Lennon would have turned 77 today (October 9). To mark the occasion, Gallagher – who named one of his kids after the late icon – took to Twitter to write, “Happy birthday Dr Winston O’boogie”, referring to a pseudonym that Lennon used to appear on other artists’ records under.
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See Liam’s tweet below. In a Reddit AMA, Gallagher revealed that he would celebrate Lennon’s birthday by going out for a Mexican and “raising a glass to the man himself”.
Happy birthday Dr Winston O'boogie as you were LG x
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) October 9, 2017
Meanwhile, other artists and fellow Beatles fans have also been paying tribute to Lennon. See a selection beneath.
“John Lennon means everything to me,” Gallagher told NME back in 2012. “I wouldn’t say he’s a better songwriter than McCartney, I’d say they’re both different but great. But I like Lennon’s stuff more because it’s a bit more beautiful, and it’s more mad.”
He added: “McCartney’s like Noel – he’s too nice. Lennon was twisted and I like that kinda shit. His voice is the main thing I love. I like his speaking voice! That’s pretty fucking mega. But his voice when he sings is the one. Political voice? Don’t give a shit, couldn’t care less about politics. But everything else – his singing voice, his songs, and his words – means the world to me.”
“I’ve met him a few times he’s been absolutely a dream,” Gallagher told NME. “The last time was at the Royal Albert Hall. He goes, ‘Why are you always in a rush? Sit down, sit down’. I sit down and he goes, ‘Do you like margaritas?’ I said, ‘Yeah, but I had something before I come out, I don’t eat at this time of night’.
“He said, ‘They’re fuckin’ drinks, you stupid prick’. I thought he was offering me a pizza.”
This weekend saw Liam and brother Noel Gallagher come to blows in the press. Noel said that Liam ‘needs to see a psychiatrist‘, before he hit back claiming that he has text message proof of him being asked and turning down the opportunity to perform at the ‘One Love Manchester’ concert.