Beady Eye live in ManchesterBeady Eye triumph at Manchester Apollo.

Everyone you speak to in here tonight is referencing the past to survive the future.

Is Liam Gallagher the last of the great old school rock stars? Where did all the great music go? Will this be any good?

Oasis soundtracked a big chunk of a generation, Generation Y, generation why not? People who needed some magic in the broken end of Britain, who needed some belief and needed people like them who made it happen despite everything and the Gallaghers did that. And then some.

Crawling out of the wreckage of Oasis Liam brought the rest of the gang with him minus his kid brother and has created Beady Eye and built a shrine to the sixties. A time when things were simpler and people believed in the redemptive power of music, when dressing up and having a sharp haircut could change the world.

A lot of things get said about Beady Eye and all of them contradictory. Liam Gallagher divides opinion but not in the Apollo where the white heat of adoration is cranked up another couple of notches for the prodigal son returning to his home city.

This is a very northern affair from the clobber to the rock n roll to the punters I bump into tonight like Kev from Leigh who needs this to be great to Joe from Rochdale who loves the album and whose girlfriend knows this will be good to a bunch of scousers with Oasis tattoos. The packed hall is wall to wall comb down hair, modesque clothes mixed with baggy and everyone doing the pimp roll walk. These are people who still believe in the power of rock n roll and are ready for something.

When the band walk on the stage you can feel the heat. Liam Gallagher has got the star thing nailed and radiates the swaggering cool that covers the jangling nerves. He’s going to need it because, oddly, Beady Eye are still a new band. The album has been out five days and even if there’s a bunch of stuff leaked on the internet but people are just getting to grips with the lyrics, ”Ëœdon’t worry if you don’t know the words, I don’t either’ jokes Liam as the crowd sing along anyway.

The set is short and sweet- it’s the whole album plus their cover of the genius World Of Twist’s Sons Of The Stage minus their own Wigwam which is one of the album high spots- I guess with its multilayers of sound are tough to play.

The album’s mixture of rockers and anthemic, mobiles in the air songs work perfectly. It’s quickly obvious that this a new Liam, he displays the touch of that vulnerability that has made the Beady album so special. He seems more open now and less guarded in the way he sings and even in the way he moves around on the stage- that’s not say he’s lost his edge, he still does that cool, dead eye, impassive stare into the audience thing and still has his hands behind his back- give it everything- hunched mic assault.

The rest of Beady Eye are the other trump card, consummate musicians and now with Andy Bell back on guitar instead of bass, they sound tight as fuck with a rhythmic looseness provided by Chris Sharrrock that gives the band their edge.
The rockers like Standing On The Edge Of The Noise do their stomping Slade meets White Album Beatles thing perfectly. Set opener Four Letter Word is almost Pistolian in its churning swagger whilst Beatles And Stones ambitiously sets the band’s stall- declaring their legendary status in a show of northern bravado that harks back to the Stone Roses- another band who believed.

The Roller may cop Lennon’s favourite descending riff that he used for All You Need Is Love and Instant Karma but then he copped it from Three Blind Mice- Beady Eye know it’s what you do with the riff that counts. You don’t buy into this for originality- you buy into this for feel, for warmth, a little bit of humanity in the hard sell of modern culture and Beady Eye wear their humanity on their sleeve, their touching love of the classics and the belief that high tide British rock n roll can solve everything is quite touching.

If anything is lost its on the more whimsical numbers like my personal album favourite, The Beat Goes On, which is sung with a childlike innocence and touching belief by Liam, but loses the meletron which is key to the song’s sound.

The new Liam is fascinating- you can see him emerging a more rounded, more real version of himself. The guard dropped this Liam allows his childlike wonder at the world and innocence to emerge in his voice.

Set ender The Morning Son- the song that could be about his fractured relationship with Noel works perfectly building and building to a climactic Chris Sharrock driven exit. It’s wonder at the world feel really harks back to George Harrison’s fantastic All Things Must Pass. It’s all quite stunning. It’s also the only vague reference to our kid- there are thankfully no sneering remarks, no put downs. The audience still respect Noel and are asking constantly about his album. The split is perhaps the best creative thing that could have happened to the band.

The critics moan about the band’s lack of originality but, Beady Eye- like Oasis, have managed to twist their influences into their own trip and their love of the classics makes sense in rip off Britain where you can’t trust anyone from the government to the banks- maybe having something this rock solid makes sense. For one hour the people got what the people wanted for once and Beady Eye delivered.

Previous article‘Load of bankers’ – How to write a letter to your bank
Next articleCharlie Sheen – a lifestyle bust
Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. Well said. I read a lot of comments – either from super fans or haters. This is balanced without any hostility toward the band. I really like the CD and Beady Eye do continue good British Rock. If one needs super unique, creative, challenging music, it’s out there. But this cd made me happy and that is worth the 10 dollars I paid. Hopefully they will come to the US because it would be a good show.

  2. […] modern British rock n roll records with an ambition and swagger that can be all too rare. After Oasis split they have become the biggest band in the UK and are about to release their forth […]

  3. […] baggy. This was a time of a tripped out Manchester Underground which the band were a key part of. Noel Gallagher was a big fan and it was the famous audition that he went to on the night of the Lockerbie disaster […]

  4. […] nineties it shot into the mainstream when it became the term for the new music scene built around Oasis versus Blur with the help of Pulp-—in other words the rest of the country working out how to […]

  5. […] Oasis is always a possibility, afterall they are brothers and Liam did tell us that he still loved his brother when we interviewed him in January…Noel is about […]

  6. […] be thrilled to have the Roses back but he’s very much his own man on his own path as Liam, who’s Beady Eye have sold far less records than Noel but was a fine debut that will be re-eval…, found out this week with the reformation rumours firmly […]

  7. […] who were signed to the infamous Alan McGee label Creation, enjoying two top twenty albums before main songwriter Andy Bell departed to join Oasis and the band split. Simon is an up and coming artist who has worked with […]

  8. I like benefiting from more disability benefits, especially on account of my mental disorders.

  9. Quran (4:104) – “And be not weak hearted in pursuit of the enemy; if you suffer pain, then surely they (too) suffer pain as you suffer pain…”

  10. Terrific work! This is the kind of information that are meant to be shared around the web. Disgrace on Google for no longer positioning this submit higher! Come on over and seek advice from my site . Thank you =)

  11. Hello there, You’ve done a great job. I’ll definitely digg it and personally recommend to my friends. I am sure they’ll be benefited from this website.

  12. Zune and iPod: Most people compare the Zune to the Touch, but after seeing how slim and surprisingly small and light it is, I consider it to be a rather unique hybrid that combines qualities of both the Touch and the Nano. It’s very colorful and lovely OLED screen is slightly smaller than the touch screen, but the player itself feels quite a bit smaller and lighter. It weighs about 2/3 as much, and is noticeably smaller in width and height, while being just a hair thicker.

  13. Thanks for sharing excellent informations. Your site is very cool. I am impressed by the details that you have on this web site. It reveals how nicely you perceive this subject. Bookmarked this web page, will come back for more articles. You, my friend, ROCK! I found simply the info I already searched all over the place and simply couldn’t come across. What a perfect web site.

  14. This particular is definitely an great site you’ve going here. The difficulty is extremely beneficial along with immediately to the level. Thrilled to read simple things more details on your blog the next occasion.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here