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Gallagher is my grandad

The blinded fans of Noel Gallagher wished him "happy birthday" as if he was their friend, and they don't even know him. AKA get a life. Get real friends.
even proud to be a liar:
"Someone was playing a joke when they made me, you know, 'Let's make this guy a writer and a guitar player, but let's make him write with his left hand but play with his right, and let's have him born in the middle of May and give him a Christmas name like Noel, and let's make him a dodgy, schizophrenic, two-faced Gemini.' Cheers!"

In the 1990s, Liam Gallagher’s phone would not stop ringing, Japanese girls calling him at home, desperate to speak to him.
This year, he hopes to try his hand at art, perhaps walk off with the Turner prize, but he needs a little help from the public.
The Liam in question is not the former lead singer of rock band Oasis but a 77-year-old ex-miner living on a Camden Council housing estate.
Now his grandson and carer Scottee wants to turn him into an internationally renowned artist for a project called Liam Gallagher is my Grandad.
“My grandad’s had quite an interesting life so I thought if I can turn anyone into an artist, it’s him,” says Scottee, an associate artist at The Roundhouse in Chalk Farm.
“I guess it will be a challenge because he’s illiterate, has to stay at home a lot, and doesn’t know what art is.
“When I’m with him, the world ignores him. We’ll be on the bus and people will think he’s crazy because he’s trying to have a conversation with them, people push past him quite a lot. Also when we go to the doctor, the doctor always tells me what the problem is rather than telling him.
“I want to produce this project to address the idea about identifying with older people. To say that just because they’re old doesn’t mean they’ve got any less great ideas or thoughts or interesting view points on the world.”
Scottee walks his grandfather the short distance to his local chemist in Gospel Oak every week to collect the 122 tablets he must take to stay alive. He cares for him, takes him up to the Heath, the same way his grandad cared for him as a child, an Irish tradition bestowed on the first grandchild. “Once a man, twice a child,” is what he told me recently, which is him telling me he needs others around him now.”
Gallagher’s mother died in childbirth and he was “sold to the nearest farm” before emigrating to the UK in 1951.
“He was a miner, a manual labourer, a gardener, his body has taken a lot of battering over the years, he’s had heart operations, liver disease, depression, angina, high blood pressure, and he’s had cancer. He’s had it all but the beautiful thing is, through all of this, he has this boundless optimism.”
Scottee himself turned his life around thanks to the Roundhouse. Expelled from Bishop Douglass school, a workshop at the Chalk Farm venue 14 years ago started him down a path to becoming a conceptual artist.
His latest project is in inception stages but plans include video work, photography, some text-based pieces and a sound tour, which will tour libraries, Irish centres, and art spaces across the UK, Ireland and the US.
“We’re early in the development of what the Liam Gallagher sounding will be, but I think it might be an mp3 player and a strong cup of tea, because grandad loves really strong tea. So people will be drinking cups of tea with grandad while he is drinking a cup of tea.”
Not lying
The more money they can raise, the more his granddad will be able to achieve. Professional artists are asked to get involved, lend their expertise and the public can commission him to create art they want to see.
Gallagher is very aware of rock band Oasis. “In the phone book he’s listed as Liam Gallagher so Japanese girls used to call his house all the time and he’d pretend he was Liam Gallagher, which is kind of his sense of humour. Technically he’s not lying!”
Beady Eye frontman Liam Gallagher famously organised a star-studded fundraising event in 2011 for victims of the Japanese tsunami, raising more than £150,000 (where everybody participated apart from money-driven Noel). Can Gallagher and grandson reach the £5,800 they need to create the sound tour?
“We have to think creatively about how we’ll raise the money. I’m trying to get in touch with Liam to see if he’ll come forward. I don’t want to exploit people’s celebrity for their wealth, but if they can send something out on their Twitter which then reaches a new demographic of people, a new audience, it means people get to hear about the project.”
It could help Gallagher become the next Tracey Emin. “Our society is so obsessed with youth, especially the art world,” says Scottee. “Older artists fall off the radar. Do they stop making work? Do they stop existing? No, of course, they don’t. I want to put grandad on a platform, to be able to say yes to his ideas. His work is just as worthy as a tent or a pair of fried eggs or a shark in a fish tank. I think the work he will make brings up the same if not more exciting and worthy viewpoints on the world than the people who have won the Turner, so why can’t he?”
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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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