Having released his second solo album, ‘Why Me? Why Not?’ earlier in the year, Liam Gallagher is heading out on an unmissable UK tour this week, with support from the unequivocal Slowthai. Over the years, Liam has become notorious among fans not only for his undeniable musical talent, but for his matter-of-fact approach to stating his opinions on his peers, especially through Twitter. To celebrate the ex-Oasis star’s return to UK stages, we’re taking a look back at some of Liam’s most scathing and iconic feuds with his celebrity counterparts – time to get the popcorn ready.
Everyone has their own opinions on Kanye, and whilst his brother, Noel, has shown a considerable amount of admiration for the rapper, even claiming inspiration from the song ‘Power’, Liam has been far from susceptible to the star’s maverick charm. Following Kanye’s infamous interruption of Beck’s acceptance speech at the 2015 Grammy awards, the ‘Now That I’ve Found You’ singer took to Twitter to express his view on the self-proclaimed greatest artist of all time, resulting in arguably his simplest and most effective take-down to date. Say what you want, but you can’t deny his honesty.
Kanye West. Utter Shit. LG x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) February 26, 2015
Earlier this year, a Twitter war was sparked by Liam’s decision to withdraw from his set at Bulgaria’s Fall In Love festival due to safety concerns, with Kaiser Chiefs keyboardist Nick ‘Peanut’ Baines finding himself under the Gallagher wrath. With the Leeds band having played the stage earlier in the day, Peanut claimed that there were no safety issues at all, tweeting the following: “If we found out a stage wasn’t safe, we’d tell the other bands on there too, right? Safety comes first as always’ – for everyone. We must’ve broken it by putting on a rock n roll show 30 mins before you.” The comment clearly hit a nerve with Liam, eliciting a double-tweet response of brutal proportions. Ouch.
This 1s for PISSFLAP out of the KAISER CHEIFS all that money you spend on props ie your daft looking head I’d spend on getting yourself a decent tour manager who spots these kind of things otherwise you and your band will be going for a early bath LG x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) September 11, 2019
Ps it’s naff cunts like you that give Leeds a bad name as you were LG x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) September 11, 2019
In rather a one-sided fight, the younger Gallagher brother has never been one to shy away from expressing his opinion on the Coldplay front man. Speaking to NME in 2006, he said, “Chris Martin looks like a geography teacher. What’s all that with writing messages about Free Trade? If he wants to write things down I’ll give him a pen and a pad of paper. Bunch of students.”
And as if the one blow wasn’t enough, in 2016 Liam also added, “I’m sure he does put on a good gig, Chris Martin, the amount of money he gets paid. He looks like he’s in The Tweenies though. The whole band look beyond shit. Have they not seen any photos of The Rolling Stones? Probably not.”
However, luckily the hatchet has since been buried, with the two musicians teaming up to perform Oasis’ hit ‘Live Forever’ at One Love Manchester in 2017. Speaking to Zane Lowe on Beats 1, Liam revealed that he had apologised to the Coldplay singer in the dressing room before the show took place, even going as far as admitting that Coldplay have “never sounded so good.”
Sacha Baron Cohen
In a bizarre case of world’s colliding, Sacha Baron Cohen and Liam Gallagher met at the 2012 GQ Fashion Awards, where things didn’t entirely run to plan. In the aftermath of the night, Baron Cohen asserted that Gallagher had threatened him by saying, “You know what, I’m going to stab you. I’m going to stab you in the eye…”, a response to a joke that the actor had agreed to make but didn’t follow through with on the night. “I thought to myself, I’ve never heard such a specific threat. That’s a good aim,” explained the actor to Conan O’Brien during an appearance on his chat show.
But hearing false information about yourself circulating is never comfortable, so when Liam Gallagher heard public speculation that he had threatened harm upon the ‘Borat’ star, the Manchester native took it upon himself to set the record straight. Asserting that Liam had caught Baron Cohen “getting lippy“, a spokeswoman for the singer confirmed the story once and for all, “Liam wants to clarify that it wasn’t just the one eye, it was both.” Brilliant.
Throughout the 90s it appeared that Liam and Robbie had formed an unlikely bond, with the latter having walked out on his boy band and found refuge in the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle that the Gallagher brothers had become entangled within. The two went on to play charity football together, enjoy a 1995 Glastonbury weekend and even shared the stage, before big brother Noel decided to put an end to the antics, labeling Robbie as “the fat dancer from Take That“.
With friendships seemingly unraveling, an iconic Brit Awards moment was born, with the 2000 ceremony featuring Williams taking to the stage to ask if anybody wanted to see him fight the ex-Oasis member. Although he surprisingly managed to hold his tongue for the night – at least in front of the cameras – Liam hit back a few months later at the Q Awards, with the musician accepting his award with grace. “This one’s for Robbie,” said Liam, holding his award. “He understands the letter Q.”
And it seems that even 19 years on the dust is yet to settle on this spat, with Robbie confirming in an interview just last month that he still holds a grudge against Liam and would “love” to fight him… Who would you put your money on?
With Oasis and Blur pitted as firm rivals throughout the Brit-pop era of the 90s, it’s no surprise that the Gallagher brothers have had a fair few bust-ups with the London band’s front man. Whilst Noel has since made efforts to bury the infamous hatchet, collaborating with Albarn on a few occasions and even making a guest appearance on Gorillaz’s track ‘We Got The Power‘, Liam has been much less willing to make amends. So when news broke that Noel had tried to get Albarn featured on his album in 2017, Liam was quick to give his two cents on the matter.
Now that dick out of blur and the creepy 1 out of oasis need to hang there heads in shame as it’s no dancing in the streets as you were LG x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) April 27, 2017
That gobshite out of blur might have turned noel Gallagher into a massive girl but believe you me nxt time i see him there’s gonna be war
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) April 28, 2017
It’s definitely no secret that there is no love lost between the two Gallagher brothers, and as far as family feuds go, it’s definitely one for the history books. It’s been a decade since Noel signaled the end of Oasis, walking away from the band because he, “simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer,” and since then tensions have showed no sign of settling between the pair.
In a seemingly eternal barrage of jabs and jibes, Liam has always proved to be the most vocal of the two, often taking to Twitter to poke fun at whatever new project or collaboration his brother has in the works. The most bizarre of his online attacks happened in late 2017, when Noel performed on Later… With Jools Holland with his band, High-Flying Birds. During the performance, one band member appeared to have an interesting role: playing the scissors, with the older Gallagher offering the explanation of, ‘she’s French, she’s eccentric‘.
Having been provided with the perfect ammo, Liam responded with a Tweet seeking recruitment of a fan to peel a potato onstage during his performance in Bethnal Green the next night. The plan didn’t fully come to fruition, but that didn’t stop one fan carrying a potato and peeler up to the stage to create this brilliant video.
So whether he’s likening his sibling to a vegetable or jumping aboard the bandwagon of nationwide clown sightings for a cheap laugh, Liam’s incessant and brutal onslaught of insults towards Noel certainly don’t show signs of an Oasis reunion anytime soon, but at least we have a whole host of incredible solo music from the brothers to tide us over until the next set of rumours start. Whether you love or hate him, and no matter whose side you want to take in any of these feuds, Liam Gallagher remains an indisputable icon of British rock music, and it’s hard not to crack a smile at his flair for the dramatics.
Liam Gallagher’s UK tour kicks off in Cardiff on Monday 11th November, and will run through the rest of the month. View the tour dates and pick up your tickets for face value (plus fees) here to make sure you’re there.
Got your ticket? Get yourself ready for the show with Liam’s latest album ‘Why Me? Why Not?’.