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LONDON - Here are the big names picking up honors from the Queen’s 2012 roster.
Liam Gallagher is among the high profile names from the entertainment world to garner a plaudit in the Queen’s New Year Honors list, published December 31, 2011.
Former Oasis frontman and now Beady Eye bandleader, and Talking Heads and record producer Steve Lillywhite (producing the Beady Eye album) all find themselves with a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).
Helena Bonham Carter, who portrayed Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech, has been made a CBE in the list.
Also honored with a CBE is comedian Ronnie Corbett and the Australian born entertainer and writer Clive James.
Noel Gallagher has said that the band he would most like to see reunited is The Smiths.
The guitarist, who released his debut solo album 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' on October 17 this year, has said that the reunion of the Manchester legends is the band reunion that "everybody would like to see". He also said that though he can see why people are sceptical about the chances of such a reunion, similar thoughts were held about the possibility of The Stone Roses and Led Zeppelin reuniting.
Asked by Sky News Australia about which band he would most like to see reunited, he replied: "The one everybody would like to see is The Smiths and they say it's not going to happen but they said the Roses wouldn't happen and they said Led Zeppelin wouldn't happen."
Gallagher also said he thought The Stone Roses' reunion shows would "be great" and that he was "happy for them".
He added: "I'm happy for them, it's great for the fans. It's going to be great, what can I say?".
Noel Gallagher tours the UK next year, with arena dates booked in February and September. You can watch a video of him discussing his solo album by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.
Noel Gallagher Flying High in Daily Star's Albums of the Year List
Top bands returned stronger than ever, Noel Gallagher proved he was right to quit Oasis, Katy B threw new life into pop and Adele had the highest sales of the century.
So narrowing them down was tricky – but here’s who made Playlist’s Top 10...
1 KATY B, On A Mission
THE singer who made dubstep understandable for the charts, who made the most inventive pop tunes for years and who made sure every song on her album was worthy of being a single....
A very modern star, Katy is way more credibly independent than most women who just pay lip service to girl power.
PJ Harvey is great, but this is a truly cutting-edge album that should have won the Mercury Prize.
2 FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE, Ceremonials
WITH that distinctive voice, it was difficult to see how Florence could develop her style after the impact of her Lungs debut.
But it turned out there was nothing to fret over.
When she wasn’t storming it on the dancefloor, she was creeping everyone out with spooky goth anthems or trying to create an entire West End musical in four minute tunes.
Further proof that Florence, 25, is the UK’s most interesting pop star and deserves our runner-up spot.
3 NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS
BY the end of Oasis, Noel had become a joke for saying each new album was “our best since Morning Glory”. Well, this right here was the album that lived up to that boast.
Finally, Noel, 44, was having fun again, whether it was trumpet sambas or cutting an unexpectedly dignified sound for the clubs.
Full of warm, funny tunes, the only question it left unanswered was who the ruddy hell his High Fying Birds were meant to be.
4 KASABIAN: Velociraptor!
IN yet another year when most of their peers struggled to get near the charts, Tom Meighan, and Serge Pizzorno, both 30, succeeded by making their tunes as bulletproof as possible.
Mixing their sound up more than ever, Goodbye Kiss was their first big ballad while I Hear Voices was a demented take on ’80s synths.
It was another statement of intent from our most reliably epic festival headliners.
5 COLDPLAY: Mylo Xyloto
WHEN it emerged they were being influenced by New York street art and Chris Martin’s friendship with Jay-Z, a nation cringed at the thought of the Fix You mob going hip-hop.
Thankfully Chris, 34, is too bright to pretend to be street, instead putting his powerhouse tones over subtle tunes.
Most bands this big stop being relevant. Not Coldplay. Their Rihanna duet Princess Of China was the RiRi’s best tune all year.
6 ADELE: 21
THERE’S a reason virtually everyone in the country owns this record: it’s one of the few so strong that yer gran loves it as much as the hipsters.
Few albums have one song as epic as Someone Like You but Adele, 23, casually kept equally great tunes Set Fire To The Rain and Rolling In The Deep coming.
I hope Adele can overcome her vocal problems to make another album anything like this stunning.
7 GNICOLA ROBERTS: Cinderella’s Eyes
WOW. Talk about “It’s always the quiet ones” – it turns out Girls Aloud’s silent star was plotting how to make the year’s craziest, most psychedelic dance album.
The wildest disco this side of Goldfrapp, Nicola, 26, made Florence And The Machine sound as normal as Leona Lewis, 26, with her futuristic beats. Better still, there was always a walloping big pop tune underneath the effects.
8 METRONOMY: The English Riviera
SO many bands who use cutting-edge synths are more concerned with sounding cool than making tunes to dance to.
Not this lot – this is good fun first, trendy second and full of catchy new tricks with every play.
9 WOLF GANG: Suego Faults
A WILDLY entertaining nutter, Wolf Gang is London singer-songwriter Max McElligott, who really should be more famous by now.
His skyscraping ambition and grand scope of his songs suggest he could write an opera if he felt like it. Max could have been a pretentious berk, but he’s too much in love with classic pop to fall fl at. Join his gang.
10 LAURA MARLING: A Creature I Don’t Know
THIS is the ex-Mumford And Sons star’s third fascinating album, and she’s still only 21. She’s moved from folk into commercial country without losing any of her eerie power.
Liam Gallagher is Among Hardest Working Rock Stars
Liam Gallagher has been credited as being among the hardest-working artists in showbiz by a music industry body.
The Beady Eye frontman made it into the top 10 of PRS For Music's annual poll, which finds out which acts have headlined the most major venues throughout the year.
Olly Murs and JLS came out joint top of the poll, while Take That were in third place in the poll.
Barney Hooper from PRS For Music explained:Performing live and going on tour are fundamental to any artist and is a great way for them to engage with their fans. Congratulations to both JLS and Olly Murs and all the songwriters who they have worked with to create the music that so many people are enjoying.
JLS hailed their nod as a "great achievement", while Murs said it was a "real honour" to come out joint top of the list.
Meanwhile, Gallagher has not yet commented on his band's top ten placing, which came as a result of numerous headline dates around the UK and the rest of the world with Beady Eye.
Extra Tickets Available For Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Gigs In Berlin And Hamburg
www.NoelGallagher.com is pleased to announce that due to demand extra tickets have been released for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' forthcoming gigs in Hamburg and Berlin. These new tickets include standing tickets in Berlin and arena seats in Hamburg.With the show in Munich already sold out these extra tickets at Berlin and Hamburg are the last available to see Noel perform in Germany next spring.Tickets can be purchased now from HERE!ZUSÄTZLICHE TICKETS FÜR BERLIN UND HAMBURG IM VORVERKAUF!
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Liam: Doing an Oasis Record was "Lots of Hair Pulling , Loads of Broken Nails"
Liam Gallagher says recording Beady Eye's debut album 'Different Gear, Still Speeding' was ''without a doubt'' more enjoyable than any of the records he made with Oasis.
Liam Gallagher says recording 'Different Gear, Still Speeding' was "without a doubt" more enjoyable than any of the albums he made with Oasis.
The Beady Eye frontman - who formed the band from the remaining members of Oasis when his brother Noel quit in August 2009 - explained the group "banged it out" in just seven weeks, and created an album that makes him want to "smash things".
Asked whether making the record was more enjoyable than those he made during his time with Oasis, Liam said: "Yeah, without a doubt. We just banged it out in six or seven weeks. I mean, I'm not a muso, but I think it's got an attitude and a certain kind of flair to it.
"Always going through with a fine tooth just gets boring and up your own arse. We're not writing a f***ing symphony, we're not writing an opera, it's just rock 'n' roll music. And if it makes you want to smash things or jump up and f***ing go mental, then it's a hit with me."
Liam explained if Oasis were still making a record they would "still be doing it now", and the writing and recording process is much more democratic in Beady Eye.
He added in an interview with The Boston Globe newspaper: "If we were doing an Oasis record, we'd still be doing it now. It'd be two years later. There'd be lots of hair pulling, loads of broken nails.
"It was a band thing. No one was in charge. The way I see it, it's like we all got a go at taking the car around the block for a spin - you know what I mean?"
6 Music's Georgie Rogers has put this report together to bring us up to date:
We look back at one of the most talked about feuds of 2011
The public spat between the Gallagher brothers has been hard to avoid in the music press this year.
Their volatile relationship is nothing new, they've sniped at each other since they found fame in the mid-90s, but they've been particularly talkative in recent months.
The band split in 2009 when they were due to perform in Paris and Noel walked out after a backstage row.
Since, they've both have released solo albums and toured, Noel with his High Flying Birds and Liam with the remaining Oasis bandmates as Beady Eye.
Noel's sold out arena tours and his debut solo record topped the UK album chart, while Beady Eye's album Different Gear, Still Speeding peaked at number 3.
"When it comes right down to it, they're brothers. Deep down in a crisis they'd be united."
Relations continue to be rocky as their disagreement has now even lead to a law suit, filed by Liam, which Noel responded to recently.
'Will Oasis ever be Oasis again?" we asked the man who signed the band, Creation Records founder Alan McGee, what he thinks.
"I've never really known it to go to as badly as it has this year," he said. "I think there's a lot of love there believe it or not, still between them both. When it comes right down to it, they're brothers. Deep down in a crisis they'd be united.
"Even if it's not the Morning Glory tour, I think you will see Oasis play again, not as a band like Scream but I can see them doing a huge gig for charity in a few years but they've just got to stop insulting each other."
Alan McGee: I Can See Oasis Reuniting For a Huge Charity Gig
Former Creation Records boss Alan McGee has said he believes Oasis will reform again one day.
The music mogul believes the band will return but it is unlikely to be long term. His comments come after former frontman Liam Gallagher hinted on several occasions that he would like the band to reform for the 20th anniversary of the '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?' in 2015.
His brother Noel initially expressed some interest in a reunion in four years time but has since distanced himself from any reunion.
McGee told BBC 6 Music: Even if it's not the Morning Glory tour, I think you will see Oasis play again, not as a band like [Primal] Scream but I can see them doing a huge gig for charity in a few years but they've just got to stop insulting each other.
Earlier this week, McGee scotched reports that he is writing a musical about the Britpop story. But he did say he was writing a show for the stage with Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh.
He told NME: "I don't want to give away what we're already talking about, but it's not going to be like 'Noel walked in and then Liam walks over, and then Bobby Gillespie walks in'. It's nothing to do with Creation or Britpop in that respect."
From Noel Gallagher's 'Tales From The Middle Of Nowhere' tour diary.
So comrades, for the last time in 2011… Yes!!
Right… It's been a few days, so here's what I can remember.
That KROQ thing was by far and away the most oddest "gig" I've ever done. Not for any particular reason other than it was just weird.
These things are put on by the radio stations. So the people (competition winners) it seems are only interested in what they've heard on the playlist for said radio station. You play anything that hasn't been a single (whatever that means these days) and it's met with total apathy. By the same rule, you play anything they've heard on the airwaves and the place goes apeshit. Like I say… weird.
I did get to meet that Florence lady from that Florence and the Machine. Nice girl. Couldn't be arsed sticking around to see the rest of the bands though (no offence).
So, the next day we was up at Warner Bros' studio to do that Conan Show (O'Brien, not the barbarian). Long day. Did manage to jib up to Hillside Studios - where I mixed the HFB album - to watch Man City-v-Chelsea. We got beat. We were a bit unlucky. Not nice losing though as it's something we are not used to… this season anyway.
The Conan thing was alright in the end.
Now… Yesterday everybody flew back home leaving me here to shoot another video for yet another single. It's turning into a 'Thriller', this album. Four blimmin' singles!!!! Unheard of, eh??
I'm doing it with the same people that have done the previous three so far. Gotta say, it might have been THE MOST fun I've ever had on a video shoot EVER. I won't give the game away now but it was a proper laugh.
Flying home myself today. Got a month or so off. Looking forward to seeing Nancy and the young guns.
Next time you hear from me I'll be in the great city of Tokyo, in the great nation of Japan. Mad food!! Crazy kids!! Awkward interviews!! Sleep deprivation!! No wonder they call it the land of the rising sun.
Candid Noel Gallagher Interview with CBC's Studio Q
How would you like to know how Noel Gallagher feels about...everything? This full-length interview with the former Oasis member is as candid as they come, including such topics as his family strife, the songwriting process, and what's on this "Internet thing?"
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Confirmed As Special Guests Of The Red Hot Chili Peppers In Dublin
www.NoelGallagher.com is pleased to announce that Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds have been confirmed as very special guests at the forthcoming Red Hot Chili Peppers gig at Croke Park in Dublin on 26th June 2012.
Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster, Ticketmaster outlets or via telephone on the 24 hour hotlines: ROI: 0818 719 300, Northern Ireland: 0844 847 24 55 and International: +353 1 4569 569
A bit misguided but totally admirable, Liam Gallagher kept his word and did not play any songs by his former band Oasis during the tour by his new group, Beady Eye, which concluded Saturday at the House of Blues.
Beady Eye is loaded with Oasis, having that band’s guitar tandem of Gem Archer and Andy Bell as well as latter-day drummer Chris Sharrock. Beady Eye’s sturdy debut, “Different Gear, Still Speeding’’ is likewise not far afield from the glimmering Brit-pop of Oasis. Liam’s brother Noel is tapping the Oasis catalog with his own new outfit. So all of that probably fed into Liam Gallagher’s decision to avoid the past and turn the concerts into matters of trust.
And for the most part, Beady Eye pulled it off. The opening “Four Letter Word’’ came off as a declaration of renewal, with Gallagher relishing the line “nothing lasts forever’’ as the band raged behind him.
Beady Eye didn’t take its listeners to places they hadn’t been before with these musicians. The melodic hooks learned from the Beatles; the swagger picked up from the Rolling Stones; and the muscular playing championed by the Who all flowed together in Beady Eye. The only thing different was how the group left behind the layer of stardom that grew over Oasis and attacked the set like a band trying to make a name for itself.
The downside was having to sit through a couple of unremarkable songs such as the B-side “Two of a Kind.’’ that’s frustrating when you know the band has a stash of tunes you’d otherwise love to hear.
But Beady Eye songs ably carried the set. With bassist Jeff Wootton and keyboard player Matt Jones joining the touring lineup, Beady Eye ran from the light touch of “For Anyone’’- driven by Archer’s chiming 12-string acoustic - to the psychedelic sprawl of “The Morning Son.’’
Gallagher struck familiar poses - standing at the microphone, chin out, arms behind his back - as he delivered lyrics like bits of sermon.
The temperamental singer could have gone off the rails when he missed a cue on the transcendent “Kill for a Dream’’ but instead regained his footing and conjured all of the song’s beguiling charms. Beady Eye was clearly making its music in the moment, which proved satisfying even knowing the band’s past.
The guitar-and-drum duo Black Box Revelation opened with a bit of stripped-down garage rock.
From Noel Gallagher's 'Tales From the Middle of Nowhere' tour diary.
'I love this place, but that's insane...'
ow then… Woke up yesterday to the news that there'd been - and I quote - a shooting rampage not five minutes from my hotel!!
A SHOOTING RAMPAGE!!!!!!!!!!
Apparently some kid (27) just randomly shot seven people in the street before he was himself shot in the head by the cops!!!!
What the fuck?? I love this place, but fuck me, that's insane.
Had a three hour drive to the gig that was in San Diego. I have to say it was a rather enjoyable journey. Pacific coast highway, beautiful sunshine, listening to tunes on headphones for three hours? I forgot when the last time was I had the pleasure of that experience.
The gig was in some big fuck off arena. It was the local radio station's Christmas festival thing. They have a lot of them over here. They invite the acts that get the most airplay over the year and they must've been hammering the record. Haven't been invited to one for over 10 years, maybe even longer!!!! You only do 30 mins so it's a piece of piss and all. All the hits, thank you and goodnight.
Got another one tonight for that radio station KROQ? Looking forward to it. It's only up the street here so the journey won't be anywhere near as enjoyable but it'll have the added thrill of maybe getting shot at!!!
Watch/Listen To Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds In Los Angeles Later Today
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will play later today at this year's KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas.
Almost Acoustic Christmas, the annual two-day concert staged by Los Angeles (USA) radio station KROQ, takes place over this weekend at the Gibson Amphitheatre.
Beginning at 5:30pm (local time), tune in below to watch the live webcast.
Noel is scheduled to be on stage at 7:20 pm – 7:50 pm (local time)
Line Up in Local Time:
5:30 – Grouplove
5:55 – The Naked & Famous
6:20 – Foster The People
6:50 – Cage The Elephant 7:20 – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
7:50 – Florence & The Machine
8:30 – Death Cab For Cutie
9:10 – Mumford & Sons
9:55 – The Black Keys
10:40 – Jane’s Addiction
Liam and co. played to a nice size crowd at their return to NYC last night. The band was seemingly tighter than at their Webster Hall debut back in June as Liam's vocals shone for some of the more aggressive rockers. According to Liam's recent interviews, this was the last time New York saw Beady Eye perform live for a while. The band are concentrating on recording next year and don't have any gigs scheduled in 2012.
Beady Eye Played:
Four Letter Word
Beatles And Stones
Two Of A Kind
Three Ring Circus
In The Bubble With A Bullet
Bring The Light
Standing On The Edge Of The Noise
Kill For A Dream
The Beat Goes On
Man Of Misery
The Morning Son
Sons Of The Stage
Beady Eye are set to finish off their World tour later today at the House Of Blues in Boston, USA. Be sure to go check out Paul Gallagher spinning tunes at the official after party at the house of blues Foundation lounge.
From Noel Gallagher's 'Tales From The Middle Of Nowhere' tour diary.
Had a great night. Show was great. Crowd was great. Vibes was great.
Thanks to everyone that showed out for that little run around Europe. We had a great time. Some of the best gigs so far.
Legged it straight after the show back to Cologne to do some chat show. The Harald Schmidt Show? The German Letterman? No?
It was the typical timetable:
- Sit around for a few hours.
- Do a rehearsal.
- Sit around for a few more hours.
- Do another rehearsal.
- Sit around for a few more hours.
- Do one more rehearsal.
- Sit around.
- Do the thing.
- Then leave.
You currently find me in the sunshine in Los Angeles. Over here to do a bit of Christmas promo, amongst other things.
Apparently there's gonna be a lunar eclipse at 6am tomorrow!! That jet-lag will finally come in useful for something at last.
Beady Eye are currently on a nine date tour throughout North America playing gigs in Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Washington, New York and Boston.
To celebrate the tour North American fans can pick up a limited edition 7" box set of their three singles 'Bring The Light', 'Four Letter Word' and 'The Roller'. The 7"s are backed with three exclusive tracks not available on their Gold-selling debut album 'Different Gear, Still Speeding' which they released on their own label Beady Eye Records earlier this year.
The box set also comes with three unreleased live tracks from their KEXP session, an exclusive 13" x 19" poster and digital download of all nine tracks.
The box set usually retails at $39.99 but for the next six days fans can pick it up for $25.
Liam Gallagher is in a chipper mood. He jokes that he is speeding in the fast lane while being chased by the police when we ring him up in London to discuss his new, post-Oasis group Beady Eye, which plays WFNX’s “Miracle on Lansdowne Street’’ show tomorrow night at the House of Blues. The quartet - which features Oasis holdovers Gem Archer and Andy Bell on guitars and drummer Chris Sharrock - collaborated on its debut, “Different Gear, Still Speeding,’’ which was released earlier this year. Gallagher says that approach, resulting in an unsurprisingly Beatlesy-Stonesy-Faces-esque batch of tunes, was quite a change from the MO of Oasis (which split in 2009 after a band-demolishing row between Liam and his older brother Noel).
Q. Did you approach things differently in the studio for Beady Eye?
A. We sort of rehearsed the whole album and played it like a live gig, because we knew this was going to be our set. So when we got in the studio we let it rip.
Q. So, I’m guessing that was a faster process than it was with Oasis?
A. Without a doubt. Oh, yeah, if we were doing an Oasis record, we’d still be doing it now. It’d be two years later. There’d be lots of hair pulling, loads of broken nails.
Q. Was this a more enjoyable experience?
A. Yeah, without a doubt. We just banged it out in six or seven weeks. I mean, I’m not a muso, but I think it’s got an attitude and a certain kind of flair to it. Always going through with a fine tooth just gets boring and up your own [expletive]. We’re not writing a [expletive] symphony, we’re not writing an opera, it’s just rock ’n’ roll music. And if it makes you want to smash things or jump up and [expletive] go mental, then it’s a hit with me.
Q. It sounds like the songwriting and recording process was more democratic than in Oasis.
A. Yeah, man. It was a band thing. No one was in charge. The way I see it, it’s like we all got a go at taking the car around the block for a spin - you know what I mean?
Q. Even though the songs are credited to Gallager-Archer-Bell, you each wrote individually. It’s funny that Andy wrote “Four Letter Word,’’ because that’s one that some listeners probably suspect is about Noel.
A. Well, it could be. Noel [annoyed] a lot of people, it wasn’t just me. I think Andy sort of wrote it with me in mind, which is the sign of a good [expletive] songwriter. If he can keep writing songs with me in mind, I think we’ll go far.
Q. Why have you chosen not to play Oasis songs on this tour?
A. Oasis split up, so the last thing I wanted to do was go play them songs. We believe in Beady Eye, this is what we want to do, so we wanted to let people know that we don’t need to play these Oasis songs. Now we didn’t say we wouldn’t. We’ll definitely be playing some on the next tour. We wanted to get this year out of the way and letting people know we can wipe our own [expletive] without big Noel Gallagher and I think we’ve done that. He hasn’t done it. He hasn’t gone out on tour and played his successful album without dipping into the past, and that’s his prerogative. We’ll definitely play some next year.
Q. Do you have a response prepared for when people shout out Oasis requests at shows?
A. They paid their money, they can shout what they [expletive] want.
Q. When I interviewed Noel a few weeks back, he said he thought the Beady Eye record was good.
A. I’m sure he did think it was good because it is good. At least he’s honest.
Q. What did you think of his High Flying Birds?
A. I’ve only heard what I’ve heard on the radio and I’ve heard it all before, to be quite honest. It’s very civilized rock ’n’ roll for couples.
Q. He also said he worried that some listeners wouldn’t think his new music was as good as yours or as Oasis. Did you ever worry about that?
A. Nah, I’m not interested in the competition. Noel’s a [expletive] great songwriter, he’s one of the best songwriters to come out of this country, and he will remain that, no one’s disputing that. It’s just that he’s a bit of a [expletive].
Q. But what about holidays? Is there anyone in the extended family sad that you won’t see each other for Christmas?
A. We were never like that as a family anyway. My mum would come to me and then she’d go to Noel and that’s the way it’s always been. Noel has the heat on in his house too much to go around there. You go in there, it’s like a [expletive] sauna.
Q. Are you already thinking second album?
A. Oh, yeah, without a doubt it’s coming next year. We start in February. We’re not doing any concerts next year. We’re going to concentrate on this next album. We think we definitely need a big, big [expletive] album with big songs on it.
Q. You have your own clothing line, Pretty Green. What was the inspiration for that?
A. The inspiration for that is just making clothes. I like my clothes [from] the Rolling Stones era ’67 to ’69, the Beatles, the Small Faces. It’s not curing cancer, it’s just something I like to do.
Q. So you like your clothes like you like your music?
A. Oh, yeah, you can write the best song in the world but if you look like a [expletive] it doesn’t work for me.
Noel Gallagher and Coldplay Rumored to Play 2012 Brit Awards
Noel Gallagher and Coldplay are being lined up to perform live at next year’s Brit Awards ceremony, according to reports today.
The Sun newspaper has claimed Coldplay and Rihanna will duet on the track ‘Princess Of China‘, which features on Coldplay’s album ‘Mylo Xyloto‘, while Noel Gallagher could be set for a first appearance as a solo artist with his High Flying Birds.
“Coldplay are really looking forward to performing Princess Of China with Rihanna already,” a ‘Brits source’ has told the tabloid. “Brits bosses set their sights on getting them on stage together early doors. They are two of the biggest acts around right now.”
However, the paper later quotes a spokesman for the awards ceremony as saying the line-up for the 2012 bash is yet to be confirmed: “We are still confirming the line-up, which will be announced with the nominations in January. We are working to make it the best show yet, with the biggest names in music performing.”
Comedian and actor James Corden is set to return as host early next year.
From Noel Gallagher's 'Tales from the middle of Nowhere' tour diary:
So… Cologne? Yes, it was good. Cold, wet and windy, as usual.
Mega news came through during the soundcheck. City and United have been drawn together in the FA cup!!! And more importantly I think I'm gonna be around!!! Bring it the fuck on.
The gig was a big 'un, relatively speaking. 4000 people. Great vibe… (man). Only spoiled by a few drunken English cunts asserting their Englishness down the front. Why do English people insist on doing that?? It's embarrassing… No wonder everyone hates them.
Top night all the same.
Arrived in Paris yesterday morning at about 7am!! It was still dark getting off the bus. Grim as fuck… and I'm staying in the same hotel as I was the last time I was here for a gig. (Y'know… when the "incident" occurred?) It brought back some heavy memories (man).
The day off was good though. Had a bit of a wander round. Not heading anywhere in particular. Got lost. I liked it.
From Noel Gallagher's 'Tales from the middle of nowhere' tour diary.
I'm pleased to report that there's at least SOMETHING to report from our stop over in Copenhagen.
A lovely place. Wonderful people, so here goes.....
The day started with a trip to national Nordic television. They (whoever "they" are) had me on some breakfast TV show called "Weekend Weekend". So good they named it twice!!!! As you can imagine the show itself was a bit odd. It consisted of a few TV presenter types stood round an elbow high table talking about… well, I'm not quite sure what they was on about as my Danish is a bit rusty these days. It was a bit like that thing that Tim Lovejoy does back in England on a Sunday.
So there's me, some Danish singer-songwriter, a guy who is - and I quote - "Denmark's foremost authority on that holy instrument the Mellotron" (I made the holy bit up), and somewhat predictably...... a celebrity chef, who was gonna cook me an English breakfast.
Now… why is it called an "English" breakfast? Does anyone know?
One of the presenters did refer to the chef as a Michelin star cock at one point!!!! (She meant cook, one would have thought?)
So anyway, after the usual exchanges… you know the ones? They had me and the Mellotron expert stood round a Mellotron and discuss the virtues - of which there are many - of that wonderful piece of machinery. We discussed great Mellotron moments in rock ie. Nights In White Satin, Strawberry Fields, etc…
Now why any of this would be interesting to your average Nordic breakfast telly punter is beyond me but, y'know… whatever. The show was rounded off with a Beatles quiz!!
The gig was in some concert hall. Incredible place. It was like playing inside a hexagonal wooden box. Beautiful.
We played in the round and I must say, it was mega. Being totally surrounded by a load of Nordic beauties is good gear, let me tell you.
At one point a little lad ambled onstage!! He was only 5 years old!! Just think of how many t-shirts he could potentially buy in his lifetime!!! I think his dad sensed a photo opp' in between songs and shoved him up there. Charlie, his name was (I think). He was from Manchester, I believe!!
A top, top night. My favourite gig of the entire tour so far. Well done.
You find me back in Germany. Cologne, to be exact.
Looking forward to getting hold of the Sunday papers. City bagged another 5 goals yesterday. We are struttin' at the minute. None more so than Super Mario, who scored the goal of the season so far. Check it out, it's hilarious. That kid kills me.
In a bit.
Ps: I lost the fuckin' quiz on a tie break!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Liam Gallagher dedicated a song to 'Scientologist weirdos' at Beady Eye’s show last night (December 3) at The Wiltern in Los Angeles.
Playing in the city with the largest concentration of Scientologists anywhere in the world, Gallagher made the dig before 'Bring The Light'.
Gallagher asked the crowd: "Do we have any Scientologists in the house tonight?" Following cheers, the former Oasis frontman said: "Some? Well this for them weirdos."
In a green parka jacket and paisley scarf, Gallagher dedicated a number of other songs throughout the evening, saying 'Man of Misery' was for the fan "wearing Pretty Green down the front", referring to his own clothing line. He also said the band's final song, their cover of World of Twist’s 1991 single 'Sons of the Stage' was "for the Manchester posse".
While playing their last track, Gallagher addressed a heckler in the audience, saying "it’s not a good look telling someone to fuck off when they look like Mr Bean," before going down into the photo pit and shaking hands with fans.
Liam Gallagher recently confirmed that Beady Eye will definitely be playing Oasis songs during their live shows next year. The move follows his brother Noel's decision to play tracks by their former band on his solo tour. He told LA Weekly:
It takes balls to go onstage and not play Oasis songs. I don't miss those songs yet, but we're definitely going to play them on the next tour.
Beady Eye continue their North American tour with a show tomorrow (December 5) at Minneapolis First Avenue and they head to New York's Terminal 5 on December 9.
Beady Eye played:
'Four Letter Word'
'Beatles and Stones'
'Two of a Kind'
'Three Ring Circus'
'In the Bubble With a Bullet'
'Bring the Light'
'Standing on the Edge of the Noise'
'Kill for a Dream'
'The Beat Goes On'
'Man of Misery'
'The Morning Son'
'World Outside My Room'
'Sons of the Stage'
Review: Beady Eye @ The Showbox at the Market, Seattle
Liam Gallagher Transfixes Seattle With His Beady Eye
British rock musicians have always had a love-hate relationship with the media, and there’s no one the critics love to hate quite as much as Liam Gallagher. As frontman for Oasis he has already secured his place in the pantheons of rock history, but there remains a question mark over Liam’s every move, as if he’s still that bratty young pretender who burst onto the scene in the early Nineties. I guess when you have serious, restrained songwriter Noel Gallagher as your older brother you’re always destined to be cast as the clown.
Last night, Friday November 30, offered Liam a chance to rewrite his image, at least as far as Seattle was concerned, when he took to the stage at the Showbox at the Market with new band Beady Eye. They may have a new name, but Beady Eye are plainly Oasis in another guise – only elder statesman Noel Gallagher jumped ship, to start his new project the ‘High Flying Birds’. When your songwriter and driving force has moved on to pastures new, though, you definitely have something to prove.
Before Beady Eye brought their British rock’n'roll to the home of grunge, the Showbox was treated to Belgium’s Black Box Revelation. BBR have a strong following in Europe, and if their short-but-loud warm-up slot was any indication, then they should kick up a storm on American shores too.
Despite being a two-man band BBR make an incredible amount of noise, guitarist/singer Jan Paternoster contributing most of it while Dries Van Dijck thrashes out some impressive rhythms on the drums. If you haven’t heard them, you may want to check out their Shiver of Joy EP – a combination of Oasis-like rock attitude, squealing blues guitars, and more than a few pop tunes swimming beneath the feedback.
As good as BBR were, however, there was little doubt about the main attraction. The crowd seemed to swell in the minutes before Liam Gallagher swaggered onto the stage, as the testosterone-heavy mass of bodies pushed forward to be closer to their hero. He certainly had a lot to live up to.
Perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Liam Gallagher we experienced at the Showbox sometimes felt like a shadow of his former vitriolic self. He still has that swagger – and the parka jacket – but Liam is approaching 40 now, and even he looked as if he was struggling to summon enthusiasm for his carefully-crafted, arrogant, opinionated stage persona. The only time he showed a slight flare of his former temper was over an ongoing problem with the vocal mix, and even then he played the part of the frustrated perfectionist rather than the petulant rock’n'roller. Maybe time really can tame the monsters of rock.
As for the songs, while they didn’t quite scale the heights of Oasis at their peak, they still packed plenty of punch for a band that only has one album to its name. ‘Millionaire’, ‘The Roller’ and ‘Kill For A Dream’ offered obvious highlights, but with those blown early in the show Beady Eye struggled to deliver a true crescendo at the evening’s close – although that didn’t keep them from trying. In particular a piano-driven ten minutes of Fifties-style rock suggested a potential new direction for the Oasis stalwarts, one that hasn’t already been subsumed by Noel’s influence. Clearly they’ve been taking lessons from fellow Brits The Jim Jones Revue.
Despite their pedigree, seeing Beady Eye still isn’t quite as satisfying as enjoying Oasis in their prime – but then few things are. As Liam wore his sweat-sodden parka like a badge of his rockstar prowess, you couldn’t help feeling that he’s still a long way from reaching his final act. And any band that pairs a Gallagher with Ride virtuoso Andy Bell, as well as Paul Weller collaborator Gem Archer, will always be worth your hard-earned dollars.
Noel Gallagher Joins "The Boss" at Isle of Wight Festival
Noel Gallagher has confirmed his first UK festival appearance as a solo artist.
The former Oasis songwriter will take his High Flying Birds to next year's Isle Of Wight festival, where he will perform immediately before Bruce Springsteen on the festival's main stage on Sunday, 24th June.
Noel Gallagher has enjoyed significant success since the release of his début solo album 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' last October. The record went straight in to number one on the UK charts, and he is already plotting a move up to British arenas when he launches a second tour of the UK in 2012.
John Giddings, the Isle Of Wight organiser, has recently spoken of his desire to secure an 'American Trilogy' of headliners for 2012 with Bruce Springsteen already secured. Some rumours suggest Madonna is high on his wishlist, as the pop superstar puts the finishing touches to a new album ahead of an expected return to the UK next year.
From Noel Gallagher's 'Tales from the middle of nowhere' tour diary.
So... Amsterdam? (Or as it's known to many, "The 'Dam".)
It was pretty fuckin' grim, to be honest. Cold, wet and windy.
We was playing a gaff called the Melkweg, or as it's known to us users of the Queen's, "The Milky Way". Which is ironic because the first time I ever visited The 'Dam was in the '80s when I was working for that band the Inspiral Carpets? Google them.
Anyway, we played the very same venue.
I have one vivid memory of being out of my fuckin' mind on some crazy weed trying (in vain) to set up the drummer's drum kit. Think it took me about 3 hours, which these things tend to do when you're stoned. And when the drummer arrived he duly informed me the fuckin' thing was, in fact, upside down and back to front!
Good gig though. It was a very relaxed affair. Had a good laugh with some people in the crowd. Top night all round.
The big news at the moment though is that Man City and Liverpool have been drawn together in the semi-final of the Carling Cup. I'm hoping the betting gets a bit more interesting this time… y'know… a doughnut and a glass of milk? An ice cream, maybe? Maybe some actual money will change hands this time!!!
You currently find me in the European hotspot for all things beige… BRUSSELS. (Yaaaawn).
Liam Gallagher: It takes Balls To Go Onstage and Not Play Oasis Songs
Oasis has been a rock radio staple since the mid-'90s. But the band came apart in 2009 when, after years of infighting, Noel Gallagher left the outfit. His brother Liam and the rest of the group have since soldiered on under the name Beady Eye.
With the release of their debut, Different Gear, Still Speeding, at the beginning of the year, Beady Eye showed they aren't trying to replicate their former sound; indeed, the quartet's new brand of stripped-down rock is looser and more ambitious than anything Oasis put out.
Ahead of Beady Eye's show this Saturday, Dec. 3 at the Wiltern, we spoke with Liam by phone. Topics discussed included Noel, Noel and, oh yeah, we talked about Noel, too. (The pair remains enmeshed in legal disputes: Noel has accused Liam of attacking him with a guitar, while Liam has sued Noel for libel.)
Since Noel left the band, it seems like there's been a lot more harmony between the four of you. Has this been reflected in the band's live shows?
I'd say so. All I think about when I go onstage is putting my head down and getting on with the music. I don't try to think about any of the other nonsense. The gaps are short between each song -- that's the big difference. Noel used to tune up for nine hours and kill the vibe as far as I'm concerned. But now we don't tune and get straight into it and it's very good, like proper geezers.
Why did you guys choose to play smaller venues?
We've only got one album and we're a new band still. The big thing is we're not playing Oasis songs. If we were, the venues would probably be a little bit bigger. But no one there [in the United States] has heard our music yet.
Do you find it difficult to go before a crowd that may have come for Oasis and play only Beady Eye songs?
It takes balls to go onstage and not play Oasis songs. I don't miss those songs yet, but we're definitely going to play them on the next tour. We just wanted to get this album out and let people know who we are and that we're [just fine] without Noel Gallagher. As long as you don't let nostalgia take over, we'll definitely keep our eyes on the future. So instead of playing 10 Oasis songs, we'll play two or three.
In recent interviews, Noel is saying he's going to be playing 70 percent new material, and 30 percent Oasis songs ...
I'll tell you what: He's playing 50 percent Oasis material, which says to me that he's a complete fucking parasite. He's a complete fucking shitbag.
Do you think he's jealous that the four of you stayed together and are continuing on without him?
I'm sure he's not, because Noel's ego is way too big for that. He's surrounded by a lot of ass-lickers who tell him he's great every fucking minute.
Have you found the writing and recording process to be more democratic without your brother?
With the Oasis stuff, I'd have to wait until the end of the session to record. It was pretty fucking boring and frustrating. When I'd come in and do the songs, there would be no one there except me and the fucking producer. Now, I can get the vocals down with the guitars and everyone else there, so it's really cool.
There have been reports that you would consider going on tour as Oasis with Noel for a 20th-anniversary tour playing (What's the Story) Morning Glory? in its entirety. Is there any truth to that?
I'd do it for the right reasons. If the fans want to hear it, then I'd do it. I'm not doing it for the money, and that's not me being big-headed. I'd do it for the fans and I'd do it for the album, but that's basically it. That's not me saying I'd want to getback in a band with Noel -- I'd rather eat my own shit than be in a band with him again. He's a miserable little fuck, if you know what I mean. But if the fans want it, though, I'd do it.
In a recent interview, you said New York is your favorite city here in the United States. Why isn't L.A. No. 1?
It's nothing against L.A., but New York is what does it for me. I've had some nice times in L.A. and shit times in other places, too.
Oasis' infamous 1994 gig at the Whisky allegedly was fueled by heavy drug use. How do you think your first show in L.A. with Beady Eye will compare?
I honestly can't remember that one. A lot of shit gets talked about that concert, but I really don't remember. I can say this much, Beady Eye is ripping it at the moment, and we're ready to play Los Angeles again.
Is it true that some of the material on the Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds album, like "Stop the Clocks" and "(I Wanna Live in a Dream in My) Record Machine," were once intended to be Oasis songs?
Well, that's what I thought, too. But you have to ask Noel Gallagher, he's obviously got a master plan. But we don't care about that or him now. We're Beady Eye; we're loud and proud.
via L4e / source laweekly.com