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Liam-Pretty Green's help for military hero

LONDON - Liam Gallagher was once the wildman of Britpop.
Now he's turning into a modern-day Jimmy Savile.
The former Oasis frontman is dipping into his pocket to help an ex-soldier who served in Afghanistan rebuild his life.
The move fits in to Liam's cuddly new image - a family man more interested in going to dog shows than all-night tear-ups.
Falklands veteran Robert Lawrence asked Liam's clothing label Pretty Green to pay for Dodge Holls to go on a special expedition to the Himalayas.
The trip aims to help ex-soldiers restore their strength and motivation to carry on with normal life, while using the skills learnt in the military.
I caught up with Liam fresh from a studio session with new band Beady Eye and he told me why he had to get involved.
He said: "I find it hard enough adjusting to normal life after a tour - that's nothing compared to what these guys have to go through.
"I was more than happy to help out."
Robert lost 43 per cent of his brain and is paralysed down one side after being shot in the head in 1982 on Mount Tumbledown while serving with the Scots Guards.
He explained the problems facing Our Boys when they leave the military.
"In war everything is black and white, right or wrong. Civilian home life is nothing like that.
"Just look at the facts. A high percentage of prisoners are ex-military; 256 (British) soldiers were killed in the Falklands, 370-plus have committed suicide since."
Dodge, who left the Marines last year, is a huge Oasis fan.
He played guitar while in a band at uni aged 19.
He said: "We listened to Oasis to cheer us up when we weren't performing very well.
"It got us motivated to play again. My favourite song is Magic Pie.
"It's brilliant Liam is involved in the cause. He's a big hero of mine."
He is grateful to Liam for helping to fund the life-changing expedition, which will involve driving as far as they can up the mountain range alongside a small group of Army veterans and civilians.
The two-week challenge costs a total of £75,000. Dodge will set off on Saturday.
He said: "I had a bad time in Afghanistan. I lost a close friend and there are a lot of invisible scars.
"It's been a tough old slog so I'm really excited about the trip.
"It will prove life doesn't have to be mundane all the time and I can go off and do exciting things."
Liam's version of Help for Heroes is something I would never have predicted back in his Oasis heyday.
He'll be vying for the Nobel Peace Prize next.
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Beady Eye gigography and next tour dates

2000

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

summer tour without Noel

2003

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

2011


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.

2012

new tour

2013

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



8 November - Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

2014

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.)

2010


25 March - Royal Albert Hall - London

2011


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

2012


lost interest... even Noel got bored of himself

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

END OF THE HIGH FLYING BIRDS

2013

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

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