Tony McCarroll

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Tony McCarroll
Birth name Anthony McCarroll
Born (1971-06-04) 4 June 1971 (age 43)
Levenshulme, Manchester, England
Genres Rock, Britpop, alternative rock
Instruments Drums
Years active 1991–1995
Associated acts Oasis, The Rain

Anthony "Tony" McCarroll (born 4 June 1971) is an English drummer and one of the founder members of the English rock band Oasis, as their drummer from 1991 to April 1995.


Born in Levenshulme, Manchester, England, McCarroll joined pre-Oasis incarnation The Rain in 1990, replacing their drum machine, and linking up with rhythm guitarist Paul Arthurs, bassist Paul McGuigan and singer Chris Hutton. Hutton was later fired and replaced by Liam Gallagher. Liam's brother Noel soon joined and became the band's primary songwriter.

The tension soon grew greatly between him and Noel. McCarroll had been angered by the "£1,000 incident", as the band called it, which occurred after Creation advanced them that sum to purchase new equipment. Having already spent £600 of his own money on drums, McCarroll found that Noel refused to spend any of the cash on drum skins and instead bought a new guitar. He felt Gallagher was intimidated by him. For his part, Gallagher made his feelings clear with his favoured trick of appearing to forget McCarroll's name during interviews. McCarroll was reportedly informed he was no longer in the band via a phone call at his mother's house, not even from Noel or a band member, in 1995 after rumours of a punch-up with Liam. McCarroll has since denied this. His last job with the band was their first performance of "Some Might Say" (the last Oasis song he played on) on Top of the Pops.[citation needed]

On the last day of April 1995, McCarroll's departure was announced and soon the fight was abandoned as the main reason – instead, Oasis explained, his drumming just wasn't up to it. "I like Tony as a geezer but he wouldn't have been able to drum the new songs," explained Noel.[1] McCarroll was replaced by Alan White.

In 1999 McCarroll hired a solicitor Jens Hills – who had won Pete Best £2m from the Beatles in 1995 – to sue Oasis for £18m. Arguing McCarroll was owed his part of the band's five-album deal with Creation, the case hoped to set a legal precedent, as McCarroll would have claimed compensation for two LPs on which he had not played. Eventually, he accepted an out-of-court settlement of £600,000 in March 1999, which effectively severed all links to the band, with McCarroll's legal fees reported at £250,000. The settlement provoked considerable reaction (one headline questioned "Is this the most stupid man in showbiz?". The reporter claimed "what Tony failed to realise was that he effectively held a lottery ticket which would mean he'd carry on winning every year."[citation needed])

In an article building up to Oasis' seventh studio album Dig Out Your Soul in Q magazine in 2008, it was revealed that McCaroll was last seen in 2000 performing with the band Raika.[2]

McCarroll's biography about his time in Oasis, entitled Oasis: The Truth, was released in October 2010.[3]


  1. ^ Cooper, Joe (2011-04-07). "Whats the Story? The Future of British Music: Beady Eye - Across The Universe (STUDIO VERSION) "Beatles Cover"". Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
  2. ^ "McCarroll keeps it in the family". 2000-12-06. Retrieved 2011-10-22. 
  3. ^ ASIN 1843582465

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