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Beady Eye @ Guildhall, buzzing crowd football-chanting 'Liam'

SOUTHAMPTON - (Photo at the gig in Newcastle. After several gigs, last night Brighton, now there's a break until 29 May, Denmark, because Japan gigs had to be postponed).
When contemplating which of the Gallagher brothers would strike first – and exactly how - after Oasis decided to go their separate ways last year, not many followers would have put their money on Liam (with his former band members minus Noel in tow) being to one to lay his cards on the table early doors.
Even fewer would have expected him to have as good a hand as debut album Different Gear, Still Speeding, which took both critics and fans slightly by surprise – a neat collection of rock‘n’roll blasts and psychedelic trips.
So Beady Eye have a good base of songs to work with on the first tour, which rolled up at the Southampton Guildhall on Tuesday.
With former band Oasis, Liam and co played a much-talked-about early gig at the Guildhall back in the early 90s - the stuff of local legend - and this is the first time either brother has been back at the venue to belt out a few tunes to a receptive audience.
But the '90s are history, the fans have grown up and things have moved on. It's interesting to hear that Beady Eye have shifted, lyrically, too.
The swagger is still there, 100 percent, and the group are still more than ready to rock, but instead of spitting out tales of cigarettes and alcohol or feeling supersonic, the lyrics are beginning to offer an insight into the lives of rock stars hitting middle age.
On Man of Misery, a B-side helping to fill out the band’s running list, Liam reveals ‘I had a dreadful night/Fighting with the wife/Now I'm a man of misery’, while album track Wigwam offers up the interesting ‘You’re taking off in the night/You're coming in when it's light/You make it up to the wife/You say you're wrong when it's right’.
Everything on the new album is given an airing tonight, kicking off with the punky Four Letter Word and moving quickly onto Beatles and Stones. The breezy Millionaire is worthy of a graphical backdrop, while recent single The Roller gets a good reception. It’s worth saying that several of the numbers gain something by being played live, with The Beat Goes On springing to mind as a prime example.
Although Liam was happy to dish out banter during the set, the acoustics at the Guildhall meant much of it was missed by the crowd. He can certainly still draw the attention of the masses though – there’s no fancy stage show tonight, but it’s not needed because all eyes are fixed on the frontman throughout the night.
For Oasis without Noel, it must be quite a change playing a set of just over one hour, and firing out your entire repertoire during that time, when just a short while ago they would have had to select just their finest cuts and squeeze them into a setlist much longer than Beady Eye’s.
But live, and on record, the group have probably achieved what they set out to do – put some clear water between them and what has gone before. They look and sound like a ‘proper’ band, so they’re happy with that, and I think audiences are too.

The snarling lip, the monkey stroll, the rasping voice - there’s no mistaking Liam Gallagher.
And in his new incarnation as frontman of Beady Eye, he’s a man reborn to rock and roll.
Critics who dismissed this line-up as Oasis without Noel were pleasantly surprised by Beady Eye’s debut album, which wore its 60s influences on its sleeve and sounded a lot fresher than the late-period offerings of Gallagher’s former band.
And there’s no disputing who’s the star here. Even before the band takes to the stage, a buzzing crowd are football-chanting Liam’s name.
Live and loud, these songs have a lot more punch. Opener Four Letter Word states the band’s intention perfectly as the singer adopts his slightly-too-tall-for-the-mike-stand pose and spits the lyrics into the crowd.
Subtler tracks like Millionaire and For Anyone break up the pace nicely, and thanks to belting versions of The Roller and Bring The Light, the beered-up fans got exactly what they came for.
There’s a definite sense that this new life on the road playing smalller venues again has revitalised the younger Gallagher brother. Someday, he and Noel will bury the hatchet for an Oasis reunion and a mega pay day.
But until then, this will do just fine.
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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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