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Liam: Beady Eye replaced lost balls with rock'n'roll

NIEUW VENNEP (Holland) - 18 days to the beginning of Beady Eye concerts. Second part of the translation from Oor Magazine, I corrected a bit. 

You have proven yourself as a great songwriter ever since your first song on "Standing on the shoulder of giants"?
Liam: Well I don't walk around with a gun on people head and force them to listen to my songs. Sometimes people say: Hey that's a nice song, then I think well thanks. I like that. But I still have a long way to go. The words, those are the hardest. Melodies come easy. They're coming out of me ass. But I never know what I want to say.

They still chose you instead of the other way around?
Yeah mate, it goes as it goes. So much happens around you that I'm not going to break my head in coming up with melodies. When I like something I will do something with it. Music finds you if it had to be that way. If you go looking for it, it will fail.

Is there a certain mood or situation in which the songs find you?
I have to be home, alone. Wife out of the house, kids to school. My guitar will look at me and say come over here. That are the moments. I write the words down as they come to me at that moment. Finishing a song in one go never works for me.. finishing sometimes takes months. But I'm learning little by little.

Are you going to play guitar on stage?
I'd rather eat my own shit. I hate when singers do that. And even more so when frontmen do it. Daltrey, Jagger even Ashcroft. Leave the guitar alone man! Go sing! It looks idiotic, you can better smash it to pieces.

The record opens with Four Letter Word, a song with striking lyrics: Nothing ever lasts forever. Is that a mission statement?
Maybe, it gets people thinking: what is that four letter word? Is it love? Is it vagina? It can be anything. I think its a great opener, a tune with balls. That's why it's the opener. That's something Oasis had lost: balls. And what replaced it? Ballads. More and more ballads were needed. Rubbish. Fucking kick it there, mate! What is better than a mega opener? We're a rock and roll band, I want to make noise, not sing love songs. Now and then is fine, but not as a main thing. Beady Eye is 90% rock. That's a bigger percentage than Oasis was these last years.

Nice that it is Beatles and Stones instead of Beatles or Stones.
Its always been both for me, both bands are brilliant. Both bands stood the test of time. Both were able to maintain popularity and quality, if it's one goal I have is to do the same. I still listen to both bands today. I wish I was in their band, they are that great. The only other bands I have the same feelings to are The Who and The Kinks. Ray Davies lives in my area, I bump into him every now and again. He's a top geezer. A lot of respect for the man. I want to be able to say in 30 years I wish I could be in Beady Eye. Instead of mwahh, they're alright. That is the point. I'm trying to make something monumental, somethings that beats the test of time. I don't want to make dated music, then everything would have been for nothing.

What tune is the first you put on from either bands?
Jumping Jack Flash. That's what I wake up to and within minutes I'm up for it. Everyday. Fucking tune, man. I love it.

The record sounds like a melting pot of styles and influences, everyone knows your connection with the classic British pop legends. Do you have influences which we wouldn't expect?
No man, I'm pretty simple. Sixties and seventies, and that's it. And I am happy with it, I'm not interested in the rest.

Do you follow the younger music scene in England?
No, no interest. It's not about the music or writing. Leaves me cold. And if there is anything good out there it will reach me anyway. I'm not going to hunt for it. The bands I need to know I will know believe me. You come across a lot of bands on the road and the festivals. With Beady Eye we're going to be between the younger bands.

Will you fit in?
I hope not. We don't want to be a trendy band, we're a real band. We'll show them with their trendy music. Songs, guys! Where are the fucking tunes? There will be bands that are real which I haven't heard yet. But give me some classics. There is enough to be found in the past. To discover an old band is new music for me.

Did you send Noel a Christmas wish?
True, it's the time of year to kind to one another right?

No other contact?
No, not interested either.

Are you curious what he thinks of your record?
No, he will follow us. The other guys still see him, but that's something I don't want to hear about. I know how Noel's record will sound like. You've all heard it already. No bad, probably not. But it will be more of the same. A bit psychedelic, a bit classic Britpop. He will have to sing the whole record... Fucking hell! Can you listen to him for an hour? Noel brings Noel. I give you Beady Eye. I would chose the latter.. D'you know what I mean?

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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.


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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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