Guitarist says his former bandmate has 'used the press' to get a favourable public profile
Gallagher had previously said that the band had pulled out of their planned performance at the Chelmsford leg of V Festival in 2009 because his brother “had a hangover” and that a key reason for Oasis‘ split was that he had tried to charge brother Liam to advertise his clothing company Pretty Green in the band’s tour programme, but Bell denied both those things.
Asked by the Japan Times about what Gallagher had said about the demise of the band in Paris, Bell responded by saying:
Bollocks! He lied about a lot of things. The argument about Pretty Green was lies, what he said about V Festival and the fake laryngitis was lies – I don’t know, maybe he’s convinced that’s the truth. I don’t know what goes on in his head. I know him, so I’m not disappointed. That’s what he’s like. I know how he spins the press. He’s used the press for years. Interviews and press are secondary for us, that’s his life.
That’s just Noel being Noel. All that shit. There were three of us in that room, and I’m telling you it was nothing to do with Pretty Green. I’m not going to add more fuel to the fire. But I’ve ended up in a band with Liam, Gem, Chris, with the same management, road crew. But at the same time, I wish him all the best. I want him to be happy.
Bell also spoke about the aftermath of Noel‘s departure and said the remaining members quickly agreed to carry on. He said: “We drove back to the hotel, had a few beers, sat together and said there’s nothing to keep us from playing together. We agreed it wouldn’t be the end just because Noel left.”