Noel Gallagher Bans Music Journalist Who Wrote Unflattering Review From Gig
NOEL Gallagher has reacted to a review in the Edinburgh Evening News’ by banning the paper’s chief music writer, Gary Flockhart, from his gig at Usher Hall.
Flockhart says Gallagher’s latest work, High Flying Birds, is a “letdown” and a “big disappointment”.
The request for tickets was met replied to by Gallagher’s PR agent, Simon Blackmore of Black Arts PR.
“Sorry Gary – not going to be able to spare any (is ridiculously oversubscribed and can’t fit everybody in). That piece you wrote about him last week didn’t exactly help your cause to be honest.”
Says the critic:
“Noel is a great musician, and I’ve no doubt he would have put on a great show. He would have been judged on the gig itself, not the new album. This is a man who has spent his entire career slagging off other artists – he obviously doesn’t like it when the shoe is on the other foot.”
Tom Little, editor of the Evening News, chips in:
“Personally, I think Noel Gallagher is a fine artist and songwriter, but it sounds like he needs better PR. Black Arts, indeed. Maybe Mr Blackmore and I should do a job swap – he can choose who does our music reviews and I can travel round the world and party with Noel.”
The paper then lists a few barbs Gallagher has fired:
Liam Gallagher: “I’m not a**** with what he’s doing. I’m sure it will all be very civilised and grown-up. His gigs will be like those that you can really stroke your chin at.”
Robbie Williams: “Noel’s run out of other people’s ideas.”
Damon Albarn: “Noel used to take the p*** out of me and it really, really hurt.”
Justin Hawkins (lead singer of The Darkness): “Noel Gallagher is an overrated guitarist losing his grip on his credibility who just has to fire shots on his way down. It’s kind of a shame, really.”
Elton John: “He’s an absolute t***** and he looks like Parker from Thunderbirds.”
Such are the facts…