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NEW BRITAIN (Connecticut, USA) & VANCOUVER (Canada) - Beady Eye's 'Different Gear Still Speeding' is at number 3 on the Official Midweek Chart. Today in Glasgow they're gonna play at their first concert.
Here are two other reviews from America.
With hoards of followers, sold out world tours and numerous hits, no fan of Oasis could have ever pictured the band coming to an end. When the feuding between Liam and Noel Gallagher, the band’s frontmen, boiled over to a point that they could not repair, the brothers decided to part ways.
Noel has since moved on to do solo projects and since he was hailed as their primary songwriter, this seemed like a natural transition. In the meantime, Liam has formed his newest project with former members of Oasis and added some new faces to form Beady Eye. Their first release, Different Gear, Still Speeding acknowledges that they are a new band, but will still perform to the standards that they have set for themselves over the last decade.
The album kicks off with ‘Four Letter Word’ which is, needless to say, a slap in the face of Noel. Musically, it’s very similar to efforts on Oasis’ last album which were written by Liam. Hard rocking guitars and driving percussion accompanied by the whiney voice of Gallagher is basically what everyone was expecting to hear. However, it actually builds and flows in a way that reminds you of his brother’s work. There is a chance that the song writing skills of his brother may have somehow rubbed off on him, perhaps.
The listener thinks that for about three or four tracks before it gets old. The first group of songs are uniquely different from each other, but their style gets repeated over and over again throughout the album to the point where one needn’t keep an open ear for the last 25 minutes.
Even for its repetitiveness, this is a strong debut from a highly criticized sibling of an accomplished song writer. It’s not easy to live up to previous works, but this band will make its own path moving forward, hopefully they can stay in the same gear.

Anyone who doubted the prospects of Beady Eye (a rock'n'roll quartet formed from the ashes of classic brit-rock act Oasis) will likely be left in awe by their debut LP, Different Gear, Still Speeding. Not only do Liam Gallagher and crew confidently strut forward with their classic-pop/rock sound, but they do so without a single misstep.

Beady Eye's Timeless Sound
But, in the grand scheme of contemporary popular music, is it relevant? Probably not. However, unessential though the act's tunes may be, it never takes away from how powerful they are. And so, one could aptly position Beady Eye as Britain's answer to Pearl Jam.
Though anyone who followed Oasis past the mid-'90s glory days of, well, (What's The Story) Morning Glory? will find this to be nothing new. Especially when considering the act's latter-days, which were marked by such towering peaks as Don't Believe The Truth and Dig Out Your Soul. Stunning records that seemed to exist outside of time with their grainy production, British Invasion riffs (particularly with DBTT), and wildly psychedelic grooves (as on DOYS).
Which brings one to Different Gear, Still Speeding. A perfectly-titled baker's dozen of tracks (spread across a generous fifty-two minutes). A uniformly strong set that, just as Don't Believe The Truth did, captures the same, rock'n'roll-worshiping spirit that launched Oasis to stratospheric fame to begin with. Though that isn't to say that this quartet are clinging to the past with a death-grip.
Far from it, as the music itself (which admittedly does cite certain precedents in Liam's contributions to Oasis) never feels recycled. Familiar though the popping and piano-led blues gem "Bring The Light" may be, it is clearly a of Liam's own. Or, more appropriately, the band's own, as it (and the rest of the Different Gear) feels and sounds very much like a full-band effort.
Something which shows in how songs like "Four-Letter Word" organically balance and blend the best of what each member has to offer. It's in the turbulent Gem-helmed guitar groove that kicks things off, the pile-driving bass-line courtesy of Andy Bell, the smashing drums of Chris Sharrock, and of course, Liam's searing voice.
A singular presence that effortlessly endears with its larger-than-life lyrical spirit of old burning brightly. Just as it does on swaggering lines like "I'm gonna stand the test of time, just like Beatles and Stones" (from "Beatles and Stones") and charming couplets like "I know it's gonna be alright, forever I'll be by your side" (from "For Anyone").

Is Different Gear, Still Speeding Just The Beginning?

Words like these, coupled with irresistibly enthusiastic music, are what make Different Gear, Still Speeding the overwhelming success it is. And though time will tell whether that driving excitement will be carried on to future releases or not, at present it's reassuring to hear Liam and co. still very much in love with rock'n'roll.
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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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