- Publish Date
- Tuesday, 26 September 2017, 2:59PM
Gallagher had a string of opening dates on U2’s 'The Joshua Tree' anniversary tour this year, and said on the Absolute Radio Breakfast Show (via NME) that the hangovers were “brutal.” After one particularly boozy night Noel woke up to this call from Bono…
“So he says, ‘Oh you’re alive anyway, come on, everybody’s here waiting for you,’ and I was kind of going, ‘What for?’ He said, ‘For the lunch I’m throwing in your honor, there’s 75 guests have arrived.’ I said, ‘I’ve only just got out of bed,’ He said, ‘Look, the President of Ireland’s just arrived and you’re sitting next to him, so hurry up.’ So I had to get showered, get up there, ‘whey, ey’ and all that. The lunch started at three. Do you know what time it finished? Ten past four in the morning.”
It was after that day that Gallagher called his manager to get him out of touring with U2. When he actually tried to escape, he was caught in the act by Bono himself, who was wearing “his dressing gown, with two beers under this arm, eating scrambled eggs, listening to opera.”
Watch Noel tell the story in full here.