Irish mother Peggy Gallagher tells rock star Oasis boys to end their feud
THE mother of feuding rock star brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher has called on them to "sort out" their differences after their acrimonious relationship was laid bare in the latest round of a legal battle.
Noel, 44, has accused Liam, 39, of swinging at him with a guitar "like an axe" in court papers filed as part of his defence to a High Court libel action by his younger brother.
But speaking from the Manchester home where her sons grew up, Peggy Gallagher, originally from Co Mayo, today said she hoped they could resolve the dispute away from the courts.
"Let them sort it out themselves," she said. When asked whether she had found the legal row upsetting, she added: "Yes."
A document obtained by the Daily Mirror laid bare the rift between the siblings whose band Oasis took the charts by storm in the 1990s but have a well-documented history of antagonism.
In it, songwriter Noel claims that during a row in Paris before the break-up of the band, singer Liam "completely lost control" moments before going on stage.
The papers claim: "Liam confronted the defendant (Noel) both verbally and physically, swearing and screaming at him."
The singer then allegedly began "swinging a guitar around like an axe, nearly smashing the defendant in the face with it". Noel was said to regard the behaviour as "the last straw".
Noel also claims that Liam left abusive voicemail messages on his wife Sara's phone.
Liam launched a libel suit earlier this year after Noel accused him of missing a performance in Chelmsford because he was hung over. Noel later apologised and admitted Liam was in fact diagnosed with laryngitis.
Last night a spokesman for Liam told the Mirror: "After Noel apologised the matter is now in the hands of lawyers."
The brothers' notorious feuding dates back to the earliest days of the band's success.
At the height of their fame in 1995 a recording of their interview with a music journalist which descended into an expletive-laden row was released as a bootleg single.