Car­ry­ing on

Ex-Oa­sis star Liam tells of bit­ter split with Noel

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WHEN Liam Gal­lagher and his fel­low ex-Oa­sis band­mates an­nounced their in­ten­tion to carry on with­out Noel, the mu­sic world didn’t ex­pect too much. Liam, ar­guably one of the best vo­cal­ists Bri­tain has ever pro­duced, wasn’t known for his song­writ­ing prow­ess. And Andy Bell and Gem Archer who, along with Liam and drum­mer Chris Shar­rock com­prise new out­fit Beady Eye, hadn’t penned more than a hand­ful of songs be­tween them dur­ing their decade or so in Oa­sis. As far as fans and the me­dia were con­cerned, Noel was the brains of the band – writ­ing swathes of the nineties-defin­ing songs and sell­ing more than 70 mil­lion records. Liam ad­mit­ted: “Ex­pec­ta­tion was not very high. Peo­ple didn’t think we could walk or talk with­out Noel.” Any­one who thinks the si­b­lings’ spat was a sham for the ben­e­fit of the me­dia has clearly never heard Liam talk­ing about Noel. The bit­ter­ness is, at times, star­tling. “We knew what we were do­ing though,” said Liam. “Gem’s been play­ing gui­tar since he was nine,” he re­vealed. “I’ve been do­ing this 18, 19 years, so I know what I’m do­ing in my depart­ment. Andy too, Chris, ev­ery­one – we know how to make a record. The only doubt would be whether it would con­nect with peo­ple and whether they wanted it.” Beady Eye’s de­but, Dif­fer­ent Gear, Still Speed­ing, en­tered the chart at No 3 be­hind Adele and Jessie J, while their re­cent in­tro­duc­tory

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