Rock ‘bad boy’ Liam Gallagher showed his softer side when he met three-year-old Lyla Dawson.
Lyla’s musician dad George, 27, of Crosland Moor, has been a big Oasis fan all his life.
Carer George, who named his daughter after his favourite Oasis track, decided to try to meet Liam on Tuesday night when he performed at the Leeds 02 Arena.
George and Lyla joined more than 200 others outside the venue at lunchtime, expecting Liam to arrive about 2.30pm for a soundcheck.
As it turned out he was running late after being delayed en route from Glasgow.
Liam rushed inside about 5pm, leaving George and Lyla disappointed.
After the crowd had disappeared, a member of Liam’s security team came out and spoke to George.
Seeing Lyla’s disappointment, he went to speak to Liam and came out to promise the star would meet them after the show.
George didn’t have tickets and took Lyla off for some tea and to a fair at the German market before returning to the stagedoor.
Finally, just after 10pm, Liam came out and spent several minutes chatting to them, signing George’s precious Fender guitar and posing for pictures.
George, who plays in a singing duo with pal Dominic Beresford, said he was delighted Liam had taken the time to meet him.
“It was great for both me and Lyla,” said George.
“Even though she is only three she understood and was really disappointed when he missed him.
“I was ready to go home but she wanted to come back. It was a really late night for her and she fell asleep straight away on the way back.”
It was only afterwards that the security man found out that George didn’t have tickets.
“He said if he’d known we could have had tickets and gone back stage,” said George. “I was gutted.”
George said Liam was really talkative and friendly.
“He was brilliant with Lyla,” he said. “He often gets a bad press but I couldn’t fault the guy”.