Writing in The Sun McGee, who signed Oasis to Creation in 1993, used the opportunity to tell a story which he hopes will highlight a different side to the familiar public persona of the current Beady Eye singer.
“I was one of the first casualties of the Nineties scene,” McGee writes. “After partying straight for seven years, I spent nine months in rehab. When I got clean I came back to London around October 1994 really shaken up. You’d think that people would welcome you back with open arms. But most people were too embarrassed to speak to me. I was the elephant in the living room.”
“The one person who came up and spent two hours talking to me was Liam. It was in December 1994, the night after Oasis had recorded Jools Holland, with the suits on and the orchestra. Even people from my own record company, Creation, didn’t know what to say. But Liam was the one to say, ‘Are you all right?’ For that I will always love him.”
Later, McGee compared Gallagher to other classic frontmen such as Paul Weller and Mick Jagger, and outlined his belief that Liam will carry on making music for many years to come.
“To me he’s like one of the old blues guys — or Paul Weller or Mick Jagger,” he continues. “He will be in a band until the day he dies…He’ll be up on stage when he’s in his seventies — whether it’s a small gig in the 100 Club or Wembley Stadium — and he’ll be doing it because he loves music.”
“He will live his forties like he has the rest of his life, in his own way. Good luck to him — and Happy Birthday.”