September 16, 2012 12:40

Noel Gallagher speaks out about Hillsborough disaster report

High Flying Birds man hails families of 96 victims and condemns cover-up

Noel Gallagher speaks out about Hillsborough disaster report

Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME

Noel Gallagher has spoken out about the recent report into the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 and offered his "massive respect" to the friends and families of the 96 people who helped expose the "lies" surrounding the tragedy.

The Hillsborough Independent Panel's report was published earlier this week and found that police had changed statements in an attempt to blame supporters of Liverpool football club for the crush which led to nearly 100 people losing their lives.

The report also found that 41 of the 96 victims had had "the potential to survive", prompting calls for a fresh criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the disaster. Prime Minister David Cameron, meanwhile, apologized for the "double injustice" those affected by the controversial incident had experienced, as they had suffered due to the "failure of the state to protect their loved ones and the indefensible wait to get to the truth", while those who had died had been made to feel as if they were "somehow at fault for their own deaths".

Writing on his Tales From The Middle Of Nowhere blog and detailing his recent live shows, the High Flying Birds man also gave his views on the news and wrote: "Next up was my spiritual home of Liverpool. Great show. Magnificent crowd. They never let you down them Scousers."

He went on to add:

While I'm at it let me say I'm writing this on the day that THE TRUTH has finally been exposed about the Hillsborough disaster. Respect to the family's of the 96 for exposing the lies of Thatcher's government. With my hand on my heart I salute you. Xxxxxx

The Hillsborough disaster has often been an issue taken up by musicians – in December last year, Mick Jones, singer-songwriter Pete Wylie and Liverpool band The Farm played a series of shows for the Hillsborough Justice Campaign. They were joined by other names including Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield, Glasvegas singer James Allan and Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie on various shows across the tour.

Meanwhile, Gallagher has confirmed the release of his first solo live DVD on October 15. International Magic Live At The O2 will feature the full gig from his February 26 show plus a second disc which will include footage of his performance from the NME Awards, where he was crowned this year's Godlike Genius, plus an acoustic set at The Mod Club in Toronto and three music videos from his recent singles.

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