Noel Gallagher Compares Rihanna's Popstar Entourage To A Small Army
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.04.2013
Her fans gave her a lot of gifts...
In an interview with GQ, Noel Gallagher compared Rihanna's entourage to a small army. The two ran into each other at the same show at the Holmenkollen Sommerfestival in Oslo, Norway last year. Here are highlights:
On Rihanna's entourage: "I don't have an entourage, and when I do it's pathetic. Never more than two people. I was at a festival in Norway and Rihanna's just arrived with a hundred people. Fucking small army. And I had to go into this room, which was all just racks of clothing and stuff that designers and punters had brought to give to Rihanna. And they all had these cards in front of them, saying: 'Dear Rihanna, we are such huge fans, please accept this $90,000 handbag from whoever and whoever'. And I'm reading all these cards as I'm waiting to go in, so I went back to my dressing room and got the little bowl of Cadbury's Sensations and left it there on her table with a card saying 'Dear Rihanna, please accept these chocolates on behalf of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds'. And she took them. She fucking took them."
On fans wanting photos: "The celebrity thing is… I've been at airports or restaurants or walked into newsagents and it can be like something from the Wild West… everyone goes for their pockets. They're going for their phones. And you can tell that some of them, they don't even know who you are - but they know you're famous. And their first reaction is to get a picture. Why? What are they going to do with that? What on earth are they going to do with that? And if I say no, why insist? Why follow me down the high street, complaining, saying, 'But I've bought all your records!' I don't care if you've bought all my records! Go home and listen to them then! I don't understand the trophy photograph. No one - not one of my mates - has ever once gone to me, 'Look! Here's a photo of me with Telly Savalas!'. Brilliant. Well done. What are you going to do with that? Put it in the National Portrait Gallery? What is the point? And the thing is about people taking pictures - they don't fucking know how to operate a camera. None of them. 'Can I get a quick photo?'. Well, it's not going to be quick, is it? Or if someone comes up to you in Selfridges while you're buying socks and pants, and gives you a tube ticket to sign... I have to say, 'I am not signing that'. It's the argumentative soul in me. 'Why not?' Well, what are you going to do with it? Are you going to put that tube ticket on a plinth at home? Come on. Go and get an album. I'll be in this section buying socks for the next 45 minutes. HMV is downstairs. You can be there and back in ten minutes. Do not make me sign the back of a fucking receipt from Boots."