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Bradley Wiggins on Liam

LONDON - Another post about Wiggins. The Olympic cycling champion talks about his love of music, and how Liam Gallagher inspired him in his youth.

The first album I ever loved was The Smiths' The Queen Is Dead. The opening seconds of the opening track, I fell in love with it. I was probably about ten years old, and it was a good few years after it had been released, I think I got it from a car boot on vinyl. I don't think they've ever been able to exist individually, none of them have been as good as they were together. Morrissey's lyrics, Marr's guitar, Rourkey, that's why they were the best band in the world. I wasn't an obsessive Smiths fan at the time, I just liked the music, but in latter years as I've got older, much more so. I was more of an Oasis fan during my teens, since '94 (just like me :). They were always talking about their inspirations, Weller and The Smiths, so I was like 'yeah I remember, I like The Smiths, what was it about The Smiths?' I'm fascinated by Morrissey to this day, and I can't listen to him all the time, I struggle to get my head around some of the stuff he sings about, it's quite depressive and morbid, and I really have to be in the mood for him. But then I go through phases when I listen to him all the time, and try and dissect what he's saying. I find it does that to you, it's not easy listening. It's a bit like Joy Division, it's intense, there are a lot of sub meanings, and it's quite tricky in places.

I first heard Oasis on The Word, when they played Supersonic. I took the confidence from Oasis directly into cycling, the way Liam was on stage, the swagger, it inspired me. We'd drive all over the country to races, and I'd be listening to Oasis, I took that onto the bike with me, Rock & Roll Star... I would listen to The Prodigy too, or Kiss FM. Norman Jay had a set on there, I used to record it on cassette and just listen to that radio show, and tape over and tape over. I didn't have money back then to go and buy ten LPs in Our Price, so I'd tend to record it off the radio. I used to use music for motivation then, though less now. It certainly helped me get into cycling - everyone finds inspiration and confidence from things, and for me it was music. As a 14-year-old there were no role models at school, and I definitely had more musical heroes than sportsmen. You'd hear stories about the Gallaghers coming from Burnage and coming from nothing, almost, so you felt like they were one of you. I liked that about it.
I think culture has changed in this country now, for your working classes now, youth culture has changed, and it's become a bit of a problem. Kids always got into bother, whereas kids would find a guitar and form a band... there's probably untold talent somewhere out in these places that'll never be discovered. With the lack of sportsmen or whoever coming through from that background, there's no-one to inspire the next generation, like Oasis being inspired by The Smiths or Stone Roses. If you have success on the track, it breeds more success, and if that stops... it's the same pretty much with the bands.

Oasis were always singing about getting up from where you are and becoming better, they made you confident that you could go and do other things. My teachers didn't know I was cycling, I would just not turn up to school. They'd be saying "You need to come and get your GCSEs, you'll be leaving school in three years". I was "Nah, you're alright, I know what I'm going to do". That attitude I took with me was inspired by their music, and the way they were in interviews at the time. My whole generation grew up with that, and everyone started growing their hair long like Liam, wearing those big parkas with furry hoods, cagoules, or wearing those England Umbro training shirts like he did at Maine Road. Oasis started nodding to mod culture, but at first Liam just dressed like everybody who went to watch football matches on a Saturday. They both did. You realised you were one of them already, because I used to go and watch football every Saturday with my mates, and everyone on the terraces, you all dressed the same. Without thinking about it at the time, you were part of a gang. Which was the mod culture then, not cliché mod with scooters and parkas, but you were part of it without really realising it, because the mod thing evolved into terrace-wear. Oasis just flagged all that up really, and it became mainstream. They started hailing Paul Weller as the Modfather, and when I was 13... you're really influenced at that age, and I was part of all that. It was an exciting time.

When I was a kid I didn't have the internet, Twitter, iTunes, so I only found music through the NME and Our Price. The NME only ever reported on the stuff they liked, so I'd never hear about the underground bands like you would now. I remember in 1990 New Order did World In Motion for the England World Cup team, and I bought that and liked it, and read in NME an article saying 'since their Joy Division days...' and wondering what this Joy Division was. That's when I started getting into them. It's a long way from World In Motion to Dead Souls. I was fascinated by the stories of a lot of those bands, the Joy Divisions and The Smiths, I was fascinated by how they got together, that was a huge interest to me.
I started playing guitar when I was a kid. Like anything really, you're useless when you start, and I'm self-taught (just like me, again :) - I almost like them more as objects now, I hang them on the wall and they look brilliant. There are similarities in the aesthetics of guitars and bikes, especially the vintage guitars, the way they were in the 60s, and not necessarily the modern-day carbon bikes but some of the way the old welded bikes were put together, there was a lot of craftsmanship in those, and that's what I like. That classic design has stood the test of time, same with the clothes, Rapha and all of that.
If my house was burning down I'd take my guitars over anything sportswise. Playing guitar with Paul Weller was the best thing I did all last year, without doubt, better than the Olympics, just because it was something I never expected or imagined I'd do. I always get asked to play guitar with other people, but I think I'll leave that to the experts.

Liam Gallagher tour 2017-2018-2019-2020-2021 gigography

2017
30 May - O2 Ritz, Manchester, England
1 June - Electric Brixton, London, England
4 June - Rock im Park, Nürnberg, Deutschland
5 June - Pinkpop festival, Landgraaf, Nederland
10 June - Olympia theatre, Dublin, Ireland
11 June - Barrowlands, Glasgow, Scotland
14 June - Bergenfest festival, Bergenhus Festning, Norge
24 June - Glastonbury festival, England
6 July - Exit Festival, Novi Sad, Srbija
9 July - Festival Les Ardentes, Liege, Belgique
15 July - FIB festival Benicàssim, España
21 July - the Tall Ships Races, Turku, Suomi
23 July - Lollapalooza festival, Paris, France
28 July - McKittrick Hotel, New York City, USA
30 July - Rough Trade, New York City, USA
2 August - Park West, Chicago, USA
3 August - Lollapalooza festival, Chicago, USA
5 August - Osheaga festival, Montreal, Canada
10 August - National Olympic Sports Center Gymnasium, Beijing, China
12 August - CR Shenzhen Bay Sports Center Arena, Shenzhen, China
14 August - Manila’s Mall of Asia Arena, Maynilà, Pilipinas
17 August - Zepp, Tokyo, Japan
18 August - Sonic Mania, Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan
20 August - Summer Sonic, Osaka, Japan
22 August - Jamsil Olympic Stadium Seoul, South Korea
25 August - August Bank Holiday Weekend, Leeds, England
27 August - August Bank Holiday Weekend, Reading, England
9 September - Dcode festival, Campus del la Ucm, Madrid, España
14 September - Vogue Fashion Night Out, Terrazza Duomo 21, (acoustic show), Milan, Italia
22 September - Reeperbahn festival, Hamburg, Deutschland
7 October - CalJam, San Bernardino, California, USA
29 October - Samhain festival, Weston airport hangar, Dublin, Ireland
30 October - Sse Arena, Belfast, Northern Ireland
1 November - Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle, England
2 November - BBC radio Theatre, London, England
7 November - Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, London, England
10 November - Party in the Park, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, United Arab Emirates
13 November - Warfield Theatre, San Francisco, USA
14 November - The Wiltern, Los Angeles, USA
18 November - Gothic Theatre, Denver, USA
20 November - First Avenue, Minneapolis, USA
21 November - The Riviera, Chicago, USA
23 November - Rebel, Toronto, Canada
25 November - House of Blues, Boston, USA (postponed)
27 November - Terminal 5, New York City, USA
29 November - Lincoln Theatre, Washington DC, USA (postponed)
30 November - Union Transfer, Philadelphia, USA (postponed)
3 December - First Direct Arena, Leeds, England
4 December - The Sse Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
6 December - Pavilions, Plymouth, England
7 December - Alexandra Palace, London, England
9 December - Sleep in the Park, Edinburgh, Scotland
10 December - Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, England
12 December - Arena, Birmingham
13 December - Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales
15 December - Brighton Centre, Brighton, England
16 December - Arena, Manchester, England
30 December - Falls festival, Lorne, Australia
31 December - Falls festival, Marion Bay, Australia
2018
2 January - Falls festival, Byron Bay, Australia
4 January - Enmore theatre, Sydney, Australia
5 January - Forum theatre, Melbourne, Australia
7 January - Falls festival, Fremantle, Australia
12 January - Bitec Bangna Hall 106, Bangkok, Thailand
14 January - Ecopark Convention Centre Ancol, Jakarta, Indonesia
12 February - Radio X rooftop, London, England
23 February - La Riviera, Madrid, España
24 February - Razzmatazz, Barcelona, España
26 February - Fabrique, Milano, Italia
27 February - Granteatro Geox, Padova, Italia
1 March - X-tra, Zürich, Schweiz
2 March - L'Olympia, Paris, France
5 March - Columbiahalle, Berlin, Deutschland
7 March - Ancienne Belgique, Bruxelles, België
8 March - Afas Live, Amsterdam, Nederland
17 March - Lollapalooza festival, Hipodromo de San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina
18 March - Lollapalooza festival, Parque O'Higgins, Santiago, Chile (cut, postponed)
22 March - Lollapalooza festival, Autodromo de Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brasil
27 March - Parque de la Exposición, Lima, Perú
13 April - Snowbombing, Mayrhofen, Austria, Österreich
10 May - The Masonic, San Francisco, USA
11 May - Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, USA
13 May - Sony Center for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada
14 May - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, Cambridge, USA
16 May - Central Park Summerstage, New York, USA
17 May - Festival Pier at Penn's Landing, Bala Cynwyd, USA
19 May - Lincoln Theatre, Washington, USA
27 May - The Biggest Weekend festival, Coventry, England
8 June - Northside festival, Aarhus, Danmark
10 June - Parklife, Heaton Park, Manchester, England
15 June - Malahide Castle, Dublin, Ireland
16 June - Ormeau Park, Belfast, Northern Ireland
21 June - I-Days Festival, Milano, Italia
23 June - Isle of Wight festival, England
29 June - Finsbury Park, London, England
30 June - Trnsmt festival, Glasgow, Scotland
5 July - Palladium, Köln, Deutschland
8 July - Les Eurockéennes, Belfort, France
10 July - Les Déferlantes festival, Argelès-sur-Mer, France
14 July - Latitude festival, Hanham Park, England
22 July - FIB festival Benicàssim, España
20 July - Vieilles Charrues festival, Carhaix, France
25 July - Stimmen festival, Lörrach, Deutschland
10 August - Sonorama Ribera festival, Aranda de Duero, España
12 August - Sziget festival, Budapest, Hungary
17 August - Rize festival, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, England
18 August - Emirates Lancashire Cricket Club, Manchester, England
24 August - Zürich Openair, Schweiz
25 August - Rock en Seine, Paris, France
15 September - Singapore Formula 1 Grand Prix, Marina Bay circuit, Singapore
13 December - Union chapel, London, England
2019
5 June - Hackney Round Chapel, London, England
8 June - Medimex festival, Taranto, Italia
21 June - Metronome Festival Prague, Praha, Česko - Česká republika
23 June - Irish Independent Park, Cork, Ireland
26 June - Eden Sessions, Eden Project, Cornwall, England
29 June - Glastonbury festival, England
4 July - Collisioni AgriRock (literature and wine) festival, Barolo, Italia
11 July - Bilbao BBK Live, Bilbao, España
13 July - Pohoda festival, Trencin airport, Slovensko Slovakia
14 July - Atlas Weekend, Київ Україна, Kyiv Ukrayina
17 July - Moon&Stars festival, Locarno, Svizzera
18 July - The Granaries, Floriana, Malta
27 July - Cap Roig festival, España
28 July - Festival de Carcassonne, France
3 August - Mtv Unplugged, Hull City Hall, Hull, England
10 August - Smukfest, Skanderborg, Danmark
24 August - In the Park 19 festival, Helsinki, Suomi Finland
1 September - Fall in Love festival, București, România (cancelled)
7 September - Gibraltar Calling Festival, Gibraltar
14 September - Peaky Blinders Festival, Birmingham, England
21 September - O2 Ritz, Manchester, England
9 October - Chase Center, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.
16 October - Viejas Arena, San Diego, California, U.S.A.
19 October - T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington, U.S.A.
21 October - Rogers Arena, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
24 October - Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
11 November - Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff, Wales
12 November - Birmingham Arena, Birmingham, England
14 November - P&J Live, Aberdeen, Scotland
15 November - The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland
17 November - Utilita Arena, Newcastle, England
18 November - FlyDSA Arena, Sheffield, England
20 November - Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
21 November - M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool, England
23 November - 3arena, Dublin, Ireland
24 November - 3arena, Dublin, Ireland
26 November - Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham, England
28 November - O2 Arena, London, England
29 November - O2 Arena, London, England
6 December - Fortitude Music Hall, Brisbane, Australia
7 December - Fairgrounds festival, Berry, Australia
9 December - Enmore theatre, Sydney, Australia
11 December - Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne, Australia
13 December - Meredith Music Festival, Australia
14 December - Bird in Hand, Adelaide, Australia
17 December - Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, Australia
18 December - Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle, Australia
20 December - Spark Arena, Auckland, New Zealand
2020
(1 February - Spektrum, Oslo, Norge, cancelled)
2 February - Annexet, Stockholm, Sverige
4 February - Vega, Copenhagen, Danmark
5 February - Sporthalle, Hamburg, Deutschland (interrupted)
7 February - Ziggo Dome, Amsterdam, Nederland
8 February - Forest National, Bruxelles, België
10 February - Palladium, Köln, Deutschland
11 February - Tempodrom, Berlin, Deutschland
13 February - Tonhalle, München, Deutschland
15 February - Palazzo dello Sport, Roma, Italia
16 February - Mediolanum Forum, Assago, Milano, Italia
18 February - Gasometer, Vienna, Österreich
20 February - Halle 622, Zurich, Schweiz
21 February - Zenith, Paris, France
12 March - Club Social music festival, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE (postponed for coronavirus)
13->18 April - Snowbombing festival, Mayrhofen, Austria (cancelled)
2 May - Beale Street Music Festival, Memphis, Tennessee, USA
24 May - Boston Calling Music Festival, Harvard Athletic Complex, Massachusetts, U.S.A. (cancelled)
12 June - Heaton Park, Manchester, England (cancelled)
18 June - O son do camiño festival, Santiago de Compostela, España
26 June - Tinderbox festival, Odense, Danmark
3 July - Rock Werchter, België
11 July - Trnsmt festival, Glasgow, Scotland (cancelled)
16 July - FIB festival Benicàssim, España
18 July - Latitude festival, Henham Park, England (cancelled)
19 August - Vital, Belfast, Northern Ireland
20->23 August - Cabaret Vert festival, Charleville-Mézières, France
28->30 August - Reading & Leeds festival, England (cancelled)
17->19 September - Metronome Prague Festival, Praha, Česká republika
19 September Summer sonic, Japan
16->18 October - Shaky Knees Music Festival, Central Park, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
29 October - NHS workers concert, O2, London, Great Britain
2021
19 June - Rock in Rio, Lisboa, Portugal
10 July - Trnsmt festival, Glasgow, Scotland
27 June? - Lucca Summer Festival, Italia
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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

 

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