23 April 2016

Noel Gallagher Becomes Newest Recruit Into Barrowlands Hall Of Fame

Noel Gallagher has been inducted into the hall of fame at a famous Glasgow concert venue.

The Oasis singer was added to the list of celebrities in the Barrowlands Hall of Fame on Thursday night after performing at the Hydro.

Noel was given a glass trophy, and his name will be carved on a plaque and hung on the stairs of the famous music venue.

He is one of a number of celebrities who have successfully been inducted so far, including David Bowie and Scots rockers Big Country.

Stagehand and Clutha Trust founder Billy Coyle, who presented Noel with his award, said: "We were sitting talking about why we had picked Noel to go into the hall of fame and we explained that there were qualifications you had to have to be inducted.

"Noel's qualifications are that he had been to the Barras three or four times previously, working for Inspiral Carpets, and he had performed a solo gig when Liam walked off stage [in 1994].

"He carried on playing so the fans wouldn't be disappointed, and the rest of the band joined him later, after about seven or eight songs.

"He said to all the fans at the Barras that there would be an Oasis concert or free for everyone who kept their stubs from the gig, and he came good - he had another concert within four weeks.

"Noel also did a TV interview about up and coming bands, and was asked what the best thing they could do to improve at playing live.

"He told them any band who wants to play live has to play the Barrowlands."

Billy said all the bands and artists who have been entered into the Hall of Fame have all made a positive contribution to the venue and to concert goers.

He also added that if it hadn't been for Noel's generosity in signing a guitar after his Hydro show in 2015, they may not have got the Clutha Trust project off the ground.

The project was set up following the helicopter tragedy, and aims to teach children across the city how to play musical instruments and give them opportunities to perform.

Billy said: "The funds we raised from the guitar meant we could organise events and teach people to play.

"That developed into the Clutha Next Generation.

"The initial push from Noel with his high profile meant we could stage an event for under 18s in the Barras as well, where 39 acts got to play.

"He was really impressed and has asked us to keep him informed."

Source: www.eveningtimes.co.uk


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