“I refuse to change,” the frontman tells triple j Breakfast’s Liam Stapleton. “There’s so much change going on in the world, I think sometimes it’s nice to be reliable. Let people know I’m not here to be bought or sold or turned by any dickhead. I’m who I am and that’s it.”
In these uncertain times, it’s nice to know there’s some things you can still rely on, like the enjoyment of belting out ‘Wonderwall’ with a crowd. It’s a pleasure the former Oasis singer has been gifting fans at Falls Festival and sideshows over the past month as he toured Australia for the first time behind his debut solo record As You Were. But it’s also a pleasure that Liam denied people the last time he was Down Under, back in 2014, when his previous band Beady Eye and the Big Day Out were both still living entities.
“We didn’t play a lot of Oasis song in Beady Eye, which I think was a mistake.”
For a man better known for dishing out creative put-downs than swallowing his pride, it’s a rare admission to conceded that, yep, not giving people ‘The Hits’ was a big error.
“Beady Eye was just something to do just to keep us on the road and not go home and cry into our cornflakes but the most important band was Oasis.”
“I was an original member of Oasis, Gem [Archer] and Andy [Bell] weren’t and no-one else in the band was. I just think people weren’t coming to see Beady Eye as a new thing, they’d invested a lot in Oasis and therefore, they were coming through the doors to come and [see] someone who was in Oasis and hear some of those tunes so I think it was a bit of a mistake. But here we are, plaything them now, so all good.”
“There’s a new generation, so obviously when Oasis split up, we’ve just hit at the right time. The people that come along to these gigs now, who were just a little bit too young to come see Beady Eye, I just think there’s a lot of young people, lot of love – it’s going good.”