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Beady Eye's joyful spirit

NEW YORK CITY - (Photo: not in New York :). When Noel Gallagher abruptly quit Oasis in 2009, the remainder of the group – his brother Liam, guitarist Gem Archer, bassist Andy Bell and touring drummer Chris Sharrock – elected to stick together to form a new band, Beady Eye. Though Beady Eye doesn't sound much different from Oasis, the first songs from their forthcoming debut Different Gear, Still Speeding (out March 1st in the U.S.) display a joyful, freewheeling spirit that had been lacking on Oasis' later, more ponderous records.

You guys were both writing songs for Oasis near the end of that band's run, but Noel Gallagher was still writing a majority of the songs. How does it feel to be working without him?

Bell: I wouldn't say it's good to work without him, but it does feel good generally. It was good then, and it's good now.

What is different for you now without his input?

B: Everything is different, really. Oasis finished, but we decided to keep playing together but under a whole new band name. So I moved from playing bass to playing guitar. We didn't decide to, but we ended up sharing all the songwriting. Working on the arrangements together, producing the records together, deciding on the sleeves together, the videos and really keeping our hands in a democracy.

Liam, did you write the lyrics for this record?

L: No, I didn't, mate. I wish I did. I wrote the lyrics for the songs I composed, but Andy writes the lyrics for his songs, Gem writes the lyrics for his, I sort of write mine.

I guess you're used to singing other people's lyrics.

L: I've got no problem with it, as long as they're great. You just have to own them. As long as they turn me on, and give me a little kick, I'll sing it.

So when you do write the lyrics, is it a more personal thing for you?

L: Not really, no. I don't think that much about it. Lyrics I find pretty hard, and it's a weird thing to do. To me it's like opening your heart to the world, you know what I mean? I guess I'll have to get used to it.

Did you guys intend for this record to carry on from what you were doing in Oasis?

B: It's a whole new thing. I understand that people might think that it sounds similar, but from our side it's just a new beginning. But saying that, we're all into the same kind of music as we were, we haven't changed. It wasn't like we got on a mission to be different. So some things are going to be the same, like the influences and Liam's voice.

I did notice that there was a bit more of an old school rock and roll sound, like "Bright the Light" sounds very early Sixties to me. Was that something you went for?

B: There's a bit of that kind of rock & roll piano on "Bright the Light" and "Beatles and Stones," and also "Standing on the Edge of the Noise."

L: Once the music gets in you, it doesn't leave you. We didn't go out and try to make that sort of record, that kind of stuff just comes out, and thank the lord for that.

Going forward, do you plan on keeping Oasis separate from Beady Eye, or will you play Oasis songs in concerts?

L: Oasis is over. There's no longer Oasis. This is Beady Eye, and that's what we're doing.

B: No Oasis songs are going to be played in Beady Eye gigs. We just feel that Oasis was a different thing. That was Noel's songs, mainly, and he should be the guy playing them, if anyone.

Has Noel heard the Beady Eye record yet?

L: We don't know, but we're sure he'll like it. And if he don't like it, he's just being stubborn.

Do you feel like you learned anything about songwriting from doing his songs for so long?

L: No, not me anyway. Noel Gallagher wasn't the first guy to write a song. He was writing from somewhere, and my stuff is coming from me and the people I listen to.

B: Liam has his own particular style of songwriting. He's got his own style of playing the guitar. It's an expression of him, really. And I think Noel had his own style too. I've learned, and this is a kinda boring answer to the question really, that Noel never comes out of a chorus the same way, and that's something I picked up from him when writing a song.

Do you have plans to come tour in America?

L: Yep, in June, apparently we're coming over for a small tour, small places. I can't wait, we're exciting about it. We love America, and New York's my favorite city.
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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
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