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Peter Blake about Oasis' Stop the clocks image

LONDON - Again about cover images.
Peter Blake (b 1932) seems to have gone seamlessly from a groovy Sixties mover and shaker – he would probably dispute that but after all, he did hang out with The Beatles – to National Treasure. His new one-man exhibition, "Homage 10 x 5 – Blake’s Artists", is a tribute to 10 of the artists who have excited and interested him over the past 50 years. “These are my nod of appreciation,” he says. “A way of saying thank you to the artists I like.”

With the exception of "That Lucky Old Sun" for Brian Wilson, all the album covers you have done since the Beatles' Sgt Pepper seem to be for bands or performers who are somehow profoundly English – Paul Weller; Oasis; The Who, for example.

I know, they are, aren’t they? And it’s just chance but oddly enough most of them came to me via the Beatles. I mean Paul Weller is an enormous Beatles fan so he called me, and asked me to do Stanley Road, which I was very excited about. Then of course, the Gallagher brothers [Liam and Noel from Oasis] are both huge Beatle fans. They asked me to do an album cover [Stop the Clocks] but actually, up until then, all their covers had been almost recreations of Beatles albums.

They already had an idea which was to use an image of a shop that used to be in the King’s Road called Granny Takes a Trip which famously had a painting on the blind. So they gave me that idea and I then put them in as if they were real people in front of the shop and we made it look as if there was graffiti, which was actually all the credits and information about the shop. We were all finished and ready to go and when the man who used to own Granny Takes a Trip decided he was going to make an album himself and use exactly the same photograph - which he did – so that idea had to be dropped. So Liam came over, we talked about it, did a walk round the studio like we’ve just done and collected everything that he really liked - there was a big double dartboard which is now in the Museum of Everything and a locker that’s gone to the Waddington [Gallery].

Then I put the dartboard next to the locker and got some Punch and Judy figures and some other things that Liam had picked and arranged all these everything in the locker and on a table in front of the dartboard. My concept was to make up lots of potential myths, lots of things that could be turned into stories later on. So, for instance, when I put the Seven Dwarves on the shelf of the locker, I put five in the front and two at the back. That was simply because I couldn't fit them all in but I must admit, I also I liked the idea that one day people might try to work out if there is any meaningful reason for Happy and Dopey to be at the back, separated by the others.

There is one tangible real myth, however, and that is that the little blue Snow White figure in the locker is also in the flower bed on Sgt Pepper. So that’s the only actual piece of mythology. And as references go, I think it’s rather appropriate.

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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)



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