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Liam: it's good that nobody asked for Noel or Oasis songs

LIVERPOOL - (Photo in London). He may have been born and bred in Manchester, but some of Liam Gallagher’s earliest gigs were down the M62 in Liverpool.
Of course, there was Oasis’s infamous sell-out gig at the Royal Court in December 1994, when they were emerging as the biggest band in the country. But their connection goes a lot further back than that. The Gallagher brothers had well-documented friendships with Liverpool bands Smaller and The Real People.
Some of their very first gigs were in the city, at clubs like Le Bateau and The Lomax – in fact, legend has it that a little bit of Liam Gallagher graffiti still graces the latter venue.
So it’s somehow fitting that Liam wanted to bring the band he created from the ashes of Oasis to Liverpool for one of their first big gigs.
Liam, arguably one of the best vocalists Britain has ever produced, wasn’t known for his songwriting prowess, while Andy Bell and Gem Archer who, along with Liam and Scouse drummer Chris Sharrock comprise new outfit Beady Eye, hadn’t penned more than a handful of songs between them during their decade or so in Oasis.
As far as fans and the press were concerned, Noel was the brains of the band – writing swathes of the 90s-defining songs and selling more than 70 million records will justifiably give that impression – leaving Liam’s talents largely untested, until now.
“No, expectation was not very high,” begins Liam. “People didn’t think we could walk or talk without Noel.”
Anyone who thinks the siblings’ spat was a sham for the benefit of the media has clearly never heard Liam talking about Gallagher Sr.
“We knew what we were doing though,” continues Liam. “Gem’s been playing guitar since he was nine,” he says, in reference to his bandmate and Beady Eye guitarist Colin ’Gem’ Archer.
“I’ve been doing this 18, 19 years, so I know what I’m doing in my department. Andy too, Chris, everyone – we know how to make a record. The only doubt would be whether it would connect with people and whether they wanted it.”
Beady Eye’s debut entered the chart at No 3 behind Adele and Jessie J.
They’re back out on the road in the coming weeks for a larger tour, which has also sold out. All proof, if it were needed, that there’s still very much an appetite for Liam and the band.
“The best thing is, and I’m not making excuses here, most of us were all flued up, so it was great reading these amazing live reviews knowing that we were only at 50%. We should get sick more often.”
“We’ve stepped through another door with this record,” says Archer, piping up for the first time. “Everyone’s welcome to come with us, and to their credit lots have chosen to already.”
“There were a few nerves before the shows,” admits Liam. For someone whose career was grounded in unshakeable self-belief, that’s something of a stunning revelation.
“Like anxious nerves,” he adds, restoring normality. “Not because I’m scared or anything.”
The main thing, he says, is that there have been no troublemakers, ready to declare their allegiance to Team Noel.
“There’s been none of that – no chanting for him or the old songs, so that was good.”
Mention how his voice sounded better on the recent Beady Eye tour than it had in the past and he embarks on another Noel-themed diatribe.
“I’ll tell you why that is. I’ve been using in-ear monitors for the last 10 years,” he begins, referencing the small headphones he wore on stage while performing.
“It’s like being on Mr and Mrs. I’d spend all day with the band and then when the show came I’d have to go off and put these things in my ears.
“It was a bit like him saying ’You eff off over there while I turn my guitars up’. Our kid had his guitars so loud it’s rude, you know, like ’I’m-not-even-in-this-band’ levels, and the amps were pointing at me, so I’d have to wear in-ears to be able to sing, or shout over that.
“So, I’ve stopped using the in-ears and what I’m hearing on stage is what everyone else is hearing.”
It must sometimes occur to Liam that he sang some of the best songs in a generation, and doesn’t need the money, so why carry on?
“Are you talking about ’the legacy’? What, am I supposed to sit at home and count my money all day?” he asks.
“People think when you’ve got money it just stays in a big pile forever, but you spend it, don’t you? You’ve got to work and keep busy, or you’ll go mad.
“And I’m not doing this because of money, it’s because I love it, and I don’t have a choice. I didn’t think I’d like to join a band’ and then join one - it happened to me.
“Not getting all cosmic, but there’s something bigger up there telling us all to get out and do something. People want to hear us play music. We’re part of a much bigger picture.”
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30 May - Forum, Milan, Italy (the first "Noeless" gig since 1991 when he didn't join Oasis yet)

summer tour without Noel


16 November - Andy Bell unplugged - Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden (bootleg)


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.


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3 June - Abbey Road, London (acoustic) +bootleg here
7 June - McClusky's, Kingston (album launch acoustic gig)

8 November - Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland


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.)


25 March - Royal Albert Hall - London


28 November - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy + review here +video bootleg here +audio and video bootleg here


lost interest... even Noel got bored of himself

10 April - Auditorio Banamex - Monterrey, Mexico (cancelled)



fans leave the gig again and ask for Liam again
..... € 10 = £ 8

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