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Liam: Noel's album is very civilized rock’n’roll for couples

BOSTON - Liam Gallagher is in a chipper mood. He jokes that he is speeding in the fast lane while being chased by the police when we ring him up in London to discuss his new, post-Oasis group Beady Eye, which plays WFNX’s “Miracle on Lansdowne Street’’ show tomorrow night at the House of Blues. The quartet - which features Oasis holdovers Gem Archer and Andy Bell on guitars and drummer Chris Sharrock - collaborated on its debut, “Different Gear, Still Speeding’’. Gallagher says that approach, resulting in an unsurprisingly Beatlesy-Stonesy-Faces-esque batch of tunes, was quite a change from the MO of Oasis.

Q. Did you approach things differently in the studio for Beady Eye?

We sort of rehearsed the whole album and played it like a live gig, because we knew this was going to be our set. So when we got in the studio we let it rip.

Q. So, I’m guessing that was a faster process than it was with Oasis?

Without a doubt. Oh, yeah, if we were doing an Oasis record, we’d still be doing it now. It’d be two years later. There’d be lots of hair pulling, loads of broken nails.

Q. Was this a more enjoyable experience?

Yeah, without a doubt. We just banged it out in six or seven weeks. I mean, I’m not a muso, but I think it’s got an attitude and a certain kind of flair to it. Always going through with a fine tooth just gets boring and up your own shit. We’re not writing a fucking symphony, we’re not writing an opera, it’s just rock ’n’ roll music. And if it makes you want to smash things or jump up and fucking go mental, then it’s a hit with me.

Q. It sounds like the songwriting and recording process was more democratic than in Oasis.

Yeah, man. It was a band thing. No one was in charge. The way I see it, it’s like we all got a go at taking the car around the block for a spin - you know what I mean?

Q. Even though the songs are credited to Gallager-Archer-Bell, you each wrote individually. It’s funny that Andy wrote Four Letter Word, because that’s one that some listeners probably suspect is about Noel.

Well, it could be. Noel fucked a lot of people, it wasn’t just me. I think Andy sort of wrote it with me in mind, which is the sign of a good fucking songwriter. If he can keep writing songs with me in mind, I think we’ll go far.

Q. Why have you chosen not to play Oasis songs on this tour?

Oasis split up, so the last thing I wanted to do was go play them songs. We believe in Beady Eye, this is what we want to do, so we wanted to let people know that we don’t need to play these Oasis songs. Now we didn’t say wewouldn’t. We’ll definitely be playing some on the next tour. We wanted to get this year out of the way and letting people know we can wipe our own shit without big Noel Gallagher and I think we’ve done that. He hasn’t done it. He hasn’t gone out on tour and played his successful album without dipping into the past, and that’s his prerogative. We’ll definitely play some next year.

Q. Do you have a response prepared for when people shout out Oasis requests at shows?

They paid their money, they can shout what they fucking want.

Q. When I interviewed Noel a few weeks back, he said he thought the Beady Eye record was good.

I’m sure he did think it was good because it is good. At least he’s honest.

Q. What did you think of his High Flying Birds?

I’ve only heard what I’ve heard on the radio and I’ve heard it all before, to be quite honest. It’s very civilized rock ’n’ roll for couples. (LOL)

Q. He also said he worried that some listeners wouldn’t think his new music was as good as yours or as Oasis. Did you ever worry about that?
(naaahh Noel how could you think that? I must be one of the few stupid ones...)

Nah, I’m not interested in the competition. Noel’s a fucking great songwriter, he’s one of the best songwriters to come out of this country, and he will remain that, no one’s disputing that. It’s just that he’s a bit of a bitch. (LOL)

Q. But what about holidays? Is there anyone in the extended family sad that you won’t see each other for Christmas?

We were never like that as a family anyway. My mum would come to me and then she’d go to Noel and that’s the way it’s always been. Noel has the heat on in his house too much to go around there. You go in there, it’s like a fucking sauna. (LOL)

Q. Are you already thinking second album?

Oh, yeah, without a doubt it’s coming next year. We start in February. We’re not doing any concerts next year. We’re going to concentrate on this next album. We think we definitely need a big, big fucking album with big songs on it.

Q. You have your own clothing line, Pretty Green. What was the inspiration for that?

The inspiration for that is just making clothes. I like my clothes [from] the Rolling Stones era ’67 to ’69, the Beatles, the Small Faces. It’s not curing cancer, it’s just something I like to do.

Q. So you like your clothes like you like your music?

Oh, yeah, you can write the best song in the world but if you look like a cunt it doesn’t work for me.

Sarah Rodman
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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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