LIAM GALLAGER is one of the most stubborn people in music, but even he has to admit he’s wrong sometimes.
The former Oasis rocker insisted he avoided doctors’ advice last month for hip replacement surgery.
Now he has made a U-turn and c. The Roll With It singer will turn 50 in September and will have a hip-hop double next year.
It’s a major turnaround from his comments in April when Liam said he’d rather be in a wheelchair and suffer in agony than undergo a procedure.
At the time, he said, “I think it’s better to just suffer, which is obviously ridiculous. I know it. Just fix them. But it’s a stigma that you’ve had a hip replacement. What’s next?”
As he sought to procrastinate, Liam was given injections to deal with the pain ahead of two huge Knebworth concerts next weekend, though he admitted he couldn’t procrastinate any longer.
Yesterday Liam said: “Hips, man, they are both broken. But the other day I went to do these injections, so now I’m buzzing, mate, I’m like Louis Spence.
“I can go and ruin my career at Knebworth and go and start doing haikiki like Mick Jagger and everyone is like, ‘I want my money back, we only came to see him stand still.’
He added Zoe Ball on Radio 2: “But I may have to have surgery next year, but I can’t do it before Knebworth.”
Unable to resist scolding brother Noel, who turns 55 tomorrow, Liam insists he won’t send a card. But he can give him a message during his sold out shows.
The Wonderwall singer jokingly said, “I could thank him, dedicate one of my songs to him. It’ll break his head, won’t it?
It’s nice to see that Liam hasn’t quite mellowed out in his old age.
This dress is XCX rated, Kara.
Cara Delevingne seems to have complete confidence in her dress, fastened with the smallest seams.
She was prom queen in a revealing black number at the amfAR gala in Cannes, southern France, where supermodel Naomi Campbell also looked stunning.
Charli XCX performed Thursday in a silver tassel skirt and matching bra.
But then she had to cancel yesterday’s performance in Belgium in Brussels and today’s performance in Utrecht in the Netherlands due to the loss of her voice.
Apologizing to her fans, she tweeted, “Wish I could perform for you guys. But it’s literally impossible to sing right now, and the show is too physical to handle while my glands are inflamed and in pain.”
She also had to pull out of tomorrow’s Radio 1 Big Weekend in Coventry.
Ed had a bottle to propose
Ed Sheeran has finally revealed how he asked childhood sweetheart Cherry Seaborn a question.
In the new song One Life, Ed hints that he asked her to marry him on his estate in Suffolk: “This is such a beautiful night to change our lives. East Anglian sky, empty bottle of wine.
He continues, “Why am I so nervous when everything is going so perfectly? But I know it’s worth spending eternity with you. My chest was a pillow, the green lawn was a bed. Last night was the night, the last moment of truth. And what a wonderful way to dive deeper into yourself.”
The track is one of four new releases from the deluxe version of his Equals album.
NEWS FOR ROBBIE
ROBBIE WILLIAMS won the final round of the scheduling war with Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.
This means that work has officially begun on a £17.5 million refurbishment of his mansion.
But in a farcical saga that has been going on for more than five years, Robbie’s builders are forced to do the job with hand tools to keep the noise to a minimum.
Contractors are building an indoor swimming pool, gym and underpass to a Grade II listed building in West London. The work is expected to take almost a year.
But after jumping through numerous hoops to make it happen, the Let Me Entertain You singer was told his team could only use “hand tools weighing no more than 9kg at any time during the job” to minimize the possibility of vibration and damage.
A source close to Robbie said: “As you can imagine, digging a pool with hand tools is like living in the 19th century.”
The former TAKE THAT member will also have to fork out for monitoring equipment, believed to cost another £50,000, to keep an eye on vibrations that could be caused by construction work. His rocker neighbor Jimmy fought against the home improvement plans.
He claimed the vibrations could damage old paintings and frescoes in his Grade I listed home, where he has lived since 1972. I would love to be a fly on the wall the next time they run into each other on the street.
“Witty, warm Fletch hung out after the Depeche concert, chatting like a friend.”
ANDY “FLETCH” FLETCHER, who passed away yesterday at age 60, loved being in Depeche Mode and once said he couldn’t imagine him not touring the world with a band he formed as a high school student.
I was fortunate enough to meet Fletch and his bandmates Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and former keyboardist Alan Wilder many times. Affable and warm, Fletch was a band member who hung out after a gig, chatting like a friend.
He was just one of the nicest people in music. In an interview with the 1989 synth-pop documentary 101, he described the band’s roles as “Martin is a songwriter, Alan is a good musician, Dave is a vocalist, and I’m a slacker.”
But he did much more. Ever since they formed in the 1970s, keyboardist Fletch has been the linchpin that has helped the Basildon boys stay together throughout their 40 years in the music business.
“Depeche has had an amazing career. We had our ups and downs psychologically but we kept going,” he said in an interview in New York in 2017 when I joined them to promote their 14th album, Spirit.
He added, “Now we are in a position where we are as popular as before, so we are very happy.” Fletch kept the peace with his soothing presence and was the witty one who made the group laugh. He also took care of their business affairs.
After headlining at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2017, Depeche Mode was the first to leave the dressing room and joked: “We love playing in London, but we only worry about tickets for all the family and friends. After the show, it’s like a wedding reception.” Married to Graine for over 30 years and is the father of Joe and Megan. Fletch was a family man who loved to watch Chelsea.
The success came as a surprise to him after the band sold over 100 million records worldwide thanks to hits like Just Can’t Get Enough, Everything Counts and Enjoy The Silence.
Fletch told me, “The most embarrassing thing is the early videos. No one thought that we would be as big as we are and continue for so long. When we first started, our accountant thought that we would last only three years and there would be a big tax deduction. They had a financial plan that flew out of the window while we continued to work.”
Fletch had his own personal battles with stress and depression, leaving the band temporarily and missing part of the tour in 1994.
But by 2017 they were fully recovered and I joined them in their dressing room joking before their performance at the 6th Glasgow Barrowlands Music Festival.
In December, Gahan talked to me about the possibility of a new Depeche Mode album. Can it still happen? Without Fletch, they will never be the same.