Liam Gallagher quit Oasis’ 1996 US tour ‘to avoid planned fight with Screaming Trees’ Mark Lanegan’ – The Sun
IT was one of the big public bust-ups that revealed the true tensions in Oasis.
But a huge fallout between Noel and Liam Gallagher wasn’t the only reason why the Britpop icons cut short their 1996 US tour.
American rocker Mark Lanegan, from the band Screaming Trees, who supported Oasis in the States, claims Liam headed home to avoid a planned fight between the pair.
They clashed backstage after Liam’s attempts to intimidate him fell flat.
Mark then proposed they turned their feud physical when they reunited again in Miami — but Liam was on the plane home.
Mark recalls: “I detested bullies and refused to put up with them.
“Liam Gallagher was an obvious poser, a playground bully.
“Like all bullies, he was also a total p***y.
“He had quit and bailed before I could have a go at him before his promised playground battle royale in Miami.
“Typical, I thought. That phoney motherf***er had p***ed his pants and gone home to mama before I had a chance to blow this whole thing up myself.”
Mark claims in new book Sing Backwards And Weep that Liam tried to assert his authority over him within minutes of meeting on the tour.
He explains: “He came up to where we were sitting, ‘Howling Branches,’ he shouted.
“I realised he was addressing me and attempting a weak joke with the over-the-top intensity of a put-down.
“‘‘F*** off, you stupid f***ing idiot,’ was my brief, blasé retort.
“What did you say?’ Gallagher yelled. ‘Are you mad?’
“He launched into a strange, lurching half-dance, lunging forward as though to physically attack, only to back up again while gesticulating crazily.
“He intended for it to look intimidating.
“‘He looked f***ing pathetic.”
Oasis called it a day in 2009.
Liam’s brashness and ability to upset practically everyone he meets is one of the many reasons why Noel refuses to reunite the band.
And after this revelation, many bands might not quite fancy supporting Liam on tour either.
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