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Live From Abbey Road - Beady Eye Special To Air on Channel 4
Channel 4 has confirmed plans to air Live From Abbey Road - Beady Eye Special.
The 30-minute show will feature Liam Gallagher's post-Oasis band performing four songs plus an interview with the group. It will air in late February.
In spring 2011, the broadcaster will follow up the programme with a new series of 15-minute shows titled Abbey Road Debuts. Each programme will feature two tracks from a band's Abbey Road debut and an interview with host Tom Ravenscroft.
Neil McCallum, head of T4 and Music at Channel 4, said: "We're looking forward to broadcasting Beady Eye's eagerly anticipated televised performance prior to the release of their brand new album.
"In addition, it's exciting to be announcing a brand new spinoff series, Abbey Road Debuts, which will allow the next generation of musical stars the opportunity to perform in such a historical space.
"We envisage the shows to be the perfect accompaniment to the main series, collectively covering a whole new musical spectrum."
NOEL GALLAGHER has been leading a Spanish inquisition to find a cheeky fan who was scuttling his solo masterplan.
The former OASIS star found out recently that a cunning punter in Barcelona had snapped up the domain name noelgallagher.com ten years ago.
And The Chief's plans to get things in order for his solo career were being held up by the Barca Bandit - because he was demanding a small fortune to hand it back.
Noel took matters into his own hands last week. He paid for the Spaniard to fly to London, put him up in a plush hotel and met him in person to thunder out a deal.
And after some serious haggling, and a few Oasis anecdotes, the chancer changed his demands from tens of thousands of pounds - to some signed memorabilia and guest list action at Noel's next solo gigs.
It's probably just as well. Had the bloke dug his cowboy boots in he would probably have found himself dangled by his cojones from a remote bridge somewhere between Burnage and Barcelona. Oasis fans will be chuffed to hear Noel has set the ball rolling on his solo career.
He has kept a dignified silence since the bitter split from his old comrades and has let the dust settle.
In all fairness, there has been no rush. The business of bringing up a family is a full-time job - with nippers Donovan and Sonny keeping his hands full.
To hear Noel embracing t'internet at last is a sign he's moving with the times.
Rumour has it he even owns an iPad now - even though it's mainly used to watch comedy YouTube videos.
He has been a bit of a web sceptic over the years. But thanks to text messaging, he kept a blog going during the final Oasis US tour in 2008.
He would post under the name General Dread, keeping the faithful up to date with his travels.
Meanwhile, The Roller, the debut single from LIAM's new outfit Beady Eye, crashed into the charts at No31 yesterday.
I'm sure there's plenty of material there for a belter of a blog entry. Give it a few months.
Liam: The passion in this band… there ain't anyone touching it.
"I want to be in the best band in the world again," ex-Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher tells SPIN.
At 38, Gallagher is attempting to reclaim his rock glory with Beady Eye, his new group with two other members of Oasis, which will release their debut, Different Gear, Still Speeding, in the U.S. on March 1 via Dangerbird Records.
But how did one of rock's most notorious stars get here? It all started with a fight.
In August 2009, just minutes before Oasis were set to perform for 40,000 fans at Paris' Rock en Seine festival, the longstanding tensions between Liam and his brother Noel, the band's chief songwriter, came to a head. Punches were thrown and guitars broken, then Noel stomped off and the gig was canceled.
"He'd been acting like an old granny throughout the tour, and he felt that I'd been a dick," explains Liam. "We came to blows and that was the end of it." Noel released a statement shortly after announcing his permanent departure from Oasis, writing, "I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer."
"We haven't spoken since that night," Liam says. "But who knows, maybe in the future it will sort itself out. If it's meant to happen, it will happen."
Shortly after the brawl, Liam and ex-Oasis guitarists Gem Archer and Andy Bell "went out and had a couple of beers," he says, "and we decided to carry on. The idea of sitting at home, not making music, just makes me want to throw up."
They formed Beady Eye along with Oasis' touring drummer, Chris Sharrock, and began demoing songs for their debut LP. But this time, their success is up to them. Noel carried Oasis, writing the bulk of the band's material, including all eight No. 1 U.K. singles. But Liam is convinced Beady Eye can top that.
For the first time in his 20-year-long career, Liam is now regularly contributing songwriting ideas and shares credits on Different Gear, Still Speeding with Archer and Bell. "I've never made a record without our kid [Noel]," he says. Archer, 44, interjects, "But it's still same six strings, the same way 'round. It's in our DNA now."
"We're up for the challenge," adds Liam.
Beady Eye entered North London's RAK Studios last summer to track the effort with Grammy Award-winning producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Dave Matthews Band, the Smiths). The quartet recorded 13 songs over 12 weeks, breaking to rock out to one of their favorite new albums, the Black Keys' Brothers, or hit the pub to cheer on England in the World Cup. "It was a good time to be in North London," says Archer. "One time Liam even bought a ticket for the sweepstakes [the lottery] as a joke and won a little money, not that he fucking needed it… [both laugh]."
They tracked the songs in as few takes as possible, in order to preserve the live quality of the sound. "We weren't sitting around dwelling on it," says Liam. "We'd do a couple tracks and move on."
Among the tracks are the glam-rock jam "Bring the Light," a "party tune," says Liam, which "just means, 'Let's fucking go, man,'" and the Beatles-y piano ballad "The Roller": "It's a metaphor for how things are thrown at you in life," says Liam, "and how they aren't as bad they seem."
The tracks, Liam continues, are classic rock'n'roll. "You've either got it or you haven't," he says of their songwriting chops. "Not everyone can say, 'I'm going to write a classic today.' If that was the case, we'd all be doing it."
With keyboardist Matt Jones (Ultrasound, Jamie T, Minuteman) and bassist Jeff Wootton (The Black Marquee) joining them, Beady Eye will hit the road in March with supporting act Miles Kane, who plays in the Last Shadow Puppets with the Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner. Then, this summer, Beady Eye will head stateside for a tour of relatively intimate, 1,500-2,000-person theatres. "We're gonna go everywhere and run this album down people's throats, but in a nice way," Liam says.
Meanwhile, Noel is preparing his solo debut. But will Oasis ever reunite? "It just isn't going to happen, man," says Liam. After all, he's convinced Beady Eye will soon match, if not surpass, the success of his former band.
"Without a doubt," he says. "We're just doing it in a different way now.
. It's like a football team: You want to win the league.
These days Liam Gallagher calls big brother Noel “the little fella” and his new band heralds the post-Oasis era. But is this vehicle built for joyriding or a long run?
Key tracks (Bring The Light, Wind Up Dream, The Beat Goes On)
IN WHAT seems an eternity ago, but was actually just summer 2008, Oasis appointed their latest drummer, Chris Sharrock, much to the annoyance of Liam Gallagher. According to elder brother Noel, the Oasis singer was disgruntled that his band had been reduced to hiring a former employee of Robbie Williams. Presumably Gallagher Jr mellowed his opinion once he stood on-stage amidst the gyroscopic eruption of his new colleague’s playing on The Shock of the Lightning. Or perhaps he remembered that Sharrock had been a member of The La’s just long enough to play on There She Goes, and also appeared in that song’s sweet video; this man was channelling the urchin rocker spirit of The Beatles when Liam was still at school.
A consensus maintains that Sharrock was the most talented occupant of the Oasis drum stool, and now at last he’s played on his first album with the band. Well, almost. The notion of Beady Eye as simply a Liam Gallagher solo vehicle looks shaky when held against the continuity of the group’s membership. With Sharrock joining Liam, Gem Archer and Andy Bell, this band is Oasis, albeit minus the substantial element of Noel Gallagher: songwriter, guitarist, The Chief. Having disparaged his sibling’s character throughout their turbulent journey – the gist essentially being that Noel’s a boring muso, but I’m mad for it – now it is Liam’s chance to step outside big brother’s shadow and shyeeeiiine.
He’s done a decent job. Though wholly conformist and unlikely to surprise anyone familiar with its creators’ previous activity, Different Gear, Still Speeding does boast three strokes of brilliance. First off, there’s the title, which Liam suggests Liam possesses more self-deprecating humour than he’s given credit for: look, I might be 38 but I’ve got a new band and I’m still mad for it. Then the nutty cover art: a picture of a child riding an alligator, with the title in speech bubbles. Mocked up to resemble a hippy era samizdat journal, or perhaps a Frank Zappa sleeve, it’s a cut above the boil-in-the-bag retro of innumerable Oasis designs, and indeed, Liam’s Pretty Green clothes label. Finally, we have the single, Bring The Light. Until a year ago Liam was declaring his intent to call this band Oasis, and on this evidence it would not have disgraced that band’s legacy had he done so. Bring The Light has exactly the unselfconscious brio and contempt for the cool school rule-book that defined Oasis in their pomp. The primeval rock ‘n’ roll piano and Sharrock’s fervent snare shots taunt those disposed to sober bystanding, and instead the listener is dragged into line with Gallagher’s tunnel vision logic: “I see no point/In what you’re thinking/I’m going out/I’m taking you drinking”. Only a fool could argue with that. The contrast between this compact but nippy run-around and some of the ponderous gas-guzzlers Liam was obliged to front on Dig Out Your Soul, the final Oasis album, is glaring.
Then again, you don’t have to subject the Beady Eye debut to a full body scan to realise Noel Gallagher hardly foisted his grand musical vision on an unwilling workforce. There is actually a song here called Beatles and Stones, sounding like a mini-me version of The Who in R&B kickabout mode. The epic closer, The Morning Son, has a line beginning “So let it be…”, and is a dopey lope through the punning possibilities of its title, wrapped around a melody which refracts The Jam’s English Rose through the glissandos of a rent-a-trip string section. Before sliding into a sleazy stack-heeled refrain, The Roller mimics Instant Karma with the sort of obstinate intensity to be expected from a man who named a son Lennon. These reflexive testimonials to the golden age of Brit-beat and its lysergic aftermath smother the album, with too few songs possessing the transcendent qualities to counteract the balm of déjà vu.
Some basic editing might have helped: with 13 tracks and a running time eight minutes shy of an hour, Different Gear, Still Speeding, badly loses momentum in its final third. But amid the soft-rock platitudes (Wigwam) and leaden rabble-rousing (Standing On The Edge Of The Noise), there’s real inspiration, when windy rhetoric is dumped for simple, spring-heeled arrangements suggesting a strong bond between the musicians and producer Steve Lillywhite. Wind Up Dream has a spacey hand-jive groove with a whiff of The Stooge’s Penetration. Millionaire delivers a zestful acoustic twang and eyebrow-raising lyrical references to the Catalonian town Figueres and its most famous son, Salvador Dali. Equally deft is the lovely Macca-pop swing of For Anyone. These latter two compositions demonstrate that Liam Gallagher is as effective in the role of tender supplicant as when squaring up or out on the lash.
Indeed, his soppy side dictates a song which, though preposterous, is one of the record’s definitive moments. The Beat Goes On feels faintly comedic in its unabashed evocation of Mellotronic Fabness – imagine The Wombles in Pepperland (full page caricature of Beady Eye as Wombles in Pepperland with Noel as Uncle Bulgaria in the background!!!!!). The lyrics paint a no less absurd picture: the narrator dreams his own death and arrives in heaven for “the gig in the sky” to discover “The Ox and the Moon…counting me in”; on realising he’s still alive, he announces, “I’m misunderstood/And wasted on money and fame/I’ll throw it away, just to prove that I can…”. This is cogent, reflective songwriting, and such is the singer’s ingenuous zeal that any impulse to snigger is ultimately undercut by something closer to respect.
Throughout the record, Gallagher demonstrates yet again his infernal gift for singing: even a weak tune is better for him at the mike, and though there were times with Oasis when his waywardness clearly destabilised proceedings, the extent to which that band depended for its impact upon a fully-engaged Liam was beyond doubt. Here the man’s commitment is total, and such is his eternal saving grace. Anyone searching for clues to a future peace deal with brother Noel will take solace in the brooding, not-at-all-unlike-Oasis anthemics of Kill For A Dream: over portentous strings Liam declares, “Life’s too short not to forgive/You can carry regrets but they won’t let you live/I’m here if you wanna call…”.
In the context of the Gallagher soap opera, this is serious stuff. In the real world, it’s merely a passable song on a debut album that shapes up better than many imagined. Whether Liam Gallagher’s band is the start of a new story or a diverting subplot to an on-going saga remains to be seen – and you can imagine where the smart money lies. But already, amid the righteous ramalama of Bring The Light, their genius move, the world’s a brighter place for having a Beady Eye.
via L4e / Source: Mojo Magazine thanks to anotherchancer
Liam Gallagher strikes first blow as post Oasis years begin.......
Be honest. If you were the gambling type, whose chances did you favour following the bitter dissolution of Oasis in August 2009? Was it Noel, band gaffer with the anthemic Midas touch now facing what seemed an inevitable transition to Weller-esque solo Britpop godhead? Or was it Liam, voted the greatest frontman of all time by Q, yet potentially one now fronting thin air if severed from his big brother's masterplan? The safe wager seemed to be Noel, even if 18 months on we're still waiting for him to fulfil those expectations and make the crucial next move. Whereas to back Liam's bid for Noel-less glory felt at best blindly optimistic, at worst laughably imprudent.
Consider the odds. Liam has the "The Voice", but while his sporadic songwriting has matured considerably since 2000's much-derided Little James, his ability to pen a whole album is ominously unproven. The same applies to his faithful ex-Oasis right-hand men Gem Archer and Andy Bell, both of whom have borne due critical flak for supplying the band's weakest album filler since 2002's Heathen Chemistry. Not great omens, and that is before they handicap themselves with the preposterous real ale-worthy name of Beady Eye, exacerbated by Liam's typically outrageous hyperbole that they were "going to be bigger" than Oasis and Noel "will come crawling back". On paper, the story was already writing itself, all elements in place for what promised to be the most embarrassing rock folly this side of Tin Machine.
So by virtue of circumstance, his post-Oasis moment of truth, Beady Eye's Different Gear, Still Speeding was always going to be one of the most important records Liam Gallagher would ever make. The gobsmacking reality is that it's also among the best. Which isn't to say that Oasis-loathing cynics won't find fish in its barrel to keep themselves trigger happy. No surprise that, yes, a lot of it sounds like The Beatles, the lyrics are no threat to Morrissey and, as in Oasis, musically speaking nobody here is reinventing the wheel. But such mean-spirited nit-picking evaporates in the face of an album which awes in its consistency, melody, determination and, perhaps most surprisingly, positivity; as was never the case with every Oasis album after 1995's (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, making this, however unlikely it sounds, the strongest record Liam's made since.
This do-or-die sense of purpose is evident from the first wah-wah smack of Four Letter Word, akin to Spencer Davis Group's I'm A Man as played by The Stooges yet still familiarly Oasis-esque not to scare the horses. It's an opposite setting for Liam's opening war cry, "Sleepwalk your life away if that turns you on," followed by the first of the album's many allusions to the Gallagher sibling soap opera; "the battle's on and the song is the prize", or its snarling moral "nothing ever lasts FOREVER!" A necessarily cathartic overture, perhaps, it's rock'n'roll gusto sets the bar for at least half of Different Gear.....: from Bring the Light, a romping Jerry Lee Lewis homage manic enough to overcome its banal "baby, c'mon" vocal to the free blues rock chug of Three Ring Circus and the Plastic Ono jam Standing On The Edge Of The Noise. Most ravishingly raucous is Beatles and Stones, Gallagher's mission statement that he's "gonna stand the test of time" like its titular icons over a garage rock stomp twitching between The Who's My Generation and Failure by The La's.
If Beady Eye were merely a balls-to-the-wall one-trick pony this would be a passable debut. That it's above and beyond so is thanks to the majority which chooses melodic beauty over sonic boisterousness, much credit due to the clarity of producer Steve Lillywhite's touch extracting Liam's brightest vocals in aeons. Both Millionaire, a gem of '70s slide-guitar glam, and the deliriously romantic For Anyone show a sublime pop sensibility. But the big guns here are all epic ballads, lighters first rising aloft on Kill For A Dream, the wistful alternative to Four Letter Word's post-split autopsy, which just might reduce grown Oasis fans to tears. "Life's too short not to forgive," sings Liam, "I'm here if you wanna call." Its scarf-waving outro is soon eclipsed by the soulful Wigwam climaxing after six minutes in a gospel chorus with Liam "coming up" from the depths of despair.
The best, however, is saved till last. The Beat Goes On is an ELO fairytale of a tune, Liam pondering his own death and his heavenly reception by an angel's choir in Beady Eye's equivalent to Don't Look Back in Anger. "It's not the end of the world/It's not even the end of the day." It seems unsurpassable until The Morning Son ripples in on the tide of Champagne Supernova, just Liam, acoustic guitar and a tsunami of poignancy: "I stand alone/Nobody knows/ The morning son has rose." It's a shudder-inducing stroke of genius, Gallagher effectively serenading his own rebirth as the music softly explodes towards a frantic finale again reminiscent of Lillywhite's La's debit and its comparable closer Looking Glass. Breathtaking, in fact.
If the Liam Gallagher of Oasis was the greatest frontman of all time the Different Gear.... is evidence enough that with Beady Eye he's created another great British guitar band to justify that honour. And if the battle really is on, then, much to the bookmaker's horror, this decimates all negative preconceptions. The half-score an effortless one-nil to our kid. Now over to you, big brother. Simon Goddard.
Download: The Beat Goes On (Q50)//Four Letter Word//Millionaire//The Morning Son//For Anyone
Via L4E source: Q Magazine thanks to L4E member lucahelvetica
Liam Gallagher: Some Peers are not being Rock N Roll Enough
Liam Gallagher says he and his bandmates are “scathed” every day.
The rock star has enjoyed a successful career, often grabbing headlines for his no-nonsense behaviour as a member of Britpop band Oasis.
Now he is looking to carry on this attitude with his latest venture – Beady Eye – which was formed after he fell out with former colleague and his brother Noel.
Liam loves how, even though he is still going strong, his fellow musicians go through pain for the cause all the time.
“We’re scathed every f**kin’ day and we wouldn’t have it any other way,” the 38-year-old told Q magazine. “Our new keyboard player’s broke his foot already. Dropped a bowling ball.”
But Liam feels as though some of his peers are not being rock and roll enough. He says that he saw British indie band Coldplay and couldn’t believe there was no friction between them, which he thinks is a healthy part of any group. It happened while Beady Eye guitarist Andy Bell was wearing an unusual piece of attire. “I bumped into a couple of the Coldplay lot in the pub,” Liam explained. “Jonny [Buckland, Coldplay guitarist] said, ‘We’re just really happy.’ What, not one of you p**sin’ each other off? Nothing happened? People have got to have something to talk about, haven’t they?”
Beady Eye will release their album Different Gear, Sill Speeding in the UK on February 28. Liam claims that if people don’t expect much of the record it can only be because he is too much of an icon.
“Well, that’s pretty sh*t,” he said when asked how he’ll react if the public doesn’t like his latest project. “If people have low expectations of us it because you’ve been f**kin’ blinded by what you idolise man, that’s what you’ve been. That’s what’s happened.”
Beady Eye have announced a UK tour for April 2011 which will follow the release of their debut album ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’. The band had previously announced shows in Glasgow, Manchester and London for March (which sold out immediately) but this will see them travel the country and play their first dates in Ireland.
The band will play:
11 April - NOTTINGHAM, Rock City 12 April - LIVERPOOL, Guild of Students 14 April - DUBLIN, The Olympia Theatre 15 April - DUBLIN, The Olympia Theatre 17 April - BELFAST, Ulster Hall 18 April - EDINBURGH, Corn Exchange 20 April - NEWCASTLE, O2 Academy 21 April - LEEDS, O2 Academy 23 April - NEWPORT, Centre 24 April - WOLVERHAMPTON, Civic 26 April - SOUTHAMPTON, Guildhall 27 April - BRIGHTON, Centre
Tickets go on sale Friday 28th January at 10am and are restricted to four per person.
Fans can pick up their tickets from: www.beadyeyemusic.com www.gigsandtours.com www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Dangerbird Records to Release Beady Eye Album on March 1st for North America
Dangerbird is incredibly proud to welcome Beady Eye (Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer and Andy Bell from Oasis, plus Chris Sharrock) and announce the March 1st release of their debut album, Different Gear, Still Speeding on Beady Eye Music/Dangerbird Records in North America.
Different Gear, Still Speeding features 13 brand new songs written by the band and recorded at RAK Studios in London last fall with GRAMMY Award-winning producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Dave Matthews Band, The Smiths).
“Like just about everyone else on the planet, I’ve been a fan of Liam’s voice since I first heard it, and I’m thrilled to be a part of his evolution as an artist,” Jeff Castelaz, CEO of Dangerbird said. “Beady Eye is a fresh new act with its own sound, and we’re honored to have them join Dangerbird’s gang.”
In addition to the U.S. and Canadian releases on Beady Eye Music/Dangerbird Records, Different Gear, Still Speeding will be released worldwide outside of North America on the band’s own Beady Eye Records, and boasts “The Roller” as its first official single. Canadian and U.S. fans can view “The Roller” video on YouTube.
Beady Eye was formed by three former members of Oasis, including enigmatic front man and lead vocalist Liam Gallagher. The multi-platinum and Grammy nominated Oasis sold over 70 million albums worldwide spanning seven studio albums awarded with six Brit awards, 15 NME awards, nine Q awards and four MTV Europe Music awards, just to name a few. Beady Eye’s inaugural European Tour in March this year sold out within 30 minutes of going on sale. They will be joined by Matt Jones on keyboards and Jeff Wootton on bass for these dates. U.S. dates are being finalized and fans can sign up at http://www.beadyeyemusic.com to be the first to receive the news.
Britpop rabble rousers Oasis are no more, but three-quarters of the band, led by singer Liam Gallagher, will return on March 1 with Different Gear, Still Speeding, the debut album from their new rock outfit Beady Eye.
Gallagher and former Oasis guitarists Gem Archer and Andy Bell teamed with drummer Chris Sharrock immediately following Oasis' split in August 2009 to begin writing and recording material for the LP, which will be released in North America via Dangerbird Records.
The new band holed up in London's RAK Studios last fall to track the effort with Grammy Award-winning producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Dave Matthews Band, the Smiths). The result is 13 genre-spanning Britpop and rock tracks, from the album's first single, a Beatles-esque piano ballad called "The Roller," to the blazing glam-rock boogie "Bring the Light."
"We could all have sat at home after Oasis split but what would have been the point of that," Andy Bell said. "We had a couple of weeks off and then we were back in the studio demo-ing. We're musicians, it's what we do, it's how we define ourselves."
Adds Gallagher, "We're fired up, not because we thought we'd show everyone it could happen without you know who [Noel Gallagher], we're fired up because we're doing music."
Beady Eye are finalizing dates for an upcoming U.S. tour, on which they will be joined by keyboardist Matt Jones (Ultrasound, Jamie T, Minuteman) and bassist Jeff Wootton (The Black Marquee).
"I’ll be honest, when the gigs come round with Beady Eye, we'll be shitting it, because it's a new thing," Gallagher admitted. "We've been rehearsing the live set for the last two weeks though and it's sounding great. We're a new band, we're not going to get above ourselves and start thinking we can play stadiums and arenas, we don't want to jump the gun, we want to go out and do small gigs, get back into that vibe then do another album, and take it gradually, stay in the moment of being a new band.”
via L4e / spin.com
Liam Gallagher Says He'll Patch Things Up With Noel
AFTER months of snide digs, LIAM GALLAGHER finally has a kind word to say about brother NOEL.
The BEADY EYE frontman says one day they will patch things up - and thinks Noel's solo stuff will be good.
Liam said: "Listen, me and him will be sweet, man.
"Our little venture's come to an end but I'll never have a bad word about OASIS, it was f*****' amazing.
"It's why I'm adored by millions. But it's over and we're buzzin'. And I hope our kid's buzzin'. I f*****' do actually. I hope he's gonna make great records. And he probably will."
However, Liam's brotherly love was short-lived. The singer put the boot in by dishing the dirt about old Oasis riders. He also told Q Magazine - out on January 25 - "It was Noel-y Gallagher who had a little ensemble of f*****' flowers every week and his little chocolates.
"Like I give a f*** about flowers being in my dressing room.
"We've had to scrape off half the s*** on our rider, going 'Oil of Ulay?!' "
Beady Eye are pleased to announce the details of their first Japanese tour.
The band - whose album 'Different Gear, Still Speeding' is released in Japan on February 23rd through Beady Eye Records / Sony Music Japan - are set to play the below five dates.
Tickets go on sale at 10am Saturday 19th February. See local publicity for Pre-Sale details.
FRIDAY 6th MAY
OSAKA: Zepp Osaka
Doors open: 6pm / Show start: 7pm
Ticket: ¥6,500 (tax incl. / 1F: Standing / 2F: Seats / Plus 1 drink charge)
INFO: 06-6535-5569 (SMASH WEST) / MEDIA: FM 802
SATURDAY 7th MAY
NAGOYA: Zepp Nagoya
Doors open: 6pm / Show start: 7pm
Ticket: ¥6,500(tax incl. / 1F: Standing / 2F: Seats / Plus 1 drink charge)
INFO:052-936-6041 (JAILHOUSE) / MEDIA:ZIP FM
MONDAY 9th, TUESDAY 10th & THURSDAY 12nd MAY
TOKYO: Zepp Tokyo
Doors open: 6pm / Show start: 7pm
Ticket: ¥6,500 (tax incl. / 1F: Standing / 2F: Seats / Plus 1 drink charge)
INFO: 03-3444-6751 (SMASH) / MEDIA: J-WAVE
Promoter Pre Sale: 12:00 (noon) Tuesday 1st February until 12:00 (noon) Friday 4th February
Tickets go on sale 10:00am SATURDAY 19th FEBRUARY
TICKET PIA / LAWSON TICKET / e+
Noel Gallagher Donates Platinum Oasis Disc To Charity
Former Oasis star Noel Gallagher has donated a signed platinum disc to raise money for a special school.
Guitarist Noel handed over the disc, which he received for sales of hit single Roll With It, to be auctioned for a charity which supports Lancasterian School in West Didsbury.
The school provides specialist education for 96 children with a range of physical difficulties and complex medical needs.
It recently won a battle to remain on its current site after securing council-funded renovations, but there is a shortfall for much needed equipment.
The disc, signed on the back by Burnage-born Noel, together with a signed letter of provenance, will be auctioned in a sale of rock and pop memorabilia this weekend.
The single, from the band’s second album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, reached number two in the UK Singles Chart in 1995, and is expected to sell for more than £3,000.
The platinum disc, presented for sales of more than 200,000 copies, is the star lot in the Omega Auctions sale, to be held at Dunham Massey Village Hall, near Altrincham.
Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said: "It’s safe to say this disc is one of a kind and a must for any Oasis fan."
He will donate his sellers’ commission to the charity, Friends of Lancasterian School, which aims to build a new hydrotherapy unit.
Parent and fundraiser Samantha Hough said: "We were staggered when Noel donated his platinum disc for us to sell. He is a friend of the partner of one of the nursery staff and as soon as he heard we were fundraising, he sent the disc straight away. We are thrilled with his generosity."
"Children benefit so much from hydrotherapy but the present pool is in desperate need of being replaced.
"We need £120,000 to reach our target," she added.
The Omega auction features rare rock, pop and entertainment memorabilia including several Beatles autographs and Cavern cards, rare records, film posters and James Bond material.
Viewing is tomorrow from noon to 8pm and on the morning of the sale from 9am. The sale starts at 11am and will also be live for online bidding in real time at www.the-saleroom.com.
Liam Gallagher Meets Man City Manager Roberto Mancini
Liam Gallagher took a seat at the City of Manchester Stadium last night to watch the FA Cup 3rd Round Replay between Manchester City and Leicester City.
After initially drawing the first leg 2-2, the replay did not disappoint, ending 4-2 to the home team. The pick of the goals, a great solo effort and unstoppable shot from Carlos Tevez.
At the final whistle Liam took some time to answer questions and also meet the Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini. Manchester City will now travel to Meadow Lane to face Notts County in the 4th Round of the FA Cup.
Liam Gallagher: "I've Got More Energy Than Our Kid"
Liam Gallagher has said that working without brother Noel in his new band Beady Eye is a different experience all together.
The frontman told Mojo " We had the little fella who was taking charge, doing his thing and I think he just hogged it a bit. Now it's totally different.
When asked if it was liberating the singer said " I don't know man, Nah, because I loved being in Oasis. Oasis was free too. But it had obviously got stuck in a rut, or it was moving that kind of way, and people don't like change. It's just nice being behind a microphone, being involved in music. I guess I just have more energy then our kid. He's grown up. The guy's writing songs for fifty year olds. It's about having fun isn't it? F**king young people these days want to be old people. Sat listening to Bob Dylan and shit, thinking too much. It's about getting a sweat on, that's what it's about."
When asked how the last days of Oasis were, the singer said " After some gigs there was no vibe, in the dressing room, and that it was like, f**king hell here we go again, f**king nobody speaking. I mean, when me and the lads were together we'd have great time but then when the other one came in... f**king hell, it was like someone had been shot. And that ain't fun. So this time we can have a laugh."
Beady Eye announce support for Amsterdam and Brussels
Beady Eye are pleased to announce that Miles Kane - who will be supporting the band on their inaugural UK dates in March - will also be be opening for them as they head over to mainland Europe to play their first shows in Amsterdam and Brussels.
Miles has now been confirmed for the following sold out dates:
3rd March - Glasgow, Barrowland 4th March - Glasgow, Barrowland 6th March - Manchester, O2 Apollo 7th March - Manchester, O2 Apollo 9th March - London, Troxy 10th March - London, Troxy 21st March - Amsterdam, Paradiso 22nd March - Brussels, Ancienne Belgique
Alan McGee: "I Don't Like Music Anymore...It Bores The Shit Out Of Me"
Known for masterminding independent labels Creation Records and Poptones, Alan McGee’s name has perhaps secured greater household prominence above the controversy of his various credentials.
The households of which we speak are far removed from the nuclear or even reconstituted archetypes – but rather that of the bohemians, the alternatives, the students and the unemployed. And the controversy he has been attached to is that raised by rowdy seniors Oasis, and their beneficiaries the Libertines. So what has this pioneer got to say about the state of our music industry, current and past? We tried to find out for you:
L4e: How important was your long-term friendship with Bobby Gillespie in making Creation a success in the early years?
Alan: Gillespie was key to Creation. Without him I wouldn’t have had Primal Scream, who really are the flagship Creation band, and he told me about JAMC and the Fanclub. I found Oasis, MBV and Ride.
You’ve said in the past that by 1993 Creation probably needed Oasis as much as Oasis needed Creation. But did you think that night in Glasgow you’d found the band which would effectively solve all the label’s problems?
Alan: No, I just thought they were a great band. I signed them really at the end of the day on ‘…Walrus’ as it was a great version, but who was to ever think they would become that massive?
The Sand Band's David McDonnell Confirmed For Noel Gallagher's Backing Band
We first told you back in August of 2009 that Noel Gallagher had been speaking to members of the Sand Band about joining his new backing band. The Guardian has now released a review of the Sandband's debut album confirming the lead singer's participation in Noel's band.
The Sand Band's singer and guitarist David McDonnell will be playing in Noel Gallagher's new backing band, but don't hold that against him. In this instance, the elder Gallagher's ears are clearly in perfect nick: the Liverpudlian quintet's debut album is excellent. Its chief influences are drawn from either side of the Pennines, namely the more wistful, folk side of fellow Scouser Michael Head, leader of Gallagher favourites Shack, as well as the shimmering ballads of Sheffield's Richard Hawley. Somehow, McConnell is even more melancholic than either, making this the ideal accompaniment to a quietly nursed pint.
"The magic was with us in the beginning, and it's still with us now" proclaims Andy Bell when asked about Beady Eye's new album 'Different Gear, Still Speeding'. "Everything we do just falls into place"
Checkout what Liam and the other band members had to say to NME about this much anticipated album in our Forum!
Music video for Beady Eye's 'The Roller' single directed by Charlie Lightening (Lightening Productions).
The band recorded the film in sub zero temperatures in Cambridgeshire in December 2010 performing in a 'Motorcycle Wall of Death', one of only two in the country, complete with motorcycle stunt riders.
The single is released on 24th January digitally and on an exclusive 7" on 21st February featuring the exclusive b-side 'Two Of A Kind' from the official Beady Eye store:http://www.bit.ly/cP5Ykp
Liam : "...It’s a Proper Band, It’s Not Liam Gallagher Solo"
Amid cardboard boxes of clothes, marked “dog-tooth”, “grandpa”, “paisley”, “cobalt blood” and “patch pocket”, two sharp-dressed shop assistants in traditional mod gear debate with a security guard in gangster black what to do about the broken toilet.
It could be a scene from Are You Being Served: the big boss is on his way from London.
Outside Liam Gallagher’s plush new Pretty Green store on Glasgow’s Ingram Street, sharply-dressed Glaswegians mix with photographers and tabloid journalists, all keen to catch a glimpse of arguably the last great British rock star. Liam Gallagher looks remarkably unchanged from his early swaggering days with Oasis when their potential was first spotted here by Creation Records boss Alan McGee in the early 1990s. Gallagher’s determined character and black and white view of the world are undoubtedly behind the loyalty he inspires in those gathered here today. He is meticulous about every detail of his clothing business – whom he employs, the quality of cloth and even the layout of the store. Although the shop in Glasgow has only been open a month, there’s already a steady community building up around the place, with one fan today proudly sporting a straight-from-the-parlour Pretty Green tattoo, as a mark of his gratitude that he no longer has to trawl secondhand clothes emporiums for retro clobber. There might be a global recession, and indie record shops are falling like dominoes in an earthquake, but you wouldn’t know it here.
When Liam Gallagher finally arrives to greet the hordes, buses and black cabs grind to a halt. “Rock ’n’ roll stops the traffic,” shouts one gruff thirty-something male at the back.
The rock ’n’ roll clothes-horse could wear just about anything his eye directs him to and pull it off. Today it’s an Alex “Hurricane” Higgins trilby, with khaki parka. Recently he managed to get away with a Rod Stewart leopard-print jacket. For his generation there’s something of the (George) Bestie factor in his style.
Gallagher is undoubtedly at home in Glasgow. He returns for two Barrowland gigs in March, his first post-Oasis outing with new group Beady Eye: “I’m into Scotland in general; the people don’t take themselves too seriously. We were always going to open a shop in Glasgow, it makes sense. The connection goes back a long way with McGee and King Tut’s for the Barrowlands gigs and all that, but it’s the people.
“It’s the same as Manchester: it’s a great football city, the people are into proper clothes and music, which is what it’s all about. All of those things connect with me. It’s the same with the gigs; the fans bring something to the table. After Oasis split, things could have got bitter. I’m not about sitting around doing that and Pretty Green kept me in touch with people.”
After a final argument backstage in August 2009 the credits rolled on one of rock’n’roll’s longest running soap operas for good. Noel Gallagher walked out, dissolving Oasis after fifteen years in the public eye.
“Everyone knows I’ve got the a*** with our kid, and he’s playing the good guy card. That’s fine, but I’ll say what I want to say. I’m not looking back in anger but I’m not going to shut my mouth either. We were never The Waltons; we didn’t go for long strolls together; you know what I mean?
“The old days are lodged in my mind, my soul and my blood. I wish it hadn’t happened but it has and it’s done, time to move on; no one’s dead. It’s Beady Eye now and we are putting as much, if not more, into this band than we did Oasis.
“The rehearsals have been rocking man; there’s been a lot of energy and spirit around the place.”
Forthcoming single The Roller sounds like the starry-eyed ghosts of Ronnie Lane and John Lennon strumming in a pastoral 1970s country pile. Bring The Light and opener Four Letter Word from their debut Different Gear, Still Speeding both retain the exigency of typical Oasis, but there is also a defiant shift.
“Wigwam was the hardest in the studio; it was three different tracks stuck together. We started out tuning into that tight Small Faces vibe, but by the end it goes right into an I Am The Resurrection jam; it’s different, man.
“Steve Lillywhite threw his hat into the ring early on, and he’s produced a load of great bands. He brought in energy, but we had just come off tour with Oasis so it wasn’t like we had forgotten what to do.
“Andy Bell is back on guitar and on fire. He’s been set free, it’s a proper band, it’s not Liam Gallagher solo. It’s the first time Chris (Sharrock) has played on a record with us, and they are all great musicians and writers. I’m getting there as a songwriter: I’m not Morrissey or Oscar Wilde but its proper rock ’n’ roll.
“It’s not that they were prisoners before, because Oasis was a great band, but it was Noel that rubber-stamped everything.”
Gallagher bangs his fist down on the table to make the point clear. “I’m feeling these songs like I felt in Oasis. I can sing other songs, my brother doesn’t have to have written them! With Beady Eye it’s been all of us grafting together, all of us pulling our weight.”
This year Pretty Green will continue to launch retail outlets throughout the UK, Europe and Asia as Beady Eye tour Europe. Gallagher’s own production company is also currently developing The Longest Cocktail Party feature film, chronicling the story behind The Beatles Apple Corps. There remains an urgency and concentration in Gallagher’s eyes and he retains steadfast self-belief. While in Oasis he referenced his violent father as an inspiration. Each time we have met he refers to “the days of no worries” – childhood holidays in his mother’s hometown of County Mayo or the teenage tearaway Saturday afternoons watching Manchester City with his mates. He shrugs off a rag trade Drapers Award for Pretty Green with a flippant “no-one’s cured cancer”. Whether it’s his father, his brother, his critics or his past, the competition remains close – and William John Paul Gallagher is determined to be a contender.
Different Gear, Still Speeding is released on February 28. Beady Eye play Glasgow Barrowland on March 3 and 4.
Beady Eye are pleased to announce they will be supported by Miles Kane on their forthcoming six sold-out dates in the UK.
Miles - who previously played in The Last Shadow Puppets with Arctic Monkey's Alex Turner - has been working on his solo album which is due for release later in the year. He will be supporting Beady Eye at the following gigs:
3rd March - Glasgow Barrowland
4th March - Glasgow Barrowland
6th March - Manchester O2 Apollo
7th March - Manchester O2 Apollo
9th March - London Troxy
10th March - London Troxy
Brother's Attempt to Recreate Oasis is Merely Depressing
The band's bid to relive 1996 might fare better if they had an ounce of wit or originality
In the summer of 2009, a T4 interview with Raygun did the rounds of the Twittersphere. It seemed to present a real-life Spinal Tap with a fondness for "drinking Mojitos at 11am – what the hell, man!" that displayed a mesmerising lack of self-awareness. Last year produced nothing quite so cringeworthy, though a promo film of the hotly tipped Brother came close.
Documenting the lad-rock band's attempts to play for "the people", it showed the quartet setting up their equipment at two locations in their native Slough, only to have their first gig shut down by "the man" (translation: an old man tells them they need permission to play and the boys pack up their stuff and leave politely), while their second attempt is met with mild bemusement by some schoolgirls. A tale of rock'n'roll shenanigans that could make Keith Richards blush this was not. None the less, Brother have excited a great deal of interest, starring on the cover of the NME last week with a strapline hailing "the return of the great British guitar band".
How has this happened? At their debut gig in London a few months ago, Brother took the stage with the hilarious boast: "If anyone here doesn't want to see the future of music, leave now!" Leaving aside the daftness of the question (did anyone shuffle towards the door muttering: "Future of music? Not for me, mate, I thought this was the quarter-final of the Nuneaton tiddly winks championship…") such an attitude tells you a lot about Brother and their desire to revisit Britpop.
Just take the name, which seems to have arisen from a challenge to invoke Oasis in as many ways as possible using just one word: Oasis were based around two brothers, the band's label was called Big Brother and "Brother" was the sponsor splashed across the Manchester City football shirts worn in those famous early photos.
Then there's their sound, a bold, eclectic cocktail that dares to ask the question no other band dare tackle, namely: "What happens if we combine the Seahorses with Mansun?"
It's hardly surprising that a band would feel the time was right to exhume Britpop. Blur and Suede have recently performed triumphant reunion shows, and Pulp caused a stir last year when they announced a string of 2011 festival dates with the "classic" Britpop line-up. Elsewhere, there's a debut album due from Liam Gallagher's new band, Beady Eye, a group who aim to rise above the memories of Oasis by, er, recruiting every single member of Oasis bar that guy who played guitar. And that's before we've mentioned Shed Seven, Kula Shaker and the Bluetones, who it turns out never went away.
Photo: Paul Slattery
There's nothing wrong with a revival, as long as the artists involved do enough to make it seem fresh. Just look at how Zola Jesus and new Domino signing Anna Calvi have breathed life into the corpse of goth with tremendous debuts. And let's not forget that Britpop itself was perhaps the ultimate revival, although for all the "Oasis sound like Beatles" comments, the most memorable bands all brought something new to the table, be it attitude (Oasis), wit (Pulp) or only being able to play two chords (Menswear).
The depressing thing about Brother is that they seem genuinely to believe that it's still 1996. When they played recently at the Met Bar (where else?), they demanded that the DJ "turn that dubstep shit off". In terms of sonic invention, their music makes Noel Gallagher look like Shostakovich. But it's their unintentionally hilarious attempts to act up to the Brit rocker image that really make you despair.
Studying Oasis (again), Brother clearly think that outrageous statements about sex, drugs and rock'n'roll are the way to get noticed. Unfortunately, they don't seem to have a member with the bizarre comedy persona of a Liam Gallagher to deliver said messages. That's why recently you found them telling the Guardian that they would soon be heading for a world of "drugs and prostitutes". Prostitutes? I'm sure countless budding bands dream of the day when they can finally afford to pay for sex.
If anything, these misfiring quotes are perhaps Brother's only redeeming feature. It's an almost lovable stupidity that makes you hope they might stick around for entertainment value, if nothing else. How could you not when they told the NME: "We're sick of all these American bands" while posing for an accompanying photograph wearing a jumper emblazoned with the Stars and Stripes?
Gary Crowley interviewing Liam Gallagher at the Pretty Green Club Night on the 26th November 2010 at The Garage, London. Gary and Liam discuss the recent Drapers Fashion Award, the idea behind Pretty Green, Liam's own style icons and Beady Eye.
Liam and Gem visit Zane Lowe at BBC Radio 1 for the premiere of Beady Eye's single The Roller
Zane's at Breakfast with a heap of new music, plus the winner of the BBC's Sound of 2011 is on the phone, we hear from Chris Martin, and it's Zane v Liam Gallagher and Gem Archer Listen to the show again here
Brother Frontman Not Impressed With Liam Gallagher's Take On His Band
After receiving the traditional tongue-lashing most upcoming bands tend to be on the sharp end of, Brother frontman Lee Newell has shrugged off criticism aimed at the band in a recent interview conducted by Beady Eye frontman Liam Gallagher.
When asked about his opinion on the Slough based four-piece, Liam dismissed Brother as ‘little fucking posh lads with tattoos’. In response, Newell has claimed to be uninterested in Gallagher’s opinion, and is more concerned with what his sibling Noel thinks about the band.
Liam and Gem will be on UK radio tomorrow morning when they sit in with Radio 1's Zane Lowe to spin a selection of their favourite tunes in the 'Versus' slot. Zane will also be playing 'The Roller'. Check it out from 8am.
The single will also be available to listen to at the band's YouTube channel HERE! from tomorrow morning as well as your favourite radio stations around the world.
The video for ‘The Roller’ will be premiered in the UK on Channel 4 at midnight (local time) on the 10th January, and promises daredevil stunts. The band recorded the film in sub zero temperatures in Cambridgeshire in December performing in a ‘Motorcycle Wall of Death’, one of only two in the country, complete with motorcycle stunt riders.
After the Channel Four premiere fans can watch the video at the band's YouTube channel HERE!
This is the third track Beady Eye have made available for fans to hear after giving away a free download of ‘Bring The Light’ via their website in November, and premiering a video for ‘Four Letter Word’ on Boxing Day on NME.com and here at the band’s website. The songs have been viewed over one million times since appearing on the band’s site. All songs will be on ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’ which is released on 28th February 2011 on Beady Eye Records.
Liam Gallagher has spoken about Beady Eye's eagerly anticipated debut album 'Different Gear, Still Speeding' that is released on 28th February 2011 on Beady Eye Records. The album features 13 brand new songs written by the band and was recorded at RAK Studios in the autumn of 2010 with producer Steve Lillywhite.
The Beady Eye front man told Uncut that the album is "all brand new" and that "It's really rocking in places and really psychedelic in places" he described it as "colourful" and not "black and white".
He added: "There's a couple of great tunes on there. One called 'Morning Sun' that closes the album. It's a bit Mind Games by Lennon. A lot of strings kind of stuff. There's a tune called "Wigwam" which is probably about drinking too much and gambling. And then it veers off into something else. I'm winging it, mate. You won't get me talking about Oscar Wilde or all that bollocks. I'm just writing the first thing that comes into my head".
Speaking on how the band work together he said that "Andy does his thing and I do my thing. Then we all demo them and work on the songs together. I write on guitar. Or... I barely write on guitar. I've got a guitar in the house on its last legs, man. I sit round and play the guitar 'til I get bored. Then I go for a walk. Try to get some lyrics down and away we go".
Don't forget to tune in to the radio premiere of Beady Eye's new single "The Roller"
Tomorrow morning 8am UK on www.xfm.co.uk
Liam: " I Definitely Won't Be Playing Noel's Songs"
Liam Gallagher has told grieving Oasis fans to accept the band will never reunite.
The legendary outfit broke up in 2009 following a furious bust-up between Liam and brother Noel in Paris - and the singer remains adamant that there is no going back, despite fans' hopes.
He's urged the "moaning" mourners to move on and embrace his new outfit Beady Eye, whose debut album Different Gear, Still Speeding hits shelves next month.
Responding to former boss Alan McGee's claim that Oasis will eventually reform, Liam told Mojo mag: "He's wrong isn't he? And a couple of little c**** moaning on the f****** internet going, 'Oh it isn't f****** Oasis,' aren't going to bother me.
"They're going to make themselves f****** sick if they don't get over it.
"It's like wanting your girlfriend back after she's f***** you off. You'll end up getting yourself ill.
"They're not going to get me knocking on someone's door saying, 'Come on let's get back together.'
"It's done, mate. We had a great time. Beady Eye is where we are now... Get rid of all the Oasis songs and just bathe ourselves in Beady Eye."
That said, Liam hasn't written off performing some Oasis classics when Beady Eye hit the road in March.
Though there is one key condition that may not go down well with Noel devotees.
He added: "The way we see it is that we're Beady Eye and I think it's time for people to get acquainted with us.
"But somewhere down the line if it goes pear-shaped and we have to play Oasis, I definitely won't be playing Noel's songs, I'll be playing my own."
Liam Gallagher has said that 'Bring The Light' didn't take him long to write.
He said "I just got on the guitar and booted it around the room a bit, and then took it to them lot. And it got the nod. It was recorded quick. We had this version that was a bit Stonesy and a bit sluggish. So we went home and pulled out a few Eddie Cochran and Gene Vincent records and thought 'That's the way to go.' It's a bit Pistols and Velvets an' all. I like the fact there's hardly any guitars on it. You're not meant to be scratching your chin to it. You're meant to be jumping up and fucking down. It's got a little theme. Bring the light. Fucking sort this shit out".
Liam told the NME recently that he was not happy about the release of his bands debut track 'Bring The Light' being released as a free download back in November. Which saw more than 350,000 fans download the giveaway in just a day.
"It got everybody off the sofa and humping around like a bunch of fucking monkeys. And that's what we're after," he explained. "It wasn't my idea to give it away for fucking nothing though. I'll tell you right now, I wasn't having that."
Beady Eye recently announced they will be playing 2011's Isle Of Wight Festival. The festival - whose illustrious history includes headliners such as band favourites Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Paul Weller - takes place over the weekend of June 10th-12th.
Beady Eye will be playing Sunday 12th before Kasabian's headline slot.
Liam Gallagher: I've Heard (Noels) New Record - I F#cking Sung On Half Of It
Liam Gallagher has told Uncut that he does not know anything about his brother's solo project, as he has not seen him or spoke to him since Oasis split in Paris in August 2009.
Speaking on his brothers future plans he said "It's all very hush-hush 'round his camp. I put up with 18 years of that fucker so I'm arsed what he's doing. I'm sure it will be all very civilised and grown-up. One of those gigs you can really stroke your chin at. With four rent-a-Scousers wearing shell-suits. This is the whole fucking myth, mate. Me and him never really spent any time with each other. He did the soundcheck. I walked onstage, had it, went backstage, had a drink. He'd go to his room... fuck knows what he'd get up to there, probably putting women's clothes on.
I've heard his fucking new record 'cos I fucking sung on half of it. When I was in America for Dig Out Your Soul. And he swiped some off 'cos he obviously knew he wanted to do a solo album. So he can talk all the bullshit about "Oh, I was intimidated," and all that. Fucking nonsense. Behave. He knows. The people know. And I know. So no - it's not better. And it won't get any fucking better.
Man, just 'cos someone else wasn't having a good time in Oasis... there was good times to be had. I had a fucking great time. But the bigger you get the harder it is to move and groove. People expect this or that so it's hard to nip about. Now we're like a little Mini. We can dart about a bit more. Before, we were just a big fucking fat Bentley - it might feel nice but it's fucking hard work to drive. The reason we're doing this is 'cos we wanna do it, not 'cos we have to. I've got fuck all to prove. We've made an album and the next thing to do is play it to the people. I don't beg anyone to listen to it. I don't beg anyone to fucking buy it".
Liam's new band Beady Eye release their eagerly anticipated debut album ‘'Different Gear, Still Speeding'’ on 28th February 2011 on Beady Eye Records. The album features 13 brand new songs written by the band and was recorded at RAK Studios in autumn 2010 with producer Steve Lillywhite
A taster for the album, ‘Bring The Light’, was made available for fans in November from the bands official site beadyeyemusic.com and was downloaded or played over 350,000 times in 24 hours.
Alan McGee: New Noel Gallagher Solo Album has 3 Massive Songs!
Alan McGee was interviewed by Uncut magazine. Here's a tiny excerpt:
Uncut: Do you still hear from the Gallagher's?
Alan McGee: "I've heard Noel's stuff and it's amazing man. It's stripped down, three massive songs like Don't Look Back In Anger, Live Forever type of songs. I went through the songs and it was Tune! Tune! Tune! I would say it's probably his best work since... Morning Glory. It's a pity they fell out so bad, but I'm sure they can make up at some time. Noel is one of the good guys. The music business does not promote gentlemanly behaviour but he's a fucking gent, that's the bit that everyone misses about Noel".
The Beady Eye singer has his own fashion label Pretty Green and although he is famously obsessed with John Lennon he claims The Fab Four’s guitarist is a bigger influence on his fashion choices.
He said: “My fashion icons are, well, George Harrison always looked cool, all The Beatles always looked cool, Keith Richards, Steve McQueen looked good, The Jam, Paul Weller are all influences. The Stone Roses had a look - they were my first thing.”
The 38-year-old rock star admits he is proud of the success his clothing label has achieved and insists fashion is just as important as music to him.
He added: “I believe in it without a doubt. Look I don't sit there stitching it but it's stuff that I wear, you know what I mean? Or stuff that I'd like to wear. Fashion and wearing good clothes is equally as important as music to me.”
The ‘Bring The Light’ singer now has three Pretty Green shops in Manchester, Glasgow and on London’s famous Carnaby Street.