Chart star Ian Brown, who was the inspiration for Oasis to launch a career in music, offered his advice to each of the squabbling Gallagher brothers today: “Go solo.”
Brown, whose years as frontman with the Stone Roses gave Noel and Liam the push to perform, said it was a sad end to the band to see the pair fighting publicly.
Brown, about to launch his sixth solo album 'My Way' on September 28, said he had long been touched by the brothers’ admiration for the Roses, whose self-titled debut album is hailed as one of the all-time greats.
Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher – the band’s chief songwriter – announced he had quit the band last month after years of physical and verbal battles with his frontman brother.
Neither brother has so far talked about their future plans but Noel has often talked about recording his own material and Liam has spoken in interviews about recording some of his songs, although he is still officially part of Oasis.
Brown advised: “I would say go solo – I can heartily recommend it. It’s a fine way to be.”
He said: “What’s a shame is that they’re brothers. From being 10 and six scrapping on the carpet in the front room, now they are doing it in public and worldwide – I think that’s a bit of a shame for them. Life’s hard enough without scrapping with your brother when you’re a grown man.”
Brown added: “I always loved Oasis because when they came out, they did express that they loved us and they saw that we did it and thought 'we could do it too'. We’re lads like they are, and that inspired them. That means a lot to me.”