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Liam: "Noel's got to realise he's not that good without me" +Oasis film

NEW YORK CITY - Recent comments: "people that think Noel is better than Beady Eye are friggin death, lost little sheep."
"I'd rather pluck my own eyeballs out than see Noel live! Saw him loads in Oasis. On his own? No ta!" (Elizabeth) The militaristic debriefings that journalists are often given before encountering Liam Gallagher are known to be almost absurdly stringent.  Don't mention his kids, don't mention Patsy – one colleague of mine even got told to not mention his teeth during an interview which took place shortly after the singer had a number of them knocked out by Italian gangsters in a German bar in 2002. So as I prepare to meet the one-man whirlwind, it's to my great surprise that Gallagher's business partner and security man Steve Allen actually encourages me to bring up the subject of Oasis, despite the fact Gallagher himself has been keen to concentrate on his new projects of late. It feels distinctly like I'm being in led into an ambush but, as it turns out, it only takes the slightest of probing to find that Oasis have indeed been on his mind.
"I'm sure we're gonna get back together," he explains matter-of-factly as he sits in the bar of Robert De Niro's hotel in the TriBeCa district of Manhattan. "Noel's got to do his solo thing – and realise he's not that good without his younger brother. And then, 2015, the Morning Glory 20th anniversary tour. It was him that started the idea and now he's saying he's not up for it, but I am. If the people want it, then the people will get it." At first, it seems odd that Gallagher is already thinking of retreading old ground so quickly after Oasis split on that now infamous night in Paris back in 2009 when the tempestuous duo exchanged projectiles for the last time. But in the two years since, the singer has used the personal and creative freedom of life without Noel to rapidly develop into a renaissance man of sorts.
First came Beady Eye – formed with ex-Oasis members Chris Sharrock (drums) Gem Archer (guitar) and Andy Bell (bass) – who were playing their first shows just a few months after Oasis ended. Their debut album Different Gear, Still Speeding may not have set the world alight, but it was a far more robust and enjoyable rock'n'roll album than many people had expected, and put paid to the idea that Noel was the only member of Oasis who could write a tune.
"I was surprised that people were surprised," he offers. "The idea that we wouldn't be able to make a decent album between us is stupid. I know what I'm doing, Gem and Andy have been writing great songs for years so they know what they're doing. Why wouldn't it be good? It wasn't life-changing, but the next album... that'll be life-changing. It'll be a much more grander affair too, with strings. I'm really into All Things Must Pass by George Harrison at the moment, so I think we'll be going down that road a bit more. A bit Phil Spector-ish. I want it to be big-sounding. But there will be some rock'n'roll too. You've always got to have a bit of rock'n'roll."
The Pretty Green fashion line has also seen Gallagher harnessing his energy into what is turning out to be a very productive outlet. He freely admits that it's a vanity project (how can a fashion line be about anything else?), but one which he is fully committed too. After suffering a setback when the company's Manchester store was looted causing damages to the tune of a quarter of a million pounds, Pretty Green is about to open its eighth location (Liverpool - n.b. Marco), and has also been warmly received by the often-snooty fashion world.
Gallagher has also begun getting his feet wet in the film world. A script has been approved for The Longest Cocktail Party, which will be produced by Gallagher's company In 1 Productions with Michael Winterbottom tipped to direct. The film revolves around The Beatles' late publicist Derek Taylor.
"He's an unsung hero," beams Gallagher, "and I want to give him a chance to shine." He stops short of envisioning himself as a fully-fledged movie-mogul and seems nonplussed when I pitch him a vision of Liam Gallagher doing the rounds in Hollywood. But he is more than open to the idea of future projects – one of which people may find especially tantalising.
"Sometimes, when we've had a few drinks, we sit about telling stories and talk about putting them in an Oasis film," he reveals. "I'd be up for that. It'd be a long film but it'd be a film worth watching, believe me. It'd be a funny film and all. But I'd start it with Paris. I wouldn't want it to end on such a bummer. I'd start at the end and work my way backwards."
And so, despite my best efforts to concentrate on non-Oasis subjects, Gallagher brings the conversation back round to the band that defined him for so long and yet, given Noel's notoriously tight grip on the band's creative dynamic, left the younger Gallagher constantly playing second fiddle. The armchair psychologists of the world may cite this imbalance as being a major cause of Gallagher's confrontational tendencies in years gone by, but the civil and charming chap holding court today appears to be basking in the knowledge that he can make it without his older brother. And that, more than anything, seems to make the prospect of going back a much more palatable one.
"I've always had it in me to do Pretty Green and all the rest of it, but I think I may have been under Noel's cloud a little bit too much," he admits. "I've always wanted to do more than just sing other people's songs. If we get back together, it'll be a great trip down memory lane. But it's not the only road that's open to me anymore."
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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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