“I think any band worth their salt is not about just the music,” says Liam.
“If you haven’t got that kind of [rock ’n’ roll] behaviour and you’ve just got great tunes then you’re pretty boring as far as I’m concerned. It’s about both, and when both come together you have greatness.”
In 1994 alone, the band’s bad behaviour included a drunken brawl on a ferry to Amsterdam that resulted in their deportation back to the UK, and a substance-fuelled first US show at the Whisky a Go Go that ended in catastrophe after confusion with the set lists resulted in band members playing different songs. Liam’s response was to mouth off at the audience and throw a tambourine at his brother’s head. Then there were the younger Gallagher brother’s antics at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City in 1996.
“As the television cameras focused on the band’s guitarist, Noel Gallagher, his brother, the singer Liam Gallagher, was swearing up a storm, knocking over the microphone, spilling beer, spitting, making lewd gestures and criticising the lameness of the event as he sang Champagne Supernova intentionally off-key, out of rhythm and with the wrong lyrics,” reported The New York Times. Later the same year Liam was arrested after the Q Awards in London. In 1997, he allegedly dragged a cyclist alongside the car he was travelling in. In 1998, he was banned from Cathay Pacific for abusing a fellow passenger, and arrested and charged with assault in Australia after allegedly head-butting a fan.
In 2002, he lost his front teeth in a bar brawl in Munich. Then there are the two divorces (Patsy Kensit in 2000 and Nicole Appleton in 2014), both following extra-marital affairs that resulted in the birth of children; the feuds with his brother Noel (the brothers, not for the first time, are currently not on speaking terms: “He needs to see a psychiatrist” snaps Noel), Britpop rivals Blur, his former friend Robbie Williams (the “fat dancer from Take That”), former England football star Paul Gascoigne and many others. “I just wanted it all, there and then, you know what I mean?,” Liam says of his attitude to life. “I just wanted it all to happen in one big explosion of madness. I loved every minute of it. It meant the be all and end all, man. Life or death. And I wouldn’t change anything. I’d do it all again in a heart beat.”