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Liam: I'm not going to Noel's wedding. There’s a lot fucking more lacking in Noel than in us


CHICAGO - Quod erat demonstrandum, see, I knew: he can't go 'cause Beady Eye are in America. No teletransporters for superstars as someone was thinking, Beady Eye are human.

When you’ve shot your mouth off and claimed that your band is the best in the world, what do you say when that band dissolves and you form a new one?

“We’re the second-best band in the world.”

After 18 years of quarrels while Oasis tried to make good on that boast — two Guinness World Records for their chart and sales success in the UK but only two No. 1’s in America (for the songs Wonderwall in 1995 and Champagne Supernova in ’96), now, a new sound? Sort of. Beady Eye’s debut record is the same mash-up of Beatles, Stones, Kinks and some more Beatles. The difference is in its tone — lighter, breezier, sunnier, free from all that heavy expectation and Very Big Importance that so often weighed down Oasis records.

“That was Noel. He’s very important, don’t you know?” Liam Gallagher told the Sun-Times, and he chuckled. “I’m only half joking.”

The Noel-free band, Beady Eye, is booked solid throughout Europe this summer, but they’re swinging through North America, in Chicago, then Toronto, New York and Philadelphia. Before they played last weekend’s Isle of Wight Festival in southern England, Liam and Archer talked about the new songs, making music without Noel and how life goes on.

You’re playing just four dates in North America this month. Why?

Liam: We’re just going to test the waters and see if you guys are up for it. No point in going over and slunking it if you’re not into it. Things are selling out. We’re going to get onstage and do what we do. Hopefully, that’s enough.

Gem: We’re a brand new band with a brand new set. We can’t book an 18-month tour yet.

L: We’ve done all that with Oasis. We’re not 20 years of age. We’re not desperate to crack it, you know?

So, how is what you’re doing that different from Oasis?

L: I don’t think we’re trying to be different than anything. We’re staying true to what we do. We’re making music we like. There’s no big gimmick around it.

G: We love melody, and we’re just giving something out. It’s not going to change people’s lives. It’s rock and roll, isn’t it?

L: We’re not trendy. I hope we’re not. Our style of music will always be played. It might remind people of the ’60s …

G: And ’70s.

L: … and, you know, we’re certainly not trying to reinvent the wheel. The wheel’s good.

You feel like that now, but did you feel like that when Noel left Oasis?

G: It’s funny, man. When the band split, we knew we weren’t finished with music, but we didn’t have a great master plan or an agenda or anything. We knew we wanted to keep going. We wanted to keep making music.

The debut album is so breezy and easygoing. Would it sound like that if it were an Oasis album?

L: If Noel hadn’t left, we’d probably be trying to do this with him — and not having any fucking luck. But it’s not some new experiment. You can only go so far with a fucking experiment before you go, “That’s not fucking us anymore.” Anyone can record a tea bag being squeezed out of a monkey’s [behind], but it’s stupid. We like guitar, bass, drums and piano. It’s what we do.

You clearly still love the Beatles.

L: Everybody goes on about that, saying, “That’s all they do is that fucking Beatles thing.” We all love Lennon and George. They’re the best band in the world. I’m not going to stop listening to my favorite band in the world just because some fucking pervert doesn’t get it.

G: Take the song Bring the Light. It sounded a different way when we demoed it. Liam said, “It’s not quite there.” We tried bringing it back toward a Beatles thing, and then Liam wanted to go a little Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and we said, “Imagine if the [Sex] Pistols had a piano player.”

What’s missing from the formula without Noel?

L: He made a lovely cup of tea. [laughs] No, I mean, Noel’s a great songwriter, but so’s Gem and Andy, and I’m getting there. Andy’s better than Noel on guitar. People have this fucking bee in their bonnet because Noel’s not there. We’re not lacking anything. We’ve got great songwriters in the band. I’m not going to paint on big eyebrows to make people happy.

G: It doesn’t feel like a wonky table.

What was the backstage fight actually about?

L: You’d have to ask him. I might have had a couple of beers and things were coming to the surface, but that’s fucking life. Noel wanted to be a solo star. I think he honestly had enough of Oasis and wasn’t getting his own way and wanted to do his own thing. He wanted to sing all his own songs and take all the glory. Let him go do it. The rest of us weren’t enjoying the creative process. … That’s shit. If you’re not doing that, you might as well go work at McDonald’s. I’m sure he’ll be fucking great, but there’s a lot fucking more lacking in a Noel Gallagher gig, a lot more missing in his stuff than in ours.

So, you’re not going to his wedding [on June 18 to Sara MacDonald]?

L: No, I’m busy playing gigs in Chicago.

G: This schedule’s been in for a while.

L: He goes on about how he wasn’t invited to my wedding. No one was at my wedding but Nic’s [wife Nicole Appleton] mum and my mum [nice idea - Marco :]. Get over it, mate. I’ve not been invited to his wedding. I’ll be in Chicago. I’ll come cry about it to Oprah. [muttering in background] What’s this shit about Oprah retiring? She needs to stay on it. She needs the [vitamin] B12.

You’re already at work on a second record?

L: We’re definitely doing a second record when the tour ends. We’ll get it out next year. We like putting out songs in the summer. We’re not going to rush it, but we’re not going to [mess] about with it. The tunes we’ve got so far are absolutely big.

G: It’s really getting us off. We did this [first] record out of sheer adrenaline, rehearsed it like a brand new band. There was no concept behind it except, “See you at the end of the tune.” The next one will have a sense of ourselves, some breathing space.

So, if Oasis was the best band in the world, what’s Beady Eye?

L: We’re the second-best band in the world.

G: It’s not arrogance. I just don’t get why people would be in anything or a band if they don’t think it’s the best.

L: Oasis was the best band in the world till Beady Eye. We’ll take it over. Noel can’t do it by himself. It’s a lock for us.
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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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