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Liam Gallagher: Life after Oasis

The rocker talks about his brother Noel and his new band, Beady Eye

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Clark Collis
PHOTOGRAPH BY TODD PLITT

He’s got a new band, Beady Eye, with his former Oasis mates (save for his estranged brother, Noel), and a new album, Different Gear, Still Speeding. EW gets ornery with the 38-year-old rocker.

Oasis broke up in 2009 after you and Noel fought at a show in Paris. Was that the last time you spoke to him?
Liam Gallagher: We screamed at each other. It wasn’t speaking, but sort of shouting at each other. And that was it. Never mind.

Has Noel heard the CD?
Gallagher: I’m not sure. We don’t really care whether he’s heard it or not. Not interested.

In the Speeding song ”Beatles and Stones,” you sing that you’re going to ”stand the test of time” like those bands. That’s fighting talk!
Gallagher: Well, that’s the name of the game, innit? You want it to sound as good as all them old classics.

The name Beady Eye does put you next to the Beatles in the record shops that are left in the world. Was that deliberate?
Gallagher: Yeah, it looks great on paper. But it all depends on the music.

You’re about to hit the road to support the CD. Is it true that you’ll be sticking to all new material?
Gallagher: We’re playing the album, a couple of B sides, and maybe a cover…of ”Wonderwall.” No, I’m joking, mate.

Will you be watching the royal wedding?
Gallagher: Why not, man? Two people in love — can’t be a bad thing, can it?

Any thoughts on Lady Gaga?
Gallagher: She’s great. Seriously, man, we like her. She can play instruments. She can sing. She can dance. She’s weird. She’s shocking people. I like the Gaga, man.

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