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Beady Eye were born on August 28, 2009, the night Oasis died. Backstage at Paris’s annual Rock en Seine festival, Noel and Liam Gallagher, bedeviling each other since childhood, entered into what would prove their final altercation (involving the smashing of Liam’s prize guitar and a hastily released statement from Noel explaining, “I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer”).
Noel will eventually issue his solo debut [but the other night on the radio he said he's not working on anything - Marco], but it’s the younger Liam who is firing first. Britpop’s prettiest star (last year voted the Greatest Frontman of All Time by Q magazine, over James Brown, Mick Jagger, Freddie Mercury, and Bono) recently launched Pretty Green, his own fashion line (inspired by classic British Mod-gear of the early 60s) and will soon release Different Gear, Still Speeding. It’s produced by modern-rock legend Steve Lillywhite (Psychedelic Furs’ Talk, Talk, Talk; U2’s War; Morrissey’s Vauxhall and I). Here, Liam and ex-Oasis/current Beady Eye guitarist Gem Archer discuss the past, the future, and the difference between “fookin massive” on the charts and “fookin’ massive” in your heart.

Marc Spitz: So, Oasis is over. It’s sudden. At what point does the idea of forming a new band take root?

Liam: Pretty much a couple of hours after the concert we were meant to do. We went back to the hotel, and had a couple of beers. We didn’t sit around crying. We just sort of went, “Right, let’s meet up in a month or two and look at some demos we have knocking about.” That was it. Really pretty quick. We couldn’t wait that long so we met up the following week and got into it.

How did you come to Steve Lillywhite?

Gem: He came to us. It was pretty soon after the news went down that [Oasis had] split. We were just carrying along with a lot of adrenaline, shooting from the hip when Steve came up. We didn’t see anybody else. He’s worked with so many artists, so he had the experience we wanted.

Talk a bit about that adrenaline rush. Did just thinking This is a new band change the way you operated mentally? You haven’t had to make a debut in a long time.

L.G.: Yeah, when you start with a new band, you’re full of excitement. Keeping an eye on things. You want everything to be right down the line. Going so long with a band, you probably do tend to take your eye off the ball a little bit, whereas with this, nothing’s slipping by the net. We’re very focused on it. The cover, the artwork, the videos.

Is that where the name Beady Eye came from?

L.G.: It’s just a phrase people use, know what I mean? It’s a form of awareness—you gotta keep your eye on things.

The look of the band is very Mod. Is it all Pretty Green gear?

L.G.: We’ve all got some, but we’re not head-to-toe in Pretty Green, no.

G.A.: We’ve never had a stylist. There’s no design team brought in to give us a look.

Of course, but you do look sharp.

L.G.: I like to think we’ve always looked pretty cool, know what I mean?

It’s natural to want to contrast Beady Eye with Oasis, even if it’s not really fair. There are songs on the new album that are loud and fast, like early period Oasis, and songs that seem a bit more soulful, with piano and back-up singers, which seems quite new.

L.G.: We don’t mind being compared to ourselves. Oasis was a great band. It’s cool, man.

G.A.: We’re not in denial from the past. We’re not on the run from it. It is kind of a weird sensation. I don’t think there are any parallels really.

I was trying to think of any similar situations. One member leaves, the rest of the band remains, but somehow they’re a brand-new band. Speaking of Noel, Liam, I read in your NME cover story that you haven’t been in touch since the breakup. Do you care what he thinks about the record? Do you want to impress him?

L.G.: I mean, he’s a music lover, so I’m sure he’ll have his ear out. I’m sure it’s not gonna make or break his day. Just like his [planned solo] album. I’ll give a listen to it when it comes out. But it ain’t gonna make or break my fucking day, you know what I mean? You don’t just turn off cause we’re not in a band together. He’ll be checking it out. Of course he will.

You’ve given some interviews in England where you’ve claimed that Beady Eye will be bigger than Oasis.

L.G.: This feels like it can be fucking massive. The sound feels like it can be fucking massive. The songs are there. Whether people buy it or not is two different things, but already the music is bigger than Oasis, you know what I mean? So we’ll see. If not, never mind.

G.A.: It’s emotional, man. When you get out of bed in the morning you feel like you’re the best band in the world. That’s what gives you reason to be on the planet. You can’t wait to get there and strap on your guitar.

L.G.: Fucking massive!

When does Beady Eye go to the States?

L.G.: We’re doing a little tour in June. Can’t wait for that.

Will it be all new material, or will you reclaim any Oasis songs?

G.A.: We’re gonna do a couple of tunes by Earth, Wind and Fire.
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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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