Liam Gallagher says he recruited Pete Doherty’s bassist Drew McConnell because he’s “f***ing talented”.
The former Oasis frontman said he knew the 38-year-old musician would be a perfect fit for his band because he has to have been “pretty headstrong” to be in Babyshambles with The Libertines frontman.
Speaking to NME, the Wall Of Glass singer explained: “I’d never met Drew before and you know – he’s f***ing talented. He’s played with The La’s, Drew, so he’s obviously talented. To keep the f***ing Babyshambles thing going he’s gotta be pretty headstrong, you know what I mean.”
Pete Doherty first confirmed the 44-year-old rocker had stolen Drew from him, reportedly telling the Daily Star newspaper: “Stressification on the band front, Drew playing bass guitar for Liam Gallagher’s new tour.”
The rockers have been at loggerheads for years, despite only meeting once according to Gallagher.
He said: “No, I’ve only met him [Pete] once, but that was years ago at the Forum when he was with … what are they called.. fucking, Libertines. It was just ‘hello, you’re really tall and that’. He looked like my mic stand.”