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happy birthday Gem Archer

DURHAM - (recent photo in Buenos Aires, Argentina). Born in Durham, North England, the man is 45 years old today. 7 December is also Milan's patron saint day (San't Ambrogio). 

Gem (pronounced with a hard 'G', like 'Guitar') began his musical career in a group called The Edge in the early 80s. They released two singles Take A Walk and Little Girl Blue.
He moved to London and formed The Contenders in 1987. When Whirlpool split in the early 90s, he graduated to singer, principal songwriter and guitarist status with Contenders (The Contenders split in the late '80s, before Whirlpool formed).
Oasis' Creation Records then signed his Heavy Stereo, a glam-rock sounding band. Despite supporting Oasis at their historic Knebworth and Loch Lomond concerts in 1996, the only Heavy Stereo album, 1996's Déjà Voodoo did not enjoy much critical or commercial success. However, Heavy Stereo's next release did receive more attention through demos of new material, a critically acclaimed contribution to The Jam tribute album, Fire and Skill - Songs Of The Jam, and opening on a Paul Weller tour. Work on the record was put on hold when Gem's mother fell seriously ill.
Whilst at home in Durham, having returned to care for his mother, Gem – lying in front of the fire (according to the legend :) – heard a report on The Big Breakfast that Bonehead had left Oasis after a massive row with Noel Gallagher (oh how strange eh!). He claims "I thought, Shit! They'll split now. I was a real fan, and I'm not just saying that. For me, Oasis had breathed life back into rock 'n' roll." He was unaware that Noel Gallagher – who knew Gem from both their days on the Creation Records label – had rung his home in London. Once his mother had recovered, Noel invited him to Olympic Studios, where Oasis were mixing Standing on the Shoulder of Giants. "We went to the pub and I couldn't stand not knowing if I was a part of the band. After less than half a pint of Guinness I said, "What does Liam say?" And Noel said, "It's my fucking band. I'll have who I want." (oh how strange eh!). Gem claims the rest of Heavy Stereo were pleased for him to join Oasis.
Since he did not perform on the Giants album, he received no royalties and, for the first few performances, was paid a standard session wage, about £85 a gig, as the new Oasis rhythm guitarist. His first official duty was to appear on the "Go Let It Out" video – on which he played lead guitar, as Andy had yet to take over bass, so Noel played bass with Liam on rhythm – and played his first rhythm guitar set at a session for alternative radio in Philadelphia.
Gem was immediately lead guitar on tour for months when Noel left the band in May 2000 (in Milan the first gig without Noel).
Though Gem was officially referred to as Oasis' rhythm guitarist, his role in Oasis was much more than that. In live setting he and Noel often switch between lead and rhythm guitar and both Noel and Liam Gallagher have praised Gem for his contributions in the studio. He also had a role as a songwriter. His first songwriting contribution after joining Oasis was "Hung in a Bad Place", which appeared on Oasis' Heathen Chemistry and was said to resemble Heavy Stereo. This song was picked up for use in a commercial for Victoria's Secret in the US. He played the piano in "Stop Crying Your Heart Out" (video and live). His role was expanded on Oasis' Don't Believe the Truth, which features his "A Bell Will Ring" and "Love Like a Bomb", the latter of which he co-wrote with Liam. He also contributed the B-sides "Eyeball Tickler" and "The Quiet Ones" – an acoustic song. He also wrote "To Be Where There's Life", with a line giving the name to the album Dig Out Your Soul. Gem has said that he found it quite daunting to submit songs for consideration to the band because of Noel's stature as a songwriter, whom he cites as one of his favourite songwriters. Gem, in rare occasions, contributed backing vocals to Oasis songs, such as on "The Meaning of Soul", and on live performances of "Force Of Nature" and the band's cover of The Who's "My Generation".
Andy highlighted Gem's significance to Oasis saying "Oasis has completely evolved. Noel's old mates have left, he's been divorced and really changed his own life around. He still has Liam but his relationship with Liam is different — it's more tempestuous. He needs a less extreme mate and Gem's it. Gem chills Noel out. And that makes Oasis a more stable ship." Noel quit Oasis in 2009 and placed part of the blame for his decision to leave on Gem, and Andy, for a lack of support saying "the lack of support and understanding from my management and band mates has left me with no other option than to get me cape and seek pastures new." (what a shit face). Soon afterwards the band announced they had split.
Gem, Andy, Liam and Oasis live drummer Chris Sharrock resolved to work together on a new project under the new name, Beady Eye.
Although Noel's departure, Gem and Noel have still teamed up for a benefit concert at Royal Albert Hall (but Noel said he didn't care about the benefit).
While Noel maintains a friendship with Gem, as well as Oasis drummer Chris Sharock, he claims that he has not spoken with his brother Liam or former Oasis bassist Bell. Gem contributed guitar, songwriting, bass and backing vocals to Beady Eye's debut album Different Gear, Still Speeding (with his "The Roller", "Wind Up Dream", "Standing on the Edge of the Noise", "Three Ring Circus", though all the Beady Eye songs are Gallagher/Archer/Bell).
Outside of Oasis, Gem has collaborated with a few other artists, most notably Paul Weller. He has contributed acoustic guitar to the song 'One x One' on Weller's 2002 album Illumination and guitars and Mellotron to the song 'Echoes Round The Sun on Weller's 2008 album 22 Dreams. He participated in an acoustic tour of the USA with Weller when Steve Cradock of Ocean Colour Scene was unavailable, and provided guitar and backing vocals at the 2010 NME Awards when Weller performed a live set having received the 'Godlike Genius Award'. He also contributed guitar to David Holmes' 1997 album Let's Get Killed. Gem also had a role in making the Nine Inch Nails record With Teeth in middle-2004 before starting final sessions for Oasis' Don't Believe the Truth. He also assisted Noel in producing the first Proud Mary album, a band signed to Gallagher's Sour Mash record label.
Gem's wife Lou is currently a teacher at Highgate Primary in London. Gem is a big fan of Liam's fashion label Pretty Green.

"Hung in a bad place" by Gem. Not so bad place this one, lol.
feat. Gisele Bundchen, Laetitia Casta, Heidi Klum, Adriana Lima, Ana Hickman.
Gem is always drunk, can you imagine today that it's his birthday. 
Be careful Gem: you drink and you're English, Noel Gallaga could hate you and say that everybody hates you. 
Love Gem.
On the contrary, Noel Gallaga doesn't drink, he's not English, etc., he's just an angel. Also spending £7,000 in bar the other week.
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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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