Gallagher named best frontman

Liam Gallagher today beat stars such as Bono, Freddie Mercury and John Lennon to be named the greatest frontman of all time.

Liam Gallagher today beat stars such as Bono, Freddie Mercury and John Lennon to be named the greatest frontman of all time.

The cocky former Oasis star, who has never been shy to brag about his brilliance, tops a list of greats compiled from thousands of readers of Q magazine.

It comes as Gallagher’s brother Noel prepares to play his first show tonight since quitting Oasis last summer.

Liam – who last month handed a special award into the crowd when he appeared at the Brits – is known for his charismatic performances, often sneering into his microphone with his hands behind his back, or messing with his tambourine.

His brother once made a crack that Liam was constantly “developing new techniques of how to balance that f***ing tambourine on his head”.

In an interview with Q, Liam said he was on a par with Elvis Presley. “There is Elvis and me. I couldn’t say which of the two is best,” he said.

Asked about the secret to being an effective frontman, Liam responded: “Behaving yourself and not jumping round like a bitch.”

And in an uncharacteristic show of brotherly support, or possibly sarcasm, he reckoned Noel was his own personal choice as the greatest frontman. Noel often took centre-stage at Oasis gigs to perform a handful of tracks.

Kasabian star Tom Meighan – who was ranked 19th in the poll – chose Gallagher as his ideal frontman.

“(Coldplay’s) Chris Martin is all right if you’re 35 and feeling sad that your mortgage repayments have gone up but Liam is the voice you want if you’re you and free and up for anything,” he said.

Oasis split in August last year when Noel walked out on the band after years of squabbling with his brother. He is due to play the first of two shows for the Teenage Cancer Trust at the Royal Albert Hall in London tonight, performing with a string section and choir.

Liam is planning to continue performing with the other members of the band.

The May edition of Q magazine is on sale on March 27.

:: The top 20 for Q’s greatest frontman is as follows:

1) Liam Gallagher

2) Bono

3) Freddie Mercury

4) Damon Albarn

5) Chris Martin

6) Matt Bellamy

7) Jim Morrison

8) Bob Marley

9) Paul McCartney

10) John Lennon

11) Robbie Williams

12) Debbie Harry

13) Mick Jagger

14) Morrissey

15) John Lydon

16) James Brown

17) Bruce Springsteen

18) Robert Plant

19) Tom Meighan

20) Joe Strummer

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