Former Creation Records boss Alan McGee says that Liam Gallagher, who turns 40 today, will never grow up.
Speaking in an interview with today's Sun McGee said "I doubt I’ll ever grow up properly — and Liam certainly won’t either. To me he’s like one of the old blues guys — or Paul Weller or Mick Jagger. He will be in a band until the day he dies."
He added that Liam Gallagher was the only person who visited him when he was in rehab in the early nineties.
McGee famously signed Oasis to his trailblazing label after seeing the band playing a tiny gig in King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow in 1993.
McGee, already a hardcore party animal, was swept away by the "mad for it" craziness of his new signings.
"There’s a story I want to tell about Liam which sums the man up to me," he says. "Everyone’s got an idea of what he’s like. But to me the real Liam is a courteous gentleman.
"I was one of the first casualties of the Nineties scene. After partying straight for seven years, I spent nine months in rehab. When I got clean I came back to London around October 1994 really shaken up.
"You’d think that people would welcome you back with open arms. But most people were too embarrassed to speak to me. I was the elephant in the living room
"The one person who came up and spent two hours talking to me was Liam. It was in December 1994, the night after Oasis had recorded Jools Holland, with the suits on and the orchestra.
"Even people from my own record company, Creation, didn’t know what to say. But Liam was the one to say, `Are you all right?' For that I will always love him.”
McGee (50) added that he doesn’t see Liam, who turns 40 today and is now fronting Beady Eye since the split of Oasis in 2009, ever mellowing completely with age.
"Liam will be just the same. He’ll be up on stage when he’s in his seventies — whether it’s a small gig in the 100 Club or Wembley Stadium — and he’ll be doing it because he loves music."