Pop Quiz: Liam Gallagher of Beady Eye

Aidin Vaziri | Liam Gallagher didn’t waste any time starting a new band when Oasis called it quits after one last brawl with his brother Noel backstage in Paris in 2009. “It took about four beers,” he says, confidence unscathed. Beady Eye (which also includes Oasis guitarists Andy Bell and Gem Archer and drummer Chris Sharrock) released its first album, “Different Gear, Still Speeding,” earlier this year.

Liam Gallagher of Beady Eye
Q: You’re not playing any Oasis songs. Isn’t it a bit like Paul McCartney going out and just playing “Pipes of Peace”?
A: I could if I wanted to play it, but we started out this band saying we’re not going to play those songs. We’re going to stick with it. It’s a lot more than can be said by Noel Gallagher. He’ll never know if people are coming to hear him or Oasis. We’re getting people who want to see Beady Eye. That, to me, is success.
Q: Do you regret that you and Noel can’t work things out?
A: No, I don’t want to work anything out. He took the ball and left. The reason we split up is I’m not on his payroll. He could sack everyone else in the band, but he couldn’t do that with me. I told him how f- it was and the only way for him to go was leaving the band. So he left. I don’t miss being in a band with Noel. I actually like who I am and what I stand for. He’s a bit of a social chameleon. He wouldn’t look out of place in Coldplay’s band.
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