'He wanted to end the band... I wasn't going to let it happen on my watch'
As anyone whose seen the film Supersonic will remember, Noel famously went missing after the band’s legendarily disastrous gig at Whisky A Go Go in 1994, threatening to quit the band for good. He fled to San Francisco to spend time with a girl he’d been seeing. She would inspire to him to write the song ‘Talk Tonight’, which led him to rejoin Oasis. The Noel-sung track was released as the B-side to ‘Some Might Say’ in 1995.
In Supersonic, he said that he couldn’t remember her name or face, but now a woman named Melissa Lim has spoken to the San Francisco Chronicle about the time she spent with Noel during this period.
“I had never been backstage before, so I asked him ‘Where’s the afterparty?’ and he goes ‘What afterparty? Can I hang out with you tonight?”,” she says of their meeting. “He was very upset”, she said of the fateful day when Noel turned up at her apartment in Nob Hill. “I took him in, I fed him and tried to calm him down. He wanted to break up the band.”
Melissa Lim first met Noel Gallagher backstage at the Bottom Of The Hill in San Francisco on September 26, 1994, while Oasis were making their San Francisco live debut supporting their first album “Definitely Maybe”. “He came over and sat down next to me”, she said. “I had never been backstage befor…
She continued: “We went to Huntington Park to clear his mind. We listened to music. We went record shopping.
“San Francisco has a reputation of being a place where bands come to die, like The Band and the Sex Pistols. I wasn’t going to let it happen on my watch. I told him ‘You can’t leave the band, you’re on the verge of something big!’”
Speaking of a conversation they had about maintaining their long-distance relationship, Lim claims to have told Noel: “It’s OK, I won’t look back in anger. I know we’re just friends.”
When asked about Noel’s lack of memory of her, she added: “Keith Richards can remember the name of his milkman from when he was 8-years-old. I don’t know what’s going on with Noel, and that’s fine. I was a part of something that touched so many people. That’s good enough.”
“Talk Tonight” is a song by English rock band Oasis, written by the band’s lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. It was released as a B-Side on the UK #1 single “Some Might Say”along with “Acquiesce” and “Headshrinker” and appears on the B-side compilation album, The Masterplan, as well.
He went on: “You can do your solo records, you can be wherever you want, but when you’re in a band and you’re playing your music to four, three geezers playing back to you, there’s no better feeling.
“Just doing it on your own and playing back to yourself, yeah cool, you’re going to get a hard on, but there’s nothing better than watching four of your mates all together thinking ‘fucking hell this is stonking.’
“I don’t give a fuck what anyone says. There’s nothing better than being in a fucking band.”
“I don’t think Noel will ever reform Oasis, ever – but when he’s a bit older I think Liam will probably reform Oasis and he’ll sell 10,000 tickets a night singing Oasis tunes and he’ll be happy with that,” he said. “I can’t see Noel Gallagher going back and doing it. If anything came out of that film [Supersonic], it was that it’s done, it’s finished, don’t spoil the fucking legend.”