Oasis – Be Here Now (Chasing the Sun edition)

Was it really 19 years ago, almost two decades…? Well, yes it was and I for one wouldn’t mind betting the years since have gone a darn sight slower for the members of Oasis (and a good number of their fans) than the few months before and after the release of Be Here Now in Read More…

Oasis – What’s the Story (Morning Glory) (Chasing the Sun edition)

Back when it was all fields ’round here, big bands used to come out of the starting blocks like a rocket, make a racket, stash a packet and rattle off their first two albums before they even stopped for breath. Nowadays we keep hearing how new acts struggle with their ‘difficult second album’ and are Read More…

Oasis – Definitely Maybe (Chasing the Sun edition)

We wouldn’t have it any other way, but Liam Gallagher has disowned the planned series of remastered Oasis albums, warned fans off them and along the way also managed to refer (amusingly) to his big brother as “some roadie from the 80s”, in reference to Noel’s dues-paying spell humping kit for the Inspiral Carpets. Hey-ho, Read More…

Beady Eye 26:04:2011

Only a fool went to the Guildhall on Tuesday expecting to see anything that even remotely resembled the singer’s previous band. Although the membership has been drawn entirely from the ranks of Oasis, Beady Eye has precious little to do with that monolithic outfit – not even Liam Gallagher himself. The occasional walk-off aside, his Read More…

Oasis 20:10:2008

Windsor Hall, BIC AS loyalty goes in rock ’n’ roll, it doesn’t come much more devoted than an Oasis crowd. Checking for a moment the arms-aloft, mile-wide grinning mob singing along to Champagne Supernova during the band’s encore last night it’s hard not to hear it as a national anthem for a credit-crunched generation. And while Read More…

Paul Stacey 2008

If you’re going to do it, do it properly. That’s the maxim that has served guitarist/producer Paul Stacey, from Parkstone, extremely well for more than 20 years and built him an impressive CV that includes Oasis and US rock giants Black Crowes, as well as current indie-pop darlings The Kooks, New Zealand melodic rockers the Read More…

One for the road

FROM the Russian mafia to Noel Gallagher, Pete Bell has fronted up to some seriously frightening people in his time. He’s got “messed up” with Johnny Depp in the Viper Room in Los Angeles (the club outside which actor River Phoenix collapsed and died in 1993). As a former tour manager for top acts including Read More…