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MILAN - Today the official release of the album in Europe.
More about Salvador Dali and Beady Eye, and the "carefree" characteristic I was saying. It's like when you're speeding and you put a different gear, the fifth gear, it sounds relaxed.
The song Millionaire, which that American review said it has to be skipped, says: "...a forty minute ride, you drive it and I'll spend it looking out my window. Sweet Salvador, the shadows painted and the light he saw, the way I see it now so clear, like diamonds on the water"...
This Salvador Dalì image reminds Beady Eye and the seagulls of the Morning son, at the seaside. And you remember his famous painting of the girl looking out a window, she was looking at the sea.
As the exclusive Dalì art show in Milan, called 'The dream is getting closer' (with the first cinema sex symbol Mae West room for the first time, with her eyes hanged on the wall in two frames), Beady Eye album is all about dreams, and it's even written on the cover and in some songs titles.
Another review said: "...delivers a zestful acoustic twang and eyebrow-raising lyrical references to the Catalonian town Figueres and its most famous son, Salvador Dali". Those are the places I go before reaching my Minorca island of my 2nd Morning Son video I had described.

With so much hostility and hyperbole surrounding Beady Eye, half the music world getting ready to laugh, the other half expecting big things, Different Gear Still Speeding is something of an anti-climax on first listen. Neither disaster nor classic, the album nevertheless has to be regarded as something of triumph, since it manages to put clear water between Beady Eye and Oasis. And the biggest surprise is that, away from Noel, Liam Gallagher hasn't just turned this group into the ultimate Faces-style lads' band.
Instead, this album is, well, quite soft actually. Carefree too. Sunkissed. Sweet, even. Without that self-confessed control freak to please, it seems the pressure's off. Sure, this means the quality control isn't always there, but that weight of simply being Oasis, which made their latter albums quite tense listens, has been lifted. It allows this album to coast through even its dodgy moments and emerge as a loose and easy proposition.
To instantly undermine the above point, the opening track, Four Letter Word, is as aggressive a song as anything Liam's sung since Bring it on down. We say 'sung', it's more like he bites off chunks of lyrics and spits them out again. With sweeping John Barry strings adding drama, it's one of those outpourings of inarticulate rage that yer man embodies. "I don't know what it is I'm feeling, a four letter word, well, you get my meaning" puts it awkwardly, but it's all in the delivery, and as he goes on, "Nothing ever lasts FOREVER", it's obvious thi is intended as a line drawn with the past.
With that done, Andy Bell's Millionaire kicks back with a big dopey grin for an instantly loveable country song that's very 'Beggars Banquet'-era Stones, painted over, by, well, Salvador Dalì. "Sweet Salvador, the shadows painted and the light he saw, the way I see it now so clear, like diamonds on the water". Liam's always been a surrealist at heart (Noel said: Liam is surreal, lol - Marco), but still, him cooing about Dali is unexpected. It neatly tees up Beady Eye's obsession with dreaming, mind. Every song is 'dream this, dream that', all woozy production. It's not surrealism, of course, it's psychedelia, but a gentler kind than Dig out your soul.
Wind up dream is a ramped-up reworking of Lennon's I'm only sleeping, which has nice lyrical twists, a good bit of harp and even Liam doing a proper 'Woo!'. Yes, a woo. Noel wouldn't let him do a woo.
For anyone is a West Coast love song with Liam singing at the top of his range, pledging he'll be "forever by your side". Lovely.
The psych peaks with a six-minute Wigwam, about an early morning stumble home which surrounds his booze blues in an Eastern drone, but then lifts itself out of selfpity with a gospel climax that aims for Spiritualized heights of Hosanna and nearly damn gets there.
These are all fine songs, and really this album could have been, not Definitely Maybe, but a more obvious triumph, were it not for a few duds.
The Roller is a by-numbers lumpen rock song that reeks of Stereophonics' ass.
Three ring circus works a little better, but again its uninspiring semi-anthemic rock is exactly what you'd expect from the ex-Oasis boys. But next to Beatles and Stones, even that sounds like a classic. Ugh, this one is a careless, tasteless imitation of My Generation, with Liam singing "I'm gonna stand the test of time like Beatles and Stones".
Bad times, which not even Liam's consistently sensational delivery can save, but there's more good stuff. The Beat goes on is a big positive 'All you need is a Lennon songbook' number, which works as their Champagne Supernova. "I'm the last of a dying breed, and it's not the end of the world, it's not even the end of the day" goes Liam, seemingly wistful for himself. Closer the Morning son is another hazy beach-bum song that works very nicely indeed.
But it's that initial first hit of Beady Eye, Bring the light, that really elevates this album. It's probably the one song that Oasis would never, ever have recorded, and in its breathless, spontaneous spirit is properly exhilarating. Piano is at the fore of the proper '50s rock'n'roll production, but it's not so much Jerry Lee Lewis that Liam's most channelling with his "c'mon"s, it's Ike & Tina Turner. At its furious peak it justifies the creation of this band at a stroke.
What Noel will make of this album is anyone's guess. How it'll resonate with the public is a more immediate question. It remains to be seen hw many people will be going to Beady Eye gigs expecting Oasis songs, get disappointed and never return. But in taking on the tough task of establishing themselves as more than 'Oasis without the decent songwriter', Beady Eye have succeded with some aplomb.
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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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