The rocker clarified that his new band Beady Eye, formed from the remaining members of Oasis after Noel left the group in August 2009, is not a “stop gap” until the brothers make up.
He said: “Let’s be clear about one thing here – this band is not a stop gap until me and our kid bump into each other. Him and me are over and done with. This is the real deal.
“I’d like to think we grow up to be friends later on but I’ve no time for that just yet. The way I view Oasis now is that’s it like having a child from a previous relationship.”
Following Noel’s sudden departure from the band, Liam – who hasn’t spoken to his brother since the backstage argument which led to him quitting – revealed the remaining former Oasis members decided to put together Beady Eye the same night.
He added to the Irish Times newspaper: “Noel’s walked out, so it’s the rest of us sitting around in a room like this one going, ‘We’re still a rock ‘n’ roll band and we still want to play’, so effectively we formed that very same night’.
“I remember looking around the table that night. I was thinking to myself, ‘He’s a great guitarist, so is he, he’s a great drummer and I’m a geezer so let’s continue on without him. We don’t need him’.”
Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie hopes Liam Gallagher’s new band Beady Eye is a huge success. The singer is yet to hear the band’s first track ‘Bring The Light’ but insists he is a big fan of the ‘Songbird’ singer and is confident he will make a rocking album with his bandmates Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock, who all also performed with Oasis. He said: ‘ love Liam and I love Noel and I wish them both the best of luck in their new musical explorations. I don’t understand measuring people against what they did formerly. Either it rocks or it doesn’t rock. I hope it’s successful for Liam.’ The Manchester rocker decided to form his band after his brother Noel Gallagher quit the group in August 2009 following a pre-concert bust-up. Though Bobby hasn’t heard Beady Eye’s new material yet, he will have the opportunity to see them as the group have announced their first live dates for March next year. However, Gem has insisted fans won’t hear songs from their old band as they’re all focusing on the new group. He said: “We’re just buzzing about this band and looking forward to the album coming out and getting out on the road. And there’ll be no Oasis songs, either, if you were going to ask.”
Take That comeback album fastest seller since Oasis. Take That have smashed records in the U.K. with the band’s comeback album ‘Progress’ becoming the highest first-week seller in 13 years. Within a week, ‘Progress’ sold just shy of 520,000 copies, which is the highest opening week since Oasis’ 1997 album ‘Be Here Now’. The band have released several albums since their heyday after reforming in 2006, but without original member Robbie Williams who left to pursue a hugely successful solo career, they never quite matched their peak, but earlier this year it was announced that Robbie would rejoin the band and it has proved fruitful. In 1995 the band exploded onto the world with ‘Back For Good’ from the album ‘Nobody Else’. They were one of the giants of the boy band phenomenon and easily the most successful to come out of the UK. Rihanna’s ‘Loud’ entered the charts at number two and didn’t stand a chance.
Reef announce tour dates. After a glorious and effortless run of shows this Spring and some select festival appearances over the summer, including the storming home-coming frenzy on the Saturday afternoon at Glastonbury , the West Country’s favourite sons will head out again on the road this autumn. Having enjoyed the best gigs and festivals appearances of their lives and really appreciated the fervent support from the fans on their sold out April shows, Gary, Jack, Kenwyn and Dom have decided it was too much fun not to do it all over again. REEF formed in 1993, signing to Sony imprint S2 Records the following year. Their debut 1995 album REPLENISH achieved Gold status and saw the band play shows with the Rolling Stones, Paul Weller and Soundgarden. The follow up to Replenish, 1997′s GLOW stormed the UK Charts at Number 1 and included the single ‘Place Your Hands’. In 1999 the band released RIDES (George Drakoulias) and in the same year the band saw off the likes of Oasis and Pulp to win the Music Industry’s Soccer Six competition. Rides was followed by the poppier sounding GETAWAY produced by Al Clay (Pixies, Stereophonics) in 2000 which was most notable for the single ‘Set The Record Straight’. Always a favourite at shows and Festivals alike, the band made many high profile appearances during this period, including Glastonbury and Reading festivals. TOGETHER – THE BEST OF REEF was released by S2 in 2003. It was around then that he band decided to take an extended break from Reef. They have been working on several projects in the interim including Dominic playing with Mick Jones (The Clash) and Tony James (Gen X) in Carbon/Silicon and Gary and Jack forming THEM IS ME and releasing their debut album in 2008 and now the new StringerBessant album Yard which will be released in July 2010 on Xtra Mile Recordings.
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100 Club threatened with closure. The legendry venue has witnessed the West End debuts of Oasis, the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Buzzcocks, while Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Paul Weller still tread the sacred boards. Aerosmith’s Joe Perry described the Oxford Street downstairs night spot as “the finest rock’n'roll club in the world” but in these testing times it seems that it could close within a few months because of soaring overheads unless a buyer can be found. Its rates bill has hit £4,000 per month and landlord Lazari Investments now demands a rent of £166,000 a year reports the London Evening Standard. The cellar club’s owner, Jeff Horton, said: “It makes me so angry. The Government, Westminster council and even some of the commercial landlords say they want to help small businesses, they say they want to preserve London’s uniqueness, they want to help multi-cultural venues. “Yet we’re all that and all these organisations have all Jeff Horton,umped on us from a great height.” His father started running the venue in 1964, but it opened in 1942 as a jazz club. Mr Horton sees few alternatives to closure after Lazari raised the rent by 45 per cent. “In 1985, when I took over, the rent was barely £11,000 In the US the rents are frozen at certain venues that have a bit of heritage. Here it’s a total free-for-all.” He added: “What the 100 Club needs is a buyer or major sponsor to step forward. Barring that, we’re closing at Christmas despite being as popular as ever. It really is insane.”
Liam Gallagher has been blasted by the mother of his daughter for not seeing his child.Lisa Moorish ‘ who conceived 12-year-old Molly with the rocker a week after he married Patsy Kensit in 1997 ‘ says the former Oasis singer has never been interested in having a relationship with their child, even though she would love them to spend time together. The British singer-songwriter tweeted: ‘My only wish is that she has a good relationship with me and her father which is between them and I would NEVER get in the way. ‘You’ve (Liam) had an open invitation since day one. You always refused it… ‘ Lisa ‘ who also has a seven-year-old son, Astile, with rocker Pete Doherty ‘ also alleges the ‘Live Forever’ singer was ‘very angry’ when she refused to have a termination after getting pregnant. Writing following the publication of an interview in which Liam pledged to ‘be there’ for Molly when she is old enough to seek him out and blamed Lisa for his lack of contact, she wrote on twitter: ‘n Response to an article involving my daughter; 14 years ago I had a 2 year on/off relationship with a man from Manchester as a result of that I became pregnant and had a beautiful daughter. ‘The man from Manchester was very angry that I decided to go ahead with the pregnancy and decided to stay out of her life. ‘ felt sad about it but accepted it. He agreed to pay his way.’She is now 12 and the most amazing girl, loved by all around her. She is also old enough to catch wind of articles which mention her. Speaking at the weekend, Liam ‘ who also has 10-year-old son Lennon with Patsy, and nine-year-old son Gene with wife Nicole Appleton ‘ revealed he felt it was the ‘best way’ for him to have no contact with Molly because Lisa made things so difficult. He explained: ‘She’s getting looked after, everything’s sweet, but as she was growing up, I thought it was the best way, instead of having me popping in and arguing with the f***ing woman. I don’t speak to the mum, me and her are not on good terms. ‘She (Molly) knows where I am and I’m there for her if she needs anything, like I have been since she was born, financially. ‘ know it’s not about that but it’s better than nothing.’
Oasis’ break-up will give brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher a ‘new lease of life’, rocker Richard Ashcroft has claimed. The former Verve frontman ‘ who is close friends with both siblings and played a number gigs with Oasis when both bands were starting out in the early 90s ‘ believes last year’s split will lead the pair into exciting new musical projects. He told ShortList magazine: ‘ spoke to Noel a couple of days ago. He’s going to go through similar questions to the ones I went through in 2000. But he wrote the songs in the biggest band of the 90s, so he’s got nothing to worry about. It’ll be a new lease of life for both of them. I’m quite excited about it.’ But Richard ‘ whose band initially split in 2000 before reforming in 2007 and disbanding again in 2009 ‘ has ruled out the possibility of collaborating with either Liam or Noel, and is dismayed by the number of duets currently in the charts. Asking about whether he’d be interested in recording a track with either Gallagher, he said: ‘Now you see someone’s album coming out and there are 15 different people on it. The younger generation, like Dizzee Rascal, are getting into ‘Top Trumps’ music ‘ ‘I’m going to Top Trump you with how many guests I’ve got.’ ‘
The lead singer of the Brit-pop band Oasis, Liam Gallagher — along with his older brother and Oasis bandmate Noel — was one of the most well-known pop artists of the 1990s . Born in 1972 in Manchester, England, Gallagher is the youngest of three siblings. Growing up in a working-class household, Gallagher didn’t become interested in music until his teens, around which time he discovered his knack for singing and formed a group with local friends including Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs (guitar), Paul McGuigan (bass), and Tony McCarroll (drums). Influenced by a mix of ’60s pop and ’70s glam rock bands, including the Who, the Kinks, and the Beatles as well as more contemporary artists like Manchester’s own Stone Roses.
Liam Gallagher has revealed the name of his new band, it will be called Beady Eye. Other members will be his former Oasis bandmates Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock. Associated Press report that the band are currently recording with U2 producer Steve Lilywhite. Liam Gallagher has stated that he plans on releasing the band’s first single in October, and play live shows around its release.
Roy Stride was never a brilliant mobile phone salesman. But working in his local branch of Carphone Warehouse, he was good enough to be offered a managerial job. For the bright young English Literature graduate, the chance of a promotion presented a dilemma. On the one hand, it offered security. On the other, it would leave him with less time for the pop group he fronted with his two former schoolmates, Greg Churchouse and Peter Ellard. Stride turned down the job – and his decision soon paid off in style. Within two months, his band, Scouting For Girls, had secured a record deal. A year later, in January 2008, their debut album topped the charts. And last month, they got their first No. 1 single with the anthemic This Ain’t A Love Song. ‘I was too nice to be a great salesman, but my bosses encouraged me to go for the manager’s job,’ says singer, guitarist and pianist Roy, 30. ‘But the best thing about working there was that I could take time off to rehearse. The guys in the shop were understanding, even though they didn’t think I was a serious musician. They thought I was a malingerer.’ Stride’s desire to make music had already influenced another big decision. He chose to study at one of the capital’s leading universities, Queen Mary College, so he could continue to live with his parents and devote his spare time to Scouting For Girls. ‘One of the reasons I did English was that there were only eight hours of lectures a week,’ he says. ‘That left more scope for music. I worked hard at college and loved the academic side of things (he got a First), but my main focus was the band.’ Everybody Wants To Be On TV, the new album from Scouting For Girls is out now. With his student days coinciding with the melody- driven Britpop boom, Stride’s approach to writing songs is uncomplicated. A strong tune goes a long way, and the band’s biggest hits – She’s So Lovely, Heartbeat and their recent No. 1 – are catchy. ‘I was a Britpop kid, and that was all about sing-along choruses,’ he says. ‘I discovered the Sixties by listening to Blur and Oasis. ‘A classic song is a crossword puzzle. You put one hook on top of another and, eventually, everything fits together. That’s what The Beatles did and Lady Gaga does.’ The rise of Scouting For Girls dovetailed with a wave of Noughties guitar bands. But, while most of their indie-rock peers – The Feeling, The Kooks and The Fratellis – floundered after their second albums, the upbeat Londoners are prospering. Boosted by This Ain’t A Love Song, their album, Everybody Wants To Be On TV, is selling well. But the making of the new record was far from trouble-free. An early version was scrapped before the buoyant sound and radio-friendly songs emerged. ‘When I gave our record label a rough CD of the new songs, I was expecting a call the next day telling me how amazing they all were,’ says Stride. ‘But the call never came. Eventually they got back and told me I could do better. ‘I was angry, but we worked on some of the songs and scrapped the others. Now it’s much better. Some groups struggle to come up with songs the second time around, but we’ve managed it.’ Among the album’s stand- out tracks is Posh Girls. A song that attempts to, ahem, lay bare the truth about women who look as if ‘butter wouldn’t melt in their mouth’, it harks back to the wry, irreverent pop of Squeeze and Madness. However, it has also been dubbed sexist, a charge Stride refutes. ‘Some people have said Posh Girls is misogynistic, but I don’t agree,’ he says. ‘It stemmed from a conversation I overheard on a bus. There were two blokes chatting, and one of them said posh girls “go like the clappers”. I thought it was a brilliant line for a song. ‘It’s supposed to be a fun number that people can jump around to at gigs. But I don’t think that many other bands could get away with it. ‘I’m a Coldplay fan, but I can’t imagine Chris Martin singing it. We tackle subjects like that with a knowing wink.’ Stride, whose mother is a teacher and father a civil servant, formed the band with bassist Greg while they were at school. Drummer Pete was recruited after Stride decided against a career as a singer-songwriter. He played Glastonbury as a solo artist in 2005, but felt a rough-andtumble-band provided the perfect vehicle for his pithy songs. Like most of the big calls, the former phone salesman got that one right: Scouting For Girls have been upwardly mobile ever since. ‘I enjoyed playing Glastonbury on my own, but it’s more fun to play with other people,’ he says. ‘We play to 5,000 people instead of 50, but the shows are intimate. Playing in a band is a great job, but we’re still like the mates you meet down the pub. ‘I chatted to a security guard after one of our shows and he told me our fans were the loudest and most animated he’d ever seen. ‘But they’re also the friendliest. There’s never been trouble at our gigs, and I’m proud of that. It’s all about having fun.’ Everybody Wants To be on TV is out on Epic. Scouting For Girls play Manchester Apollo tonight (seetickets.com) and Thetford Forest, Suffolk, on July 8 (forestry.gov.uk).
Oasis ask fans to contribute to new documentary Film being made by team behind Blur’s ‘No Distance Left To Run’
Oasis fans are being asked to contribute to a new documentary about the band being made by the team who worked on Blur’s recent film ‘No Distance Left To Run’. The film, which is being made by Pulse Films in conjunction with the band’s own Big Brother Recordings label, is aiming to tell the story of Oasis from their fans’ perspective. As a result, devotees of all ages are asked to contribute, as outlined on the band’s official website, Oasisinet.com. Those interested are asked to send an email to email@example.com with their contact details and a short summary of their favourite story about how Oasis have affected them personally. Oasis are also set to release a singles collection, ‘Time Flies’, on June 14
Paolo Nutini is announced as the fifth headliner at this summer’s Eden Sessions. The soulful singer-songwriter will play the Eden stage on Tuesday July 13, joining Jack Johnson (June 26 – sold out), Mika (June 27), Doves and Mumford & Sons (July 2 – sold out) and Calvin Harris and Audio Bullys (July 3) on a blockbuster bill. Paolo launched his career with 2006 quadruple-platinum debut These Streets, including the top-ten single Last Request. He followed it up with last year’s second long-player Sunny Side Up. That album went straight to number one in the UK album charts and returned to the top on two separate occasions. Hailing from Paisley in Scotland, Paolo has been singing and working in the music industry since leaving school at 16, including stints as a roadie and studio engineer. As a result, he has shown an understanding of live performance that belies his age and Atlantic Records recognised his potential early on and signed him just after his 18th birthday in 2005. Paolo was nominated in two categories in this year’s BRITs – British Male Solo Artist and British Album for Sunny Side Up – and has rubbed shoulders will rock royalty, supporting Led Zeppelin at their O2 comeback show and sharing a stage with the Rolling Stones at the Isle of Wight Festival in 2007. Tjarko Wieringa, Eden Sessions Creative Director, said: “We’re proud to announce Paolo’s appearance at this year’s Eden Sessions – another fantastic coup! His laid-back brand of motown-tinged folk rock will be a perfect match for Eden’s beautiful surroundings. “With five announcements behind us, this year’s Sessions are promising to be our best yet. We have some of best, most high-profile artists in the world already on the bill and there will be more exciting announcements to come.” The Sessions are famed not only for bringing top acts to Cornwall but also for their festival feel, with extra bands and entertainers playing around the site in the run-up to the main event. Massage and alternative therapies will also be showcased around Eden on the day of each Session. The 2010 Sessions will be the ninth season of summer gigs at the Eden Project. Performers in previous years include Oasis, Kasabian, Florence and the Machine, Vampire Weekend, Paul Weller, Hot Chip, Muse, Editors, Snow Patrol, Basement Jaxx, Amy Winehouse, Moby, PJ Harvey and The Verve.
The Subways to headline 2000trees Festival. Post-grunge punk rockers The Subways will headline this summer’s 2000trees festival, organisers revealed today. Last year the British trio were the main support for AC/DC’s stadium shows at Wembley Stadium and Glasgow’s Hampden Park. Before that they turned two years on the road touring with the likes of Foo Fighters and Oasis, and a potentially career-ending throat ailment, into their edgier second album All Or Nothing. Their debut album, Young for Eternity, was released in the UK in June 2005 and included four Top 40 British singles. The album’s most popular track, “Rock & Roll Queen,” went gold in the US. The Subways join folk-punk hero Frank Turner as headliners at this summer’s 2000trees Festival, taking place at Upcote Farm, near Cheltenham, on 16th – 17th July. Other acts confirmed include experimental rock outfit 65daysofstatic, local (GLOS) heroes Jim Lockey & The Solemn Sun, The Dawn Chorus, Chris TT, Roundstone, The Tailors, Ben Marwood and popular folk singer Dan Heaver – returning for his fourth year in a row. The previous years have seen unforgettable performances from Eighties Matchbox B-line Disaster, Art Brut, Slow Club, Future Of The Left, Beans On Toast, The Duke Spirit, The Ghost of a Thousand, Danananaykroyd, These New Puritans, Red Light Company and Wild Beasts to name just a few.