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Video: Liam Gallagher says Co Mayo pub session set him on solo career

Liam Gallagher pictured at the SSE Arena, Belfast, in 2017 where he kicked off his UK tour. Picture by Cliff Donaldson.
Mairead Holland

SINGER songwriter Liam Gallagher has revealed how an impromtu session in a Co Mayo pub reignited his love of music and set him on course for a solo career.

The former Oasis frontman, speaking in a trailer for his new documentary film, As It Was, also blames his brother Noel for the break-up of their chart-topping band in 2009.

Liam announced in December 2017 that the estranged pair had reconciled but in the clip he says of his older brother, "the geezer split my band up".

He also recalls an impromptu session in JJ Finan's pub and hardware store in Charlestown - the town his mother Peggy hails from - during which a local produces a guitar, rekindling the Manchester singer's love of music.

The film, which will be released in cinemas on June 2, chronicles Liam’s life, from fronting Oasis to "living on the edge, ostracised, lost in the musical wilderness of boredom, booze, and bitter legal battles".

It follows him as he beings work on his debut solo album, As You Were, and reveals that he "was a bit apprehensive about how [going solo] was gonna go".

Despite his reservations, the album received good reviews and reached number one in Ireland and the UK.

The brothers’ mother Peggy also appears in the trailer. "(It’s) a new year and they’re all going to get on together," she says, before Liam points at a photo of Noel and describes him as 'f***ing Prince Philip'.

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