Wants to show the man beneath the parka
Fan tries to impress Liam by pulling down his trousers
Liam was caught off guard as the fan stopped him to show him tattoo
Steps in as Agony Uncle for Absolute Radio listeners
Liam gives some controversial advice
Invites the whole Man City team to his gig
Defends Sergio Aguero’s trip to Amsterdam
Launches tour but won’t be playing the o2
Jokes the venue is too far away, and you need a passport to get there
Still refusing to follow anyone on Twitter- not even his kids
He isn’t a private detective so there is no need
Still goes to mum for music advice
Whatever she likes, will not be the first single
Liam Gallagher stopped by the Absolute Radio studio today, to speak to Dave Berry about his new album As You Were. This album has allowed Liam to show a different side to himself. He revealed he is keen to show ‘the man beneath the parka’ and prove he doesn’t just ‘boot pigeons’ or ‘gob on old ladies’.
LG fans might notice the album title has been inspired by Liam’s now famous Twitter sign off. He spoke about the decision to use his phrase ‘As You Were’ over the original name ‘Bold’ which reminded him too much of washing tablets.
Along with the new album, Liam is embarking on a tour of the UK which includes carefully selected venues such as London’s Alexandra Palace. When asked if there was a reason for choosing the smaller venues, he didn’t hold back. He claimed monster venues such as the o2 are more for artists like Barbara Streisand, they take too long to get to and he joked you need your passport to get there.
Next, Liam shared a bizarre story involving a fan pulling down their trousers in the street. He described being out for an early morning run, when a fan asked for a picture. Being in his running gear Liam politely declined the offer, but it didn’t stop there. The fan continued to ask if he was still a John Lennon fan, and if so would he like to see his tattoos. Expecting the tattoo to be on his arm he said he would, but unfortunately for Liam it was actually a thigh tattoo. Liam shared the hilarious image of him running on the spot, as the fan stood there with his trousers round his ankles baring his giant Lennon tattoo.
Despite being a huge hit on Twitter with over 2 million followers, Liam explained his decision to not follow anyone back. He admitted it gets too complicated with too many people asking to be followed, he signed off by saying he doesn’t feel the need to follow anyone as he is not a private detective – not even his kids!
Dave Berry enlisted Liam’s help as the resident Absolute Radio Agony Uncle and fired some problems from listeners his way. First, was Amy who had gotten so drunk at the last Liam gig, she ended up overseas and not returning home for 24 hours. As a result, she has been banned by her boyfriend from ever seeing Liam perform again. Liam’s advice? Dumb her boyfriend who he labelled a killjoy. Second, was an anonymous woman who has become so obsessed with Phillip Schofield, she’s been missing work to catch a glimpse of him on telly. Liam’s advice? Get a pet, name it Phillip Schofield and hug it as much as you want. Lastly, Kevin got in contact to say he has been getting wound up with his friend copying his clothes. Liam’s advice? Spill red wine down all his clothes, to force him to change outfit. Or have him killed.
Well known as a huge Man City fan, Liam defended striker Sergio Aguero’s decision to spend his off day in Amsterdam attending a pop concert which resulted in him being involved in a car accident. He was adamant Aguero is entitled to his down time and that an accident could have happened anywhere- although he does think he could be attending better concerts. In fact, he took the opportunity to invite Aguero, and the whole City team down to one of his gigs, saying he’d love to meet him and manager Pep Guardiola.
Finally, Liam revealed who he turns to for a bit of advice himself. His mum is always the first port of call, but not when it comes to music. If his mum is a fan of a single of his, Liam won’t choose it as a first single. He admitted his mum is a fan of his slow jams, which are better suited to being released third.
Liam on his bizarre fan interaction… I am on the heath about 6am one morning, and a geezer comes up to me and he goes “Liam can I have a picture?” I said “come on, I’m in my running gear not now.” And he goes “are you still a John Lennon fan, do you want to see my tattoos?” I’m stood there jogging on the spot cos I’m keeping my heart rate up. I was expecting him to whip his arm up to show me his John Lennon tattoo on his bicep, but he whips his keks off. He is stood there in his little Y fronts, and he has this whole John Lennon thing all the way down leg on his thigh to his toe. It’s only me and him on the heath, there’s a geezer there with his keks down and so I’ve just sprinted off and left him. He’s going “don’t you like it?!”
Liam on showing a different side… There are some songs on the album which I’ve written myself which are heartfelt, I’ve had to dig down deep. Hoping they’ll see another side to me as a song writer. People seem to think I walk around booting pigeons and gobbing on old ladies, there’s a good person underneath this parka.
Liam on not performing the o2… The o2 for is for Barbara Streisand, its miles away, you’ve got to bring your passport to get there. Ally Pally is going to go off, standing, we are about proper gigs.
Liam on his mum’s advice… It nice when my mum hears a song, and she goes “Liam you’re singing lovely there.” I go, “cool that’s not going to be the first single then, we’ll leave that one for the third single.” when she’s going “Liam, why you screaming and shouting?” Then I go “that’s the one! Put that one out first.”
Liam on following people on Twitter… What’s the point? I’m not into following anyone, it gets complicated then doesn’t it? “You’re following him, why aren’t you following me? Can you follow me?” What do you think I am, a private detective? I’m just doing my thing, you’re either following me or you don’t. My kids are always going “can you follow me?” What for, I’m your dad I can see you here now!
Liam on his album name… It was going to be called Bold, but I thought washing up detergent. I just kept seeing Bold everywhere, I thought I’m bored of this. I thought ‘As You Were’ has got a bit of a vibe. It means nothing but it’s intriguing.
Liam on Sergio Aguero’s injury… You can have an accident anywhere, I think if he hadn’t had that crash he would have been tuck up in bed by 12. He was on his way to the airport. I don’t think there is anything wrong with it. It doesn’t seem to me he was out down the Red Light District, he was at a pop concert. He doesn’t look like he’s sitting there with a Rasta hat on smoking ganja, he looks like he just gone to see his mate in a pop band. There’s nothing wrong with it. He’s got a private life and if he can afford a private jet to nip in and nip out, good on him. He should go and see better concerts though, that’s the thing I am worried about.
Liam inviting the Man City team to his gig… He is welcome to come, all of them are welcome to come. Every single one of them. I’d love to meet Pep, I’d love to meet Aguero.
Liam being an Agony Uncle…
Dave: Liam, I am in a pickle, I have tickets to see you next month but there is a problem. Last time I went to one of your gigs, I didn’t return home for 24 hour. Let’s just say, alcohol was consumed and seas were crossed. This means my boyfriend has now banned you from seeing you again, how do I get around Captain Kill Joy? From Amy in Darlington.
Liam: Get rid of him, sling him. You don’t want that noose round your neck. If you want to go travelling abroad after our gig, go travelling abroad.
Dave: Liam, I really need your help, I am 32 and happily married with three lovely children. Every time I see Phillip Schofield on TV my heart skips a bit. He is on my mind all the time, and I’ve started making excuses to stay at home from work and watch This Morning. How can I get this silver fox out of my mind? That’s from anonymous in Sunbury.
Liam: Go for a walk, you need to get out more. Buy a dog, a cat or a hamster and call it Phillip Schofield. Then you can hug it and everything and before you go to bed, you can even have it in bed with you and feed it.
Dave: Dear Liam, I have a mate who keeps copying my clothes. Everything I buy he will have it the following week. It’s got to the point we went to the pub the last week in the exact same outfit. I have no idea how to approach the subject with him, what would you say if you were me? From Kevin in Nottingham.
Liam: It that was me I’d have to start spilling stuff over him, I’d get the red wine out instantly. He’d have to go home and change. Either that, or get him filled in or something. The red wine is easier.