The former Oasis member Noel Gallagher had met The Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards for the first time in the Carribbean. Gallagher recently recalled the meeting with his hero during an interview with Absolute Radio when he was asked about Mick Jagger.
Noel Gallagher opens up on Keith Richards
The former Oasis man said Jagger is “alright” from his experiences with him and shared a memory of spending New Year’s Eve in the Carribbean in the company of the singer’s trusted right-hand man. The Rolling Stones and Oasis have a generational gap. Gallagher is much closer to Jagger and Richards’ children than he is to them. Richards’ eldest son, Marlon, initiated the meeting with Keef after Noel accidentally bumped into him on the island.
Even Noel Gallagher, British music royalty in his own right, still felt an element of trepidation before speaking to Richards for the first time. Fortunately, from the outset, the guitarist exercised his cutting sense of humour which charmed Noel:
“I go up to the bar, and there’s Keith Richards, looking exactly as you would imagine, scarf and a hat,” Gallagher vividly recalled. “He suddenly turns around and says, ‘Ah, you’re still around, are you?’… His second line was, ‘One thing I’ve always wanted to ask you: Who is the bigger cunt, your singer or mine?’ And I said, ‘Well, as your singer wrote some of the greatest lyrics of all time, I’m going to say mine.’”
“[Richards] was like, ‘Your band, you were quite interesting there for a while,’ and I was like, ‘I could actually say the same to you. But he was great and such a dude. It kinda reaffirms your faith in all your heroes when you meet Keith because he is the man.”