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Liam is still a good role model

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From Canada:
Nearly two decades after Oasis supernova'd into generational icons, Liam Gallagher is finally ready to move on. Promoting 'Different Gear, Still Speeding,' the debut album by his new, Noel-less group Beady Eye, the 38-year-old Gallagher brother has vowed to put aside the drugs, girls, in-fighting and boozing that were de rigueur for Oasis. He's even settled down with Canadian expat, and former All Saint, Nicole Appleton, and started a family.
As Liam Gallagher tells Spinner in this exclusive Q&A, he's no longer bogged down by the pressures of fronting the world's biggest band. Though his bravado and bombast hasn't faded, neither Liam Gallagher nor bandmates are fazed by chart position, or even playing smaller venues to a new audience.
The new Liam Gallagher may be a bit softer, but he's still not afraid of anyone (especially not the bloke who tackled Noel Gallagher onstage at Toronto's V Festival) and still doesn't give a crap what you think of him. Between brash expletives and chest pounding, the rock star who famously spent most of his life singing, fighting and/or drunk even declares himself a good role model: "I've seen worse, d'know what I mean?"

Did you try to approach it differently than you did in Oasis?

Andy Bell: We each were open to ideas from the others about how our songs should be. So, for example, we'd all contribute ideas and no one felt embarrassed to say something.

Liam: Noel had his ideas and pretty much had his way. But, y'know, it's good this way.

How does the album compare to, say, 'Definitely Maybe'?

L: Whether it's better or people like it more than 'Definitely Maybe,' we're not interested in that. We're really proud of it. The playing, the singing, and the songs on this album are amazing. It's a top album. Now whether the songs get to people's souls like 'Definitely Maybe' did, who knows? That's not for us to say. But it seems exciting. I think that people might like it.

Does releasing this album have a similar feel to the first Oasis release -- the idea that there are no preconceived notions?

L: Well, I think they know what's coming because everyone knows what we're about a bit more now. With Oasis, we were brand new, no one had ever seen my head or Noel. So it's a bit different because I was in Oasis for 18 years so people know what we're about, d'ya know what I mean? We're a bit more about what's now, so hopefully there will be more surprises in there.

You're releasing an album into a musical landscape vastly different from the one Oasis dominated. Does that worry you?

A: Obviously that stuff changes all the time and it's been changing a lot faster recently. But still the big picture is you make albums. We haven't left the era of albums yet, which is a good thing. As far as singles are concerned, that's down to our label and management to see how that works. But I don't think there is such as thing as a single anymore, they're just radio tracks.

Are you saying that because your first single, 'The Roller,' didn't do as well as you'd expected?
(still referring to the 31th position but that was the iTunes downloads chart, not the singles charts - Marco)

A: That's kind of what I was saying two minutes ago. It's all changed, you don't have singles anymore. There is no such thing as "hit singles" anymore. The last Oasis singles didn't even go Top 10 or Top 20.

L: Let me say this: we're not sitting around crying, mate.

Was the single's failure a reality check of sorts?

L: It was a reality check. But that's the way it is.

A: So we decided to give up, this is the last interview, goodbye. [laughs]

L: As far as comparing it to Oasis, let me tell you this, the fucking record's only been released today so it could do as well as the Oasis records. But it's only been released today, so who knows where it'll go?

With Noel gone, did you feel freer creatively?

A: The main difference [between Beady Eye and Oasis] is that Noel wasn't around in Beady Eye. He was the leader of Oasis. He had a vision of how the songs should be, he had a vision of how everything should sound and on this everyone had input, so yeah.

L: We were pretty much free to see what happens. Throw it all out there and see what sticks.

How will you get people, especially Oasis fans, to listen with a new fresh ear?

A: That's their problem. We're here making music, we can't change their preconceptions -- they just have to get on board or not.

L: You don't want to make music to live in a bowl where everything's perfect. This is why I can't wait to play live, y'know. Let people know we're still shit hot. And that's the thing, people will get the record and they might like it or not like it, but as a live band we're roaring, man.

So is the plan to just get on the road and become a touring machine for the next two years?

L: Naw man, nothing as serious as that; it's not like what we used to do in Oasis. We're gonna be over in North America in June just testing the waters. So if people like it, we'll come back and visit ya; if you don't , well, see ya later then. The plan is to go around the world, tour the album and have a good fucking time.

You've spent a good portion of your career playing large venues and headlining festivals. Are you worried about playing in smaller venues this time around?

L: It's gonna be amazing man, those smaller venues is where it's at. Them big venues are boring. I mean, financially it's good and all that, but we can't wait to play small venues.

You always seemed to relish the big spectacle.

L: We're playing these venues out of choice, we're not doing it 'cause we've been told to. We're just gonna get on stage and play the tunes. No fucking about.

Last time you you came overseas Noel was attacked onstage at the Virgin Festival in Toronto. Are you worried about returning after the incident last time?

L: I ain't scared of no fucker, mate.

Have you returned to Toronto since then, I heard you were thinking of moving there a while ago?

L: Yeah, I've got a house in Toronto. I was there last week. I am really fond of it. My wife's from Toronto so I'm there a lot. We've always loved Toronto. The shit that happened with Noel isn't gonna dampen that mood. That's just one fucking idiot, y'know what I mean?

What do you think of bands such as Kasabian who have, to a certain extent, filled the Oasis-shaped 'lad rock' void in British musical culture?

L: Fair play. I love Kasabian, at least they're out there doing it. But there's not a lot of people out there doing it, is there? It's like in Oasis...

A: ...is Arcade Fire from Canada?

Yeah, they're from Montreal.

A: They're a great band.

Would you be interested in touring with the Arcade Fire?

L: We're not touring with anyone, mate. We're doing our own thing, we're not supporting anyone.

Why have you chosen to do that?

L: Because we wanna. We're not a support band.

Is going on the road different than it was back in the day?

L: I mean you got to make sacrifices in life and those sacrifices are that you don't get to see your family as much, but that's fucking life, isn't it? You gotta bring home the bacon for the missus, y'know?

Now that you have a family Liam, do you worry about being a role model?

L: You definitely got to tone it down as you get older, less drugs and drinking. As a role model for my family or friends, I think I'm a pretty good one. I've seen worse, d'know what I mean? We look after ourselves and we mean business -- so I think we're bloody good role models.
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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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