Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is suing his brother for libel over recent comments Noel made about the reasons behind their band’s split in 2009 when Noel said that the siblings had fallen out because his brother wanted to place advertisements for his clothing company, Pretty Green, in their tour programme. He also claimed that Liam had forced the band to pull out of a headline slot at V Festival’s Chelmsford leg that year because he had a hangover. Liam says it was due to a sudden bout of laryngitis. In a statement issued on Friday, Liam said: “I have taken legal action against Noel Gallagher for statements he made during the Electric Cinema press conference on 6 Jul during which he claimed Oasis pulled out of the 2009 V Festival Chelmsford gig because I had a hangover. That is a lie and I want Oasis fans, and others who were at V, to know the truth” adding “Noel also falsely stated that the demise of Oasis followed a massive row in which he claimed I demanded to advertise my clothing range Pretty Green in the Oasis tour programme. The truth is there was no such discussion or row between us. There are many reasons why Oasis split, but it had nothing to do with my clothing range” and “I am used to being called all sort of things by Noel and I have in the past said things about him, but what Noel has alleged this time went way beyond rock ‘n’ roll banter and questioned my professionalism”.
Prior to lawsuit Noel had told a journalist in a new interview that the band’s split had actually been fairly amicable telling the Sun: “After I quit, we had to fold because we were all partners in various businesses – not businesses like selling oranges off the back of a truck, but a touring company and the record label had to close, which took a while and all the money needed to be split. So there was all that fucking nonsense, but as break-ups go, to be honest it was quite amicable. Then Liam started doing interviews and then it was like… hmmm”. Noel Gallagher has now said that he thinks Liam’s lawsuit is “very silly” saying in a webchat with fans “For the record, it is a fact that Liam was diagnosed with laryngitis and it is fact he had a doctor’s note to prove it. But I’d just like to say that if he gets offended by opinions on such things then I apologise. It’s all getting very silly and a bit out of hand and it’s not very cool”.
At the time of writing it seems the action may no longer be proceeding. Or maybe it is with Noel saying it was time to end the feud but Liam telling Radio One at the Reading Festival “It’s not over yet. There are a few things which need to be sorted out. I didn’t want this to happen. It’s not nice suing your family but like I said, he was telling porkies for the sake of his mates and journalists to get a wise crack on me” adding “I ain’t having that. I ain’t a fraud and my band ain’t a fraud. If he listens to his lawyers and does the right thing then it’ll be well and truly over. I never wanted it to happen but it has to happen”.
Beady Eye were pretty damn good at Reading according to Cass!
www.thecmuwebsite.com 24th August 2011