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Bonehead on Beady Eye: it's the best I've heard Liam singing

MILAN - Photo: Bonehead (and Alan McGee in the mirror) in Milan. 
Liam said he likes Lady Gaga. Bonehead had said before: Lady Gaga? Please! lol 

It's been 17 years since Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs played King Tut's in Glasgow. Back in 1993, his band Oasis muscled their way on stage and played four songs. Creation boss Alan McGee was in the audience and signed them. They went on to become the UK's biggest selling act of the '90s. This month, the 45-year old guitarist who formed the fledgeling band that would become Oasis, is back at the same venue, this time with Glaswegian singer John Mackie. Bonehead said: "I've been in King Tut's since but I haven't played it. It's a bit mental. I've told Alan McGee we are playing. Hopefully, he'll be there and sign us up."
Bonehead was in Glasgow for former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher's first show with new band Beady Eye. The pair hadn't seen each other for five years. Bonehead formed the nucleus of the band which added Liam and brother Noel and became Oasis. But the guitarist quit the band in 1999, during the recording of Oasis' fourth album, Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants. Back then, he claimed he wanted to spend time with his family. But he's since admitted he thought Oasis had lost their spark and should have quit after their massive Knebworth shows in 1996. He laughs at critics who have said Beady Eye sound like Oasis, pointing out it that's because the line-up includes Liam, Bonehead's guitar replacement Gem and Andy Bell. He said: "I saw them in Glasgow and Manchester and I think it's the best I've heard Liam singing, ever. He's totally on form. Beady Eye are just going to get bigger and better."
While he still thinks he got out of Oasis "at the right time", Bonehead is sad that the band he formed in Manchester ended in a big brawl. But, he added: "I was glad because Liam would go to the right, Noel would go to the left and the music industry needs both doing their own things. It's going to be good for music."
Would he play with either of the brothers again? "I'd play with them for a charity gig, of course," he added. "We never fell out. People thought we had a dramatic fall-out and a fight but we never."
Although Noel is godfather to his daughter, the guitarist was bitchy when Bonehead quit Oasis, saying: "It's hardly Paul McCartney leaving the Beatles."
Bonehead laughed: "He was a bit bitter but that's just Noel being Noel. I got away lightly."
Although he's played in a couple of bands since leaving Oasis, Bonehead sees his guitar and production work with John Mackie as his first proper musical venture since leaving Britain's biggest band. Singer John was in a band with Bonehead called The Vortex When it fizzled out, the pair started demoing John's songs and decided to build a band. They play Blackstairs Lounge, Wick, on March 25, 20 Rocks, Falkirk, on March 26, Drummonds, Aberdeen, on March 27 and King Tut's on March 28. For most people, the draw will be Bonehead rather than John. But the guitarist reckons this will change by the end of the year. He said: "People will come to see Bonehead in a new band but, by the end of the year, everyone is going to know John for who he is."
While The Vortex played Primal Scream-style pschyedelia, John's solo music is more emotional. The setlist is mainly John's songs but there is one number by Bonehead. He said: "It hasn't got a name yet so it's called Bonehead's Tune."
What exactly is his role then? He said: "I play guitar and I produce. We formed the songs at my studio at home."
Maybe Bonehead is content. Certainly the royalties from playing on albums Definitely Maybe, (What's The Story) Morning Glory and Be Here Now, mean he doesn't have to go back to his old day job as a plasterer. He's kept some of the fixtures from his front room that was used as the cover of Definitely Maybe. The house has been sold but Bonehead has the fireplace and used the stained glass to make a door. He may be moving on but he'll always be Bonehead from Oasis. Does he mind?
The father-oftwo laughed: "I've been called Bonehead since I was seven. Even my kids call me it when they are taking the piss."

In a great coup for the town’s music scene, Oasis founder member Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs played Karma the other night as part of a stunning One Hundred Percent Music line-up. He was in Basingstoke in a new four-piece – fronted by Scottish musician John Mackie – and told me in a quick chat over the phone that couldn't wait for the tour to start.
Paul enthuses: “It’s going to be good because I haven’t done anything for a while. John’s been around on the Manchester scene for a few years as a solo artist and he’s pretty well known. We lost the singer in our old band (The Vortex), and we got John in. Then when that split and fizzled out, we just got stuck into doing some recording, me and John. We just seemed to gel together workwise and in the studio, so we just thought we’d make a go of it so we recruited a bass player and drummer just before Christmas. I have a very good feeling about it and can’t wait to get out on the road, actually."
Basingstoke’s One Hundred Percent Music has assembled a superb rock and indie triple bill consisting of Sevesa, ElleKaye and Bluefire Messiahs – who’ll be seen at Basingstoke Live – to perform on the night too.
So, is Paul’s new material in the indie vein?
“Indie yeah, but big powerful songs written by John,” Paul replies. “Big life stories, pretty emotional songs, quite personal to John, but what everyone can share and make something of – really powerful words.”
The new group hope to record with the legendary Owen Morris, who produced the first three Oasis albums in addition to The Verve’s Northern Soul and The View’s debut release. 
Paul explains: “We are going to record with him once he can find some space but I’ve got a recording studio at home, so for the moment we’re just doing it there. We have no plans yet but it will be good when it happens – if we can contain him, but that’s another story.”
And now for the inevitable Oasis questions. Credit to him, Paul deals with them in extremely good grace, clearly in complete understanding of the awe in which the band were, and still are, held. 
He says: “People ask me a lot about Oasis, how it was and how it is now. But I get nothing but good reaction from Oasis fans in general in the street or out in town.”
Obviously, he left in 1999 before the lesser material of the later years and the friction between the Gallagher brothers eventually caused the bitter end of Oasis. Dare I ask if he was glad to have been proved wise in hindsight by leaving before it all went wrong and the quality of their output sharply declined? Impressively, he refuses to say a bad word about anyone connected with the group. 
“You’re speaking to the wrong man because I am Oasis’ number one fan and always will be. I am off up to Glasgow to see Liam’s first gig with Beady Eye so that’ll be good. I am never gonna put Oasis down but I do think I got out at the right time. I have always said that I do think we should have bowed out at Knebworth, come off stage and said, ‘Thank you, goodnight, we were Oasis’. That would have been a fitting ending to the whole dream, and that’s my perspective.”
When Paul decided to make a break from the band, he cited the need to spend more time with his family, especially his two children who were just toddlers at the time. What’s it like now that they’re old enough to attend his gigs and critique the old man? Do they understand the legacy he has been a part of? 
“My daughter came to see us last year and she absolutely loved it. They do seem to understand – they are both big music fans in their own right and they have good taste in music. Although,” he adds with a laugh. “It tends to be my kid’s mates’ parents who are a bit giddy that I was in Oasis.”


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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
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