Noel Gallagher was back in Manchester on Friday (25 Oct 19) to take part in an ‘in conversation’ charity event at the iconic Salford Lads’ Club. Salford University’s Dr Kirsty Fairclough asked the questions and Noel didn’t disappoint with his ansers, he had the audience in the palm of his hand with his funny responses. My iPhone footage is at the point when Noel talks at length about one of his musical heroes David Bowie:
“I’m a huge fan, and I’m always suspicious of anyone who is not a huge fan…he was a genius! One of my biggest regrets is that I met him once, and I was a bit too stupid to appreciate him. I went to see him at Wembley Arena and someone came up to me and said “David would like to see you and I was like, ‘course he f**ing would!’ But when I went to his dressing room, he was putting on make-up and I was a little bit too young and stupid to appreciate that I was there. I just said, ‘Have you got any beers in?’ if I could only meet him now and tell him what he means to me… but back then I was just shrugging my shoulders.‘
Kirsty went on to ask Noel about what he thought of Bowie’s final album, Blackstar. Noel replied,
“I didn’t like it at much as The Next Day…I thought that was a masterpiece. When he won an award at The Brits, I presented it to Kate Moss because he wasn’t there. I’d been out all night and the next night I was sat on the couch and hungover to f**k and there was an email on my iPad. It just said ‘Thanks for the shout out. Keep writing. DB’ and I was like ‘who the f**k is DB’ but it dawned on me. I emailed back something like ‘Great f***ing night (I’m such a knobhead) and he emailed me back immediately. Then I shit it, thinking ‘I’m having a conversation with David Bowie!’ He is one of the all-time greats!
Dr Fairclough also read out selected questions from members of the audience, including ‘What’s the greatest party you’ve ever been to?’
“My 50th was f*cking amazing. Madonna turned up, and she wasn’t even invited. Like a true Mancunian, I said: “who the f*ck invited you?“
‘What’s your favourite thing about Manchester?’
‘What’s your favourite B-side?
“Half the world away. John Lewis made me a fortune for it, ironically I’ve spent a fortune in John Lewis.“
The event was a huge success, raising £8.5K for Salford Lads’ Club.