Beady Eye guitarist Andy Bell debuted the band’s new single during a DJ set in London over the weekend, reports The Sun newspaper.
Beady Eye guitarist Andy Bell has admitted the prospect of an Oasis reunion at some stage in the future is looking unlikely as the fractured relationship between Liam and Noel Gallagher shows no sign of healing.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably already familiar with the story behind the formation of Beady Eye. If you’re not, here’s the short, short version: in the Fall of 2009 the Oasis brothers, Noel and Liam Gallagher, get into a heated argument, which may or may not have involved the destruction of one or more musical instruments, Noel quits the band, Liam and the other band members decide to carry on. Fast forward to the spring of 2011 when what essentially boils down to Oasis minus Noel Gallagher drop their debut album, Different Gear, Still Speeding, under the new moniker Beady Eye.
Beady Eye announce today their first North American tour dates. The band (Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock) will be giving fans a first live taste of their debut album, Different Gear, Still Speeding in a series of concerts beginning in Chicago on June 18th, followed by Toronto on June 20th and New York on June 23rd.
Live4ever’s Matt Humphrey met up with Beady Eye’s guitarist and Ex Oasis bassist Andy Bell earlier today. Andy had been visiting London’s bustling Oxford Street Selfrideges where band mate Liam Gallagher’s Pretty Green clothing range is currently for sale.
Andy was kind enough to give us some exclusive behind the scenes info on the progress of Beady Eye’s first album currently being produced and scheduled for release sometime next year.
Italian fan site Wonderwall.it is reporting that Liam Gallagher, on his recent stop in Italy to promote his clothing line Pretty Green, informed fans that his new, yet to be named band, already has 7 demos recorded.
Liam chatted briefly with fans in front of the studios of Radio DeeJay where he gave an interview last Friday and later on posed for photos and signed autographs in front of his hotel. He appeared relaxed and was very friendly with everyone, even willing to reveal a few new snippets of details about the new band’s members and plans.
In an interview with Italian radio station Deejay, Liam also hinted his live return may be with fellow former Oasis members Gem Archer and Andy Bell, performing under a new banner. “We’re (ex-Oasis members) sort of doing things at the moment,” he said. “Not Oasis, Oasis is done. Everyone except for Noel.”
The Chief has quit, but should Liam carry on without him? In a word, no.
“I will never leave Oasis”, stated Noel Gallagher in an interview only two months ago, shortly prior to the band’s gigs at Wembley Stadium. The media, clearly unable to stop recycling the same tired stories of an Oasis split, had been publishing rumours that the band were on the verge of doing just that – again. It would only take Liam to look at Noel the wrong way on stage for them to sensationalise it into being “the end”.
Then rumour became reality. Minutes before they were due on stage at a festival in Paris, a fracas broke out backstage between the Gallagher brothers which allegedly involved a punch up, a smashed guitar, and an ambulance. Thousands of fans waiting for the band’s arrival on stage were left absolutely gutted and shortly afterwards in a statement posted on the band’s web site Noel officially stated he had quit. Same shit, different tour, was my immediate thought, as any Oasis fan will know this was yet another case of deja vu. Then followed a second statement, which crushed any hope that this was going to blow over anytime soon. Noel cited “verbal and violent intimidation” and a “lack of support and understanding from management and bandmates” as his reasons for quitting. This sadly suggests that it is not only his relationship with Liam that has been damaged, but with others too, so it might take a lot more work to heal the wounds this time round.
It was August 1991 when Noel Gallagher, back in Manchester after a stint working as a roadie for the Inspiral Carpets, went to see his younger brother’s new band for the first time. As he would recall years later, “fucking cheers mate” was his thoughts as he saw his brother fronting a band and looking to forge his own way into the music world. Noel’s status as world-touring roadie was in danger of being over-shadowed by his brother. The spotlight which Noel desired was now being sought by Liam as well. It was the start of the rivalry which would come to define Oasis when Noel joined.
It was apparent from the start that Liam Gallagher was well aware of the talents and virtues of Noel. The very act of asking his brother to join, no matter how much he has tried to downplay it in the past, shows he knew immediately that Noel on board was an opportunity he couldn’t resist. But it meant giving up control of the band to his brother, another action which went along way to starting the inter-band conflict between the two. Also, Noel’s acceptance and insistence on becoming the band’s leader was an obvious sign that he desired to be seen as superior to his brother right from the start. The awkward, unofficial positions of the two brothers in the band had already sown the seeds of a rivalry which would last for the best part of twenty years.
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