28 February 2013

Noel Gallagher On Why Johnny Marr Can't Be Imitated As A Guitarist

A video paying tribute to Johnny Marr was shown at the NME Awards yesterday in which Stephen Street, Bernard Sumner, Sandie Shaw, Miles Kane, Suede, Edwyn Collins, Bernard Butler and former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke all paid tribute to Marr's talents.

Noel Gallagher also appeared on video to say: "He can't be imitated as a guitarist because he came up with something that was totally unique. He can play those riffs like it's the most natural thing in the world. It is natural to him and that's what separates great people from the rest; Neil Young has got it, Bob Dylan's got it, Keith Richards has got it, Jimmy Page and Paul Weller have got it and Johnny Marr has got it. He doesn't even grimace when he plays guitar, he looks like he's riding a fucking bike."

Picking up the award from NME Editor Mike Williams and Wood, Marr told the applauding crowd that his advice for new bands was to "just keep going, never give up because this is the best job in the world". Marr was then joined by Ronnie Wood and The Vaccines' Justin Young on a six-song set. Young sang on a cover of 'I Fought The Law', a Sonny Curtis song famously covered by The Clash, before Wood helped out on 'How Soon Is Now?'. The set concluded with another Smiths classic, 'There Is A Light That Never Goes Out'.

Parlour Flames T Shirts Are Available Now

Parlour Flames have a number of T Shirts on sale at the official site here, a teaser video for 'Manchester Rain' will be made available tomorrow.

'Manchester Rain' will be released as a limited edition 7 inch coloured vinyl single, on April 20th.

Pete MacLeod who has collaborated with Bonehead in the past will tour in March to promote his new EP, 'Glasgow Keep's Me Real, California Let's Me Heal'.

The tour dates are:

Glasgow 2nd March - The Griffin (Sold out)
Hamburg 13th March - Freundlich & Kompetent
Los Angeles 30th March - Ghengis Cohen

The EP is now available to download for free at www.petemacleod.net

Liam Gallagher Proves He Can Still 'Ave It At NME Awards Bash

Liam Gallagher strikes his trademark pose as he parties at the NME Awards.

The 40-year-old former Oasis frontman flung his arms in the air whilst smoking a cigarette as he was snapped outside of the after-party held at the trendy Ivy Club in London.

However the lairy Beady Eye rocker was later seen toning down his wild image by wrapping up warm against the cold in not just one but two jackets.

Click here to see the pictures.

Source: www.thesun.co.uk

On This Day In Beady Eye History...

Different Gear, Still Speeding is the debut album by the English rock band Beady Eye, released on 28 February 2011. It debuted at #3 in the UK albums chart selling 66,817 in the first week. As of August 2012 the album has sold 174,487 copies in the UK.

Track listing

1. "Four Letter Word"
2. "Millionaire"
3. "The Roller"
4. "Beatles and Stones"
5. "Wind Up Dream"
6. "Bring the Light"
7. "For Anyone"
8. "Kill for a Dream"
9. "Standing on the Edge of the Noise"
10. "Wigwam"   Liam Gallagher 6:39
11. "Three Ring Circus"
12. "The Beat Goes On"
13. "The Morning Son"

iTunes bonus tracks

14. "Man of Misery"  
15. "Sons of the Stage"  

Japanese CD bonus tracks

14. "Sons of the Stage"  
15. "World Outside My Room"

On This Day In Oasis History...

Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants is the fourth studio album by the English rock band Oasis, released on February 28, 2000. In 1999, the year preceding the final release of this album, Oasis had lost two founding members (Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs and Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan) and hired a new producer (Mark "Spike" Stent). As a result of these changes, the album's tone was more experimental, with electronica and psychedelic influences. The darker feeling and psychedelic tone of this album is a departure from earlier Britpop-influenced Oasis records.

Songs such as the Indian-influenced "Who Feels Love?", the progressive "Gas Panic!" and the electronica "Go Let It Out" depart from Oasis' old Britpop style. The album was the sixth fastest selling album in UK chart history, selling over 310,000 copies in its first week. Despite becoming their fourth number one album in the UK, it is one of the band's lowest-selling albums, selling only 3 million copies worldwide.


The album's title was taken from the words of Sir Isaac Newton: "If I can see further than anyone else, it is only because I am standing on the shoulders of giants". Noel Gallagher saw the quote on the side of a £2 coin whilst in a pub and liked it so much he thought it would be a suitable name for Oasis' new album. He then wrote the name on the side of a cigarette packet whilst drunk. When he awoke in the morning, he realised he had written "Standing on the Shoulder of Giants — A Bum Title".

Due to the departure of Bonehead and Guigsy from the band whilst the album was in production, their parts had to be re-recorded, for legal reasons. Thus, the album only features the Gallagher brothers and Alan White. The sleeve of the album also features them.

The first track, "Fuckin' in the Bushes", is featured on the soundtrack for the film Snatch, and is regularly used in introductions for high-tempo events, due to its quick tempo and loud volume.

In the April 2006 issue of Q magazine, the album was the only Oasis record to feature in a countdown of the "50 worst albums of all time". It was placed at number 46 and described as "the low point of their fallow years", despite the fact that the album had been favourably reviewed in the magazine at its time of release and featured in the magazine's "50 Best Albums of 2000" list. In response to the Q feature, Noel has said, "Even though it wasn't our finest hour, it's a good album born through tough times. I worked harder on that album than anything before and anything since."

A notable B-Side was Lets All Make Believe. This song was on the Go Let It Out single and is said to be one of the bands finest songs. Q Magazine declared it the greatest ever "lost" track in the February 2007 issue and said that if it was on the album it would have carried "an extra star" on the review. Q gave this album 4 Stars back in 2000, meaning an extra star would be 5 stars. So with Lets All Make Believe on the album, according to Q magazine's logic, SOTSOG would have been a 5 star classic.

Track listing

01: "Fuckin' In The Bushes"
02: "Go Let It Out"
03: "Who Feels Love?"
04: "Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is"
05: "Little James"
06: "Gas Panic!"
07: "Where Did It All Go Wrong?"
08: "Sunday Morning Call"
09: "I Can See A Liar"
10: "Roll It Over"


A bootleg of demo sessions recorded for this album was leaked onto the internet in January 2000. Most of these songs were recorded by Noel Gallagher with the help of a couple of friends in his home studio at Supernova Heights and at Oasis' own Wheeler End Studios complex. All of the songs, apart from "Little James", were sung by Noel.

The tracklisting of the demo bootleg is:

"Carry Us All"
"Who Feels Love?"
"Fuckin' in the Bushes"
"Little James"
"Gas Panic!
"Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is"
"Sunday Morning Call"
"I Can See a Liar"
"Go Let It Out"
"Roll It Over"
"Revolution Song"
"Where Did It All Go Wrong?"
"(As Long As They've Got) Cigarettes in Hell"
"Just Getting Older"
"Let There Be Love"

At the time of the leak, four songs ("Carry Us All", "Revolution Song", "Just Getting Older" and "Let There Be Love") were not scheduled for release on either the album or as B-sides on the new single "Go Let It Out". These songs were also completely undocumented, apart from "Revolution Song", which had been mentioned by author Paolo Hewitt in his 1999 book Forever the People — Six Months on the Road with Oasis. As such, these four songs had made-up titles based on commonly-repeated phrases mentioned in the songs. Whilst "Carry Us All" and "Just Getting Older" were correctly guessed, the other two tracks were given titles which, in time, would prove to be incorrect. "Revolution Song" was given the title "Solve My Mystery" and "Let There Be Love" was given the title "It's a Crime". "Let There Be Love" was released on Don't Believe the Truth. Because Noel mentioned in a February 23, 2000 interview with Melody Maker magazine that "Revolution Song" had been demoed — but not released because Blur had recently released a similar sounding song — it can be assumed that these titles are correct.

Alan White, Bonehead, Guigsy, Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher, Oasis,

26 February 2013

Beady Eye's Andy Bell Is Now On Twitter

Beady Eye's Andy Bell is now on Twitter follow him here.

Robbie Williams Sings About Challenging Liam Gallagher To A Fight

Robbie Williams has shown off the first fruits of his return to working with Guy Chambers with an expletive-fuelled track in which he branded the Brit Awards "f*cking boring".

The singer has teamed up with Chambers, his collaborator from the early days of his solo career, to work on a batch of new material.

And Williams has now posted a track written and recorded over the weekend on his website, which he claimed was called The Brits 2013.

It begins with a spoken comment about attending last week's Brit Awards and a repeated sample of him saying "blah-de-blah".

In the track he talks about some of the wilder antics at the event when he was younger - taking drugs, challenging Liam Gallagher to a fight and having sex with "a few female stars or two".

Listen to the song here.

Source: www.huffingtonpost.co.uk

25 February 2013

Beady Eye To Play At The V Festival

Beady Eye are confirmed to play at the V Festival 2013.

Tickets for this year's event go on sale at 9am on Friday March 1. Visit www.vfestival.com for more information.

Beady Eye's Andy Bell To DJ In London And Manchester Next Month

Beady Eye's Andy Bell will be playing a DJ set in London and Manchester next month, visit www.thisfeeling.co.uk for more details.

23 February 2013

Parlour Flames Announce More UK Live Dates And More

Parlour Flames have announced another batch of UK live dates, visit www.parlourflames.com for more details.

Below is an interview Bonehead and Vinny that has been recently uploaded to YouTube from last year.

Noel Gallagher's Raises Two Fingers To One Direction


Via L4E

22 February 2013

Noel Gallagher: 'I'll Play With Damon Albarn At Next Year's Brit Awards'

Gallagher left bemused by this year's ceremony, asks 'where are all the rock bands?'

Noel Gallagher has said that this year's Brit Awards made him feel very old and asking the question on many people's lips; "Who the fuck is Ben Howard?"

Gallagher attended the Brits alongside Blur's Damon Albarn with the pair on hand to celebrate the success of War Child, who were handed a Special Recognition award for their services to the music industry. Speaking to The Mirror about his evening, Noel said: "I shared a table with Damon. I could see us collaborating in the future, why not? Maybe at next year's Brits." Damon Albarn was equally complimentary, saying: "Noel's a great laugh. I love him."

However, Noel was left bemused by the Brit Awards and, in particular, who the winner of Best Male and British Breakthrough Act on the night is: "I mean, who the fuck is Ben Howard? I suddenly felt very old tonight. I'd never heard of anybody. I'm sure he's brilliant but where are all the rock bands?"

Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn will share the same bill later this year at the Royal Albert Hall for a special gig raising money for Teenage Cancer Trust.

As curator of the 2013 series of gigs, Gallagher will headline London's Royal Albert Hall on March 23 next year with Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon supporting on the night. Speaking at a press conference in London in December. Noel revealed he intends to perform live with his former nemesis, saying: "They’ll be playing Blur songs, I would think. I’ll be playing mine. Will we share the stage together? I hope so. I’m up for it. It’s always good to have a little jam."

Source: www.nme.com

Tickets Go On Sale Today For T In The Park

Beady Eye are confirmed to play this years T In The Park, 12-14th July, get tickets at www.tinthepark.com from 9am (UK Time) today.

Tickets On Sale Now For Noel Gallagher At Wembley Arena With Kasabian, Jake Bugg, Russell Brand And More

Tickets are on General Sale now and can be bought here and here.

Russell Brand has announced details of "Give It Up for Comic Relief", to raise money for, and create awareness of, people in the UK affected by drug and alcohol addiction.

"Give It Up for Comic Relief" is produced by Live Nation and will be held at Wembley Arena on 6th March, featuring top music acts including: Jake Bugg, Paloma Faith, Noel Gallagher, Kasabian, Jessie J, Rizzle Kicks, Emeli Sandé and Nicole Scherzinger. The night will also include comedy acts Simon Amstell, Frankie Boyle, Russell Brand, Doc Brown, Jimmy Carr, Noel Fielding, Eddie Izzard, Jason Manford, with other acts due to be announced in the lead up to the concert.

Kevin Cahill, CEO at Comic Relief says: "Comic Relief has funded work tackling substance abuse for many years. We were thrilled when Russell Brand offered to highlight the issue and raise funds to help tackle the problem. It's a perfect use of his celebrity profile to front the Give It Up for Comic Relief gig and work behind the scenes to put it all together. He has played a blinder."

Money raised from ticket sales as part of "Give It Up for Comic Relief" will go to help support people affected by drug and alcohol addiction.

21 February 2013

Beady Eye To Play T In The Park

Beady Eye are confirmed to play this years T In The Park, 12-14th July, get tickets at www.tinthepark.com from 9am tomorrow.

Noel Gallagher Gets All The Attention From The Ladies At Post-Brits Party

Of all the hot guys that attended the Sony Music post-Brits party (Harry Styles, Labrinth, Liam Payne and Louis Smith to name a few) we never expected Noel Gallagher to be the one who got all the attention from the ladies.

But attention from the ladies he got, as these pictures prove! Lily Allen couldn’t wait to give the High Flying Birds star a kiss on the red carpet at the party, and DJ Jo Whiley was also keen to get in on the action.

We can’t decide if it’s Noel’s music talent they’re after, or his incredibly-sized cranium.

Noel attended the party – hosted by Sony Music for the music stars on its label – with his wife Sara McDonald, who managed to grab her hubby for at least one picture. We'd like to think she was showing Lily and Jo who's boss!

Click here to see the pictures.

Source: msn.com

Liam Gallagher And Andy Bell Prepare To Watch The Stone Roses In Dubai

Liam Gallagher and Andy Bell are in Dubai to watch The Stone Roses play later today, Liam's wife Nicole Tweeted these pictures earlier on today.


Noel Gallagher And Damon Albarn Give Each Other A Warm Squeeze

It was the bitter Britpop feud of the nineties - Oasis and Blur at each other's throats in the charts and out on the tiles.

Both rugged bands would threaten each other and the rivalry dominated both bands chart success, with record companies pandering to the division of teenage fans.

But despite Albarn, 44, saying in 2007 making up with Noel, 45, would be the end of Britpop the pair were happy to give each other a mellow squeeze at the BRIT Awards last night.

Albarn took to the stage to collect the Special Recognition Award on behalf of War Child as 2013 marks the charity’s 20th anniversary.

Children's charity War Child, which has had close links to the music world with fundraising concerts and albums, was handed a special recognition award two decades after it was established.

Click here to see a number of pictures.

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk

War Child: We Always Wanted To Get Noel Gallagher And Damon Albarn Together

The charity's Ben Knowles reflects on a great evening at the BRIT Awards…

Xfm has been talking to War Child at this year's BRIT Awards… and they've told us that it was always their ambition to bring together Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn to help them raise funds for the charity.

The charity - which helps children who are affected by war in different countries - was given a Special Recognition Award at the event at London's O2 last night (February 20), to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

Ben Knowles, the Director of Fundraising at War Child UK, told Xfm: "It's been really nice to have Noel Gallagher and Damon on our table together this evening!"

"When we put together the first album Help back 1995, it was very much an ambition of War Child to not only help children in conflict but to bring together Blur and Oasis on one album.

The award was presented to Ben by none other than Damon Albarn. "It's been a great night for us," he explained. "And tonight, Coldplay, who been big supporters of ours and Muse, who did an amazing gig on Monday night, were in the room as well. As much as this award is for us, I hope that they all feel a touch of pride in what they've done to help War Child over the years, too."

Hear the full interview below.

Source: www.xfm.co.uk

On This Day In Oasis History...

The video below is from February 21st 2003, when Oasis appeared on the 'Late, Late Show' in Ireland.


20 February 2013

On This Day In Oasis History...

The video below is from February 20th 1998, when Oasis played a third night at the Budokan, Tokyo, Japan.

Tickets to all three shows sold out within days of going on sale, with over ninety percent selling on the first day.

During the afternoon of the second show, Liam was forced to cut short a shopping trip when he was mobbed by an enthusiastic crowd of over two hundred fans, in Shibuya in central Tokyo.

19 February 2013

Vote For Noel Gallagher At The NME Awards 2013


Noel Gallagher has been nominated for the Best Solo Artist at the NME Awards 2013, that take place on February 27th in its new home at London's Troxy.

Best Solo Artist

Jake Bugg
Noel Gallagher
Florence Welch
Miles Kane
Paul Weller

Click here to vote.

Gallagher Clan Fool Around At Heathrow Airport

Liam Gallagher has figured out the best way to control his nippers at the airport.

The Beady Eye frontman had his youngest son Gene in a headlock as they went to the check-in desk at Heathrow on Friday.

Suppose it’s cheaper than buying him a Nintendo DS.

Click here to see the pictures.

Liam Gallagher's A Rock Rock And Roll Stargazer

If you thought Robbie Williams’ obsession with UFOs was out of this world, you’ll love this.

Liam Gallagher has been chasing his own Champagne Supernova in the sky.

Over the weekend the ex-Oasis rocker, 40, journeyed from his home in northwest London’s Hampstead to a galaxy far, far, away – The Planetarium in Greenwich, south-east London – to experience the wonders of the sky at night with the rest of his Beady Eye bandmates.

We’re told the rockers saw images from spacecraft and telescopes, and learnt how to land on Mars at the Royal Observatory.

A fellow star-gazing enthusiast told us: “It’s not the place you’d expect to see a rock star like Liam. Perhaps he was getting inspiration for his music. Everyone was shocked when Liam swaggered through, looking mesmerised as he peered through the telescopes. He even got to see the birth of a star.”

We’re told Liam then headed to local pub The Princess Of Wales, just round the corner in Blackheath.

While sinking a few beers, Liam got busy telling all the local boozers exactly how much he loved the Planetarium and its light shows.

After about half an hour he was swamped with fans hoping to meet him and get photos.

Ever the charmer, he planted kisses on the ladies’ hands and said: “It’s nice that some people still remember us.”

Robbie, 39, claims to have seen three UFOs in his life and reckons he will study extra-terrestrial lifeforms properly when he retires  from pop.

Source: www.dailystar.co.uk

Yet Another Day In Oasis History...

The video below is from the Brit Awards on February 9th 1996 that took place at Earls Court in London.

Oasis won Best British Video for Wonderwall, (What's the Story) Morning Glory? won Best British Album and Oasis won Best British Group.

Another On This Day In Oasis History...

"Don't Go Away" is a song by English rock band Oasis from their third album, Be Here Now (1997), written by the band's lead guitarist Noel Gallagher. The song was released as a single only in Japan on February 19th 1998, peaking at number 48 on the Oricon chart. It was also a success in the United States, where it hit #5 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart in late 1997.


In a 1997 interview promoting Be Here Now, Noel Gallagher had the following to say about the song: "It's a very sad song about not wanting to lose someone you're close to. The middle eight I made up on the spot -- I never had that lyric until the day we recorded it: 'Me and you, what's going on?/ All we seem to know is how to show/ The feelings that are wrong.' It's after a row. Quite bleak."

"We put Burt Bacharach horns on because he was the master of break-up songs. I did all the string arrangements. I tried to keep them as simple as possible. I like the way Marc Bolan used them on Children Of The Revolution. People do remember string parts as separate hooklines, you know. You just don't want to use them slushily."


The cover of the single features the old Liverpool Speke Airport building. The airport is famous as the scene at which thousands of hysterical fans greeted The Beatles on their return to Liverpool at the height of Beatlemania. Derelict at the time, it has now been turned into an exclusive hotel.


The live version of "Cigarettes & Alcohol" was recorded 14 December 1997 at the G-MEX Exhibition Centre in Oasis' home town of Manchester.

"Sad Song" originally appeared as a bonus track on the vinyl release of the first Oasis album, Definitely Maybe. It also appeared on the Japanese CD edition of Definitely Maybe.

The 'Warchild' version of "Fade Away" is from the 'HELP' album recorded in September 1995. It features Noel on vocals, and guests Johnny Depp on guitar, Kate Moss on tambourine and Liam and Lisa Moorish on backing vocals.

All proceeds from that track went to Warchild Charities.

Track listing

CD: Epic/Sony Music / ESCA-6948 Japan
"Don't Go Away" - 4:43
"Cigarettes & Alcohol" (Live from GMEX, Manchester, December 14, 1997) - 4:58
"Sad Song" - 4:16
"Fade Away" [Warchild version] - 4:08
(featuring Johnny Depp on guitar & Lisa Moorish on additional vocals)

On This Day In Oasis History...

"Don't Look Back in Anger" is a song by the British rock band Oasis, written by the band's guitarist, Noel Gallagher. Released as the fourth single from their hit second album (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, on February 19th 1996.

The song became the band's second single to reach #1 in the United Kingdom charts, where it also went platinum. "Don't Look Back in Anger" was also the first Oasis single to feature Noel on lead vocals instead of his brother, Liam Gallagher. The title is perhaps a play on the song "Look Back in Anger", from David Bowie's Lodger album or on the play, Look Back in Anger by John Osborne, from which Bowie's song took inspiration.

Music video

The video for the song, directed by Nigel Dick, features Patrick Macnee, the actor who played John Steed in the 1960s television series The Avengers, apparently a favourite of the band. While filming the video, drummer Alan White met future wife Liz Atkins. They were married 13 August 1997 at Studley Priory Hotel, Oxfordshire but later divorced. Macnee has no recollection of the filming of the video.


Noel said of the song, "[It] reminds me of a cross between All the Young Dudes and summat the Beatles might've done." Of the character "Sally" referred to in the song he commented, "I don't actually know anybody called Sally. It's just a word that fitted, y'know, might as well throw a girl's name in there. It's gotta guarantee somebody a shag off a bird called Sally, hasn't it?". Noel claims that the character "Lyla", from Oasis' 2005 single is the sister of Sally. In the interview on the DVD released with the special edition of Stop the Clocks, Noel also revealed that a girl approached him and asked him if Sally was the same girl as in The Stone Roses' track "Sally Cinnamon". Noel replied that he'd never thought of that, but thought it was good anyway.

Noel admits that certain lines from the song are lifted from John Lennon: "I got this tape in the United States that had apparently been burgled from the Dakota Hotel and someone had found these cassettes. Lennon was starting to record his memoirs on tape. He's going on about 'trying to start a revolution from me bed, because they said the brains I had went to my head.' I thought 'Thank you, I'll take that'!" "Revolution from me bed" most likely refers to Lennon's infamous bed-ins in 1969, both in the quote and in the song. The piano during the intro of the song highly resembles Lennon's "Imagine". Like many other popular songs,the chord progression for both the verse and the chorus are based on the classical piece Canon in D by Johann Pachelbel. The songs only differ slightly at the end of each phrase. Gallagher also admits that he was under the influence of substances when he wrote the song, and to this day he claims he does not know what it means.

The song has become a favourite at Oasis' live performances. Noel encourages the crowd to sing along and often keeps quiet during the chorus, allowing the fans instead to sing along while he focuses on his guitar playing. The volume of crowd noise that usually descends on the chorus at concerts is easily audible on the rendition of "Don't Look Back in Anger" on Familiar to Millions. During the Dig Out Your Soul Tour the song has been played acoustically at a slower rate by Noel. Which surprised some fans, but it is still sung by all the fans.

In a 2006 radio interview, Liam Gallagher said that it was he who came up with the line "so Sally can wait" as Noel was struggling with that particular line at the time. Noel confirms this on the bonus DVD, entitled Lock the Box, released with the Stop the Clocks retrospective album. In the interview with Colin Murray, Noel admits, "I was doing it in the sound check and the so Sally bit, I wasn't singing that...and he [Liam] says, 'Are you singing so Sally can wait?' and I said, 'No.' and he said, 'Well you should do.'"

Noel was so excited of the potential of the song when he first wrote it, he used an acoustic set to perform a work-in progress version, without the second verse and a few other slight lyrical differences to the finished version, at an Oasis concert at the Sheffield Arena on April 22, 1995, saying before playing that he'd only written it the previous Tuesday (April 18, 1995) and that he didn't even have a title for it.

Track listing
CD CRESCD 221 (re-issued as RKISCD 018)
"Don't Look Back In Anger" - 4:48
"Step Out" - 3:40
"Underneath the Sky" - 3:20
"Cum on Feel the Noize" - 5:09

7" CRE 221
"Don't Look Back In Anger" - 4:48
"Step Out" - 3:40

12" CRE 221T
"Don't Look Back In Anger" - 4:48
"Step Out" - 3:40
"Underneath the Sky" - 3:20

Cassette CRECS 221
"Don't Look Back In Anger" - 4:48
"Step Out" - 3:40

CD re-issue (US) 34K78356
"Don't Look Back in Anger" - 4:48
"Cum On Feel The Noize" - 5:09

18 February 2013

Johnny Marr Nearly Joined Oasis

Johnny Marr has said he nearly joined Oasis after founding members Bonehead and Guigsy left the band in 1999.

He told NME magazine: ''It was only a contingency. A few phone calls went back and forth between our offices when Bonehead and Guigsy left, but I couldn't do it, and they knew it wasn't a good idea.'

17 February 2013

Tom Odell Slams Liam Gallagher

It’s Odell, not Adele. The names of the 2008 Critics’ Choice Brit Award winner and this year’s recipient aren’t spelled the same, but the 22 year-old from Chichester doesn’t mind the comparison.

‘I wouldn’t mind being the male Adele,’ Tom Odell says, opening a beer. ‘She came along and people were like, “Damn, we haven’t heard anyone this real for years.”’

We’re on a bar-room sofa, talking about the award he’ll pick up on Wednesday, the only Brit that’s announced in advance. Odell won it on the strength of six or seven plangent, soaring piano songs. Some are calling him a one-man Coldplay.

The thing is, no man has ever won a Critics’ Choice Award: the previous five went to Emeli Sandé, Jessie J, Ellie Goulding, Florence Welch and Adele.

‘Women have ruled the world for the past five years,’ Odell says. ‘The dominant male is history. Could you see a male Lady Gaga? The closest we’ve got is Justin Bieber, who’d be locked up if he tried the stuff Gaga gets away with. Women are the only rock stars now. Adele is brutally honest. I want to be like her.’

Brutally honest is one way of describing the middle-finger gesture Adele gave while receiving her last Brit – but everyone loves an outspoken star, I say. She’s taken over from Liam Gallagher.

‘But Liam Gallagher was full of ****.’ Odell says. He winces.

‘You won’t print that, will you? I can’t make enemies like that just yet.’ There’s a pregnant pause as I weigh up the pros and cons.

‘The point is, Adele is not full of ****,’ Odell continues. ‘I don’t think there’s much room for the drunken, misogynistic male in music any more.

'Although I think we’re opening a can of worms here. I said rock ’n’ roll was dead the other day and people got very angry…’

Rock ’n’ roll is dead, of course. Its age is past, just like the jazz age and the music hall age before that.

If you want to reach kids enduring 24-hour peer-group surveillance, it’s no longer enough to pick up a guitar and look cool. You need to go uncool. You need to go piano.

Source: www.dailymail.co.uk

Oasis Were Unknowns ... Then They Played At T And Went Supersonic

It's the 20th anniversary of T In The Park this year — and to celebrate, festival boss Geoff Ellis is lifting the lid on what happens behind the scenes at Scotland’s biggest music festival.

I’ve been on 19 emotional rollercoasters with T In The Park and I suspect this year will be no different.

There have been so many stand-out moments that I will remember forever.

A couple of those were provided by one of our greatest supporters — Noel Gallagher.

Along with Liam, he played the first year in ’94 when we booked a not-so-well known OASIS.

After finalising the bill, I got an angry fax from the agent for S*M*A*S*H, an NME buzz band.

I’d put Oasis above them in the running order as well as the Glasgow band ONE DOVE.
The fax said: “I know One Dove mean something up there but Oasis? Come on, who are they?”

If only he’d known.

Oasis actually broke down on the way to Strathclyde Park. But there was no stopping them after that.

T In The Park was the only festival they played as non- headliners because Oasis went mega almost immediately, topping bills and filling stadia.

I see Noel at Manchester City games — we’re both diehards — and I know his wife Sara MacDonald. She used to work for one of the sponsors at T.

One year I saw the two of them walking down towards the NME Stage when it used to be in the tent.

I pulled up in the car and asked if they wanted a lift as it was pelting.

They were heading down to see Paul Weller. So I’m standing there at the side of the stage watching the Modfather and out of the blue, Weller introduces Noel.

I turned down my radio so there were no distractions and listened to the two of them play Jam numbers acoustically.

I had absolutely no idea they were going to do that and it was one of the best ever T moments.

Obviously Noel and Weller had arranged it but if I hadn’t given him that lift, it might not have happened.

You’re welcome lads.

It was great to have Noel back at T last year. I decorated his dressing room with inflatable palm trees.

He arrived, turned to me and said: “What the f*** are these for?” By now they’d all partly deflated and looked a sorry sight.

The last time I’d seen him was at the Coachella festival in the States. I told him that if he did T we’d have a better atmosphere than Palm Springs — but without the palm trees. I explained and he just kind of looked at the blow-ups and nodded at me. Clang.

It had seemed an hilarious idea at the time but it wasn’t my coolest moment.

I try to look after the stars at T and I made sure Noel got anything he asked for that year. I wanted a crack at booking Oasis to headline.

So I wouldn’t say my help isn’t honest but there’s always an angle.

Source: www.thesun.co.uk

Oasis, Coldplay, Muse, Gorrillaz And More Feature In New 'War Child' Album

War Child have revealed plans to celebrate their 20th anniversary by releasing a compilation album featuring a collection of the tracks recorded for their charity albums over the past two decades.

The charity will celebrate its 20th anniversary next week and the occasion is being marked with a major exhibition, an intimate Muse show and a new compilation album, 'The Best Of War Child'. The charity are also set to win the Lifetime Achievement Award at this years' BRIT Awards.

"The compilation documents the way War Child has had this integral, credible and proud relationship with the great and good of British music," says War Child’s musical director Ben Knowles. "It's one of the most amazing stories of British music history, the incredible support that came together around War Child back in 1994 and 1995 and has continuedever since."

Released on February 18, 'The Best Of War Child' will feature tracks by Radiohead, Paul McCartney, David Bowie and Coldplay. A live version of Muse's 'Time Is Running Out' can be downloaded for free via the War Child website now.

'The Best Of War Child' tracklisting is as follows:

Smokin' Mojo Filters (McCartney, Weller, Gallagher) - 'Come Together'
Radiohead - 'Lucky'
Oasis - 'Fade Away'
Portishead - 'Mourning Air'
Massive Attack - 'Fake The Aroma'
Manic Street Preachers - 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head'
Suede - 'Shipbuilding'
Passengers (U2 and Pavarotti) - 'Miss Sarajevo'
Muse - 'House Of The Rising Sun'
The Prodigy - 'Ghost Town'
Paul McCartney - 'Calico Skies'
David Bowie - 'Everyone Says Hi (Metro Mix)'
New Order - 'Vietnam'
Coldplay - 'How You See The World No.2'
Gorillaz - 'Hong Kong'
Keane - 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'
Hot Chip - 'Transmission'
Beck - 'Leopard-Skin-Pill-Box-Hat'
Lily Allen (ft. Mick Jones) - 'Straight To Hell'
Elbow - 'Running To Stand Still'

Source: www.nme.com

16 February 2013

On This Day In Oasis History...

On February 16th 2010, Oasis' album '(What's The Story) Morning Glory?' won the award for the best album of the past 30 years at the Brit Award ceremony at Earl's Court in London.


15 February 2013

Gallery: Liam Gallagher In London

Click here to see a few pictures of Noel Gallagher in London yesterday.

14 February 2013

Happy Anniversary To Liam And Nicole Gallagher

Happy Anniversary to Liam Gallagher and his wife Nicole, who got married on the 14th February 2008 at London's Westminster Register Office.

On This Day In Oasis History...

Below are few videos from the 14th February 2007, when Oasis picked up the Outstanding Contribution award at the Brit Awards.

13 February 2013

Noel Gallagher On The Godlike Genius That Is Johnny Marr

Noel Gallagher On Johnny Marr

"The second time I ever met him, we drove to this guitar shop in Doncaster because he'd been asking were I got my guitars from. He picked me up in this big Mercedes with Owen Morris - who would go on to produce the big Oasis albums - and he was playing 'Exodus' by Bob Marley And The Wailers. He kept rewinding it and going on about the groove. He was so knowledgeable, so enthusiastic, that every time I hear that song now, it reminds me of driving to Doncaster in the rain with him. He was always about the music. I was hanging out with him before Oasis took off, and I don't think we spoke about anything he'd ever done: all he wanted to talk about was this band Oasis and what was going to happen with us. I've never met a guy as humble as him. He only ever played on one Oasis track ['(Probably) All In My Mind' from 2002's 'Heathen Chemistry'], and as irony would have it, it was probably the shittiest track I ever wrote.

Taken from this week's NME that includes as interview with Marr himself where he reflects on his entire career, looks to the future, has a pop at the government and settles the score on The Smiths reunion rumours, for now...

Tickets On Sale Now For Noel Gallagher At Wembley Arena With Kasabian, Jake Bugg, Russell Brand And More

Tickets are on General Sale now and can be bought here and here.

Russell Brand has announced details of "Give It Up for Comic Relief", to raise money for, and create awareness of, people in the UK affected by drug and alcohol addiction.

"Give It Up for Comic Relief" is produced by Live Nation and will be held at Wembley Arena on 6th March, featuring top music acts including: Jake Bugg, Paloma Faith, Noel Gallagher, Kasabian, Jessie J, Rizzle Kicks, Emeli Sandé and Nicole Scherzinger. The night will also include comedy acts Simon Amstell, Frankie Boyle, Russell Brand, Doc Brown, Jimmy Carr, Noel Fielding, Eddie Izzard, Jason Manford, with other acts due to be announced in the lead up to the concert.

Kevin Cahill, CEO at Comic Relief says: "Comic Relief has funded work tackling substance abuse for many years. We were thrilled when Russell Brand offered to highlight the issue and raise funds to help tackle the problem. It's a perfect use of his celebrity profile to front the Give It Up for Comic Relief gig and work behind the scenes to put it all together. He has played a blinder."

Money raised from ticket sales as part of "Give It Up for Comic Relief" will go to help support people affected by drug and alcohol addiction.

Teenage Cancer Trust Concerts Extra Ticket Details And More

Echo And The Bunnymen will join the mighty Primal Scream at the Noel Gallagher curated Teenage Cancer Trust Concerts at The Royal Albert Hall on 21st March.

All shows are near sold out so keep checking the following outlets for any extra tickets being released.


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