Alistair Campbell's diaries reveal fears about Noel Gallagher
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair was worried that Oasis would “do something crazy” when they attended a reception at 10 Downing Street in 1997.
The then newly-elected leader was holding a music industry reception when he discovered that the band’s guitarist Noel Gallagher was attending.
However, according to the diaries of his spokesperson Alistair Campbell, which were published yesterday (July 8), Blair had no idea how the Oasis man had been invited, and was then worried he might be the victim of a spot of rock ‘n’ roll behaviour.
“TB (Tony Blair) was worried that Noel Gallagher was coming to the reception tomorrow. He said he had no idea he had been invited,” wrote Campbell. “TB felt he was bound to do something crazy. I spoke to (Creation Records boss) Alan McGee and said can we be assured he would behave.”
The record label boss assured them it would be fine, explaining had they invited frontman Liam they might have been in trouble.
“Alan said he would make sure he did. He said if we had invited Liam, it might have been different,” said Campbell.
“(Noel) Gallagher arrived with his wife Meg, McGee and his girlfriend. Cherie (Blair[/b) met them and took them upstairs to see (the Blair’s children) Kathryn and Nicky, who was pretty gobsmacked when Gallagher walked in.
“He said he thought Number 10 was ‘tops’, said he couldn’t believe that there was an ironing board in there.”