- 08 Jun 23
Before the 1975's show at St Anne's Park last night, Matty Healy opened the show in place of Caroline Polachek
The change in question happened after it was announced that the 1975's scheduled opener Caroline Polachek would have to pull-out for health reasons. Matty Healy, the 1975's frontman, thankfully came to the rescue and opened the night for his own band.
The switch garnered online attention, with many people curious as to what the frontman's set would involve - one fan online even joking that Healy would be "playing only Oasis and Maroon 5 for the opener" as a nod to his recent public rows with members of each band.
The fan was more right than expected - Matty Healy did mention Noel Gallagher during the opening act, giving a response to Gallagher's recent disparaging comments against both Healy and the 1975 as a whole.
The tension between Gallagher and Healy could arguably be said to have started when Healy called for Gallgher to "grow up," make up with his brother, Liam, and reform Oasis during an interview back in February.
Not taking the remark kindly, Noel Gallagher responded last month in his own interview. Gallagher's own remarks included calling Healy a "fucking slack-jawed fuckwit" and telling Healy to "go over how shit his band is and split up."
Now, Matty Healy's used last night as a chance to further address the unfolding series of verbal altercations, although he first went on to thank Chris Martin and Bono for their generosity towards the 1975.
“Honestly, this is not a name drop, this is a celebration of them as people: Chris Martin and Bono have sent us the most beautiful messages, packages, kind of good wishes," Matty began. "In honestly such a genuine way and it made us feel so beautiful.”
"So that's been wonderful."
“Chris Martin and Bono have sent us the most beautiful messages…”omg
“Noel Gallagher called me a slack-jawed fuckwit”
— tina ⎕ 🥀🏳️🌈 (@ubiquitassline) June 7, 2023
Getting down to the gist of it, however, he quickly changed pace and acknowledged the English artist's comments. “Noel Gallagher called me a ‘slack-jawed fuckwit.’ But I love Noel Gallagher. I love We asked Liam to open up and he said he would have done it but he was busy. But I love Noel Gallagher, give it up for Noel Gallagher. He’s just getting on."
Doubling down, Matty Healy continued on to finish his impromptu speech by once again calling for the two brothers to reunite and reform the legendary rock band.
"The difference between me and Noel is that I do a series of interviews to promote an album, whereas he does an album to promote a series of interviews. But we love you Noel, get Oasis back together!”
The St. Anne's Park show is a part of the band's current touring for their latest album, Being Funny In A Foreign Language, which dropped last year in 2022. Around the same time, the 1975 not only starred on the cover of Hot Press but Stuart Clark sat down with Healy to hash out the album and a couple of other subjects.
If you missed out on seeing them live, don't worry - the 1975 are also set to play a gig at Musgrave Park in Cork on June 13th soon.
Revisit Hot Press's cover story interview with the 1975 here.
Listen to the 1975's latest album, Being Funny In A Foreign Language, here: