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Laim Gallagher's Favorite and Least Favorite Things in Life
It comes as no surprise that the notoriously cantankerous former Oasis frontman has opinions. Here are some of his favorite—and least favorite—things in life
You've heard a lot from Liam Gallagher over the past couple decades. He has a thing for words. Choice ones. Specifically about things he doesn't care for. So, since he has more going on now than since the days of "Wonderwall" (his new Noel-less band Beady Eye; a new single and video, "Roller"; and his own clothing line, Pretty Green, which is now available in the U.S.) we were curious what he actually likes. We asked him and got 10 things. Plus, three things he loathes. And, for good measure, 14 instances of the word "fuck." So proceed with caution, ye of Puritan minds.
1. My Favorite TV Shows
"I love 'Judge Judy.' And, fucking, who's the black guy with the bald head? Montel. My wife and I love that shit. Also, I like that 'Celebrity Rehab' you have in America, too. I was watching it on TV and then I went out the night after to this Marilyn Manson gig, and that guy from Grease with the walking stick—what's his fucking name? He died a couple weeks ago? [Jeff Conaway.] He was there and asked me if I wanted a line. I'm like 'What the fuck? You're meant to be in fucking rehab.'"
2. Central Park
"New York is my favorite city in the world. I don't make it downtown much but I love Central Park. I've got to be by trees, otherwise I get claustrophobic. The people there—they don't take no crap either. Reminds myself a bit of me, so I like it."
3. Ginger Ale
"These days, I'm sticking to ginger ale. I'm having a bit of a time off from drinking. I haven't had anything since New Year's Eve. I'm just having a breather. I've been drinking for 25 years, man. When I do go out though, I drink absolutely fucking everything."
"I'm fucking obsessed with Quadrophenia. It gets me right off. I love that ballroom scene where he jumps off the balcony."
5. Levi's 504s
"I don't like jeans with holes in 'em. I like 'em faded. Levi's 504s never let me down. I like that they're a little tight in the butt, too."
6. The Beatles
"My favorite album would have to be something from The Beatles. Fucking Abbey Road? A Hard Day's Night! John Lennon's Imagine. I like everything they've done."
7. The Black Cat at Lake Como
"I take holiday at Lake Como a lot. Pretty expensive, but beautiful. If you go up there in the mountains there's a restaurant called The Black Cat. It's outside, on a cliff, and you look over the fucking lake. The food's the bollocks. It's amazing."
8. Garrett Leight sunglasses
"I like Lennon-style sunglasses. I got these in Barneys the other day. I need some proper lenses in these motherfuckers though. I've lived without them for so long though, so, actually, fuck it."
9. Style Hero: Paul Weller
"There's no one I want to be, but Paul Weller of The Jam has always looked so cool. My label, Pretty Green, is a reference to one of his songs. He did a Paul Weller for Pretty Green collection for Summer 2011, too."
10. Gibson Guitars
I don't like posh guitars. I don't like them Martins even. They're a bit too smooth and polite for me. I like guitars that are fucking loud. I've got a Gibson 1962 Hummingbird, which is a bit beat up. It's probably my favorite.
And now we bring you three entirely unessential things...
"Muse fucking scares me. They're like fucking creepy shit. But people like 'em. They at least play guitars, but when I hear his voice I'm like, 'Ah, fuck him.'"
"I don't use gadgets. Like, people do all this shit on their phones. I just use it to ring my Mrs. and mates. Never sent an e-mail in me life. I've got no apps. I don't even know how to download music."
[After being asked by a doorman if he would like an umbrella in the rain during the interview:] "An umbrella? I only use those to stick up people's asses."
Liam Gallagher A Fan of Central Park But Muse Are Fucking Creepy Shit
It's good news for denim giant Levi's, the Fab Four and the owners of the Black Cat restaurant near Lake Como, Italy. Muse and manufacturers of umbrellas, however, will have less to cheer about.
In an interview with the US edition of men's style mag GQ, Liam Gallagher -- ex of Oasis, currently of Beady Eye -- listed his 10 essentials, including props for New York's Central Park and ginger ale.
But he was less welcoming of technological gadgets in general, and the histrionic vocals of operatic rockers Muse's singer Matt Bellamy, in particular.
On the Beatles, Gallagher said, "My favorite album would have to be something from the Beatles. F---ing 'Abbey Road?' 'A Hard Day's Night!' John Lennon's 'Imagine.' I like everything they've done."
With the former hell-raiser off the sauce since the beginning of the year, the merits of ginger ale were highlighted, as well as former Jam lynchpin and Britpop '"Modfather" Paul Weller. ""There's no one I want to be, but Paul Weller of the Jam has always looked so cool. My label, Pretty Green, is a reference to one of his songs. He did a Paul Weller for Pretty Green collection for Summer 2011, too."
But as for Muse? "Muse f---ing scares me. They're like f---ing creepy shit. But people like 'em. They at least play guitars, but when I hear his voice I'm like, 'Ah, f--- him.'"
At least Muse don't suffer alone; Gallagher had this to say about umbrellas. "An umbrella? I only use those to stick up people's asses." Charmer.
Is it different when it's your song versus someone else's, because you can picture your own song in your head?
Yeah, it is different. But this is why I love being in a band, and I love bouncing off people. No one knows everything. It's just great. Andy will come up with something I would never think of. And the other thing, once you've written a song, when Liam sings it, it just becomes something else.
How do you know when something — a song, an album — is done?
You never know. But you can't beat yourself up. Get over yourself. Don't be too precious. Once it's out, it's out. It's about communicating, isn't it? That's what it is. Nothing's perfect. You can't make a statement and stand back. How do you know when something's done? That's the thing John Lennon said: He would've really done them all again and freaked George Martin right out. My favorite record is "All Along the Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix, but I never tried to learn any of it because I don't want to spoil it. I don't want to be "in" there.
It's funny that you mentioned John Lennon, because "The Roller" reminds me of his music.
Yeah, of course. Because ever since I've been 8 years old or whatever, it's just in us. It's in us all. We're really not the kind of band that would ever cover our tracks, hide our influences. You're not fooling anybody, man. We're massive Beatle heads. So, that's in there, even though — I think it was Chris who went, "You know, this sounds like 'Instant Karma.' He says, "I never thought of that for a minute when were doing it." So, there you go. And he's a Scouse, so he should know.
But that John Lennon stuff is really raw, and I wonder if we would have heard something similar to a solo Lennon song coming from Oasis, because of its rawness.
Yeah, I don't know. It's kind of a descending chord, so you can fill it. I suppose the melody is like "Three Blind Mice." It's all in us, that's what I'm saying. And that's how we communicate with each other. We had a version of "Bring the Light" that I thought sounded like early Roxy Music, and Liam said, "Look, I think we just go fucking Jerry Lee Lewis, man." We were just having fun, and that's when he came up with the idea. I got a text from him: "I want to stick some Tina Turner kind of backing vocals on it." I was just like, fucking mega, man, let's do it.
Has your setup — amps and pedals — changed over the years? Do you stick with what's worked in the past?
It does evolve, but I'm not really a gear head. I don't think any of us are. I know a lot of people are always getting the newest pedal or whatever, but I have guitars I've had for years. And I've got a few favorite things. I've got a Fender Deluxe amp, and it's just the bullocks, man.
What do you take on the road?
Basically I play through the Fender Deluxe and a VOX AC-30. One's for the top end of the sound and the other is for the body, and that's about it. I think the AC-30 is rented.
What do you write with when you're on the road?
We always have acoustics, and you're always working. I'm hearing Liam's songs evolve, and Andy's too, but now because of laptops, you can have tons of stuff on them that you've got to work on. So you bring your lyric book, and I'm always conscious of not checking it in. It's always in my hand luggage. You just try to get on with it. But it is a different head space, on the road, writing. It's hard, man. Nobody wants to write a song about being on the road.
Is there any chance the Oasis situation is just a publicity stunt and you guys will be getting back together?
No, no, no. You know by now that there's nothing constructed or fake about Oasis, and that's that. But you know what? I think Liam and Noel have given enough — 18 years. And it's just the arc, the natural curve, isn't it? And music goes on. I think Noel will knock out a fucking mega album. I think our album is mega. And music wins.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably already familiar with the story behind the formation of Beady Eye. If you’re not, here’s the short, short version: in the Fall of 2009 the Oasis brothers, Noel and Liam Gallagher, get into a heated argument, which may or may not have involved the destruction of one or more musical instruments, Noel quits the band, Liam and the other band members decide to carry on. Fast forward to the spring of 2011 when what essentially boils down to Oasis minus Noel Gallagher drop their debut album, Different Gear, StillSpeeding, under the new moniker Beady Eye.
Bands’ breaking up or swapping members is a pretty common occurrence in the world of rock and roll. Well I’ll be damned in Chuck Klostermandidn’t just address this very issue in a recent article “Rock VORP” , which was brought to my attention by my buddy Pete, or Petie Pie, as he’s affectionately known. Klosterman, a hell of a writer on pop culture topics, seeks to apply advanced baseball metrics, commonly known as SABERmetricsto rock bands. The article’s entirely tongue in cheek and funny as shit to boot. For those of you who don’t speak nerd, Sabermetricians try to analyze the game of baseball by using math to quantify the value of different players. Most people in the states, I’m sure, are familiar with traditional baseball statistics like batting average and earned run average and maybe even a few of the less common ones like on base and slugging percentage. SABERmetrics, however, goes far beyond traditional stats and uses mathematical formulas to analyze player performance in statistical categories with exotic names like OPS, PECOTA and VORP, which gives Klosterman his title and stands for “Value Over Replacement Player.” The statistic is measured by comparing the performance of an individual player relative to other players on his team and to other players who play the same position on other teams and… this isn’t helping, is it? Oh hell, go ahead and read the articles yourselves, I’ll wait.....
Ok. You’re back. Well, if you’re as a big of a baseball stat nerd and music nerd as I am, Klosterman’s article is like the nexus of nerdy awesomeness. The only way it could have been better for me is if he had somehow managed to shoehorn into his article mention of that episode of the original Star Trek series in which the crew of the Enterprise lands on a planet whose culture was influenced by the Roman empire. Advanced baseball metrics, music, sci fi and ancient history. Serious nerdgasm alert. Ahem… sorry, had to go change my underwear.
In any case, back to Klosterman. While the article applies his adaptation of VORP to the specific case study of Albert Hammond Jr. and his value to the Strokes, I think it would be rather interesting to look at the Oasis split through Klosterman’s metrics and try to figure out just how big of a loss Noel Gallagher's departure might be for the guys in Beady Eye. I think it’s difficult to underestimate the importance of Noel Gallagher to Oasis. Let’s face the facts here, if it’s a good Oasis song, it’s a pretty safe bet that it was written by Noel Gallagher. If it’s a not so good Oasis song, the author is probably not named Noel Gallagher. Not that there aren’t good Oasis songs written by the others, but do you want to compare the greatness of, say, “Don't Look Back In Anger” to “Songbird.” It’s not even close. But let’s see what the numbers say:
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Liam Gallagher: He thinks he’s f...ing God, I think I’m God — it doesn’t work.
Critics and fans alike scoffed after Noel Gallagher split from UK Britpop legends Oasis in the summer of 2009 as his kid brother, Liam, announced that the group would continue on anyway.
The dismissive derision slowly turned to begrudging praise when the first full-length by Beady Eye dropped earlier this year, featuring all the ex-Oasis crew - save for Noel, and makes its Philadelphia debut Saturday at the Theater of Living Arts as the final show in a brief, four date tour of the States.
“I’m surprised that people were surprised that we’d make good music without Noel Gallagher,” Liam told Rock Music Menu. “I’m surprised and a bit disappointed that people think Noel Gallagher is the brains behind everything. We know how to put on a gig and we know how to write a tune, so I was disappointed in people’s lack of support in it, but they’re coming around slowly but surely.”
It seemed to be a legit charge though, as principal songwriter and de facto head of Oasis, Noel steered the band to superstardom which peaked in the mid-90s, in America at least, but even as album sales dropped off, the act still had a massive following and routinely sold out concerts. It was prior to one of those shows in France when the perpetually fighting siblings got into it for a final time backstage that ended amidst a smashed guitar, harsh words and Noel walking out.
"We never really had an argument about music," Liam said. "It was always about personal things, and it’s a shame that in the end that broke the band up but at the end of the day, I think it’s better off for everyone. I’m definitely a lot happier I don’t have to look over my shoulder at Noel, I just mean that as a personal thing, and I think Noel can probably go on and with his life without me looking over his shoulder."
That's pretty calm words from someone known for expressing his sometimes, OK — almost always, controversial views on everyone from Coldplay to Mumford and Sons, the latter of which he recently said aren't rock and roll and, "look like [expletive] Amish people." But Liam being Liam, he doesn't disappoint, and without much prodding, takes some shots at his bro.
"You change as you grow up, and maybe Noel is a different person than what he was 10 years ago; I think I am," he said. "Maybe Noel isn’t as rock and roll as he once was, and maybe he’s scared of being in a rock and roll band and wants to take things a little bit easier and sit on his hill and be Bob Dylan."
"That’s fine mate, but you’re never gonna get me sitting on an (expletive) stool playing acoustic guitar; I need to explode when I’m on that stage."
And that's exactly what he's doing in Beady Eye, along with guitarists Gem Archer and Andy Bell and drummer Chris Sharrock. The music on the band's debut, "Different Gear, Still Speeding," sounds a lot like Oasis - with all the familiar trademarks; soaring melodies, the swelling pop sheen and Liam's quintessential frontman inflections.
"These are just the songs we came up with," he said. "We didn’t sit and go, “Well, let’s make a rock and roll record or a psychedelic record." That’s what’s in us anyway; it was just the natural thing to do."
Not surprisingly, there are the persistent "well, that sounds really familiar moments" peppered throughout the record. The third song released but first official single "The Roller" completely nicks John Lennon's "Instant Karma" in its overall feel, "Bring the Light" has a guitar break taken from The Beatles' "Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey," and the curiously titled "Beatles and Stones" lifts the main guitar line from "My Generation" by The Who.
Liam makes no bones about it either, saying that he stuck to the tried and true Oasis influences like Brian Jones and The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who, "The usual," he said, "We haven’t started with Earth Wind and Fire or anything; we’re pretty much the same. Sex Pistols, obviously The Beatles and Lennon."
"I’ve been doing this for 18 years, Gem’s been doing it longer, they know how to write music — and I certainly know how to sing. It’s nice that people are taking us for what we are. We’re dealing with the cards we were dealt with. We think we can put on a good night for an hour and a half or whatever it is."
During the live show, there may be an odd cover thrown in here and there, but don't expect Beady Eye to lean on the past success of Oasis —at all.
"You can’t sing Noel’s songs if he’s not there, and why the (expletive) should we sing his songs?" Liam asked. "We write our own. He’ll take great pleasure in letting everyone know what songs he wrote and what songs he sang on and he can top off his little setlist with all his new songs. So that guy will be playing for three hours boring the (expletive) life out of people. We don’t; we just hit people with an hour and it’s great."
"We’re Beady Eye now — that’s just the way it is. I think if you start playing with people, they’ll be coming out of gigs going, “Only if they played this one or that one,” and then you’ll go (expletive) mental. It’s like sleeping with your ex-missus; it’s not healthy."
And despite the ever-popular trend of old bands throwing it back together for one last tour or even another album, Liam doesn't see it in the future, going as far as saying that he hopes it never happens, because to him that would mean Beady Eye was a failure.
"We had a great run with Oasis," he said. "We thought we’d never get that far and we did. No one else broke up except for me and Noel. We ended it with stupid behavior and I’m not proud of that, but that’s the way it was. I don’t want to get Oasis back together. Me and Noel can’t get on with each other. He thinks he’s [expletive] God, I think I’m God — it doesn’t work. We can be great in our own bands."
Beady Eye Rocks Sold Out Webster Hall, NYC With Tight Set
The packed house at Webster Hall got treated to a loud set of stripped down British Rock N Roll that left the usually hard to please New Yorkers convinced that Liam Gallagher and band mates were back with a vengeance!
We'll have a full review and lot's more photos in our webzine on Saturday.
He may be a devoted dad, but Liam Gallagher is still berating everything in sight, including his “Louis Walsh”-esque brother. Jimi Famurewa ducks for cover
With a frightening snarl on his lips and his hand an inch from our face, Liam Gallagher is looming aggressively over ShortList. Don’t worry: things haven’t taken a turn for the worse after we criticised Songbird or revealed a pair of novelty Manchester United socks. The former Oasis frontman is merely re-enacting what it’s like to be confronted by a pushy paparazzo.
Rude snappers aren’t the only ones to feel his expletive-laden ire during our frenzied 30-minute interview at a west London hotel. Unbowed by Beady Eye’s modest record sales and celebrity detractors, the younger Gallagher brother still has plenty to get off his parka-clad chest. And he’s doing it in his usual delicate manner… It’s been a year since you formed Beady Eye. How do you think it’s gone?
The first six gigs [we did] were a bit nervous but the pressure’s off now. We’re sh*t-hot live and we’ve been working on some new stuff. The next album will have bigger and better songs on it. This album was definitely a debut because there are certain songs that are just up and at you. But the next one is going to be mega — we’re not here to mess about. Have you had to eject people yelling for Oasis songs at gigs?
I haven’t heard them, but they can do what they want. It ain’t going to happen. And that’s not because we don’t love Oasis, but because it’s over and we’ve got to move on. I think that 90 per cent of people want to move on too. Oasis had its f*cking time. People can go, “They were sh*t after the second album,” but I think we made some good [later] albums. We ended when we ended but up until that point we put out some good tunes, we were real and we didn’t take any sh*t. You need a band like that, so hopefully Beady Eye will carry that on. Do you rate nu-folk bands such as Mumford & Sons?
I’m sure they’re all nice lads but that’s not for me, man. They look like f*cking Amish people. You know them ones with the big sideys that don’t use electricity? Growing their own food and putting barns up. I need music to be a bit more sexy and played by people who look a bit f*cking dangerous. Brother are being compared to Oasis quite a bit...
I’ve heard a couple of tunes and it reminds me of Blur and Elastica. That to me is Britpop. Oasis weren’t that. Brother sound like they’re a bit more Camden than anything else. It’s not my cup of tea. I said, “I’m not having posh lads with tattoos,” but at least they’re playing guitar music. I was just seeing what they were made of, really. So did they come back at you?
Yeah, they came back and said, “We don’t care what he says, we want to know what Noel says.” I wouldn’t give a f*ck what he’s got to say. Our kid looks more like Louis Walsh these days. You’ve also recently been critical of Glastonbury. Are you not interested in playing it again?
I’m not, mate. Listen, I don’t wake up in the morning and go, “Here you are, the world according to Liam Gallagher.” Someone asked me about Glastonbury so I told them that last time I played there it was sh*t. You can hear the crowd talking while you’re playing, they don’t put any money into the PA and it’s just full of f*cking idiots. It’s like Bond Street with mud. Were you disappointed with the low chart position of Beady Eye’s singles?
I’m not even worried. I’m certainly not arsed whether we go in at No1 or No71. I’ve been No1. If I was in a young band now then I’d be worried about it, but I’ve been there and had a look over the wall at what it is. It’s not guitar music’s time right now and that’s the way it is. You can’t force it to be in the charts and just because it is in the charts or at No1 doesn’t mean it’s any f*cking good. The f*cking Birdie Song nearly went to No1 and that wasn’t any good. What do you think about people such as Lady Gaga?
I f*cking like her. Some of it’s bordering on ridiculous, but she brings it back around again because she can sing, she can dance, she’s out there taking chances and she’s not like all the other girl acts. She seems like she’s a bit f*cking mad and I like that. I like her, man. After Oasis split, did you ever consider quitting music?
No. No way. Noel, for whatever reasons he’s f*cking spinning this week, left the band. We didn’t split up. He decided he wanted to get off and show the world he could turn a light switch on and off and write a tune. Everyone knows he can write songs and he was the main man in Oasis, but obviously that wasn’t enough for him. But I never thought, “That’s me. I’ve had my 18 years or whatever in the sun.” Music has always been a very big part of me. I’m going to do it until the day I die, man. And, hopefully, do some clothes at the same time. And look cool as f*ck until the day I die. Since starting your clothing label Pretty Green, have the free clothes stretched your wardrobe to bursting point?
Yeah, man. Since I started Pretty Green my missus hasn’t been happy. I’ve always had more shoes than her [laughs]. I like my shoes. I just have to go through it every now and again and think, “D’you know what? I’ll give that to charity.” That makes me feel good. There’s loads of f*cking cool-looking tramps round our way now, mate. How do you feel about celebrities wearing Pretty Green?
A few people like it. A lot of footballers, and Lewis Hamilton’s into it. There’s something in there for everyone. The prices could be a little bit expensive for people who haven’t got that much money, which is why we do the Green Label, but the Black Label looks f*cking tasty. Any people you wouldn’t want wearing it?
Well, I would say [Manchester] United players, but they seem to like it a lot so we’ll leave them. Just f*cking axe murderers, paedophiles and people like that. What about Jedward?
I don’t mind them little f*ckers. They don’t take themselves too seriously, do they? Who were your style heroes when you were younger, then?
For me growing up in Manchester it was The Stone Roses. They always looked cool. Where do you stand on The Stone Roses reunion rumours?
I’d love the Roses to get back, play that album and make a sh*tload of money for themselves, because I’m sure they didn’t make that much [before]. Do some great f*cking gigs, see what the reaction is and go make a new record. We come on to I Am The Resurrection at all of our gigs and the crowd go nuts. Apparently, Ian Brown’s worried about singing but he wouldn’t even have to — we’d sing it for him. And what about an Oasis reunion?
What would be the point? We don’t get on with each other. Noel’s going down his path and I’m going down mine. Do you miss singing those old songs?
No, because the songs we’re doing are equally good, I think. It’s early days. We only put the album out in February and some of those songs are going to grow into classics. I had a great time singing Oasis songs, without a doubt. But I think Oasis is beatable, man. There were certain things Oasis lacked. Such as?
A bit more adventure. I’m not saying like Radiohead, where they go experimenting — a lot of that sh*t is barking up the wrong tree. With Oasis we did experiment but Noel was holding back the reins a bit. The thing for me is rock’n’roll isn’t about analysing it. It’s about if it makes you jump up and go, “Yeah! That’s a tune.” I could do you a well-crafted tune tomorrow, but if it just goes over your head, who cares? I don’t want to make lift music. Noel would write a song, it’d cover all the bases but it lacks that killer punch. And that’s what we’ve got with me. The people that go, “Oh, Beady Eye is not Oasis,” well, I’ll tell you what — you wait until you hear Noel’s music because that ain’t gonna be Oasis either. It might remind you of it but there’ll be something missing. And what’ll be missing is f*cking me. Do you think you’ve mellowed with age?
Yeah, without a doubt. People live in the past — I’m 20 years older than that person they talk about. I’ve still got bits of that guy, but I’ve grown up as well. What else do you get up to away from music?
I’m into that Rastamouse, mate. But I don’t watch it too much because my kids are a bit too old for it now. The usual, man. I’ve been to watch the new Pirates Of The Caribbean. I’m into my little sausage dogs — I’ve got a new chocolate-dappled one called Brigitte Bardot. It’s mega. Have you seen Peter Kay since his jibe at you at last year’s Brits?
I’ve not bumped into that c*nt, but you’d know it if I did. How could you miss that idiot? The thing with him is he says it behind your back. I didn’t throw the award into the crowd to be a “knobhead” [like Kay said]. I threw it in to give it to the fans because Oasis was over and it was theirs now. It was like a José Mourinho thing. But obviously that f*cking idiot took it the wrong way because he’s not worldly and he doesn’t come down to London. He just lives in ‘Boooorlton’. How’s the Beatles film you’re working on coming along?
I’ve seen the first script and it’s f*cking funny. It’s not Austin Powers-y but it’s got great humour in it. It’s going to be mega. We need an actor to play Derek Taylor [The Beatles’ press officer and lead role in the film] and I’m going for Johnny Depp. He’s a big star, he’s a great actor and he’s got that quirky sh*t we need. Derek Taylor’s a bit like he’s always tripping his head off. Finally, was there any truth to the rumour that you burgled Richard and Judy when you were younger?
Saying that I robbed their house… Are you taking the p*ss? It’s a good job I f*cking like them otherwise they’d have heard from our lawyers. I woke up that morning, saw it in the papers and went, “You f*cking what?” Some other c*nt could get uptight about that, I just laughed at it. I know who did rob their house, mind [laughs].
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British rocker Liam Gallagher was clearly in friendly territory on Monday night at Sound Academy before his post-Oasis band Beady Eye took the stage for their much anticipated Toronto debut.
First of all, Gallagher’s married to Hamilton, Ont.’s Nicole Appleton, and they have a son together.
So maybe it was family, and not a group of fans on a small balcony overlooking the packed floor below, that dangled a large Union Jack flag minutes before Gallagher appeared on stage.
Whatever the case, about 10 minutes later, Gallagher came out decked in his own neck-to-knees stylish Union Jack jacket with a questionable pageboy haircut but still looking every inch the rock star. The chants of “Liam! Liam!” started up shortly afterwards.
Swagger fully intact and in great, big voice, with his arms behind his back in his trademark stance, Gallagher then let it rip for the next hour and 10 minutes.
With only one Beady Eye album, Different Gear, Still Speeding, to play from, the occasional B-side (Two of A Kind), bonus track (Man Of Misery) and cover (World Of Twist’s Sons of The Stage) was thrown into the mix too.
Gallagher, aided by guitarists Gem Archer and Andy Bell and drummer Chris Sharrock (essentially four-fifths of Oasis), plus touring bassist Jeff Wootton and keyboardist Matt Jones, had the audience riveted to his every move, whether he was rolling up a towel in one fist like he was getting ready to deliver a punch, or just prowling the stage checking fans out.
And even if the Beady Eye songs aren’t uniformly great - the album is a hit and miss affair - you’ve got to give Liam credit for being the first Gallagher out of the gate with music.
While he is touring North America with Beady Eye for the first time, his older brother Noel - who left Oasis after one final furious fight with his sibling before a 2009 Paris concert - just got married for the second time this past weekend overseas (an event to which Liam wasn’t invited) and has yet to release his first post-Oasis solo album.
This isn’t meant to pit one brother against the other, only to say that after you’ve been in a super successful Britpop band like Oasis for 15 years, it’s not easy to emerge from that shadow.
And given Noel was always thought of as the band’s brain trust as the guitarist and main songwriter, it’s surprising that Liam’s the one first up to bat.
Of the Beady Eye songs, charging rockers like Four Letter Word and Beatles and Stones worked best, opening the evening one after the other, but middling numbers like Millionaire, Two Of a Kind, For Anyone, Wind up Dream, Morning Son, and Wigwam, dragged the proceedings down.
They also had one good ballad, Kill For a Dream, but the other standouts were of the mid-tempo to rocking variety like The Roller, the set highlight Bring The Light with black and white film of go-go girls played in the background while Gallagher dedicated the song to “all the beautiful ladies of Toronto,” Standing On The Edge Of the Noise, and Three Ring Circus.
Sadly, Gallagher has decided any Oasis material is a no-go zone in his current live show and one couldn’t help wonder how much better Monday night’s show might have been had he thrown in the odd Oasis song, even if it was just the ones he, and not Noel, had written.
No one can deny the musical past, especially when it’s one as rich as that of Oasis.
Come say hello this Thursday before the Beady Eye show. We had over 300 of you come to our last two meet ups before the Oasis appearances at MSG! This time we'll be at The Penny Farthing starting around 6pm. It's just around the corner of Webster Hall and according to the pub's website most drinks are half price until 7pm.
In its time, Oasis was credited/indicted for many things: Killing indie music (the case is made in the recent Creation Records documentary), breaking Brit-Pop in the States, saving English rock, ruining mod, saving mod, making popular rock listenable again, proving that rock music was dead. On most counts, it was guilty.
Oasis approached indie as rock fans, not as art school grads like their shoegaer labelmates—the Manchester band's big idea was to make rock as big and bold and timeless as the best bands ever. It started out as a Sex Pistols/Beatles hybrid and gradually let the Pistols bit fade. Many of the criticisms of one of Brit rock's biggest band of the ’90s—that it was retro, thuggish, and had long songs in which often little happened, dopey rhymey lyrics—haven't held up over time. In fact, seeing Beady Eye, which is basically a spin-off of the defunct Oasis doing Liam Gallagher's songs with Andy Bell and Gem Archer on guitars—reminded me and friends of some of the things that were grand about Oasis—its modernity (it never really sounded retro, it sounded of the moment), its epic scale (every tune seems to shoot for the stars), and its risk-taking that often fell completely flat (the Mancunian's have more than a few dodgy tunes, many on the album Be Here Now.) Bands that reach higher fall harder.
Beady Eye is not much like Oasis in many ways—there's no fat on the tunes, which are often just a couple very catchy, familiar-sounding riffs strung together in expert ways with short killer guitar solos. The scale of the songs on the band's debut is small—the vibe is dreamlike and the point-of-view all new Liam—specifically Liam coming out of some kind of mystical, vaguely romantic haze and finding things looking pretty good. And Beady Eye, rather than playing for timelessness, plays more often for the hipster, the record collector and the (mod) music head. It's sound is more like a psych pop mixtape someone left in your car, expertly wrote with lyrics you can't quite remember but sounds you love. Is it a throwback or a step forward? I think time will tell.
Saturday night, the six-piece band played an early show at the Metro. Taking the stage in a Union Jack coat from his clothing line Pretty Green, Liam (sometimes bratty and moody on stage when his brother was present) was genuinely appreciative of the crowd, saying nice things about our town ("You got yourself a nice little city" he observed, having seen it with "eyes open" this time), dedicating a song to Al Capone and asking "How do we sound? I reckon Okay." midway through the set. All proof that this is Liam's labor of love—and he's loving it.
Kicking off with "Four Letter Word" (a kind of John Barryesque rocker punctuated with Andy Bell solos), into the Who-referencing "Beatles and Stones," the band's combination of honky-tonk piano jamming and twin guitars was moderated behind Gallagher's upfront vocals. By sets end, the guitars would come in full force. Note to soundmen: this is a brilliant way to get the audience involved and bring up their adrenaline gradually.
By track three, the Ride-like "Millionaire," I was smitten with the drumming of Chris Sharrock—who is truly the right man for the psych-retro-Brit-rock job—he even unleashed a stick twirl in the breakdown which made up for Gallagher's overally nasally vocal. By tune's end, the Metro crowd was smitten, too.
Beady Eye embrace psych not as noodling musos but as pop fans and this couldn't be any more clear on "For Anyone," which recalls the best moments of the oft underappreciated Hollies. Next, in "The Roller," the Beady Eye gang had their most Lennon-esque moment. By the time the band got to "Bring the Light," about seven tunes deep, its Brit-boogie had settled in like accepting a joy ride out with the bad boys. But it was also clear that the epics, the broadly affecting emotional pull of Morning Glory weight would never come. The Beady Eye tunes are a great a little rush, packed with more thrilling musicianship and Liam's dream-inspired vox, but they're not sing-a-longs, they're not bar-closers—I wonder if will we will fall in love with them in the long-run?
Still, few bands on this side of the Atlantic can perform with the kind of confidence we saw last night on the Metro strage—Beady Eye had the swagger to end its regular set with "The Morning Son," a song about waking up to your kid. After the baroque pop of "The Beat Goes On" midway through an encore which also included an cover of World of Twist's "Sons of Stage," Gallagher said "Thanks for coming out and having a look." Shockingly mature and patient from a singer better known for ridiculous boasting—but still rock 'n' roll. Maybe a short tour of the States is more conducive to civility or maybe someone has gained some perspective.
Liam Gallagher 'We 're the Second Best Band in the World"
When you’ve shot your mouth off and claimed that your band is the best in the world, what do you say when that band dissolves and you form a new one?
“We’re the second-best band in the world.”
So says Liam Gallagher, singer from ’90s Britpop leaders Oasis and now leader of Beady Eye.
After 18 years of quarrels while Oasis tried to make good on that boast — two Guinness World Records for their chart and sales success in the U.K. but only two No. 1’s in America (for the songs “Wonderwall” in 1995 and “Champagne Supernova” in ’96) — in 2009, Noel Gallagher, Liam’s brother and the band’s chief songwriter, stormed out after a backstage fight. The Gallagher brothers fought all the time, but two hours later Noel posted a statement online saying he’d quit the band and “simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.”
Liam, though, intended to go on working, and so did the rest of the existing lineup of Oasis: Andy Bell (formerly with Ride), Gem Archer and Chris Sharrock. They initially said they’d continue as Oasis but later adopted the new name, Beady Eye.
A new sound, too? Sort of. Beady Eye’s debut record, “Different Gear, Still Speeding,” released in February, is the same mash-up of Beatles, Stones, Kinks and some more Beatles. The difference is in its tone — lighter, breezier, sunnier, free from all that heavy expectation and Very Big Importance that so often weighed down Oasis records.
“That was Noel. He’s very important, don’t you know?” Liam told the Sun-Times, and he chuckled. “I’m only half joking.”
The Noel-free band, Beady Eye, is booked solid throughout Europe this summer, but they’re swinging through North America for only four shows this month, in Chicago, then Toronto, New York and Philadelphia. Before they played last weekend’s Isle of Wight Festival in southern England, Liam Gallagher and Archer talked to the Sun-Times about the new songs, making music without Noel and how life goes on.
Question: You’re playing just four dates in North America this month. Why?
Liam Gallagher: We’re just going to test the waters and see if you guys are up for it. No point in going over and slunking it if you’re not into it. Things are selling out. We’re going to get onstage and do what we do. Hopefully, that’s enough.
Gem Archer: We’re a brand new band with a brand new set. We can’t book an 18-month tour yet.
LG: We’ve done all that with Oasis. We’re not 20 years of age. We’re not desperate to crack it, you know?
Q: So, how is what you’re doing that different from Oasis?
LG: I don’t think we’re trying to be different than anything. We’re staying true to what we do. We’re making music we like. There’s no big gimmick around it.
GA: We love melody, and we’re just giving something out. It’s not going to change people’s lives. It’s rock and roll, isn’t it?
LG: We’re not trendy. I hope we’re not. Our style of music will always be played. It might remind people of the ’60s …
GA: And ’70s.
LG: … and, you know, we’re certainly not trying to reinvent the wheel. The wheel’s good.
Q: You feel like that now, but did you feel like that when Noel left Oasis?
GA: It’s funny, man. When the band split, we knew we weren’t finished with music, but we didn’t have a great master plan or an agenda or anything. We knew we wanted to keep going. We wanted to keep making music.
Q: The debut album is so breezy and easygoing. Would it sound like that if it were an Oasis album?
LG: If Noel hadn’t left, we’d probably be trying to do this with him — and not having any f---ing luck. But it’s not some new experiment. You can only go so far with a f---ing experiment before you go, “That’s not f---ing us anymore.” Anyone can record a tea bag being squeezed out of a monkey’s [behind], but it’s stupid. We like guitar, bass, drums and piano. It’s what we do.
Q: You clearly still love the Beatles.
LG: Everybody goes on about that, saying, “That’s all they do is that f---ing Beatles thing.” We all love Lennon and George. They’re the best band in the world. I’m not going to stop listening to my favorite band in the world just because some f---ing pervert doesn’t get it.
GA: Take the song “Bring the Light.” It sounded a different way when we demoed it. Liam said, “It’s not quite there.” We tried bringing it back toward a Beatles thing, and then Liam wanted to go a little Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and we said, “Imagine if the [Sex] Pistols had a piano player.”
Q: What’s missing from the formula without Noel?
LG: He made a lovely cup of tea. [Laughs] No, I mean, Noel’s a great songwriter, but so’s Gem and Andy, and I’m getting there. Andy’s better than Noel on guitar. People have this f---ing bee in their bonnet because Noel’s not there. We’re not lacking anything. We’ve got great songwriters in the band. I’m not going to paint on big eyebrows to make people happy.
GA: It doesn’t feel like a wonky table.
Q: What was the backstage fight actually about?
LG: You’d have to ask him. I might have had a couple of beers and things were coming to the surface, but that’s f---ing life. Noel wanted to be a solo star. I think he honestly had enough of Oasis and wasn’t getting his own way and wanted to do his own thing. He wanted to sing all his own songs and take all the glory. Let him go do it. The rest of us weren’t enjoying the creative process. … That’s sh--. If you’re not doing that, you might as well go work at McDonald’s. I’m sure he’ll be f---ing great, but there’s a lot f---ing more lacking in a Noel Gallagher gig, a lot more missing in his stuff than in ours.
Q: So, you’re not going to his wedding [on June 18 to Sara MacDonald]?
LG: No, I’m busy playing gigs in Chicago.
GA: This schedule’s been in for a while.
LG: He goes on about how he wasn’t invited to my wedding. No one was at my wedding but Nic’s [wife Nicole Appleton] mum and my mum. Get over it, mate. I’ve not been invited to his wedding. I’ll be in Chicago. I’ll come cry about it to Oprah. [Muttering in background] What’s this sh-- about Oprah retiring? She needs to stay on it. She needs the [vitamin] B12.
Q: You’re already at work on a second record?
LG: We’re definitely doing a second record when the tour ends. We’ll get it out next year. We like putting out songs in the summer. We’re not going to rush it, but we’re not going to [mess] about with it. The tunes we’ve got so far are absolutely big.
GA: It’s really getting us off. We did this [first] record out of sheer adrenaline, rehearsed it like a brand new band. There was no concept behind it except, “See you at the end of the tune.” The next one will have a sense of ourselves, some breathing space.
Q: So, if Oasis was the best band in the world, what’s Beady Eye?
LG: We’re the second-best band in the world.
GA: It’s not arrogance. I just don’t get why people would be in anything or a band if they don’t think it’s the best.
LG: Oasis was the best band in the world till Beady Eye. We’ll take it over. Noel can’t do it by himself. It’s a lock for us.
Beady Eye will make their long-awaited US debut this coming Saturday (June 18th), when the band launch their first North American tour with a show at the Chicago Metro.
After Liam Gallagher, Andy Bell, Gem Archer and Chris Sharrock formed Beady Eye over a few beers but hours after the messy of implosion of Oasis, February’s release of debut album ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding‘ resulted in a hugely successful European tour, while the band recently made their UK festival bow at the Isle Of Wight with arguably their strongest live performance to date.
As previously reported on Live4ever, the tour will include a coveted appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman during their stop in New York, with shows in Toronto and Philadelphia also following the opening gig in Chicago.
Live4ever will be there to continue its unrivaled coverage of the post-Oasis band, which has seen it quickly grow into the biggest Beady Eye fan site on the web, and the first stop for all the latest news on the Gallaghers.
Chicago, IL @ Metro (18)
Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy (20)
New York, NY @ Ed Sullivan Theater – Live on Letterman Webcast (22)
New York, NY @ Webster Hall (23)
Philadelphia, PA @ Theater of Living Arts (25)
Liam Gallagher has revealed that just like Oasis, his new band don't always get on.
The frontman - who had a famously fiery relationship with his brother and former bandmate Noel - performed at this weekend's Isle of Wight Festival with his new group Beady Eye.
He told Absolute Radio DJ Sarah Champion: "We're not the Waltons... we have our bad days and we have good days, you know what I mean, like we did in Oasis. But, you know, this is what we're here to do, is make music, and that's what we shall do."
Liam also said the band was happy to be out on the road - despite the heavy downpours at the Newport festival.
"I'm from Manchester anyway," he added. "This isn't rain, man, it's just spit."
Music fans can log on to www.absoluteradio.co.uk for highlights from the festival.
Beady Eye Play to Rain Drenched Crowd at Isle of Wight Festival
Liam Gallagher made his first appearance at the Isle Of Wight Festival tonight (June 12), playing with Beady Eye on the Main Stage of the bash before headliners Kasabian.
Oasis never played at the event but tonight the singer certainly took his chance to make an impression – choosing to wear a huge coat designed in the colours of the Union Jack flag, surely one of the most colourful images of the weekend so far.
The rain was tipping down for the band's show – as it had been all day – with Liam drily acknowledging the sogginess of the fans. He introduced 'Kill For A Dream' as 'Kill For A Suntan' and reassured the crowd that they "still look pretty good, mate," despite their dampness.
His coat wasn't the only fashion statement he made during the set. He dedicated 'Man Of Misery' to "all you Pretty Greens" – a reference to his fashion label, Pretty Green.
As well as playing songs from their debut album 'Different Gear, Still Speeding', Beady Eye ended the set with their usual set-closer, their cover of World Of Twist's 'Sons Of The Stage'.
Live4ever Uncovers Noel Gallagher's Best Kept Secret?
It seems that the community on Live4ever's forum might have cracked the music world's best kept secret and dug up actual information on Noel Gallagher's new solo album. L4E forum member bonkers initiated a dialogue via facebook with LA Production company "In a Place Productions" last Wednesday and asked them about the reported video which they had shot for Noel Gallagher. Below is a screen shot of the communication.
Music websites Gigwise and the NME have now picked up on it and have published the story today:
Noel Gallagher has named his new single 'The Death Of You And Me', according to a production company he has been linked with.
In A Place Productions, a company in Los Angeles, posted a response on their Facebook page to a question about the former Oasis man's new video. They confirmed that they are shooting the clip for the track.
They also said the song was called 'The Death Of You And Me' and that "it wouldn't be out until the end of the summer." The posting has since been taken down, and Gallagher's spokesperson is yet to respond to a request for confirmation or denial on the single title.
Back in 1995,Oasisannounced their brazen brand of classic British rock to North America as they made their US network debut onThe Late Show with David Letterman, performing the classic single ‘Live Forever‘ to the assembled audience inside The Ed Sullivan Theatre.
The Manchester band were back later that year as their second album ‘(What’s The Story) Morning Glory?‘, thanks to the smash hit ‘Wonderwall‘, was busy making waves in the upper-reaches of the Billboard charts. In 2000, with a new line-up andLiam Gallagherclad head-to-foot in Burberry, Oasis made their final appearance on the programme.
Now Liam, along withGem Archer,Andy BellandChris Sharrock,are ready to return to the USA and ready to return to Letterman after rising out of the ashes of Oasis’ implosion in 2009 asBeady Eye, making their first trip State-side following a successful run of European dates in the wake of the release of ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding‘ last February.
To celebrate this special Letterman Live event, taking place on June 22nd, Dangerbird Records, together with Live4ever, is offering you the chance of winning two tickets to the gig, with runners-up prizes including 7″ Beady Eye vinyls and more.
To enter, simply visitthis linkand fill in the requested details – good luck!
Beady Eye are set to provide the theme tune for the new BBC comedy 'In With The Flynns'.
The first post-Oasis venture to poke its head above the parapet, Beady Eye were always going to provoke debate. Releasing their typically blunt debut album earlier this year, the indie rockers got their wish.
Smashing into the Top Ten, Liam Gallagher's statements of bravado pushed the band into the headlines. Beginning to establish themselves outside the shadow of their former group, Beady Eye are now looking forward to a packed summer season.
Peppered with high profile festival slots and headline dates, Beady Eye are also set to invade your television screens.
The band's track 'For Anyone' is due to soundtrack the upcoming BBC sitcom 'In With The Flynns'. A new show, it stars Will Mellor and Niky Wardley as a couple of Mancunians adjusting to their early 30s.
“I had a great time working on In With the Flynns with a fantastic cast" commented Mellor. "I can’t wait to see what the public think of it.”
Producer Caryn Manabach said: “This experience has been a delight. I’m thrilled to find that families here in the UK are just as extraordinary and funny as they are back in the US.”
Of course, the move will only hasten comparisons to Oasis. The Royal Family was of course soundtracked by the Oasis cut 'Half The World Away' - a melancholic number which was sung by Noel Gallagher.
Beady Eye will try to bodyswerve comparisons, which are almost certain to dog them for the duration of the series.
Meanwhile, Kasabian have been working on a sit com of their own. The band were invited to get on board by friends, with Tom Meighan set to star while Serge Pizzorno is due to provide the soundtrack.
'In With The Flynns' is due to launch tonight (June 8th) on BBC One.
Paul Weller's new collection for Beady Eye frontman Liam Gallagher's Pretty Green fashion line will be released later this month.
The clothing label, which is named after a 1980 song by Weller's former outfit The Jam, will sell six items designed by the Modfather including his trademark long sleeved shirts, scarves and leather jackets.
He is also set to release a more extensive collection in the winter, featuring a much larger number of items. Weller said of the collection: "I've wanted to design my own range for some time and Pretty Green felt like a good home for my clothes. My main design reference is somewhere between 1968 and 1970. The clothes themselves sit between being smart and casual with quality materials and tailoring."
Beady Eye To Shoot Live Video at Isle of Wight Festival
Liam Gallagher's new band Beady Eye will include fans in their new music video by shooting the footage during their appearance at Britain's upcoming Isle of Wight festival.
The band, which was formed following the dissolution of Oasis, will make its first appearance at the music festival on Sunday (12Jun11), playing on the bill before headline act Kasabian.
They will make the gig extra special by recording the set and using the footage in the promo for new single The Beat Goes On, the third track from their debut album Different Gear, Still Speeding.
The song is due for release on 11 July (11).
Beady Eye have announced they will release their third single 'The Beat Goes On' on 11th July.
The single - available to buy on 7" and download - will feature the recently recorded brand new b-side 'In The Bubble With A Bullet'.
The limited edition and numbered 7" will be available to pre-order exclusively through the band's official store. A standard version of the 7" will be available to purchase through select retailers from 11th July.
Beady Eye head out for their debut shows in the US later in June and will be appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman in New York, they have also re-scheduled their already sold out Japanese Tour for September and announced dates in South America for November.
The booze flowed, the fans partied and the girls gathered at Noel Gallagher’s stag do on Friday, but little brother Liam was nowhere to be seen.
Still, as the party raged around him, Noel drunkenly mumbled out an open invitation for Liam to attend on the big day, saying he “should be there”.
The mullered Manc’s bender started off as a quick drink with a few close friends. But as the booze flowed, they set off on a pub-crawl across London, picking up hangers-on along the way, after he invited a whole pub to have a drink with him on his last night of freedom.
Shouting out orders for an endless stream of beer, he bellowed across the bar: “I’m getting f***ing married and I want everyone as p***ed as me.”
A few shandies later, with girls joining in the fun, Noel revealed he wants Liam to come along to his wedding on June 18, when he ties the knot with Sara MacDonald.
Noel, who turned 44 last week, said: “He is my brother. He is a tit but he’s my brother so I guess he should be there. Yeah, I would want him there.
“Family is family on days like that and it would make a lot of people happy. But he’ll always be a complete t**t.”
The boys’ mum, Peggy, is said to be behind the reluctant truce – encouraging Liam to make the effort and join in on his brother’s big day.
But the boys, who have always had a turbulent relationship, haven’t spoken a word to each other since their fallout which caused Oasis to split in August 09.
Nevertheless, Noel enjoyed a cracking night out, finally leaving a private members bar in Soho at 3am, looking rather wobbly – although the stragglers are probably still drinking somewhere now.
So, Liam. Don’t Look Back In Anger.
Dig out your best hat, buy a nice toaster and get yourself to the church on time – after all he is your brother…
Watch Beady Eye Live from Isle of Wight Festival in 3D
On Sky Arts 1/Sky 3D: Fri 10 Jun, 9.30pm (UK ONLY)
In a world first, Sky is giving you the chance to be part of the action, as it broadcasts live coverage of this year’s Isle Of Wight festival in 3D.
And with a host of big name acts performing, it promises to be one of the best yet.
Shown over three nights on Sky Arts, there will be live sets from all the headline acts, including Kings Of Leon, Foo Fighters, Kasabian and the re-formed Pulp. Backstage Zoe Ball and Ben Jones will bring all the best behind-the-scenes gossip and interviews with the stars.
The Isle Of Wight festival, now settled in its new home at Seaclose Park, Newport, is one of the UK’s most iconic, having played host to the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Marc Bolan and Bob Dylan. This year will see dozens more great and diverse acts taking to the stage, including The Script, Kaiser Chiefs, Plan B and the Manic Street Preachers.
Friday’s line up on the Main Stage sees Kings of Leon top the bill, along with Kaiser Chiefs, The Courteeners, We Are Scientists, Band Of Horses and Big Country. Over on The Big Top, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Alexandra Burke, Eliza Doolittle and Imelda May will all be playing.
Then on Saturday the Main Stage bill features an epic line up, with Foo Fighters, Pulp, Iggy and the Stooges, Seasick Steve, Mike and the Mechanics and Hurts. Meanwhile at the Big Top there's an equally awesome line-up, with Tom Jones, Chase and Status and The Cult.
On Sunday the Main Stage line up includes The Script, Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye, Plan B, Jeff Beck and Pixie Lott, with Kasabian rounding the whole festival off with their headline slot that night. On the Big Top, after the likes of Public Image Limited, Cast and Hadouken, the honour of closing the show goes to the Manic Street Preachers.
And, as it will be shown on Sky 3D, you can get the true festival experience and experience the energy and excitement of being down at the front of the packed stages, without having to face the dodgy toilets!
Beady Eye are pleased to announce the rescheduled dates for their debut Japanese tour. Fans may recall the band were forced to reschedule the tour, originally planned for May, due to the effects of the earthquake which struck the country in March.The rescheduled dates are below.
Fans with tickets from the original May shows are advised to pay close attention to the date their tickets are valid for.
MONDAY 5th SEPTEMBER:
TOKYO: Zepp TOKYO
(Only tickets for May 9 will be valid for transfer.)
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
TUESDAY 6th SEPTEMBER:
NAGOYA: Zepp Nagoya
(Only tickets for May 7 will be valid for transfer.)
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
THURSDAY 8th SEPTEMBER:
OSAKA: Zepp Osaka
(Only tickets for May 6 will be valid for transfer.)
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
SUNDAY 11th SEPTEMBER:
TOKYO: Zepp TOKYO
(Only tickets for May 10 will be valid for transfer.)
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
MONDAY 12th SEPTEMBER:
TOKYO: Zepp TOKYO
(Only tickets for May 12 will be valid for transfer.)
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
Beady Eye are pleased to announce they will be making their first trip to South America in November when they head to São Paulo, Brazil. The band will play at the Planeta Terra festival on Saturday 5th November.
Tickets for the festival go on sale on June 8th.
For more info on tickets and the festival, click HERE!
Beady Eye will be announcing further South American dates in the coming weeks.
Despite his well documented love of all things Sixties, Beady Eye frontman Liam Gallagher has said he is not a fan of one of the decade’s greatest talents, Bob Dylan.
In an interview with The Times newspaper, Gallagher described Dylan as ‘miserable’, but did reserve some praise for his 1969 track ‘Lay Lady Lay‘ which features, like its album ‘Nashville Skyline‘, Dylan singing in a more relaxed, softer tone than usual.
“I know all about him and that, but he’s a bit of a miserable **** as far as I’m concerned,” Gallagher said. “I like that tune he did ‘Lay Lady Lay’. People go nuts for him, but he doesn’t really do it for me.”
Later, the ex-Oasis man reiterated his ambivalence towards new music, declaring: “There’s nothing new I want to listen to. I’m not interested. I don’t listen to things, because you know what? I’m living in the moment. It’s like, that was a great moment. Now get over it. There’ll be another one tomorrow.”
Beady Eye are set to perform their first gig in Russia tonight (June 2nd), at the GlavClub, St. Petersburg.