Liam Gallagher: From Oasis to Beady Eye to solo megastar

Everything you need to know about the 'All You're Dreaming Of' singer...

Liam Gallagher in action
Author: Julian MarszalekPublished 1st Feb 2021
Last updated 3rd Feb 2021

They may have split from Oasis over a decade ago, but the battling Gallagher brothers just can’t help taking swipes at each other.

And they show absolutely no signs of letting up either: in one corner, younger brother Liam has recently claimed that older brother Noel has turned his nose up at a £100m offer to reunite their band Oasis. In the other corner, Noel has dismissed Liam's claims as so much hot air.

However, Liam's solo career is going well - having released two albums: debut album 'As You Were' in 2017 and follow-up 'Why Me? Why Not' in 2019. We've since also received bangers such as 'All You're Dreaming of' and 'Down By The River Thames'.

Speaking of - he even performed a gig from a barge on the River Thames, which fans could live stream, in December 2020. He EVEN released a Christmas song- something he spoke about with Dave Berry along with Maradona.

Liam Gallagher virtual gig

Where is Liam Gallagher from?

Like his brother Noel Gallagher, Liam was born in Longsight, Manchester. He was born on 21st September 1972 and raised in Burnage, also in Manchester.

Unlike his older sibling, Liam showed little interest in music as a teenager, but he claims that all that changed after he’d been hit on the head by hammer during a fight. Fascinated by the music of The Beatles, The Kinks and The Jam, he then decided to become a singer after seeing The Stone Roses playing live in Manchester.

Which other bands was Liam Gallagher in?

Liam Gallagher gained equal amounts of fame and notoriety as frontman of Oasis, the band that pretty much came to define Britpop in the mid-90s.

Oasis evolved from a band called Rain that Liam formed with his pals guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs, bassist Paul McGuigan and drummer Tony McCarroll in 1991. They came to the attention of Liam's brother Noel Gallagher, who’d just returned from the US after working as a roadie for Madchester band Inspiral Carpets. With Noel taking over all songwriting duties, Liam was the newly-christened Oasis’ charismatic frontman.

After being discovered by Creation Records boss Alan McGee at a typically rowdy gig at King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow, Oasis soon defined the zeitgeist. Their first album, ‘Definitely Maybe’ (1994), was, at the time, the fastest-selling debut album in British chart history. 1996’ ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory’ zoomed to the top of the charts the world over, while their third album, ‘Be Here Now’ (1997), became the fastest-selling album in UK history.

Despite line-up changes that saw the departure of Bonehead, Paul McGuigan, Tony McCarroll and even his replacement, Alan White, and the arrival of guitarist Gem Archer and bassist Andy Bell, Oasis proved to be a bankable live draw, even if albums ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants’ (2000) and ‘Heathen Chemistry’ (2002), failed to match the success of their predecessors.

Oasis’ last two albums, ‘Don’t Believe The Truth’ (2005) and ‘Dig Out Your Soul’ (2008) found the band re-discovering their mojo, but it wasn’t to last. Years of internecine fighting and sibling rivalry all came to head when Liam is reported have attacked Noel backstage at the Rock en Seine festival in Paris on 28th August 2009. With just minutes to go show time, Noel quit the band, thus the performance, and Oasis were over.

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So what was Beady Eye all about, then?

According to Liam, the remaining members of Oasis – guitarist Gem Archer, bassist Andy Bell and drummer Chris Sharrock – went back to their hotel in Paris and decided to carry on under the name Beady Eye.

Beady Eye released two albums – ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’ (2011) and ‘BE’ (2013). Despite saying they’d never play any Oasis songs, they performed ‘Rock’n’Roll Star’ and ‘Morning Glory’ when supporting The Stone Roses at their comeback gig at Manchester’s Heaton Park in June 2012.

They also played ‘Wonderwall’ during the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic games.

Despite their best efforts, Beady Eye didn’t really catch on and announced their split in 2014. Andy Bell rejoined shoegazers Ride, while Gem Archer and Chris Sharrock – in a somewhat ironic move – found welcome in Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.

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Did Liam Gallagher write on every Oasis song?

Despite Noel Gallagher’s vice-like grip on Oasis’ creative process, he eventually relented and let others have a go. Liam’s first effort, ‘Little James’, appeared on 2000’s ‘Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants’.

He then wrote ‘Songbird’ for the ‘Heathen Chemistry’ album. Released as single in 2003, it reached No. 3 in the UK singles chart.

Other notable Oasis songwriting contributions by Liam Gallagher include ‘Love Like A Bomb’ (co-written with Gem Archer), ‘The Meaning Of Soul’, ‘Guess God Thinks I’m Abel’, ‘I’m Outta Time’ and ‘Ain’t Got Nothin’’.

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So did Liam Gallagher write songs on his albums?

Not single-handedly. Though his first solo album, ‘As You Were’ (2017), contains many solo Liam Gallagher compositions – see ‘Greedy Soul’ and ‘I’ve All I Need’ among others – he also teamed up with producer and songwriter Greg Kustin to help with the album.

Other contributors include songwriter and Miike Snow singer Andrew Wyatt, songwriter Michael Tighe and Cherry Ghost frontman Simon Aldred.

The album spawned the singles ‘Wall Of Glass’, ‘Chinatown’, ‘For What It’s Worth’, ‘Come Back To Me’ and ‘Paper Crown’.

His second album, ‘Why Me? Why Not’ (2019), saw him reunite with the same songwriting team and went straight to Number 1 in the album chart, outselling the rest of the Top 10 combined.

Does Liam Gallagher own Pretty Green?

Not anymore. Liam Gallagher launched the Pretty Green fashion brand – named after The Jam song – in 2009, but he sold it to JD Sports in 2019.

Liam Gallagher: As You Were

Is Liam Gallagher touring?

There's uncertainty around shows at the moment due to the current situation facing the UK. We'll be sure to bring you more news when we know about new dates.

Liam Gallagher sporting the double denim Texas tuxedo

Will Liam and Noel reform Oasis?

Liam seems the keener of the two for an Oasis reunion, although his tweets suggesting that Noel has ‘begged’ him to reform the band were totally shut down by his elder brother. In February 2020, Liam tweeted that Noel had refused a £100m deal to reform Oasis, something Noel also strenuously denied.

Read up on everything that's been said about an Oasis reunion so far.

What was Liam Gallagher: Part With Your Parka?

Liam took part in an initiative to help homeless people in the latter part of 2019, called 'Part With Your Parka'. Joining together with four charities - Shelter, Centre Point, Inner City Helping Homeless and Aberdeen Cyrenians - fans were able to donate coats at points around the UK whilst Liam was on his headline tour, and were then up for the chance to win tickets to a corresponding tour date and meet Liam.

Scroll through to see our favourite live Liam Gallagher moments:

Liam Gallagher performing at BGWMC, 2017

Liam Gallagher performing at BGWMC, 2017

Liam Gallagher performing at BGWMC, 2017

Liam Gallagher performing at BGWMC, 2017

Liam Gallagher performing at the Isle of Wight Festival 2018

Liam Gallagher performing at the Isle of Wight Festival 2018

Liam Gallagher performing at the Isle of Wight Festival 2018

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Is Liam Gallagher married?

Not yet, but he will be! Liam proposed to his long-time girlfriend Debbie Gwyther in 2019. The ceremony, however, has been postponed until later in 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking on The Chris Moyles Show last year, the star said, "Yeah we're getting married next year in Italy and it's going to be mega. It's been put back a year. It was meant to be next month, but they were saying you gotta wear face masks and I ain't hiding this pretty face."

After further discussing how it would be a "crime" to cover up his dashing good looks with a face mask, he then said, "Poor Debs is not gonna wear a mask, it ain't happening man".

Was Liam Gallagher on The Jonathan Ross Show?

He most certainly was! Last November (2020) saw the megastar give a lively interview alongside comedians Matt Lucas, Jon Richardson and wife Lucy Beaumont, and rapper Lady Leshurr. The show was rounded off with an iconic performance of his track 'All You're Dreaming Of'.

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Now read:

Liam and Noel Gallagher: Will an Oasis reunion happen?

Noel Gallagher: Everything you need to know about the Oasis legend

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