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Beady Eye in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES - Another review for this gig.
Beady Eye's solid album tends to have a looser, more freewheeling spirit than Oasis' did, and netted a gold certification.
Entering to guitarist Gem Archer’s trippy recorded instrumental “Yellow Tail”, Beady Eye came onstage to a huge, glowing backdrop of the band’s name. Liam Gallagher wore a heavy hooded green overcoat and scarf that he didn’t take off for the entire set (which must have been rough) and announced: “This ain’t no folk song.” Liam was at his best, fully in front man mode now that Noel wasn’t on the same stage demanding half of the crowd’s attention.
Beady Eye launched the 70-minute set with a spirited, psychedelic “Four Letter Word.” Guitarist Andy Bell engaged in some tasty wah-wah work while Gallagher ambled to the front of the stage to sign a fan’s vinyl copy of the new album.
The lanky lead singer was his usual gruff self, frequently mumbling in a thick Mancunian accent. He noted it was good to “play in a nice venue instead of a toilet” (lol) and dedicated songs to the Manchester City soccer team (which won 5-1 its match that day) and his hometown posse.
A fan held up a big Manchester City football scarf, which Liam took and thrust into the air proudly, eliciting screams from the handful of Man City fans in the crowd. Often standing at the mic with his hands clasped behind his back, Liam’s voice sounded great. Their sound was consistently full and sharp. The stomping Who homage “Beatles and Stones” came across a real corker as Gallagher snarled lyrics about affirmation: “Gonna stand the test of time.”
Veteran drummer Chris Sharrock (who in the past has anchored the La’s, World Party, Lightning Seeds and Robbie Williams) played with total finesse, even on the mild rockers. His ace work was showcased especially well amid the jaunty stop/start rhythm of “Three Ring Circus”. As well as an idyllic “Kill for a Dream” and solo bit midway through the poignant but meandering epic “Wigwam”, with the latter’s methodical pace and psychedelic touches translating well to the stage.
Surprisingly, some Beady Eye non-album cuts fared best live: the folk-rock of “In the Bubble with a Bullet,” featuring Bell’s great slide work, and the ominous organ-led “Man of Misery” were among them. Keyboardist Matt Jones’ rollicking Little Richard-esque piano work on “Bring the Light” was an additional highlight.
The encore included more unfamiliar, impressive selections. A low-key “World Outside My Room” verged on skiffle territory, while the intriguing, Fender Rhodes-infused “Sons of the Stage” – a cover by short-lived Manchester pop/rock band World of Twist, who had a minor U.K. hit with it in 1991 – was spacey and powerful.
Beady Eye turned in a mostly entertaining set and definitely put on a pretty fun show.

A girl, Danni, said: "The show was entertaining. I thought I was gonnna snooze through The Morning Son however the ending was a lot more electric than on record. Also, I've seen Oasis many times. Liam's voice sounded much better than it used to."

Belgium’s The Black Box Revelation were direct support for the show, and delivered a fantastic set of bluesy, Black Keys-ian rock and reminiscent of the White Stripes. Another duo featuring only a drummer (Dries Van Dijck) and guitarist/vocalist (Jan Paternoster), they brought quite a thunderous sound to the stage.
Playing songs from throughout their 6 year career, including a handful from 2011’s great My Perception, BBR were extremely impressive. It’d be nice to see them get some more exposure in the United States, such as on the Coachella band lineup, as that would really be a great opportunity for them. Paternoster’s a master guitar wizard, and Van Dijck smashed the drums like a man possessed (as the cliché goes). They were excellent, and hopefully 2012 brings them even more success.
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Beady Eye gigography and next tour dates


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.


new tour


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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