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GLASGOW - Beady Eye have just been into the Glasgow Pretty Green store to get kitted out for the tour.

Whatever you expected Liam to produce as the opening salvo in his War Against Noel - and make no mistake, this album has sibling rivalry coursing like adrenalin through its veins - it probably wasn't a pumped-up blast of orchestral rock'n'roll that feels like its looking for a Bond movie to soundtrack. And of all the mission statements that Gallagher Jnr - the brother you felt cared the most about Oasis - could have unfurled in that opening salvo, a sneered "Nothing ever lasts forever" almost certainly wasn't the bookies' favourite.
But here we are: an album about proving a myriad of points, (as Liam sings "the battle's on and the song is the prize"), not least that Beady Eye can write an album that isn't as turgid as the last Oasis effort. Make no mistake - even though this record is framed by a swathe of middle-aged references (the sound of Lennon, the soul of Harrison, the romanticism of The Kinks, the, ahem, subtlety of Slade), it doesn't sound like a comfort blanket for a demographic that wants to put its feet up. There's nothing that Take That could convincingly cover here.
Instead, we get an album that barrels through the history of classic rock'n'roll, often churning out pastiche but every so often getting everything so mixed up it stumbles upon something, well, exciting. ‘Bring The Light' is the perfect case in point - essentially Slade speed-freaking through ‘What Goes On' while Liam does little more than yelp "Baby come on!", it's dumb, primal, ridiculous, hilarious, yet brilliant. ‘For Anyone', meanwhile, is gorgeous jangle-pop that seemingly introduces The Traveling Wilburys to the Elephant 6 collective.
Beyond the music, the soap opera keeps your attention, of course. Liam casts himself as the idealist, making his voice sound particularly soppy on the Kinksian psyche pop songs, with his overall message being "life's too short". But even this feels like a competition, like he's showing his big brother that he can be the bigger man. And ‘Kill For A Dream' sounds like it was written specifically to wind Noel up, by splicing ‘Champagne Supernova' with ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive' by Bon Jovi.
Ultimately, there's a lot to laugh at on this album - only Liam could get away with the level of Lennon pastiche contained herein - but not as much as you'd expect. The lyrics aren't noticeably worse than most rock'n'roll. And amongst the glam rockers and the tender janglers, it seems that Beady Eye have simply written a Supergrass album. Let's see if Noel has an answer for that.
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Beady Eye gigography and next tour dates

2000

30 May - Forum, Milan, Italy (the first "Noeless" gig since 1991 when he didn't join Oasis yet)

summer tour without Noel

2003

16 November - Andy Bell unplugged - Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden (bootleg)

2011


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.

2012

new tour

2013

3 June - Abbey Road, London (acoustic) +bootleg here
7 June - McClusky's, Kingston (album launch acoustic gig)



8 November - Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

2014

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.)

2010


25 March - Royal Albert Hall - London

2011


28 November - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy + review here +video bootleg here +audio and video bootleg here

2012


lost interest... even Noel got bored of himself

10 April - Auditorio Banamex - Monterrey, Mexico (cancelled)

END OF THE HIGH FLYING BIRDS

2013

fans leave the gig again and ask for Liam again
..... € 10 = £ 8
 

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