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Noel who? Liam delivers an album for the ages... rating: 9.9/10


NEW YORK CITY - For years, Liam Gallagher has attempted to dispel the myth that his big brother was the sole reason for the massive success of Oasis, with Beady Eye, his new group, (comprised of the original members of said band) he does just that… in spades.
Finally out from under Noel’s overbearing creative shadow, Liam shines as bright as a morning sun, and has produced a killer of an album that is simultaneously stripped down and lush.
Opening with the mission statement (and pointed barb at his elder sibling), “I don’t know what it is I’m feeling — a four letter word really gets my meaning… nothing ever lasts forever” underpinned with some decidedly Stones-y (by way of Main Street) horns, the swaggering Gallagher kicks off a set of tracks that are so full of familiar idioms that it transcends cliche through sheer force and sincerity.
It’s so over the top with lyrical and musical homage, from the song title ‘Beatles and Stones’ to lines like Man of Misery’s “the kids alright he’s got a ticket to ride” to the Instant Karma-sy thumping of “The Roller” to the Who-sian drum intro of “Sons of the Stage” that in the end it feels like a celebration of all that is lost but remains imprinted in the hearts and memories of everyone who grew up listening to classic rock.
Basically, he wears his influences on his sleeve so unabashedly and with such obvious love and passion for them that it just makes you smile.
This, however, is not to say that the melodies, production, chord progressions are trite re-writes of past masters… They aren’t and THAT is the irony of the collection. For all the tribute they pay to the 60s era, the songs retain their own uniqueness. Never falling into boring pitfalls, Liam always seems to manage to throw in an interesting chord or two, a left turn when you expect a right that keeps it fresh and exciting.
Remarkably, practically every song is a stunner in some way… the instant standouts upon first listens being the lead off single rave-up “Bring the Light”, the aforementioned “The Roller”, the lovely mid-tempo, “For Anyone” with its wall of acoustic guitars and pure melody, the epic 6 minute “Wigwam” that recalls late 60s Kinks then breaks into ‘Who’s Next’ territory near the end, the visceral sonic blast that is “Standing on the Edge of the Noise”, the touching ballad “The Morning Son” that builds to an incredible climax of different tempos and the two most Oasis-y numbers of the bunch; the gorgeous “The Beat Goes On” with its indelible sing-a-long chorus and the Champagne Supernova-esque “Kill for a Dream”.
Musically, the band is incredible throughout, the drums stomp, carouse and lay down a memorable array of backbeats, the bass loops and whorls and Liam’s voice has never sounded so invigorated… his harmonies twinkle and his sneering snarl is at its Lennon best. However, it’s the guitars that steal the show, delivering track after track of blistering leads, greasy grimy electric rhythms and shimmering acoustics.
The only negative I can say about it is there’s maybe too MUCH of it… A couple of tunes could easily have been cut and kept as b-sides making it as close to a perfect rock album as I’ve heard in years. But in the end, that would’ve defeated the excessively joyous spirit of it all…
rating: 9.9/10
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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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