LIAM GALLAGHER has been paid £500,000 to perform at a lavish 50th birthday party for B&M retail king Bobby Arora.
The former Oasis rocker turned solo star earned the paycheck for a just 30-minute set at Paris’ historic opera house, the Palais Garnier.
The white-tie champagne, where guests were also entertained with ballet and opera, had to change to Liam, who wears a parka and loves lager.
At one point Liam, whose hits with Oasis included the 1995 anthem Roll With It, was joined on stage by birthday boy Bobby, who co-owns the B&M discount chain with brothers Simon and Robin.
Guests at the party included Fred Siriex, French butler from Channel 4’s First Dates.
A source said: ‘It was the party to end all parties.
“No expense has been spared. It was opulent, extravagant and utterly brilliant. You couldn’t dream of a grander place – and then Liam took the stage.
“No one knew he was playing. He knocked the house down.”
During his set, Liam sang Oasis’ 1994 hit Cigarettes & Alcohol – and there was certainly no shortage of booze at the party.
The Arora brothers bought favorite B&M in 2004 when it was just a struggling Blackpool-based grocery chain and on the verge of insolvency.
It now has 686 variety stores across the UK and is valued at £5.1 billion.
So paying Liam was no big deal for mega-rich Bobby.
But he was lucky to land the rocker – who is still so busy.
He performed in front of 50,000 fans at Glasgow’s Hampden Stadium last week and later tweeted about the gig: “Glasgow you will be my death.
“You were biblical – love and adore you, stay cool until next time.”
He performed in Athens last night as his 20+ date world tour continues, also featuring countries including France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, New Zealand and Australia. Australia.
Oasis £200m Christmas deals
FRESH from his Glastonbury triumph, Noel Gallagher has boasted of having frequently offered almost £200million to reform Oasis.
He said: “There’s no six-month pass without someone from Live Nation saying to me, ‘You know, there’s a couple hundred million dollars for you.’
“Sony Music (Oasis’ label) would love that. If I pick up the phone today and say I have to do a new Oasis album, you could make the wildest requests, you’d be on the private jet in half an hour to do the trick.
“Because they say, ‘Well, it’s a license to print money.
“While they really should be looking for the next Oasis and taking the time to make it great.”
Noel admitted on his podcast that he was back on drinking at the festival, having previously quit in lockdown.
He added: “I was screwed. I definitely couldn’t have sung on Sunday night.
Alison’s uni secret
80s pop icon Alison Moyet went invisible as a mature student, we can reveal.
The singer has been studying at Brighton University under her married name Geneviève Ballard on a printmaking course for a few months.
But she’s set to reveal her day job to her classmates by taking them to see her open for Tears For Fears on their UK tour this week.
A source said: “Alison wanted to be treated like a regular student. Now all her classmates are going to see what she does on stage.
The former Yazoo singer had to pull out of her support gig at the QEII Arena in Telford on Friday due to Covid.
Rest up, Alison – we hope your college mates can see you.
Laura hates love
SHE caused a stink by saying the Love Island villa reeked of body odor – and now host Laura Whitmore has had another pop at the housemates.
Speaking about her frustration with their actions, she revealed: “I care about couples and that’s why it’s really hard. Especially with Casa Amor – sometimes I feel like slapping them, you know? Uh , Nope.
Laura, said on the Melvin Odoom podcast: “When I come over to surprise them, they’re like, ‘Oh Jesus, who are you?’ and I’m like, ‘It’s Love Island, it’s not a holiday!’
“I think they forget. They’re like, ‘Why are you here now?’ I’m like, ‘Do you remember? Is this a show you’re on? You’re not just here having a good time”.
“Or they get mad, say if somebody gets kicked off the island and they’re like, ‘This is really unfair! And I’m like, ‘That’s what this is about, it’s a TV show – you’re on a TV show’.
Look who’s got the hair, Rihanna
RIHANNA and ASAP ROCKY nearly sparked a riot when they entered a hair salon in Crystal Palace, south London.
The new parents arrived Friday night after the rapper’s headline at the Wireless Festival, where Rihanna was caught up in the crowd.
And despite being mobbed by hundreds of screaming fans at the barbershop, Rocky settled in for a cut.
Kudos to them for taking it all in their stride.
Frankie is open to cures
FRANKIE BRIDGE says she would consider taking ketamine to try to cure her depression.
The former Saturdays singer, who struggled with her mental health for years, admitted she would love to try micro-dosing the party drug.
She said on Should I delete this? podcast: “I always take antidepressants.
“My shrink says I’m the only person he can’t cure. I’d like to explore other treatments now. There’s magnetic treatments and micro-dosage ketamine.
“I don’t think I’m there yet. . . I have two children and a job to keep.
Spices turn a Horner
SPICE GIRLS’ bid to play Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage is a step forward, thanks to Geri Horner.
On Sunday, The Sun revealed that Mel B, Mel C, Emma Bunton and Geri had discussed doing a world tour ending at Glasto – with Victoria Beckham making an appearance.
Geri was reluctant – but sources say that has changed.
One revealed last night: ‘Geri had the most reservations about touring – his son Monty is still very young. But recently she’s seemed much more positive about the idea, and that says a lot about the fact that she and husband Christian came to Glastonbury last week.
Our Union Jack dresses are ready when they are.
Kim’s gear is a dog
KIM KARDASHIAN channels 60s silver screen icon Barbarella as she wears metallic swimsuits.
The American reality TV star, who posed in a gold one-piece swimsuit and silver bikini, was promoting a new collection for her brand SKIMS (what else?).
For the poolside shoot, she paired her costumes with fluffy blonde hair in an apparent homage to sci-fi character Barbarella, played by acting legend Jane Fonda.
And she showed off her cuddly side by posing with a few poodles.
Kim, who is currently dating American comedian Pete Davidson, voiced the poodle Dolores in the animated children’s film Paw Patrol.
So at least she could chat with them between takes.