Funny how everyone believes Noel Gallagher is a jerk, while these people tell a different story...
This is Kellie's story:
One fine day in
Massachusetts, to be specific West Peabody, Mass; a very sad girl(me) was
listening to her favorite radio station wfnx.
This girl was very sad because she had just moved that summer and
she really didn't want to move. You see she used to live in Revere. It
is like Manchester, England but in America. You know what I mean, a
working class city, I mean really working class. I lived across the
street from a hooker, and next door to a heroin addict. It seemed to me
that my family was the only ones there that were sane.
So back to the story, I was I mean the girl was listening to the
radio and then she heard the words, "OASIS TICKETS ARE BEING GIVEN AWAY
ALL WEEK AND A FEW LUCKY WINNERS WILL WIN BACK-STAGE PASSES TOO". Well
my god I must have pissed my pants right on the spot, since me and my
best friend Enza love Oasis and I mean LOVE OASIS!
So as they were having the contest I won and Enza won but she was
that lucky person to win those back-stage passes. I was so happy to go
but a little sad that only she got to meet them. Then it happened they
were giving away more tickets and I won those too! I mean I thought that
I was the most luckiest person alive. Then I got a little greedy and
didn't want anyone else going to that Oasis concert. So to make a long
story short, I won ten tickets to the concert and eight back-stage
But now the question was who will get the other tickets. HMMM, I
WONDER WHO? Well my brother Tommy was taking me so he got one, me that
made two, enza came with us so that made three, well there were seven
more tickets left. Naturally us three took the back-stage passes but the
iI wanted some money so I sold two tickets to my brothers friend Richie
and his girlfriend. Well that was two more so five more tickets to go.
Then I thought I might as well sell some more tickets so I sold two more
to my cousin Brian and his friend, Then I thought well that's cool but I
have three left so we kept those.
The day of the concert we all got ready the day was
September 6,1996. When we got there I was walking to the Worcester
Centrum that is where they were playing and we walked passed all these
tour buses and I was kicking and hitting them all yelling out, "OASIS
COME OUT COME OUT WHERE EVER YOU ARE". Then I saw one of the bus
windows open and smoke from a cigarette was puffing out and I could hear
what sounded like Liam Gallagher laughing. Then we got to the Centrum
and our passes included a back-stage pre-show Party. Well as we were
waiting in the party room which was actually a room with tables and
tonics and dip and chips. Well I was too nervous to eat so I waited
after about twenty minutes they came through the door. The seat I was in
"thank God" was across from the door so I was the first to see them
coming. They came and sat right at my table. AHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! Noel
Gallagher the greatest guitarist since John and Paul came and sat down
next to me!
Then Bonehead sat next to him and Alan White came and sat next to
him. They were very quiet but very nice I got Morning Glory the album
signed plus Wonderwall, Don't Look Back In Anger, a poster, a book, and a
Melody Maker with them on the cover. It was the best day of my life.
Liam and Guigsy weren't there though BOO-WHOO. I was there for Noel
anyway. Then this lady that worked for the Centrum said," why don't you
leave this table and go see the Manic Street Preachers and the Screaming
Trees". And I was "no way, I love Oasis and am here for OASIS, there is no
way I'm leaving. Noel gave a smirk and laughed a little. Then they left
and the concert was wonderful and well that was the best day of my life.
This is Kristine's story:
I went to the Oasis concert
in Oslo!!! It was fantastic! I went over there with some friends.
When we arrived in Oslo, we met some other friends that went over there a
few days earlier. The first thing they told us was that, you won't believe
this, they had met Noel two times during the day! Firs they had come out
of a shop and guess who had walked by? They were so surprised that they
didn't ask for his authograph. They just stood there, staring at him. They
tried to follow him down the street but lost him. Then when they had given
up all hope to see him again, he came past them again, this time with a
tale of screaming girls behind him! This time they took some pics, I'm
forward to see them!
At the hostel we had taken on our Oasis t-shirts and
wearing those we strolled around in Oslo doing nothing. It was a bit
embarrasing, walking round there a gang of 7 people wearing Oasis t-shirts,
but it was also a bit fun, 'cos we got all sorts of comments from people
passing by. After walking around for a couple of hours we went to the
arena. We found our seats, perfectly situated in the middle of row 12.
Perfect!! The seats were great, next to the VIP boxes, with a perfect view.
First Ocean Colour Scene went on stage and played for about 35 minutes.
They were really great and I wish they'd played some more songs. I'm gonna
buy their CD now. Half an hour after OCS had gone off the stage, Oasis came
on. A big clock hanging over the stage disappeared and Oasis came out
through a big phone box. Wow!! Alan took place in a big Rolls were his
drum kit were placed. Noel, Bonehead and Guigs grabbed their guitars and
Liam started belting out Be Here Now. There were also two keyboard players
sitting inside a big clock. Liam, wearing a pink/red and blue Berghaus
anorak, was on top form singing like I've never heard him sing before. He
was also very funny, running around the stage trying to get away from the
light pointing at him. The concert was absolutely fabulous. The best one
I've been to yet. The only thing that disappointed me a bit was that they
didn't play Don't Go Away and that there wasn't a acoustic set included. I
wish Noel had played The Masterplan, Sad Song and Talk Tonight, that would
have been brilliant.
After the concert we went to the band's hotel and hung around there for a
while, but the guys didn't come out. All we saw of them was when they stood
inside the hotel waving out the door to us. After that we went back to the
hostel. What a great day!!
The next day, my friends left Oslo and went home to Bergen early. I met up
with the people I had taken the train with again. They stayed at the hotel
next to Oasis' hotel, and had heard the time Oasis would leave their hotel.
That resulted in us staying outside for two hours! I wanted to leave, you
know it seems a bit teenyboppy standing there waiting for popstars, but I'm
glad we stayed 'cos the patience was paid off!! First Noel and Bonehead
came out!! I didn't see Bonehead but that was probably because I was too
excited about seeing Noel. He didn't stay long, he walked past most of us,
and only wrote one or two authographs, unfortunately I wasn't one of the
lucky ones. I did take some photos, though, one of Bonehead and Noel and
one of Noel's eyebow. Then, after about an hour Liam came out!!!!! His
bodyguards made us
stand in a line so that everyone could get autographs and photos.
Unfortunately, this didn't work and eveyone flocked around him. I didn't
manage to get his authograph but I got some good photos. He was really
dead nice, and great looking.
He was gorgeous, and it seemed like he cared about his fans. When he got in
his car, he even opened the door to write an autograph. I was next in the
line when his bodyguard asked him to close the door :( Damn!!
Guigs and Alan came out at the same time but they just walked past
everyone, I tried to take a photo, but Liam's bodyguard came in the way.
Oh, I hate him!! I also got photos of OCS, I even went into their bus,
asked them to smile and took a pic. It's great to be able to say that
you've touched Noel and Liam and been in OCS's bus!!
When the band had left we all went to get something to eat, and then we
went to some CD stores, bought some CDs and went to the train. Those two
days were some of the best in my life so far! Incredible!
This is Ashley's story:(pictures coming soon!)
As part of my birthday present, my dad drove me and my friend Jenny down to
Dallas (3 hours away) to see Oasis. I live in Oklahoma City. We didn't have
tickets because it was sold out, so I figured we could get some from scalpers.
We got there around 4:30, and there were just a bunch of people standing
around the back of the building waiting for Oasis to come out, but I didn't
see any scalpers, so we just decided to wait with them for a while. I asked
some people if they had seen any scalpers around, and they said no, but they
would probably be around later. This one guy said Noel came out about 35 min.
earlier, so I seriously doubted that any of them would come out of the
building again. I talked to someone else, and they said they had just gotten
some scalped tickets for $175,so I was really sad, because I knew the most my
dad would pay was $100 each, and I don't think it would be worth it for $175
each, even for my beloved Oasis, that's highway robbery! So I just talked with
the people around me for about 20 or 30 minutes, and all of a sudden, Noel
Gallagher walks out! Everybody ran to him, there were about 30 people. He was
standing on this kind of cement ramp thing with a rail along it, so he was
kind of seperated from everybody else. I didn't think he would stop, I thought
he was just going to walk out and leave, so I got a picture of him, and it
probably wasn't very good, and it was the last one on the roll! Noel stopped
and started signing things, anything people handed him, I mean, he signed
EVERYTHING, he was so nice. He signed my "Definitely Maybe" and "WTSMG" CD
booklets, and so did Guigsy. It was so surreal, I was just standing there
staring at him thinking "oh my God, I am right next to Noel Gallagher", so I
wasn't paying that much to what he was saying, I was in total awe. Finally,
and I didn't want to say it, because I was afraid of pissing him off by
sounding like some whiney fool, I said "Noel, could you get me some tickets, I
came all the way from Oklahoma City to see you, but I couldn't get tickets
because the show was sold out, and I'll cry if I don't get in!" Then somebody
said "I have 3 extra tickets" and I said "I need 2, how much?", and then Noel
said something to me, I forgot what he said, it was all such a whirl, but he
told me stand up where he was standing, and his security guard took my name
and put it on Noel's guest list so I could have 2 tickets!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I
said "Thank you so much, I love you Noel!" and he smiled and nodded his head
at me! After that, me & my friend Jenny just ran off into the parking lot
screaming hysterically, and I was crying tears of joy, I just could not
believe that it happened, I can't believe I cried because Oasis is not my
favorite band! But things like that just DO NOT happen to people like me! Oh
yeah, when we were up there by Noel, somebody said "where's Liam?" and Noel
said "he's won't be coming out, he's not well" , and my friend Jenny said "so
he's sick?" and Noel said "he's got the flu, but he'll still be singing
tonight". He was actually responding to people talking to him, he was so
nice! He waited out there until he had signed everything that everybody had
for him to sign, he even waited for this guy to go back to his car, and get
his guitar to sign! And not only that, Guigsy was there too, and he signed my
stuff too, but he didn't seem as nice as Noel.
While we were waiting in line to get inside the arena, my friend Jenny got out
of line to walk around, and she saw Alan "whitey" White the drummer walking
around by the bowling alley! He had to go just as she got there, so she
couldn't get his autograph. Anyway, the venue was very small, only held about
3200 people. I think about anywhere you would sit would be a very good seat.
There was a floor level where people could just stand, and then there were 3
other levels with seats, and me & my friend jenny were on the 3rd row of the
second level, just slightly to the right, and they were very good seats! We
didn't even need the binoculars we brought to see the expressions on their
faces! It was such an intimate kind of show, like Oasis really bonded with
the audience, and also this was the best audience ever, I mean you could just
feel the love flowing around, it was so great, everybody was so happy. Oasis
put on a grrrrrrrreat show, the best concert I've ever been too. For the
acoustic set, Noel played "Talk Tonight", "Help" (by the Beatles) and "Don't
Go Away". And my friend Jenny, who hated Oasis before, and was a total Bush
fanatic said that this was even better than the Bush concert!
By: Ashley :-)
This is Heather's story:
When I was at the Jan 12th concert at the Meadowlands, I was sitting in my top
floor seats. My mom looks over to he left and sees somebody that she thinks
looks like Guigsy, she goes nah it couldn't be. Then she looks up a little
more and she sees Liam and Noel!! She was starting to freak out! She tells me
and I start to hyperventalate because Oasis is standing right next to us in
the little soundcheck booth area, it was a lot of amps and controls surrounded
by a gate. A family friend that came with us is telling me to go and shake his
hand. I was saying no I can't I'm to nervous and I'll disturb him. Well, I
finally got the nerve to go up to them, and then I remembered I had brought my
Oasis mag in case I could get a signature. I never thought I was! I first went
up to Guigsy and shook his hand and got his autograph. I was so freaked out
and dumbfounded I couldn't do anything. I shook Alan's hand forgetting about
the mag! How dumb is that?! I then went over to Liam and shook his hand. When
he took my hand, he brought me in a little and we were cheek to cheek!!! I was
touching Liam Gallagher's cheek and hand, while he is whispering in my ear!!!
What can be better! He said "hi! how ya doing? i'm watching the band
(Cornershop) right now, but i'll be on stage later! cheers!" My knees were weak
and I had a hard time standing there! I then asked for his autograph, but he
said he was busy listening to the music. I understand why he didn't cause if
anybody happened to look over at me getting Liam's autograph he would have
been swarmed. I was shaking Noel's hand (TOTAL BLISS)!!!!!!!!!! Then I was
told to sit down by security. As you know, Noel's my fav, so in my seat I was
just staring at him in total disbelief that I touched him and that he was next
to me. He saw me and just stared into my eyes for a while. He then winked,
waved and gave me the peace sign! I could have died there and
then!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I waved to bonehead and I felt great. My mom also went
up to Oasis and said to Guigsy, "hi Guigsy! you're so cute!!!" His face was
beaming with the biggest smile you have ever seen! She said to Alan, "hi Alan!
it's a pleasure to meet you!" I think he was surprised that she knew his name
cause he was confused and didn't know what to do with the cig that wasin his
hand. He finally got things straightened out and shook her hand. She then
shook Liam's hand, her knees went weak to! I think he has that effect on all
the women he touches or is in the presence of. She shook Noel's hand and waved
to Bonehead. That there everybody was, is, and will always be the best night
of my life!!!!!
This is Lori-Jo's story:
It was July 27, 1992. I had just arrived in
Manchester the day before.
Today I was sitting in the record office of the Inspiral Carpets, my
favorite band of the time.
I had just met Debbie Black, the Inspirals secretary who I had been
writing to for over a year.
All of a sudden, this lad came bursting in, asking "Deb! Has the pay come
in? I've only got 10 quid 'til the
end of the week!". July 27, 1992 was a Monday.
The lad had dark hair and blue eyes, and was dressed in a black denim shirt
and jeans. I still can't explain it,
but there was just something about him that made me pay extra attention. He
wasn't conventionally good looking or
anything, but he was the first real Manchester lad this 17 year old girl had
any contact with, and it was admiration at
first site. He was the guitar technician for the Inspirals. Click
see how he looked that day.
He proceeded to sulk when Debbie told him that he wouldn't be paid until
Friday, and slumped behind a desk in a chair, tucking
into the latest copy of the NME and a bag of Cheese 'n' Onion crisps.
If you can believe it, I even remember they
were the Sea-farer brand... I remember everything about that day.
For years, I couldn't understand why.
Debbie introduced me to him. His name was Noel Gallagher. It wasn't
my first contact with the infamous "Noel" who sat behind the desk. A few
my trip, I had called to talk to Debbie. I was convinced that it was Tom
Hingley (Inspirals' singer) who had answered the phone that
day, and didn't let up when the lad on the other end told me it wasn't.
Finally, the lad on the other end gave in and said that he
was Tom. It was actually Noel, and I spent about $20 chatting to him. I
wasn't happy when I initially found out, but now I realise just
how well-spent that $20 was!!!
Noel proceeded to ask me if I'd ever tried cheese 'n' onion crisps,
knowing I was from Canada. I told him I hadn't, and he presented
me with his half finished bag. I actually kept it for a few days afterward,
but eventually threw it out. It would be crazy to hold on to
something from some lad I was smitten with who I'd never see again...
Noel, Debbie and I started talking about music when Noel piped up and told
me he had his own little band called Oasis. He asked me if
I wanted to hear his demo. Debbie sat in the chair and rolled her eyes
while I enthusiastically replied "I'd love to!". Noel went over to the
stereo and plugged in his tape. That day, I heard "Take Me", "Colour My
Life" and "See The Sun". Those songs haven't been released to this day.
I really loved what I heard, genuinely, and I heaped praise on Noel. He
then presented me with that very copy of the demo, along with a little
about the band from the Manchester Evening News. The demo tape is my
prized possession, and I still have it to this day. It lives in the safety
deposit box at my bank, and is one of only 10 in existence.
We got talking about the Boardwalk, where Oasis had played
their first gig, and I told Noel I would like to see it. He then drew me
a map which I still have. Then I started talking about Affleck's
Palace, a well known shopping place in Manchester, and asked Noel for
He told me he was going downtown anyway, and offered to show me in person.
Of course, I accepted.
We spent the walk talking mainly about the Stone Roses. Noel had
ambition for Oasis of course, but not as much as he now claims to
He was hoping that some day they would get a record deal, but he hardly had
any aspirations of being the biggest band in the world. I really did like
demo tape, and I hoped that someday they would make it. I had no idea just
how big they would become.
We got to Affleck's and looked around a bit, and Noel decided it was
time to be on his way.
We said goodbye, and I saw him many other times in the office before the end
of my trip. Click here to see
another pic of Noel from 1992.
That October, I went to see the Inspirals once more when Noel was still
working for them, and kept in touch with him with letters.
After Noel left the Inspirals, Oasis got a record deal. I sent Noel
a card of congratulations, and ended up going back to England in 1994 to see
at Glastonbury, and flying out to Toronto to see Oasis make their
The rest is history. I've flown to Toronto, Vancouver, and New York City
and have seen them play six times. Noel still puts me on the guestlist, and
considers me to be an old friend.
I watched Oasis become the biggest band in the world, right before my
eyes. I can truly say I was a fan since that day I met Noel, and I will
being one. How could I? I know now why I thought Noel was so special. I
should have kept that crisp bag!
This is John's story:
I saw Oasis in Dallas a few weeks ago. I got there about 4 when
Oasis were at sound check. There was about 30 people outside this big
entrance where roadies were not letting anybody get close to the side of
the ampatheiter. The song played at sound check was a song I have never
heard, it was realy tops though. Then Noel appeared, walking out the big
sliding doorway. He approached the group of us. I had brought my Noel
Gallagher Supernova Epiphone for him to sign. With Noel seeing me with
his sig guitar he approached me first. I was speechless, I somehow was
able to mumble "will you sign my guitar?" He says, "Fook yeah man, ye
have my guitar ye must be a fan." He signed it very large near the
bottom. He asked me what the name of my band was. I said "Cloudbursts" He
just giggled. Then I asked him if I could shake his hand and let some of
his talent rub off on me, he laughed again and said sure, then he went
on to the next fan.