104 Facts About Noel Gallagher


Noel Thomas David Gallagher was born on 29 May 1967 and is an English singer, songwriter and musician.


Noel Gallagher was the chief songwriter, lead guitarist and co-lead vocalist of the rock band Oasis until their split in 2009.


Noel Gallagher is one of the most successful songwriters in British music history, as the writer of eight UK number-one singles and co-writer of a further number one, as well as the sole or primary writer of ten UK number-one studio albums.


Noel Gallagher is widely considered to be one of the most influential songwriters in the history of British rock music, cited by numerous major subsequent artists as an influence.


Noel Gallagher learnt that his younger brother Liam had joined a band called The Rain, which eventually became Oasis, Liam invited him to join the group as manager.


Noel Gallagher would go on to form Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, with whom he has released three studio albums.


Oasis's time was marked by turbulence, especially during the peak of Britpop, during which Noel Gallagher was involved in several disputes with Liam; their conflicts and wild lifestyles regularly made tabloid headlines.


Noel Gallagher himself was often regarded as a pioneer and spearhead of the Britpop movement.


Noel Gallagher cited being named the most overrated guitarist of the last millennium as the accolade he most enjoyed receiving.


Noel Thomas David Gallagher was born on 29 May 1967 in the Longsight area of Manchester, to Irish Catholic parents Peggy and Thomas Gallagher.


When his mother took a job in the school canteen, Noel Gallagher ensured that he stopped by to visit her during lunch before skipping the rest of the day.


Noel Gallagher was expelled from school at the age of 15 for allegedly throwing a "flour bomb" at a teacher, though he has since claimed that he didn't do it and that he was only present in the classroom when it happened.


Noel Gallagher used to hang around with the Manchester City hooligan firms Maine Line Crew, Under-5s, and Young Guvnors in the 1980s, and received six months' probation at the age of 14 for robbing a corner shop.


Noel Gallagher later said that, from that day on, he "wanted to be Johnny Marr".


Noel Gallagher appeared for Manchester Gaelic football team CLG Oisin at Croke Park in Dublin in 1983.


Noel Gallagher sustained an injury when a heavy cap from a steel gas pipe landed on his right foot.


Noel Gallagher later called the storehouse "The Hit Hut" and claimed the walls were painted gold.


In May 1988, Noel Gallagher met guitarist Graham Lambert of Inspiral Carpets during a Stone Roses show.


Noel Gallagher was unsuccessful, but became part of the band's road crew for the next two years.


Noel Gallagher struck up a friendship with monitor engineer Mark Coyle over their love of the Beatles, and the pair spent soundchecks dissecting the group's songs.


In 1991, Noel Gallagher returned from an American tour with the Inspiral Carpets to find that his brother Liam had become a singer with a local band called the Rain.


Noel Gallagher attended one of their concerts at Manchester's Boardwalk but was unimpressed by the group's act.


Noel Gallagher has since claimed that he only had six songs written at the time, and has put his success in the interview down to "bullshitting".


However, McGee believes that when they met, Noel Gallagher had fifty or so songs written, and merely lied about how prolific he had been following the contract.


Noel Gallagher claimed to have written Oasis' first single, "Supersonic", in "the time it takes to play the song".


Noel Gallagher stated that his early songs, especially "Live Forever", were written to refute grunge's pessimism.


Noel Gallagher was tracked down by Creation's Tim Abbot, and during a trip by the pair to Las Vegas, Gallagher decided to continue with the band.


Noel Gallagher reconciled with his brother and the tour resumed in Minneapolis.


Noel Gallagher followed up the debut in 1995 with Oasis' first UK number-one single in "Some Might Say".


Noel Gallagher spent extravagantly, buying various cars and a swimming pool despite the fact he can neither drive nor swim.


Noel Gallagher named his house in Belsize Park in London Supernova Heights, and his two cats "Benson" and "Hedges" after his favourite brand of cigarettes.


Originally, Noel Gallagher had wanted to take lead vocals on "Wonderwall", but Liam insisted on singing it.


Noel Gallagher began collaborating with the Chemical Brothers, Ian Brown, the Stands, the Prodigy and Weller, amongst others.


John Harris typified these bands, and Noel Gallagher, of "sharing a dewy-eyed love of the 1960s, a spurning of much beyond rock's most basic ingredients, and a belief in the supremacy of 'real music'".


The album was ultimately regarded by many as a bloated, over-indulgent version of Oasis, which Noel Gallagher has since blamed on the drug-addicted state and indifference of the band at the time.


Noel Gallagher began to have drug-induced panic attacks during this period.


Noel Gallagher claimed to have quit using illicit drugs on 5 June 1998.


In 1997, Noel Gallagher was criticised for attending a high-profile and well-publicised media party at 10 Downing Street, hosted by the new Prime Minister, Tony Blair, along with other celebrities and industry figures who had supported New Labour in the run-up to the general election.


Noel Gallagher took this opportunity to set up Big Brother Recordings, which took over Oasis' distribution in the UK, but Sony imprint Epic Records continued to handle the band's international distribution.


In 2001, Noel Gallagher formed his label, Sour Mash Records, which released records by the likes of Shack and Proud Mary.


In 2003, Noel Gallagher received songwriting credits from Girls Aloud's single "Life Got Cold" due to the song's guitar riff being similar to "Wonderwall".


In late 2006, Noel Gallagher toured the UK, Europe, Japan, America and Australia in a series of acclaimed intimate semi-acoustic gigs accompanied by Gem Archer and Terry Kirkbride on percussion.


Noel Gallagher dismissed claims that he was planning to embark on a solo career.


In early 2007, Noel Gallagher joined the rest of Oasis to collect the "Outstanding Contribution to Music" Award at the Brit Awards 2007.


In March 2009, The Times in conjunction with iTunes released a selection of live recordings by Noel Gallagher taken from his semi-acoustic performance at the Royal Albert Hall on 27 March 2007 in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust.


On 28 August 2009, Noel Gallagher quit Oasis after a fight with his brother, Liam.


Shortly before midnight on Friday, Noel Gallagher posted a statement on his message board called "Tales from the Middle of Nowhere" on the band's website announcing his departure.


Noel Gallagher was supported by the Courteeners and Plan B, respectively.


Terry Kirkbride and Gem Archer joined him on-stage, as did Jay Darlington, all of whom Noel Gallagher had previously worked with while he was still a member of Oasis.


Noel Gallagher played a mostly acoustic set, and played a variety of Oasis album tracks and B-sides.


Noel Gallagher joined friend Paul Weller onstage in London on 21 April 2010, and played the Oasis song "Mucky Fingers" and a song he co-wrote with Weller, "Echoes Round the Sun".


Noel Gallagher confirmed that he would be returning to the studio in August 2010 to record drums for an unnamed artist, later confirmed to be Paul Weller.


Noel Gallagher denied rumours that he would be the Best Man for Russell Brand's marriage to Katy Perry.


Lead singer David McDonnell has been co-writing with Noel Gallagher and are looking to collaborate on future solo projects together.


On 24 November 2010, Miles Kane revealed that Noel Gallagher sang on a track from his debut solo album titled My Fantasy.


Kane revealed that he will appear on Noel Gallagher's forthcoming album, playing guitar.


On 10 February 2011, Noel Gallagher stated he had "not even started" his first solo record, despite Liam rumouring that he 'swiped' material from the Dig Out Your Soul sessions.


Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds released a self-titled album on 17 October 2011; a collaboration album with Amorphous Androgynous was to be released in 2012 but has now been shelved indefinitely.


Noel Gallagher began touring in Dublin on 23 October 2011.


The touring band announced for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds comprised David McDonnell, Russell Pritchard, Mikey Rowe and Jeremy Stacey ; McDonnell left during rehearsals and was replaced before the tour with Tim Smith who had played with Rowe and Stacey previously.


On 20 July 2011, Noel Gallagher released a 47-second trailer of his first single "The Death of You and Me".


In 2016 Noel Gallagher co-wrote "Birth of an Accidental Hipster" with Paul Weller for the Monkees.


On 5 August 2019, Noel Gallagher's band released the title track "This Is The Place" for a second EP which was released on 27 September 2019.


Noel Gallagher appeared on First We Feast's Hot Ones in October 2019.


On 14 November 2019, Noel Gallagher released a new single 'Wandering Star'.


On 29 April 2021, Noel Gallagher announced the release of the band's first greatest hits album, titled Back the Way We Came: Vol.


In January 2023, Noel Gallagher announced that his fourth studio album with the High Flying Birds, called Council Skies would be released on June 2.


The album sees Noel Gallagher pay homage to his formative years and Mancunian roots.


Noel Gallagher acknowledges that the title 'Council Skies' was inspired from the title of a book by Sheffield artist Pete Mckee.


In 2004, Noel Gallagher featured on backing vocals on Ricky Gervais's Free Love Freeway.


In March 2015, Noel Gallagher revealed that he was considering retirement from live shows within the following 10 years.


In March 2017, Albarn's animated band Gorillaz released the track "We Got the Power" featuring Noel Gallagher on backing vocals.


Noel Gallagher is among those interviewed for the documentary film If These Walls Could Sing directed by Mary McCartney about the recording studios at Abbey Road.


Noel Gallagher became engaged to his girlfriend Diane at the age of 18, but they never married and eventually separated.


In June 1997, Noel Gallagher married Meg Mathews in Las Vegas.


Noel Gallagher had met her in 1994 through her roommate, MTV presenter Rebecca de Ruvo, whom he was dating at the time and whom he left for Mathews.


Noel Gallagher then began a relationship with MacDonald, and wrote "Waiting for the Rapture" about their meeting.


Noel Gallagher is friends with Gary Mounfield, Richard Ashcroft, the Chemical Brothers, John Lydon, Steve Jones, Kasabian, Andy Nicholson, Ricky Hatton, Paul McCartney, Jamie Carragher, Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, Johnny Marr, Damon Albarn, Morrissey, Bono, Paul Weller, Johnny Depp, and Kate Moss.


Around the time that actor Ewan McGregor found out he had been cast as Obi-Wan Kenobi, Noel Gallagher challenged him to a battle with toy lightsabers in his garden the morning after a party.


In 1998, Noel Gallagher made a cameo appearance as himself in an episode of The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star.


Noel Gallagher was a frequent guest on The Russell Brand Show on BBC Radio 2, appearing on almost every show, leading Brand to dub him an unofficial "co-presenter".


Noel Gallagher is a regular on the digital radio sports show TalkSPORT.


Noel Gallagher is a friend of the team's former midfielder Joey Barton, as well as Italian striker Alessandro Del Piero, who described Gallagher as Italy's "lucky mascot" during the 2006 FIFA World Cup and appears in the video for Oasis' "Lord Don't Slow Me Down".


Noel Gallagher participated in the unveiling of Umbro-sponsored football kits with captain Vincent Kompany.


Noel Gallagher stated in a 2006 radio interview with Russell Brand that he does not believe in "God or an all-guiding force".


In 2008, Noel Gallagher sold his home in Ibiza near the home of fellow musician James Blunt, saying in an interview that he "can't stand living there in the knowledge that Blunt is nearby making terrible music".


Noel Gallagher was reportedly asked by Simon Cowell to be a judge on The X Factor after Dannii Minogue, Cheryl Cole, and Cowell himself declined to participate in series 8, but he declined.


Noel Gallagher was the primary songwriter in Oasis, and the sole songwriting contributor on the group's first three albums.


Noel Gallagher is well known for his controversial and outspoken statements in the press; he acknowledged his tendency for faux pas in the song "My Big Mouth" on the album Be Here Now.


Noel Gallagher quickly apologised for the comment and stated that "AIDS is no laughing matter".


Noel Gallagher maintains that the rivalry was conceived by the magazine NME and members of Blur's entourage as a ploy to raise their respective profiles, and that he has had no respect for either party ever since.


An argument after the show which led to a chair being thrown and a fight breaking out caused Noel Gallagher to leave the tour and head for Las Vegas, and he later claimed he had "visions of Fear and Loathing flashing in [his] eyes".


In 1996, Noel Gallagher provided lead vocals at a performance for MTV Unplugged when Liam backed out minutes before the set was due to start.


Noel Gallagher was further annoyed when Liam proceeded to heckle him from the balcony and "nurse his sore throat" with beer and cigarettes while the band performed.


Noel Gallagher later joined the band for their last few gigs and the infamous MTV Awards performance, while the remaining dates were scrapped.


Later that evening, Noel Gallagher confirmed he had left Oasis as he "simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer".


In December 2017, during an interview with an Australian newspaper, Liam claimed that he and Noel Gallagher had declared a "truce".


Noel Gallagher has frequently criticised Phil Collins, saying his music is bland and the opposite of what he stands for.


Noel Gallagher denied that he was a Conservative Party supporter in an interview in The Guardian.


Noel Gallagher appeared on the BBC television series Room 101 and nominated to banish the Gallagher brothers, describing them as "rude and not as talented as they think they are".


Noel Gallagher has spoken about his political views on several occasions.


Noel Gallagher was passionate in his support for Barack Obama's successful bid for President of the United States, calling his acceptance speech to the 2008 Democratic National Convention "spellbinding".


In 2016, Noel Gallagher stated that while he remained left-wing, he opposed Milliband's replacement as Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, deeming him to be another communist.


Noel Gallagher has said that he used only 100-watt Marshalls early in his career.