A journalist on a Scottish regional newspaper has been banned from a Noel Gallagher gig after writing a negative review of the former Oasis star’s latest album.
Edinburgh Evening News chief music writer Gary Flockhart was banned from the concert at Usher Hall in the city after describing the singer’s High Flying Birds album as a ‘letdown’ in a column last week, adding that he had not written a great album for 16 years.
After a request for press tickets on Monday, Gary was told by Simon Blackmore from the singer’s PR company Black Arts that there were no spare tickets and the review he had written had not helped his cause.
According to the Johnston Press owned title, tickets would have been available for any other reviewer on the paper.
Gary said he was shocked by the reaction as it was not a scathing review.
Said Gary: “This is a man who has spent his entire career slagging off other artists – he obviously doesn’t like it when the shoe is on the other foot.”
Tom Little, editor of the Evening News, said: “Personally, I think Noel Gallagher is a fine artist and songwriter, but it sounds like he needs better PR.”
“Maybe Mr Blackmore and I should do a job swap – he can choose who does our music reviews and I can travel round the world and party with Noel.”
This is not the first time that the Gallagher brothers have been involved in spats with regional journalists.
In 2007 Aberdeen Evening Express reporter Steven Henry wrote a review of an Oasis concert saying that Liam Gallagher didn’t talk to the audience enough – prompting a sarcastic reaction from the frontman at a gig the following night in which he started asking audience members their names and what they had done that day.
Then in 2009 we reported that Manchester Evening News columnist Angela Epstein had upset the band after complaining that they were holding a concert in her local park.
In retaliation Liam dedicated the song Cigarettes and Alcohols to her on the opening night of the tour. She responded in her column by saying she didn’t even know he could read.
Noel then responded through the band’s blog calling her a ‘ginger whinger’ and ‘joyless old husk.’