel.
'I'm sure it definitely beats being in the same band as your sister,' he added in his trademark swaggering, nonchalant fashion.
The 36-year-old was speaking to the local media in a round-table interview last Sunday, before the band took to the stage for its concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
It was the band's second full-house gig here - the guys played at the same venue in 2006.
One of Britain's most successful rock acts with more than 50 million albums sold worldwide since their inception in 1991, Liam's publicly strained relationship with his guitarist brother Noel, 41, has always been the focus of much attention.
Last month, in an interview with Leeds-based music webzine Contact Music, Liam said: 'He (Noel) does his thing, and I do my thing.
'The only time we sort of bump into each other, and that's rarely, is on stage.'
He went on to elaborate: 'There're things he doesn't like about me and there're things I don't like about him. He can't change me, I wouldn't wanna change him.'
In September last year, following the release of the band's latest album Dig Out Your Soul, Liam didn't hold back either, when he outrightly criticised his brother's singing.
'I don't like Noel's voice' he reportedly blabbed to the English papers.
Disputes aside, it is essentially the music and the brothers' commitment to Oasis that have kept them going over the past 18 years, delivering rousing, melodic sing-a-long rock song after song for their passionate fans.
Besides Liam and Noel, Oasis also comprises bassist Andy Bell, 38; rhythm guitarist Gem Archer, 42; and drummer Chris Sharrock, 44.
When he was asked if the thought of going solo has ever crossed his mind, it was an affirmative 'no' from Liam with barely a hint of hesitation.
'It's Oasis till the day I die,' he said.
Liam said sometimes during the band's concerts, audience members would start chanting and stoking the brothers to fight onstage.
But he said he's generally not bothered by the taunts at all. 'We're too busy concentrating on our music,' he said with yet another shrug.
Nonchalance and candidness is in Liam's blood, evident not only on the topic of his brother.
He scoffs at signing autographs, saying 'they freak him out'.
'I mean, what can you do with that piece of paper I've signed? It's just a piece of paper,' he said with a look of genuine incredulity on his face.
That same laidback attitude even translates to Pretty Green, the new clothing range he founded and designed for men. It is named after a song by UK punk band The Jam.
When asked about it, Liam said it was just something he did 'to keep his mind occupied', so that during the days when he's not making music, he 'won't be sitting around doing nothing'.
'Music and clothes are both important to me; no use being a great musician if you look like an idiot,' he said.
'But it's the same with my music, buy (my clothes) if you like it. If you don't fancy it, then don't. I'm not forcing it upon you.'
via L4e / Electric New Paper Singapore
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