I’ll tidy it up and add more pics in a bit, lack of time....
Cash For Questions
This Month: Liam Gallagher Sitting in his new tipi, supping a few cold drinks and waiting for Covid-19 to blow over, Liam Gallagher is meeting the quarantine challenge with customary sang-froid. No photos please, though, not until grooming arrives.
Words: Ted Kessler Illustrations: Pete Fowler
Like you, Liam Gallagher is running out of things to do while locked down in quarantine.
“I’m bored shitless,” he says. “I’m the same as everyone else, bored out of my fucking mind, but at least I’m not dead so all is good in the world.”
This morning, he’s been in his garden, tinkering around inside his new tipi. He had it erected when Glastonbury was cancelled, as a kind of consolation prize. He’s already put a bamboo double bed in there. Some rugs arrived for it this morning, so he’s been laying them on the floor of it, too.
“I’m also trying to get into the rhythm of the birds,” he adds. “I’m listening to them do their thing and I think I’ve cracked it, man. Yeah, I like to listen to their rhythm. Obviously, it’s a different language and I don’t quite understand it, but they’re not just talking gibberish, that lot.”
In some ways, the lockdown came at a good time for Liam Gallagher. He was already planning on some downtime before the festival season, making the most of the new North London house he shares with his manager and partner, Debbie Gwyther. They spend all their time together usually anyway, so the only real adjustment is that their families, Liam’s kids and his brother Paul, Debbie’s twin Katie, and all their pals, haven’t been round to cause chaos. Liam and Debbie have had to take care of all mischief on their own alongside their cats instead.
“I saw Gene a few weeks ago, but not seen Lennon or Molly for ages,” he reminisces. “I’ve done a bit of video chat with my mam, but she hasn’t got a clue. All I end up seeing is her ceiling. I end up shouting at her to hold it to her face. ‘I don’t know about these things!’ So we end up just calling her.”
Negotiations for Gallagher to be quizzed by the Q readers were swift: Can you call him in half an hour? He’s had a couple of beers and he’s up for a chat, though he’s not in a photo mood, cautions Gwyther. She’ll work on that, she promises. But his photo mood doesn’t change and, instead, we have commissioned the great Pete Fowler to illustrate lockdown-Liam instead. In the meantime, Liam Gallagher is in his kitchen, by the sink where he filmed all his handwashing instructions for social media, awaiting your queries.
“Bring it on.”
What has been your lockdown routine?
Sam Edwards, via Q Mail
Drinking. Then a little more drinking. Then bed, talking gibberish. I’ve done a bit of running, but not much. Ran up to Ally Pally this morning. I’m just eating and drinking. Once we get a date to come out I’ll fix up and look sharp. There’s no rush, is there? We’re going to be here until June at least, aren’t we?
Should I watch the news or avoid it?
Matty Aarons, via Q Mail
I have it on 24/7. I like to be informed, whether it’s the American news, the English news, wherever. I like that dude, the governor of New York. Cuomo, yeah. I like him. I try and avoid Trump. I’m more into the New York dude. I do have my moments when I think we’re fucked. And then there’s times when I think, “I know there’s people dying, but if we can just keep it locked down we’ll come out and it’ll be fine. Some good will come out of it.”
Why have you got a tipi in your Instagram photos?
Susie Ellis, via Q Mail
I had one years ago when I lived in Henley, but a mad deer ran into it, freaked out, couldn’t get out and it looked like someone had sliced it up with a machete. So that was the end of that tipi. I was sitting here a month ago, toying with the idea of maybe getting another one and I thought, “Fuck it, we’re going to be here for a long time.” So I rang up the Glastonbury mob and I said, “Have you got any tipis going?” And they go, “As it goes, we’ve got fucking shitloads. How many do you want?” At some point, I’ll get off me tits and I’ll just end up sitting in it. It gets you out of the house, even if it is only up the other end of the garden. When I set it up with the little lights and the candles at night it looks biblical, man.
What is on your list of things to do first when this is all over?
Tony Osbourne, via Q Mail
Put some fucking clothes on, for starters. Maybe shave the beard off, but maybe not. I’ve got a big long beard. I’ve had it for three months so you can imagine what it looks like. I’ve had it since Christmas and I’ve not even had a trim. Part of me was thinking that I look pretty fucking cool, and then there’s days when I think I look like a right c**t. But then, so does everyone else. I know I’m going to miss it. So, yeah, shave it off, put some clothes on and go to the pub and drink some Guinness. Then, get back to work and do some gigs. My hair’s looking good though, man. It’s a bit wild. I’m not gonna grow it properly long, because having a fringe in your late 40s is asking for trouble. But my new look is going to be Scarface, that kind of look. Al Pacino, you know, “Say hello to my little friend.”
Your sink looks very small in your handwashing videos. Is it?
Jenny Stevens, via Q Mail
Yeah, but it’s not my only sink. I live in a big posh house these days. Because I’m back in the big posh house game. There’s another sink which is massive.
What prompted the handwashing videos?
Jarrod Hasslenhauser, via Q Mail
Alcohol. Pure booze. I’ve seen all those people doing their little videos, writing songs about Coronavirus, and I just thought, “Fuck that.” Keep your head down and have a bit of a laugh. If you take it that seriously, you’re just gonna end up like Bono and I refuse. Me and Debbie were very pissed when we did that.
Would you consider recording an album in Ireland of traditional songs with traditional players?
Mike Walsh, via Q Mail
I would. It would end up a piss-up, wouldn’t it? So, would it actually happen, even if we planned it? Dunno. We wouldn’t get much done. But me and Bonehead spoke years ago about doing that. I’d love to do that shit. I’m very open-minded, I’ll do anything. I’d be good at it [adopts Irish accent] “Come on you fuckers!” I tell you who would be good on that: Mani. He’s a bit of a Paddy as well, he’d love it. [The doorbell rings] Who’s that? It’s either a delivery or the police. Sting, telling me to wash my hands, probably.
Did you really want to have a knife stuck in a stick of butter as the Definitely Maybe sleeve?
Lee, via Q Mail
Er… Yes. Yes, I did actually. I don’t know why. Everyone was getting a bit theatrical when we were having meetings about it. Stroking their chins and that. I was just, like, “Come on, let’s just whack a knife in a stick of butter.”
Spiders: Liam’s “not into that shit”; (below) but he likes “grandad biscuits” such as fig rolls. Have you been having weirder dreams in isolation?
Simon Smith, via Q Mail
No, I have pretty weird dreams anyway. I had a dream last night that someone was trying to burn my house down. More of a nightmare, really.
What have you been eating in lockdown?
Everybody, via social media
I’ve already eaten all the Easter eggs, they’ve gone [it is the day before Good Friday]. I’ve been eating salads and shit. Had a curry the other week. I’ve been smashing the toast, but I always smash the toast anyway. I’ve not been going too mad. It’s not that different for me, to be honest, lockdown. I know lots of people have got it much worse, I feel bad for them, but I was planning on doing this anyway. I had a bit of trouble in some of the pubs in Highgate over Christmas so I thought, “I’m sick of the fucking pubs.” Once we got in this new house I was, like, “I ain’t fucking moving.” Apart from everyone dying, and not seeing my kids and my mam, I’m quite happy with sitting in my house doing fuck all. This is what I do. I sit around all day on my own before the gig in a hotel. Then I go to the gig, do my 16 JULY 20 20 thing, go back to the hotel, sit there on my own. It’s been my life. I’m pretty good on my own. Debs finds it hard because she’s used to being out and about doing her thing.
ALAMY “Not being loved and not being able to love, that’s my biggest fear. And spiders. And big barking dogs.”
What have you been watching on TV? Specifically your thoughts about Tiger King, please.
Chrissie Cathcart, via Q Mail
Fucking hell, he’s a one, isn’t he? He dresses like Bonehead. Amazing story, but what a c**t. They’re all fucking meth-head hicks, aren’t they? I’ve been watching The Professionals quite a bit too. ITV4. Been getting into it, their cars and everything. For me, The Professionals is bordering on soft porn. Some bits when the chicks are involved, when it’s all a bit… excuse me, lads! I’m into their cars. The Rover V8. I might get one, even though I can’t drive, it’ll look good on the driveway. I’m also into Unorthodox, about the Jewish girl in New York who escapes from her family and legs it to Berlin. That’s top.
Who’s your favourite Superhero?
Ironman, via Q Mail
Not a fan of Superman. Not sure why, maybe it was the geezer with the bins on. I just thought, “Who’s this c**t?” I reckon Spiderman. He could fly about and he looked cool in his mask. Superman I always thought, “Fuck off you posh c**t with your bins on and yer slicked-back hair.” He never resonated for me. Spiderman any day.
Tell us something funny about Eric Cantona, please.
Paul West, via Q Mail
I tell you what, that guy is top. Mani summed him up best. He said he’s a cross between Jesus Christ and Elvis. And he actually is. He’s a beautiful human being. He texted me a couple of times while this has been going on and said, “How are you, Mr Gallagher?” He’s a gent. I fucking love him.
Did you once have an 11-a-side football match against Nigel Kennedy?
Mark Kennett, via Q Mail
Yeah, in Oasis, and we battered them about 40-0. I scored two hat-tricks. It was at Rockfield. There was me, Guigs, Noel and some nutters we met in the village. He instigated it. “Come on, I play the violin - let’s play a game of football.” Aston Villa fan. Battered them.
Hundreds of readers, all via social media and Q Mail
I like fig rolls, man. I like the granddad biscuits. Fig rolls, Garibaldis, rich tea. I’m not one for chocolate biscuits. They’re too trendy. I got the last two packets of Garibaldis in the off-licence the other day. Amazing. I also like Lemon Puffs, but you can’t get them anywhere.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Marcel Proud, via Q Mail
Being surrounded by my family. And lots of alcohol. The sun is shining. The Beatles are playing - in the background, obviously not live, because they’ve split up. Being with the people I love. City on in the background, slapping United 10-0.
What is your greatest fear?
Daniel Weymouth, via Q Mail
I don’t really have one. I guess, not being loved. Not being loved and not being able to love, that’s my biggest fear. And spiders. And big barking dogs. Luckily, the cats sort the spiders out in my house. Debbie? Nah, she’s not into that shit either. To be fair we live in a big wooden house and you’d think there would be more, but maybe they’ve all got coronavirus and fucked off.
What is the trait you most dislike about yourself?
Noah Summers, via Q Mail
No, nothing, I’m into myself, massively. I am a couple of tweets away from being perfect. I’m alright.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Teifion Rivers, via Q Mail
Being in a band, following my dreams, doing what I wanted to and not listening to every other c**t telling me to get a job. All those dream-killers. Being in a good band, getting in a studio, gigging. If I hadn’t been in that band it would’ve been dark for me. And, obviously, the kids are great. But you know what, they’re not better than being in a band. Imagine having loads of kids and being an estate agent? Shite. Being in a band beats having kids, I’m sorry about that.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Phil Reed, via Q Mail
Being ill, I guess. I’m a pretty happy-go-lucky guy, though. People think I’m a miserable c**t, probably, but I am the most upbeat person you’ll ever come across. I play on the miserable shit, but I am 24/7 upbeat. I’ll tell you what really pisses me off is people who say they are “in the business”. I saw some c**t on telly say “since I joined the entertainment industry”. People who say “the industry”, that gets on my tits. What industry, being on ITV? Those c**ts are the lowest depth of misery.
What is your greatest regret?
Amanda Shaw, via Q Mail
Probably personal stuff. Breaking up marriages, being a bit of a fucking idiot with the kids. Dicking people about, upsetting them. But other than that… haha!
Who plays drums if Oasis re-form?
Chris Grey, via Q Mail
It would probably have to be Whitey. I know Tony McCarroll is a nice guy, but people probably want Whitey more, certainly more than Chris Sharrock and Zak Starkey. Actually, why don’t we get them all back? Because, let’s face it, it’s not going to happen.
What is your favourite cheese?
Malcolm Reid, via Q Mail
I do like cheese, but I’m not sure of the names. Brie. I like brie. I also like the little fucking slices, the shit ones. Or as Debbie calls it, “the cheap cheese”.
What’s your isolation top tip to get through it?
Penny Jones, via Q Mail
Alcohol. Lots of alcohol. Look, I know this is very booze-heavy, but I don’t know what I’d do without it in this situation. I’d probably have to get into DIY and all that tackle. Cobbling shoes. I’d have a shed in the end of the garden, I’d be in there fixing everyone’s shoes and that would be shit.
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The Professionals: “bordering on soft porn”, reckons Liam.
“I fucking love him.” Liam and Eric Cantona on the set for the Once video, by promo director Charlie Lightening. CHARLIE LIGHTENING, MOVIESTORE COLLECTION LTD / ALAMY
Are you the one who enquired about his favourite biscuit & cheese? Fess up!
Haha, he didn't unfortunately. Looking the questions they choose I see all the names are english, maybe I should change my name in the email next time.
My questions weren't that interesting but I knew they wouldn't choose them if I asked something like "What happened to 'Show me your love'? Would you consider playing Hey Now live? Very underrated song If there was an Oasis reunion what would be your dream lineup? Any thoughts about the Standing On The Shoulders of Giants 20th anniversary?
AdidasNG72: Seeing as BHN is my favourite album of all time, yes I agree 100%. BHN is a unique masterpiece in its own right, and something that will never be attempted by another band ever again, as no band will ever be as big as Oasis again.
Apr 9, 2021 13:02:10 GMT -5
summersox: the-soapbox.net is BACK, baybeeeeee! Ever punched anyone to Oasis?
May 20, 2021 11:39:58 GMT -5
Mad4it: As anyone got the full concert footage knebworth
May 21, 2021 9:25:03 GMT -5
bestwick8: whatever happened to the tiktok ama ?
May 26, 2021 19:15:19 GMT -5
shirleyroadshow: I gave the band a slot on my roadshow for ITV telethon production in June 1992. My brother worked with Boneheads brother Martin Arthurs and we were producing a 24 hour on/off LIVE event. The band were very much together at that time!
May 29, 2021 8:24:29 GMT -5
tongaoasis07: Listening to this remaster i must admit it sounds awesome!!
Jul 6, 2021 23:19:09 GMT -5
welshylad: what remaster
Jul 8, 2021 8:28:35 GMT -5
tongaoasis07: don't remember... but for sure it was one from the thieving magpie! hahaha
Jul 14, 2021 21:15:48 GMT -5
BugmenAndBoxes: I was catching up on the Matt Morgan podcast and got to the part where Noel refuses to let Matt tell the story of how Dead In The Water was written, but does mention it was written in response to thinking he could one up a song he heard... Bold?
Aug 9, 2021 13:17:42 GMT -5
artumlobov: He failed
Sept 5, 2021 12:32:36 GMT -5
Wolf: I don't think he did
Sept 9, 2021 11:27:03 GMT -5
World71R: It might be Once. That was directly aimed tied into Liam's relationship with Noel and both songs have that ballad feel to them.
Sept 19, 2021 21:56:36 GMT -5