He was instantly recognizable by his signature rolling gait on and off stage, a boastful gait that spawned a thousand imitators.
Well, Liam Gallagher, former Oasis frontman, has said he’d rather be in a wheelchair than face the “stigma” of having hip surgery.
Fearful of losing the rock ‘n’ roll credibility built by a career of hits, after-show parties and public spats with Noel, his brother and bandmate, he said he’d rather live with the pain .
The Mancunier, who suffers from arthritis caused by a long-standing thyroid problem, has said he is willing to defy doctors’ advice – although he does rely on sleeping pills to get through the pain.
Gallagher, who turns 50 in September, said: “I have bad arthritis. I went to have it checked and my bones are crushed.
“The lady said, ‘You may need hip surgery, a replacement’ — no way.
“You’re fine… I think I’d rather just be in pain – which is obviously ridiculous. I know that…but there’s also the stigma of saying you’ve had your hips replaced…what next?”
Gallagher, whose band was one of the most successful of the Britpop era, with hits such as Stay tuned, Don’t look back in anger and Cigarettes & Alcoholtold mojo Magazine, he was aware of the potential benefits of the surgery but would rather put up with “a bit of pain.”
“After the operation I would be able to do anything. i would be like [dancer] Louie Spence, threw my leg over my shoulder while I was playing the flute,” Gallagher said, adding, “I don’t mind a little pain. Keeps you busy. Pain is okay.”
The singer said he was beginning to show the signs of age, with joint inflammation and pain in his calves forcing him to give up his once-daily runs on Hampstead Heath and seek treatment from an acupuncturist.
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He said: “I’m definitely on the downtrend though. Oh yeah. My eyes are f—– my hips are f—– got the old thyroid. When the weather is cold, my hips crack, crackle, and pop… I need warmth.”
Gallagher said he tosses and turns at night without any sleeping pills, adding: “So I take the herbal sleeping pills and they saved my life. One of them: seven hours out – no pain, nothing.
“I won’t make it crispy if my hip pops, thanks. I’d rather be in a wheelchair, with [my wife] Debbie pushes me around like Little Britain.”
Gallagher will show he still has what it takes this summer when he headlines two 80,000-capacity shows at Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire, the same venue where Oasis – which broke up in 2009 – played two nights before in 1996 250,000 spectators played.
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https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/rockers-dont-get-new-hips-so-ill-just-roll-with-it-says-ex-oasis-star-liam-gallagher-41568125.html Rockers don’t get new hips, so I’m just going along with it,” says ex-Oasis star Liam Gallagher