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Russell Brand makes his radio comeback with Noel Gallagher
Russell Brand is making his radio comeback hosting a football show with pal Noel Gallagher.
It will be Russell’s return to the airwaves since quitting his BBC Radio 2 show in October after making prank calls to Fawlty Towers star Andrew Sachs.
His mate Noel will co-host the show on national chat station TalkSport so they can trade football banter, gags and insults.
A pal of Russell revealed yesterday: “TalkSport showed an interest pretty soon after Russell left his BBC show.
“He has now agreed but the exact details are yet to be confirmed.
It will be a one-off in the first instance but will become a regular show if it is a success.
“Obviously it will need to be fitted around Russell’s movie commitments in Hollywood.
“The fact he comes with Noel Gallagher is the icing on the cake.”
Swordsman Russell apologised and fell on his, erm, sword after the Sachsgate scandal where he and Jonathan ross left messages on Andrew’s answerphone about his fling with the actor’s granddaughter Georgina Baillie.
But I reckon he has served his time and personally I am pleased to hear his unique style back on the wireless.
His BBC show — on which Noel was a regular guest — was the best thing on the radio.
And for a man with silly hair who dedicates his life to his quest for my Bizarre Shagger Of The Year gong, West Ham fan Russell knows a fair bit about the beautiful game too.
And with Manchester City supporter Noel by his side the terrace banter will be much funnier than a season in the life of either of their beloved clubs.
It’s definitely a big coup for TalkSport which is fast gaining a reputation as the best place for witty radio chat.
Russell’s pal added: “It’s not about the money for Russell.
“He just loves talking football on the radio — especially with Noel.
“TalkSport is a good place for him too. The station will be prepared to work around his schedule and he will be able to take a few risks too.”
But I’m sure any granddaughter gags will be off limits.
Oasis were unable to attend the awards as due to touring commitments in Europe so Russell Brand presented Noel with the award for 'Best British Band' during a recent trip to the band's Big Brother Recordings office.
Oasis also won the 'Best Blog' award for Noel's 'Tales From The Middle Of Nowhere'.
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From Noel Gallagher's official tour diary on oasisinet.com
Well, well, well - so these little text messages have now become "award-winning", eh? Oh, the irony! Irie Nancy finds the whole thing rather amusing, considering that I've yet to go within 10 feet of a computer let alone own one of the blasted things.
The Best Dressed Award was not to be and I guess Mr. Obama was arguably more deserving of Hero status. But all in all, a tidy little haul, I think.
Oasis' Noel Gallagher has claimed that he has "never" used a computer, despite winning the Best Bang Blog award at the Shockwaves NME Awards on Wednesday (February 25).
The star explained that he sent all his blogs through via text – and said he had no quibbles about Barack Obama beating him to the Hero Of The Year award.
"Well, well, well – so these little text messages have now become 'award-winning', eh?" he wrote (or texted, rather) on his blog at Myspace.com/oasis. "Oh, the irony! Irie Nancy finds the whole thing rather amusing, considering that I've yet to go within 10 feet of a computer, let alone own one of the blasted things.
"The Best Dressed award was not to be and I guess Mr Obama was arguably more deserving of Hero status. But all in all, a tidy little haul, I think."
Musician's On Call have an on line benefit auction that went live February 10th and runs through March 5, 2009.
One of the items up for bid is an Oasis Limited Edition Package (From Oasis' latest album "Dig Out Your Soul." The package includes 4 Vinyls, 3 CDs and 1 Book that is autographed by all of the members).
To bid on this great collectors item please visit the auction item's page here
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And it was a night dominated not by new recruits - but by the old guard. Oasis picked up the night's biggest prize - NME's best British band. Songwriter and guitarist Noel Gallagher also won the prize for best band blog. The audience were shown a video of comedian Russell Brand presenting the awards to him.
Brand said in the video: "We're the best at producing bands, we know this already."
But it was a performance by Oasis' old rivals Blur that grabbed the headlines. Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon's stripped down performance of This Is A Low was the first time they have played in public since the band declared it was staging a comeback for a series of summer shows. The pair received a huge applause.
Elsewhere, it was a great night for Muse who claimed a hat-trick of wins. They saw off competition from Oasis and Kings of Leon to take Best Live Band for the second year in a row.The trio also won Best Album Art Work for Haart and singer Matt Bellamy scooped Sexiest Male.
US band Kings of Leon picked up the best album prize and - as a further blast to the past - The Cure were given the Godlike Genius award - a lifetime achievement prize in all but the name.
There was a prize for another current star though. NME readers voting Amy Winehouse the worst dressed musician.
This summer, Oasis will hit the road in the United Kingdom for what looks set to be their most unforgettable tour ever.
Revived following the release of 'Dig Out Your Soul', they're most energetic album in years, the sold-out dates will see the Manchester band call at stadiums around the country along with the likes of The Enemy, Kasabian and Reverend and The Makers in support.
To celebrate this epic jaunt, and the release of 'Falling Down', the third single from the band's latest album, Gigwise is giving away a pair of ticket to Oasis' gig at London's Wembley Stadium on July 11th.
All you have to do to get your hands on this amazing prize is answer the following question HERE.
From Noel Gallagher's NME Award winning Tour Diary on oasisinet...
So. Where have we been then? Been to Bolzano, which is in Italy, but it used to be part of Austria and everyone speaks German!! Wonder if that causes problems during the World Cup?
Been doing a lot of Asian interviews of late. On the phone. I hate speaking on the phone, never mind being interviewed on the bloody thing. Saying that, I did impress a lady from Hong Kong with my knowledge of the 60s Hong Kong music scene - there actually was one! Teddy Robin And The Playboys - a tune called "Magic Colours" - amazing! I plan to cover it one day and turn it into a smash hit.
A Chinese journalist asked me did I have a message for "Chinese fan" ahead of our up-coming Chinese tour?
"Erm..not really" "Nothing? Nothing you want to say?" "Just tell 'em to watch out - Oasis are coming" "Ok", she says. "I tell Chinese fan to wash it out!"
Left Italy behind last night in Florence. Before the show I overheard a frankly bizarre conversation between Tall Scratch and The Shroud, which went as follows:
T.S. - "I'm thinking of 'going commando' for the gig tonight." Sh. - "Really? Why?" T.S. - "Just to see what it feels like." Me - (?!?!?!?!?)
Now, I'm all for a bit of bohemia, etc., but doing a gig with no underpants on?! Come on!? Is that what it's come to? That kinda shit leads to "other things" and it's a bit Carl Barat, to say the least..(more of that later).
For those of you who listened to the gig on the radio, I apologise. Think it sounded like a bit of a mess. Shame to end the Italian bit with a whimper. Still, them Italian kids fuckin' rule. See you at Wembley, if you're coming. FORZA ITALIA!!
It's the NME awards today. We got the award for the best band. Thanks very much if you voted for that. Best dressed man is the one I really wanted though. If only to annoy Romeo.
Today I am mostly in Vienna, Austria. Night off tonight. Gonna go to an Irish bar with the crew and hopefully watch Liverpool get put in their place by Real Madrid.
Now, it turns out the Scratch wasn't talking about his undies, he was talking about his.... EAR PLUGS!! He wears ear plugs and he was taking THEM out for the gig! Phewee! For a minute there I thought..well, actually, now I think about it, I don't know what's worse; the thought of someone doing the gig sans underwear or the fact that there are actually EAR PLUGS being worn onstage!
Oasis Pays Tribute to German Band NEU on Compilation
A host of artists have been selected to pay tribute to the cutting-edge craftings of Krautrock legends NEU! on a new compilation.
As well as those you might expect to turn up, such as Foals, Fujiya & Miyagi and Primal Scream, Kasabian and Oasis will be featured on the record, which will be called Brand NEU! Said Bobby Gillespie of the compilation, “I hope that this album turns more people onto the music of NEU!”
Noel Gallagher added, “My current new favourite German band of all time. Proper tour bus music. Spiritual!!” Michael Rother also contributes a track.
Brand NEU! tracklisting:
Ciccone Youth - 'Two Cool Rock Chicks Listening To Neu!' Primal Scream - 'Shoot Speed / Kill Light' Pets With Pets - 'We Only Found This Place' Oasis - 'I Can See It Now' Foals - 'Titan Arum' Cornelius - 'Wataridori' Holy Fuck - 'Super Inuit' LCD Soundsystem - 'Watch The Tapes' Kasabian - 'Stuntman' School Of Seven Bells - 'Device fuer M' Fujiya & Miyagi - 'Electro Karaoke' Hook & The Twin - 'They'll Get Your Head' La Dusseldorf - 'Sketch 1_08' Michael Rother - 'Neutronics 98'
The NME awards have always been a little different to the Brits.
They are on a smaller scale, the awards are all voted for by the readers of the magazine and website - and boozing and bad behaviour are actively encouraged.
This is the ceremony where Bob Geldof put Russell Brand in his place, using the kind of word on stage that would make Brits' bosses flee the country.
In 2006, Ryan Jarman of The Cribs had to be rushed to hospital after skewering himself on a table decoration.
But things have suddenly got a little tame at the ceremony, which was once dubbed "the Brats".
It seems every ceremony must have a theme nowadays.
Last week, the Brits stage was festooned with tents and cows as part of a summer musical vibe.
The NME has loaded Brixton Academy's stage with what looked like offcuts from a particularly brutal hedge pruning session.
Apparently the desired effect was of an enchanted forest. Nope, me neither... Dizzee Rascal had some fans in the audience
After an opening from new indie boys White Lies, this year's host, comedian Mark Watson, had an early pop at Leona Lewis, saying she had "shrugged off accusations of being boring by covering a Snow Patrol song".
It would have been funnier if Lewis or Snow Patrol were at the awards - but the sentiment seemed to be appreciated.
There are always a few teething problems at awards like these and it is probably better to iron any kinks out early in the proceedings.
Enter Ms Grace Jones, dressed like an extra from a Mad Max film, with a strange hat / mask contraption covering half of her face.
There to present the award for best live act, she waited until after the video tape of all the nominees before announcing: "And here are the nominees..."
"See you all next year"
Dizzee Rascal provided the first memorable moment of the night when he accepted the award for best floor filler - for his number one single Dance Wiv Me.
The Londoner walked off with the presenters' mic and then stage dived into the crowd.
In the first of two duets of the night, Franz Ferdinand and newcomer La Roux performed an updated cover of Blondie hit Call Me.
The second collaboration saw Scottish band Glasvegas and Florence, minus her Machines, revamp Elvis Presley's Suspicious Minds.
Michael Eavis cemented his lovable old man status when he thanked 2008 Glastonbury headliners Jay-Z and Kings Of Leon for helping the festival win best music event. Even Pete Doherty was well behaved dedicating an award to 'his nan'
He then told the crowd, "see you all next year". Hopefully he meant at the next NME show - the Glastonbury weekend is actually a little over four months away.
Electronic disco-funk band Friendly Fires got everyone moving when they were joined on stage by a full chorus of drummers and a handful of scantily-clad, carnival-style dancers.
And so, on to the coveted best British band award. It's a biggie and who should win but Oasis... who were subjected to some pretty deafening boos from across the venue.
At least they would have been if they had bothered to turn up.
Their absence only served to increase the volume of booing to the point where host Watson had trouble trying to quiet the dissenters so that a video message from Noel Gallagher could be played.
Luckily, the boos became cheers as indie rock legends The Cure were presented with the Godlike Genius award.
After a genuinely heartfelt "thank you" from singer Robert Smith, the band played a lengthy, nostalgic set to bring the NME awards 2009 to an end.
Lets hope that next year, the brothers Gallagher join in the fun.
Oasis win Best British Band at Shockwaves NME Awards
Oasis have won Best British Band at the Shockwaves NME Awards tonight (February 25).
The Manchester band were unable to make the ceremony at the O2 Brixton Academy in London due to live commitments in Europe. However, the band sent in an acceptance video featuring themselves along with former Shockwaves NME Awards host Russell Brand.
Oasis' Noel Gallagher has been named the Best Band Blogger at the Shockwaves NME Awards in London tonight.
The guitarist and songwriter picked up the most votes from NME readers and NME.COM users for his 'Tales From The Middle Of Nowhere' blog on Oasisinet.com, beating the likes of Radiohead and Foals, who also maintain their websites themselves.
US President Barack Obama edged out the lesser known commander in Chief (Noel Gallagher) for Hero of the Year.
Red Carpet Interview with Kasabian front man at NME Awards 2009
Fans are finally getting a glimpse of the Oasis single remix by Amorphous Androgynous. Last month the band posted this on their website: "He (Noel Gallagher) wants us to remix the next Oasis single ' Falling Down ' from " Dig Your Own Soul" giving us carte-blanche to do what the f*** we want" . . . . just make it worthy " we repeat "WORTHY" !!!! to fit into "A MONSTROUS PSYCHEDELIC BUBBLE EXPLODING IN YOUR MIND " was his mandate. What a wonderfully humble thing to say . . .. .
'I don't want to go on stage sounding like a fookin' idiot'
'Why do you think I don't like journalists?" asks a mystified Liam Gallager when I tell him that my intention is to make our telephonic interview as painless as possible.
"Young man, I have followed your career since the beginning," I reply. "And, besides, its no secret."
He is quick to respond: "I don't hate all journalists. I'm just not into talking, so I say it once, then it's over. It's hard."
Looking back over the years, the media circus that is Oasis, particularly back in the '90s, was certainly created by the lead singer of the band and his temperamental brother, Noel.
From fisticuffs between the two to cocaine parties and hot models, the Gallagher brothers were probably more famous for their lifestyles than their music. They publicly dissed each other. They publicly dissed Blur as well as the US grunge movement and, more recently, they refused to be on the same bill as Coldplay.
Last year, Noel also had a dig at the organisers of the Glastsonbury Festival for booking rapper Jay-Z as a headline act. "Glastonbury has a tradition of guitar music. I'm not having hip-hop at Glastonbury. It's wrong," he said.
Jay-Z in return had a dig at Noel on his latest album, Blueprint 3: "That bloke from Oasis says I can't play guitar. Somebody should have told him I'm a f***ing rock star," before breaking into a line from the Oasis hit, Wonderwall: "Today is gonna be the day that I throw it all back to you."
At best, the Gallagher brothers' behaviour can be described as laddish. At worst, they were rude yobs who had scant respect for anyone and when the pressure became too much they viciously turned on the media, which in turn created more paparazzi fodder.
Liam, in particular, developed a nasty reputation - kinda like the Wayne Rooney of Britpop.
So, obviously I approached the interview with some trepidation. But to my surprise, the man was honest, funny, at times self- deprecating and spontaneous.
Many world-famous musicians are guarded and give record- company-trained responses. Clearly, these training methods did not work on Liam. I speculate he probably told the little record company's PR poppie to get knotted in not-so-polite language.
The interview became more of a banter than anything else.
"I'm in Marseilles, in France," Liam says in his thick Manchester accent. "We're playing a gig tonight."
"So, have you guys ever been to South Africa?"
"No, but my dentist is South African. He says it's great. He's actually coming to watch us when we play there."
Oh cool, I guess.
"Do you know, I have never met a South African girl before. You're the first. I'm fookin' serious. This is history."
"So you'll never forget me, Liam."
"No, I won't."
My heart skips a beat.
"Aside from playing the fest what are you planning to do in SA, cage diving with the sharks?
"I can't swim, but I think we're staying on in Cape Town for about three days after the tour."
"What can fans expect from Oasis in concert?"
"The coolest rock 'n roll band in the world. We gonna be banging it out. But we don't jump around. There's no pirate sex or anything. We just do the tunes."
"Did you ever think you'd still be doing Oasis after everything that has happened in your career?"
"Yeah, I did, but I thought we'd be a lot bigger. People are just being stubborn. Fookin' arbs. It's like, c'mon man!"
Somewhere in the back of my mind I think, well maybe if you hadn't shoved so much marching powder up your nose and maybe if you and Noel hadn't … nah …
"Liam, on your latest album, Dig Out Your Soul, you wrote most of the music. Have the dynamics in the band changed?"
"I don't trust myself as a song- writer, I'm definitely the singer. But everything in the band is still the same. I'm much more worried about my voice. For years I never warmed up before a concert. I'd just stand around smoking and stuff.
"But people spend lots of money to see us and I respect that. I don't want to go on stage sounding like a fookin' idiot. Now I drink herbal drinks and shit."
"Yeah, honey. I fookin' hate it."
"You don't party so hard now?"
"We still have a laugh and party, but we've slowed down."
"Do you know who's performing with you in South Africa?"
"I don't care, but I suppose you're gonna tell me anyway."
"Liam, Do you want to know or not?"
"Yeah, go on, tell me."
"Panic at the Disco."
"Ah, they're fookin' rubbish."
"Ooh, I like them. Some of them are my mates.
"I can't remember the names of the others."
"That's because they're probably fookin' rubbish."
Liam, do you enjoy your job?
"I fookin' love it. I wake up and piss around all day and then I go on stage at 9pm. I wouldn't have a clue what to do outside of this. I think we're important as a band.
"Okay, now that the bullshit is out the way, it's purely financial reasons. So the lads can go on holiday, or buy a new house. But I'm the biggest fan of the band."
Wow, methinks somewhere between the fame and the fights, Liam has grown up.
The Coca Cola Fest takes place on April 10 at New Market Racecourse, Johannesburg, and in Cape Town on April 13 at The Ostrich Farm. Book at Computicket
via L4e / Therese Owen , Tonight.co.za / photo: Paul Bachmann
Oasis have announced they will headline the Melt Festival in Saxony-Amhalt (near Dessau) on Sunday 19th July. It is the third European festival date the band have announced after previously confirming headline slots at Rock Werchter and Benicàssim.
The Melt Festival will mark a welcome return to Germany for Oasis after their sold out dates on their recent Western European tour.
Tickets for the festival are on sale now, through www.meltfestival.de/tickets and all German box offices + www.eventim.de / 0049-(0)1805-570070. Day tickets go on sale from 1st May.
From Noel Gallagher's official tour diary on oasisinet.com
Spent the day in bed yesterday nursing a bad head. For some reason I watched MTV’s European Top 10. Fuck me, it was painful. Leona Lewis doing Snow Patrol? Ouch! Kings Of Leon doing U2? Ouch! The Killers doing fancy dress? Ouch! Lady Gaga? (I may be showing my age here but who’s Lady Gaga?). It made my teeth hurt! MY TEETH!!
That interview with The Sunday Times fella was great. He was good fun. Not often you can say that about a journalist.
Still in Venice. Leaving shortly. I genuinely have no idea where I’m going. Are we staying in Italy? I hope so. These kids make for amazing gigs.
Wonder how “the shoes” are getting on? I’ll find out soon enough.
Oasis have confirmed the formats and extra tracks on their forthcoming single ‘Falling Down’.
The brand new Noel Gallagher-penned song 'Those Swollen Hand Blues' features in addition to various remixes of the single.
The Prodigy have twisted the track into new sonic forms whilst Marilyn Manson bassist Twiggy and Dave Sardy, who previously collaborated on a remix of 'I'm Outta Time', have created a new dance-floor filler!
Readers of Noel's 'Tales From The Middle Of Nowhere' will also be aware of the remix by Amorphous Androgynous who have delivered a 22 minute epic version of ‘Falling Down’. In a recent entry, Noel described it as, ‘A staggering piece of music. Monumental even. All superlatives will apply”.
The single is released in the UK on Monday 9th March (8th March digitally) and is taken from the band's number one album, 'Dig Out Your Soul'.
The full formats details are:
OASISINET EXCLUSIVE BUNDLE CD Single 7" Vinyl 12" Vinyl A set of 3 Exclusive Oasis Badges
CD SINGLE: Falling Down - Album Version Those Swollen Hand Blues Falling Down - "It's the Gibb Mix" by Twiggy / Sardy Falling Down - The Prodigy Version
7" SINGLE: Falling Down - Album Version Those Swollen Hand Blues
12" SINGLE: Falling Down - "A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Mix" by Amorphous Androgynous
DIGITAL BUNDLE 1: Falling Down - Album Version Those Swollen Hand Blues Falling Down - Demo
DIGITAL BUNDLE 2: Falling Down - "It's the Gibb Mix" by Twiggy / Sardy Remix Falling Down - The Prodigy Version Falling Down - "A Monstrous Psychedelic Bubble Mix" by Amorphous Androgynous (Bundle Only)
DIGITAL BUNDLE 3 (iTunes exclusive): Falling Down - Album Version Those Swollen Hand Blues Falling Down - Demo Falling Down - Video
Live4ever member 'shout it out loud' bumped into Rkid on the streets of Toulouse last week. Our lad from Durham had a nice chat with Liam and sent us this great snap. Read all about the chance encounter and Liam's answer to the question in our forum
Noel Gallagher: Liam Often Has Gloomy Effect on People
Noel Gallagher says his brother Liam is like the "blackest winter ever".
The Oasis rocker believes he is far more optimistic than his sibling bandmate, and claims Liam - who he has repeatedly clashed with over the years - often has a gloomy effect on people.
When asked what season he is most like, Noel said: "I am eternally spring. But my brother Liam is like the blackest winter ever."
The guitarist went on to analyse people who compare themselves to other seasons, saying: "Anyone who chooses autumn must be a geography teacher. People who chose summer are not to be trusted. I chose spring because that is when my birthday is."
The 41-year-old musician also revealed his 17-month-old son Donovan, whose mother is Noel's long-term partner Sara MacDonald, already has a strong personality.
He added: "He is the greatest human being I have ever met in my life. He really is just laugh a minute."
Noel - who also has an eight-year-old daughter, Anais, with ex-wife Meg Mathews - revealed Donovan is trying to get to grips with what his rock star dad does for a job.
He explained: "He doesn't really understand my job. All he sees is that one minute I am there and the next minute I am gone."
From Noel Gallagher's official tour diary on oasisinet.com
FORZA ROMA!! What a gig. Up there with best so far. Loud, loud, loud!!
Woke up in Venice this morning. 6.45 am. Had to get a boat to our hotel. Sailed through the "streets" then across the river just as the sun was rising up like a fuzzy tennis ball in the haze. What a beautiful way to start the day.
Being interviewed by The Sunday Times today. Wonder how long it'll take the geezer to mention Tony Blair? 30 mins, I reckon.
Got a day off here tomorrow. Should be interesting getting on that boat drunk later. Wonder if Mohamed al-Fayed's shoes will get wet? I'll let you know.
Visitors to Oasisinet.com are currently being redirected to the band's myspace page. A statement posted there explains that the site's host Trinity Street unexpectedly ceased trading last week. Trinity was also running the band's official online merchandising store. The problems are currently being worked on and both the online store and website should have a new home soon the post concluded.
Oasis and U2 To Perform on Special Top of the Pops
Comic Relief spreads the music love with a special one-off edition of Top Of The Pops. Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates are joined by a host of comics to present an incredible live show, including performances from Oasis, U2 and, once again, Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones, giving another rendition of their Comic Relief single.
James Corden and Mathew Horne bring up the rear in the wee hours as they guide viewers through some of the more risky and rude moments from Red Nose Days past.
From Noel Gallagher's official tour diary on oasisinet.com
Sorry droogs. Forgot about you lot!
Now then - what's been happening?
Well, we went to Lisbon. I thought it wouldn't get any better than Barcelona and Madrid - how wrong I was. I think it was my favourite night of the whole tour so far. It may well have been the best gig too. Them kids sang it LOUD, man.
Gave our disc-jockey a lesson in heavy psychedelic rock music in the dressing room afterwards. I really should try my hand at that dj'ing malarky. I'd be fuckin' brilliant.
Left the people of Lisbon with a message of love for José Mourinho. We really do need him back in England. Preferably at Man City.
We were in Toulouse last night (that's in France, if anyone's reading this from The Daily Star). Them French kids are a bit more laid back than their Latino cousins. A quiet gig.
Watched 'Scarface' last night on the bus. Suddenly dawned on me that it's the first time I've seen it since "the 90s" and not been acting out nearly every scene with Tony Montana - political refugee. (I never did get that tiger I promised myself). Great film though.
I send you this message from Marseille (that's also in France). Gig tonight, then onto our spiritual home ITALIA.
Last night saw the 2009 Brit Awards held at Earl's Court in London (February 18).
It looks as though Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher was wrong when he predicted Coldplay would win anything, as Chris Martin and band went home empty handed. Find out who Liam said should win yesterday here
As previously reported, it was Welsh star Duffy who won the highest number of accolades - taking home three gongs. Kings Of Leon also won big, being presented with International Group and International Album.
Pet Shop Boys were awarded Outstanding Contribution to Music and the Critics' Choice Award went to Florence and the Machine.
The Winners Are:
British Male Solo Artist:
Paul Weller (Winner) Ian Brown James Morrison The Streets Will Young
British Female Solo Artist:
Duffy (Winner) Adele Beth Rowley Estelle M.I.A.
Coldplay Elbow (Winner) Girls Aloud Radiohead Take That
Girls Aloud - 'The Promise' (Winner) Coldplay - 'Viva La Vida' Duffy - 'Mercy' Leona Lewis - 'Better In Time' Scouting For Girls - 'Heartbeat'
Duffy - Rockferry (Winner) Coldplay - Viva La Vida Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid Radiohead - In Rainbows Ting Tings - We Started Nothing
British Breakthrough Act:
Duffy (Winner) Adele The Last Shadow Puppets Scouting For Girls Ting Tings
British Live Act:
Iron Maiden (Winner) Coldplay Elbow Scouting For Girls The Verve
International Male Solo Artist:
Kanye West (Winner) Beck Neil Diamond Jay-Z Seasick Steve
International Female Solo Artist:
Katy Perry (Winner) Beyoncé Gabriella Cilmi Pink Santogold
Kings of Leon (Winner) AC/DC Fleet Foxes The Killers MGMT
Kings of Leon - Only By The Night (Winner) AC/DC - Black Ice Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes The Killers - Day & Age MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
Liam Gallagher has tipped Coldplay to clean up at the Brits - saying they would probably even be crowned best new female act.
Coldplay were nominated for four Brit awards and earlier this month they bagged three Grammy awards, including song of the year.
Liam called in to Johnny Vaughan and Liam's wife Nicole Appleton, who was standing in for Lisa Snowdon on the 95.8 Capital FM Breakfast Show, to give his Brits predictions. Asked who should win the British album gong, Liam said: "Personally, I'd go with the Ting Tings."
But asked who would win, Liam said: "Well who do you think? Coldplay! They win everything don't they? They'd win the best new female act won't they!"
In the British group stakes, Johnny asked Liam if he was a Girls Aloud fan.
The Oasis frontman replied: "Not really no!
"They're all right, you know what I mean? Some of their tunes are all right!
"Coldplay have got to win it haven't they, I suppose."
In the British male solo artist category, Gallagher tipped: "Paul Weller man!
"Ian Brown is a dude, I like them all. I think James Morrison is a top songwriter. Ian Brown is obviously the man but I think Paul Weller should get it man, his album is mega!"
What fans have been waiting for finally was leaked to the public yesterday. Oasis was recorded during their soundcheck in Lisbon Portugal and the lads played tunes that are not included in the current Dig Out Your Soul Set List.
This is not out of the ordinary that they would do that but it's one of the first times during this tour the public gets to hear these great tunes live!
The Turning, instrumental version
My Big Mouth, To be where there's live, and unidentified song.
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You'll find Photos and a Portuguese review from last nights show Here
As always all Dig Out Your Soul live bootlegs are available via our forum
And Noel added this in his official tour diary for oasisinet:
Alright there. Phew! Barcelona was a great gig. And a great night. Free Peace are still having it. Tuff Levi turned up. Played us some of his new tunes. Sounded great the first couple of times then it got a bit silly. Must've heard 'em 20 times in a row! All good though.
Couple of Swedish friends of ours were in town (they're DJs). Me, The Prophet, Romeo, Levi and a few stragglers went to some discotheque they were playing at after the show. A good night. If I remember correctly (which I don't!).
Currently in Lisbon. Dunno much about the place. We don't seem to come here often. Or do we? Fuck knows.
Top of the crops: Liam Gallagher shows off his Elvis sideburns and leopard-print loafers at anniversary mealBy Daily Mail Reporter
During his 14 years in the music industry, Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher has been regularly accused of styling himself on John Lennon.
But pictured out on a family dinner on Valentine's Day, it appears the 36-year-old has found inspiration from another dead rock 'n' roller - Elvis Presley. Far from his usual shaggy-haired 'mop top' look, the Some Might Say singer was sporting a closely-cropped haircut with huge sideburns covering his face.
Liam has entered the building: Liam Gallagher showed off his new sideburns as he dined at The Ivy on Valentine's Day.
Despite his Elvis-inspired haircut, it seems Liam hadn't completely forgotten his original style icon with his round Lennon-style sunglasses.
The singer took his wife Nicole Appleton and their seven-year-old son Gene to The Ivy on Valentine's Day to celebrate the couple's first wedding anniversary. While Liam opted for his usual black ensemble, he livened up his sombre outfit with a pair of leopard-print loafers.
After performing in Barcelona on Friday night, he jetted back to London on Saturday so he could mark his first wedding anniversary to Nicole with a lavish meal. Style inspiration: Liam's sideburns would have made Elvis Presley proud
Just 24 hours later, Liam was off again last night to Lisbon, to join Oasis for the next night of their Dig Out Your Soul tour.
Meanwhile, his relationship with his older brother Noel is said to be at breaking point, with many music industry insiders predicting Oasis may split.
Speaking to the press in Madrid on Thursday, Noel said: 'I haven’t spoken to my brother for two years.'
During their 2005 tour, Noel admits the two brothers fought during a long-haul flight to Australia.
He said at the time: 'We fell out. I don't think he wants to be photographed with me. We're not getting along too well. I don't even think he'll get on the bus with me.I don't talk to Liam any more. I can't. It always ends in a fight. He screams like some juvenile to get attention. It's so sad. He's so defiant all the time.'
The Gallagher brothers will be notably absent at the Brit Awards on Wednesday after the band missed out on any nominations.Songwriter Noel claims the reason behind Oasis missing the ceremony is down to being on a smaller record label.
He said: 'We won't be going. Because we're not on a major record label any more and we run our own ship, we don't get invited to those kind of things these days. 'It's fair enough, we don't mind.'
There hasn't been a tabloid reporting on a rumored Oasis split up in quite a while so this one came as no surprise :
Oasis are on the verge of splitting after gobby Liam Gallagher’s relationship with his brother Noel hit an all-time low.
The pair are putting on a united front for their fans during their current world tour.
But the Daily Star Sunday can reveal that off stage the Gallaghers are avoiding one another at all costs.
And fans fear the split could come as soon as they finish their world tour.
Guitarist Noel, 41, laid bare the breakdown by confessing as he jetted into Madrid on Thursday: “I haven’t spoken to my brother for two years.”
Last night a source close to the band, currently in France ahead of a two-month tour of the Far East, said: “Noel and Liam have always had a stormy relationship but things have never been this bad.
“They can’t stand being in the same room together, let alone speaking to each other.
“Noel has already talked about leaving Liam and going solo when the current tour ends but we’re worried things won’t get that far. They’ve been on the road since last August and the stress of being in each other’s pockets is definitely taking its toll.”
The source added: “Sometimes I wish they’d just have a good punch-up like in the old days.
“Watching two grown-up men talking to each other through their roadies when they have to communicate is pretty ridiculous.
“It’s a wonder they manage to perform so well when they’re on stage. This looks like the last tour.”
An insider at the Gallaghers’ hotel in Spain said: “Noel and Liam looked as if they were going out of their way to avoid each other.
“The only time I saw them together was when they checked in and they seemed more like arch-enemies than brothers from the look on their faces.
“They didn’t even get the lift up to their rooms together and they ordered their room service separately so they obviously ate apart. They were supposed to see some music journalists together but even that didn’t happen because Liam never showed.”
Noel broke Liam’s foot after a fight with a cricket bat during recording sessions for their second album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?
The pair fought again in Barcelona in 2000 when Liam, 36, insulted his brother’s then wife Meg Mathews.
Noel declared he was quitting overseas touring but returned for an Oasis gig in Dublin later the same year and shook Liam’s hand at the end of the performance.
He recently declared all he cared about is whether Liam can still sing.
The split fears come as Oasis prepare for their first trip to China next month.
They are then due to play in Manchester, Sunderland, Cardiff and Edinburgh in June before gigs at Coventry and London in July.
Noel Gallager told TV3 of Spain that this may be the last Oasis tour. A visibly tired Noel explained: " I feel it more this time then anytime previously...It can never feel like the first time because I'm twenty years older"
There's always a black sheep in every family. It's inevitable, a law of nature. Have more than one kid, and someone will be left with a short deck.
For brothers, it's even worse. You're either the "cool" brother or the "other" brother. There's no way around it.
And if your brother is a rock star? Not pretty. The only thing worse is being the brother of a President (see Billy Carter, Roger Clinton, and President Obama's weed-smoking Kenyan half-brother).
Even when you're lucky enough to share a band, if you're the "other" brother, at best you'll be considered unobtrusive wallpaper (is anyone looking at Angus' older brother, Malcolm, during an AC/DC concert?), and at worst, everyone is waiting for your cool brother to ditch the band and make a solo record.
Sure, there are the odd lightning-strikes-twice exceptions. Noel and Liam Gallagher are equally obnoxious and equally ego-fuelled. It's hard to imagine the Everly Brothers as the Everly Brother, and the Kinks would be nothing without Ray and Dave Davies pissing each other off over the years.
But that's the extent of the rock brothers with equal talent billing. For everyone else, there just isn't enough musical mojo to go around. There are winners and losers. Here are some of the biggest winners and their less-fortunate siblings.
WINNER: PETE TOWNSHEND The Who's songwriter, guitar god, and visionary is a rock legend. He's been given every conceivable award and had his songs live on TV crime shows, Broadway, and "Guitar Hero." Any self-respecting rock fan or budding rock star must kiss his guitar pick at some point.
LOSER: SIMON TOWNSHEND Pete's younger brother released three solo albums that were met with less fanfare than say... a solo Pete Townshend album. In 2004 he formed the band Casbah Club with dudes from the Jam and Big Country. Oh, and there's his day job: playing second guitar on Who tours.
WINNER: MICK JAGGER He's arguably one of the most influential rock singers and frontmen of the 20th century. He made chicken dancing look cool, and he dares you to tell him it's not OK to sing "Satisfaction" to his grave.
LOSER: CHRIS JAGGER Chris has a group of his own called Chris Jagger's Atcha! Blues Band. In 2007 Chris' brother did join Atcha! for a cover of the Stones' "Dead Flowers" at a local pub. Apparently, it didn't help bookings. On his website, Chris says he "enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors, looking after animals, and creating a garden with 'anything you can eat.'" No tour dates listed.
WINNER: EDDIE VAN HALEN Although one could debate about how much of a winner Eddie is these days, he's rightfully claimed his spot as one of the most influential guitarists of his generation — even if he does have bad luck with lead singers.
LOSER: ALEX VAN HALEN When the Van Halen kids were growing up, Eddie played drums while Alex played guitar. Maybe he actually plays guitar better than Eddie. Rumor has it that Alex has become an ordained minister so he can preside over his brother's wedding. Hopefully, it will lead to a new career that doesn't involve a gong.
WINNER: KEVIN BACON Personally, I like my Bacon on the screen more than on the concert stage. Still, there's no denying that the younger Bacon brother has rock star charisma. Plus, how can you NOT be cool when everyone in Hollywood is only six degrees of separation away from you?
LOSER: MICHAEL BACON When you're the lesser-known half of a side project, things are not looking so good. Yes, Michael has a long and respected career scoring a boatload of PBS movies. So what? His brother is Kevin Bacon. He just can't compete.
WINNERS: LIAM & NOEL GALLAGHER Oasis' lead singer and songwriter-guitarist are rock god brothers-in-arms, always ready for a pint, a brawl, and a grandiose statement more outrageous than the last. Love 'em or hate 'em, they are keeping rock's unruly heritage alive.
LOSER: PAUL GALLAGHER And then there's Paul, the third Gallagher brother. "There's a third Gallagher brother? " you ask? Yes. "Is he the Scottish football player?" No. "COO of Forbes magazine?" Wrong guy. "A distant cousin to actor Peter Gallagher?" Nope. Noel and Liam's older brother is the author of "Brothers: From Childhood to Oasis" and a screenplay writer. 'Nuff said.
WINNER: THOM YORKE As the angst-ridden frontman of Radiohead, Thom Yorke possesses a beautifully tortured voice and has pushed the boundaries of how pop music is made and sold. He's one of the singular artists who come around once every so often, inspiring legions of fans and budding musicians alike.
LOSER: ANDY YORKE Thom's younger brother had a late '90s band called the Unbelievable Truth (named after the Hal Hartley cult film). They disbanded after three albums, and Andy released a solo record, "Simple," in 2008. Needless to say, he stands in a big shadow.
WINNER: MICHAEL JACKSON I know, there are really no winners in the Jackson family — only freakish stories. Still, if you have to put one on top, it's gotta be the King of Pop. Despite Bubbles, the Elephant Man, questionable underage slumber parties, and going out one too many times in his pajamas, Jacko's musical legacy is undeniable.
LOSER: TITO JACKSON Could you name Tito in a Jackson 5 photo? Hint: he's the guitar player. According to his website, he's soon announcing dates for his blues band and putting the finishing touches on a solo album. Wanna bet if it hits stores before Michael's comeback?
WINNER: PAUL McCARTNEY He's Paul McCartney for chrissakes! A knighted Beatle. He wrote every song you know. There's no bigger winner in rock.
LOSER: MIKE McCARTNEY Paul's younger brother did not want to capitalize on his famous surname while performing in the early '60s, so he invented the stage name "Mike McGear." After some moderate U.K. hits (including one with Wings as his backing band —ditch the family name but use the brother's band?), Mike turned full time to photography. Among his published works? Beatles pictures. Lots of Beatles pictures.
WINNER: SEAN LENNON Although he hasn't had the chart success of his half-brother, John and Yoko's only kid has the artistic cred that can only come from a lifetime of hanging with New York hipsters and being... well... John and Yoko's only kid. He's the poster child for indie-music cool chic, hanging with Rufus Wainwright, Cibo Matto, and every other artist with a lower Manhattan zip code.
LOSER: JULIAN LENNON Even though he gets points for having a Beatles song written for him ("Hey Jude") and having two Top 10 hits in the '80s, Julian stills comes up short in the sibling coolness department. Aside from his well-publicized battles with stepmom Yoko, his cover of the Fab Four's "When I'm Sixty-Four" number for an Allstate Insurance commercial didn't help his case.
Earlier today Oasisinet posted following statement on it's official website:
Quote: "Today we were notified that Trinity Street, the providers of the Oasisinet Online Store, have ceased trading. We have been able to set up a new store through Record Store, our previous online partner, so you may make any new purchases there.
We are currently investigating any outstanding purchases / pre-orders and will ensure that these are honoured. This may take a little time so if you have made an order that you have not yet received, please do bear with us."
Oasis announced today that they will headline the Rock Werchter festival in Belgium on Thursday 2nd July.
The festival marks a triumphant return to the country for the band after their sell out date at the Forest National, Brussels in January.Rock Werchter tickets go on sale Saturday February 14th at 9am through the following outlets:
After a short break the Oasis European Tour continues at the Palacio de Deportes de La Comunidad, Madrid, Spain later today (12th January).
The band's tour then moves on to the following places throughout Europe.
Pavello Olimpic de Badalona - Barcelona (Spain) - 13th February Atlantico Pavillion - Lisbon (Portugal) - 15th February Zenith - Toulouse - France - 17th February Le Dome - Marseille (France) - 18th February Palalottomatica - Rome (Italy) - 20th February Palaverde - Treviso (Italy) - 21st February Palaonda - Bolzana (Italy) - 23rd February Mandela Forum - Florence (Italy) - 24th February Stadthalle - Vienna (Austria) - 26th February Zenith - Munich (Germany) - 27th February
Hallenstadion Arena - Zurich (Switzerland) - 1st March Bercy - Paris (France) - 3rd March
Tickets are still available for some dates, visit the official site here for more details.
A few weeks ago we introduced you to renown 3d illustrator Liz Lomax who creates sculptures and rephotographs them to achieve her very recognizable style of digital illustration. Liz had sent us a photo of her finished Noel Gallagher sculpture and now has made a very special behind the scenes look at "the making of Noel Gallagher" video available to us!
British rock band Oasis to play first China concerts in Beijing, Shanghai in April
Will Oasis finally be forced to change the setlist for their first China appearance ? Surely lyrics like "She's into Alka Seltzer, She sniffs it through a cane on a supersonic train" won't make it past authorities' censors ..... If you just choked on your morning cereal while reading this you might want to check out the AP article which follows below:
British rock band Oasis will play their first China concerts in Beijing and Shanghai in early April, the musicians announced on their Web site.
The shows will take place April 3 at Beijing's Capital Arena and April 5 at the Shanghai Grand Stage as part of a world tour promoting their latest release, "Dig Out Your Soul."
The band will also play a previously announced show in Hong Kong on April 7.
Oasis is one of a growing number of Western musical acts traveling to China, following the Rolling Stones and Elton John. Growing exposure to foreign tastes has created fans among middle-class Chinese, although audiences at such concerts tend to be drawn heavily from China's large expatriate population.
China closely regulates live performances, even more so since Icelandic singer Bjork embarrassed authorities by shouting "Tibet!" at the end of a Shanghai concert last year.
Bands must submit set lists beforehand, and the Rolling Stones were asked not to play several songs with suggestive lyrics during their 2006 China debut, including "Brown Sugar," ''Honky Tonk Woman," ''Beast of Burden" and "Let's Spend the Night Together."
Last year, Harry Connick Jr. had to make last-minute changes to his show in Shanghai because an old song list was mistakenly submitted to Chinese authorities to secure the performance permit for the concert. Authorities insisted he play the songs on the original list, even though his band didn't have the music for them.
Oasis and Killers to Headline Virgin Media V Fest?
The Daily Star has revealed that Oasis and the Killers will headline the Virgin Media V Festival in August. Both bands have previously done the job - to sterling effect - and will be huge crowd-pleasers the newspaper adds.
The Killers performing Mr. Brightside at V Fest 2007, Chelmsford
I didn't know it at the time, but Noel Gallagher studied U2 to make Oasis the world's greatest live band.
Oasis are on the fourth leg of their world tour this week and we should feel blessed. Noel and Liam are a notorious live act. Noel: stalwart, bashing out classic chords like hits of lightning. Liam: one of the best vocalists since Elvis, sending out dead-eyed Botticelli stares into the audience, hunched over a microphone, swaggering and challenging crowds of up to 100,000 to a fight before leading into surreal, Breton-inspired stage banter.
Their August tour sold out in minutes, with thousands of people queueing for the possibility of spare tickets. And why? Because Oasis are the best rock'n'roll band in the world and they are an unstoppable live act. And so to celebrate, here are my top five live Oasis moments:
1) Earls Court, London, 1995 I witnessed this performance along with 20,000 other die-hard fans. Have they bettered this show? No. Earls Court was genius because Oasis were doing stadium performances on pure instinct. Earls Court was just after the release of Morning Glory. It was pure storming hedonism and it was one of the few moments where they truly captured the pop culture zeitgeist.
2) Maine Road, Manchester, 1996 This was rock as religious spectacle. Oasis don't necessarily have fans, they have disciples who chant their love for the band. There is a reason why their live DVD, There And Then, included the Maine Road and Earls Court performances, and that's because those shows captured a live rock'n'roll experience as essential as Cheap Trick's Live at Budokan and Daft Punk's Alive.
3) Loch Lomond, Scotland, 1996 Oasis played in front of 40,000 fans while a photographer caught the iconoclastic moment with Noel standing behind a Jagger-like Liam. An amazing shot! Noel's studies of U2's Rattle and Hum paid off. Fun fact: Oasis (bar Liam) loved U2 and if I had known this in 1994 I would never have signed them. At the time, Bobby Gillespie and myself were obsessed with U2 being the enemies of rock'n'roll due to the commercial gloss of Bono and co. Of course, I get U2 now and they always got Creation Records – Achtung Baby being 50% Primals, 25% the Jesus and Mary Chain and 25% My Bloody Valentine.
4) Aberdeen, Scotland, 1997 I'll admit the Be Here Now tour was when Oasis lost their rock'n'roll mojo. Not every date on this tour was a highlight, but Oasis were on fire in Aberdeen. It was completely mental, unrestrained, rebellious rock'n'roll. Oasis became a gargantuan juggernaut of electric feedback and primal beats.
5) The Word, London, 1994 I was languishing in drug rehab and watching Oasis on The Word playing Supersonic. I thought '"What have I unearthed?" and then "Yes, this is going to be massive". And guess what? They are.
Nearly 15 years on, I have fashion hipsters telling me about the latest Shoreditch sensation, while simultaneously putting down Oasis. Granted, east London bands talk a good album, but Oasis have never stopped making great albums. Let's be honest, Oasis are our Stones, our Beatles and – yes – our U2. Buying an Oasis record is the closest you will get to reliving those classic bands, so you might as well embrace it.