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Beady Eye – Great Expectations

LONDON - From a deejay: One thing I’m looking forward to more than anything this year, or next, is Beady Eye. The fall-out group from Oasis’ demise. It’s basically Oasis without Noel Gallagher, but (probably, I’d assume) terrible.
I’m hoping it will be, as Liam Gallagher himself says, “the best album of the next 50 years”, and as an avid Oasis fan, of course I’d semi-believe this to be possible. But, yes, I have my doubts. Many doubts.
Although Liam is arguably the best and most charismatic frontman of his (and any) generation, he’s little more than nothing without big brother Noel’s leadership, vision, ambition, and above all natural ability to write bloody good songs.
Judging by the dozen or so Oasis tracks previously written by either Liam, guitarist Gem, or bassist and ex-Ride somewhat unsung superstar Andy Bell, Beady Eye will make a pretty good attempt at something really good. Some of Oasis’ best tracks on the past three studio albums have been written by either of this trio. “A Bell Will Ring” is Oasis’ best non-single since the Morning Glory era, “To Be Where There’s Life” was a special, exciting and groovy highlight on a delightful, slighting experimental Dig Out Your Soul, both written by Gem.
Andy’s contributions have been brief and far and few between, but in both “Turn Up The Sun” (classic Oasis opening track) and “Thank You For The Good Times” (best b-side since the 90′s) he really delivered the goods, with vibrance and melody. You could sing along, whistle the tune. Instant impact. I like that. Liam’s songs, well they’re very basic aren’t they? Very basic, but in “Songbird” you’ve got a stone-cold classic tune.
And Liam’s writing definitely improved and showed unexpected variation on Dig Out Your Soul ("I'm Outta Time", "The Boy With The Blues", "Ain't Got Nothin' ", "Soldier On"), proving that he’s more up his sleeve than the embaressing “Little James” malarky, suggesting that all the ingredients are there for a brilliant new songwriting team to make this new band be able to cope in the shadows of its former glory, and in turn be a mainstream success. It probably will be something really good, to pass the time inbetween Oasis’ split and inevitable re-union in a decade’s time.
But, despite this, I really can’t see it having that magic, or the va va voom of anything Noel’s put his hand to. In Oasis it was all about Liam and Noel. Liam’s mouth and Noel’s brain. I love Oasis, and I always will. But while Liam swaggers on regardless, Noel’s solo career will surely sink his former bandmates’ project into submission, without mercy. So, we’re now left with Beady Eye and no brain. Great expectations.

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Beady Eye gigography and next tour dates


30 May - Forum, Milan, Italy (the first "Noeless" gig since 1991 when he didn't join Oasis yet)

summer tour without Noel


16 November - Andy Bell unplugged - Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden (bootleg)


3rd & 4th March - Barrowland, Glasgow, Scotland +here and here + bootleg
6th & 7th March - O2 Apollo, Manchester +bootleg 1 +bootleg 2
9th & 10th March - Troxy, London +bootleg 1
13 March - Casino de Paris, Paris, france
14 March - E-Werk, Koln, Germany
16 March - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy +dvd bootleg
18 March - La Riviera, Madrid, Spain +bootleg
19 March - Bikini, Toulouse, france
21 March - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland (bootleg)
22 March - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium (bootleg)
14 & 15 April - The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland here a bootleg image
17 April - Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
20 April - O2 Academy, Newcastle (a photo here)
23 April - Centre, Newport (photo and bootleg)
30 May - Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, Germany
+a photo here + win tickets here
8 June - Saschall, Firenze, Italy +my story here +bootleg here +win tickets here
11th June - Papillons de Nuit Festival, Saint Lo, france
12 June - Isle of Wight festival +story here and here +interview here +videos here +interview and bootleg here
25th June - Theater of Living Art, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
30 June - Rock Werchter, Belgium (bootleg)
1 July - Main Square Festival, Arras, france +a photo here
7 July - BBK Live Festival, Bilbao, Spain
9 July - Oxegen Festival, Naas, Ireland
26 August - Reading Festival (win tickets) +videos here +review&video here +bootleg here
3 September - AX Hall, Seoul, South Korea
14 September - Twinkle Rock Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
7 October - Atlantico, Rome, Italy +main bootleg here +another bootleg here
+win the concert here
11 October - Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland (postponed)
13 October - Gasometer, Vienna, Austria (postponed)
31 October - Theater Caupolican, Santiago, Chile
2 November - Teatro de Verano Ramon Collazo, Montevideo, Uruguay
3 November - Teatro Colegiales, Buenos Aires, Argentina
4 November - Personal Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5 November - Planeta Terra festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
12 November - O2 Academy, Sheffield
14 November - O2 Academy, Birmingham
17 November - O2 Academy Brixton, London
2 December - The Warfield, San Francisco, U.S.A.
3 December - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, U.S.A. +another complete review here +win tickets here and here
5 December - First Avenue, Minneapolis, U.S.A.
6 December - The Rave Ballroon, Milwaukee, U.S.A.
9 December - Terminal 5, New York, U.S.A.
10 December - House of Blues, Boston, U.S.A.


new tour


3 June - Abbey Road, London (acoustic) +bootleg here
7 June - McClusky's, Kingston (album launch acoustic gig)

8 November - Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland


Noel Gallagher solo gigography, and Low Lying Turds tour dates

(although his blinded fans say he's a "new solo artist", it's 20 years he's around and already played "solo" gigs previously (the first one in 1994), with the help of other people of course, as the Unplugged 1996, the gig for Tibet, the tour in 2006-2007, London, Milan, Manchester, Moscow, Los Angeles, Toronto, Paris, Australia, etc.)


25 March - Royal Albert Hall - London


28 November - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy + review here +video bootleg here +audio and video bootleg here


lost interest... even Noel got bored of himself

10 April - Auditorio Banamex - Monterrey, Mexico (cancelled)



fans leave the gig again and ask for Liam again
..... € 10 = £ 8

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