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Friday, November 18, 2016
Original drummer Tony McCarroll on Oasis and Supersonic
Meeting Liam Gallagher for the first time in 20 years at the premiere of the new Oasis movie could have been awkward for Tony McCarroll but, as the film's director acknowledges, the sacked drummer's early contribution to the band is now widely recognised. McCarroll spoke to Richard Purden
MAT Whitecross's new film Supersonic, documenting the rise of Oasis, has got many yearning for the band's mid-90s epoch. Perhaps Ewan McGregor, who recently reprised his definitive role of Renton for Trainspotting 2, put it best after seeing the film: "I'm So Happy. I'm so sad. I want to go back."
Supersonic gives the original five-piece some context, proposing that each band member played a vital role. Original drummer Tony McCarroll was the first casualty but, as many suggest, the character of his drumming was essential.
Director Whitecross had this to say: "There's no doubt, the reason why people love Definitely Maybe is down to Tony's drumming – it's very aggressive and punk, it has this low-fi aesthetic. After him the sound is more professional but there's something you lose; you lose the sense of these young guys who have come from nowhere. You never quite connect with someone in the same way as those you grew up with."
At the film's premiere in Manchester last month McCarroll was reunited with Liam Gallagher and Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs together for the first time since his sacking in April 1995.
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