Oasis finally imploded in '09 - well past their prime. Noel and Liam Gallagher's ongoing spat, which began shortly after the band formed in '91, exploded when Noel announced his departure. He'd quit before but always returned. This time was different.
Noel's first solo concert was for the Teenage Cancer Trust shows where he played Oasis songs. He was backed by Gem Archer, the former Oasis guitarist, for the acoustic leaning sets.
Meanwhile, Liam was putting together another band - Beady Eye. Actually, it was the remnants of Oasis - Archer, bassist turned guitarist Andy Bell and drummer Chris Sharrock. Jeff Wootton filled the bass slot.
"It's proper Rock 'n Roll," Gallagher said of the band. "Oasis was a pop band compared to what we're doing. The sound will be 'Beatlesesque', but a lot of it sounds more like T. Rex or really old Rock 'n 'Roll like Jerry Lee Lewis." Hang on their Liam, wasn't 'Beatlesesque' the very definition of Oasis? "I'm doing the next record you'll hear for the next 50 years," Gallagher enthused.
Of course he couldn't resist getting in a dig at his brother. "My brother Noel will be crawling back . . . He thinks he's the leader, he thinks every decision he makes is right. I started this f*cking band. I am Oasis." Well, that should smooth things over for the next family reunion.
"We're a band," added Liam on a more positive note. "It ain't just me. It's a good band vibe. I'm very excited about it."
In a subsequent NME interview, the younger Gallagher brother expressed additional confidence in Beady Eye's future. "I think we're gonna be f*****g big, man. I know how good we are and I know how good we're gonna be."
While earning critical praise, "Different Gear, Still Speeding" failed to launch Beady Eye into the hoped for Oasis-like stratosphere.
The group did perform the Oasis classic "Wonderwall" at the London 2012 Olympics closing ceremony before they started recording a follow-up.
Wootton announced he would not be touring and was replaced by Jay Mehler, formerly of Kasabian.
Beady Eye's sophomore set, "BE," was produced by Dave Sitek (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jane's Addiction).
The '13 album went to #2 in the UK. But despite that success, Gallagher announced, over a year later, that Beady Eye had disbanded after five years and two albums. He thanked fans for their support.
2011 Different Gear, Still Speeding
Beady Eye visits the '60s, 70's, Punk, Garage and even Oasis. But Gallagher, and by extension, Beady Eye are more than the sum of their influences. Gallagher still owns one of the most recognizable and captivating voices in music and the band is great - but with an altered trajectory.