The Mancunian icon is back to stay. After stating almost two years ago on his infamous Twitter handle that he had no intentions to pursue a solo career, Liam Gallagher now finds himself gearing up for a tour — off the back of his upcoming debut album — that will take him through to 2018
AC: Are you going to be tweaking and changing things on the record right up until the release? Is that something you’ve ever done with your music?
LG: The record has been finished for a bit now. I don’t intend to revisit it. I’ve never been one to come back to it numerous times; I’m not a muso like that.
‘As You Were’ consists of 12 tracks (plus an extra three on the Deluxe Edition), which comes in at just under 45 minutes.
LG: Just the one. It was originally going to be called BOLD which is a track on the item but then I got bored of it and stuck with ‘As you Were’.
It was on June 1st that Liam Gallagher released his first single from the album — ‘Wall Of Glass’. The song was backed with a disorienting video that showed Gallagher staring into a mirror, but only his expression sings back.
AC: You’ve released a couple of music videos recently, Do you come up with the concept for them?
LG: God no — I don’t particularly enjoy doing music videos. With Wall of Glass, I definitely wanted to recreate Bruce Lee’s ‘Enter the Dragon’ with all the mirrors and stuff as I love all his films so I did have a bit of an input but not too much; it was mainly the director Francois Rousselet.
This year Liam Gallagher has already performed at the fundraising gig — One Love Manchester, Glastonbury in June and recently Lollapalooza in Chicago; all noticeably to a younger generation as well as Oasis fans from the 90s.
AC: A lot of kids are starting to listen to your music, are you surprised by that?
LG: Yes I am. Especially in this day and age when they’ve been getting told that Rock n Roll is dead and guitar music is over. The crowds seem to be getting younger which I appreciate; there’s kids down in the crowd that are the same age as my kids — so I guess the people who used to come and see Oasis have passed it down to their kids.
AC: Who are you writing this record for?
LG: I wrote this record for me primarily but also my millions of fans around the world.
AC: Have you got any expectations as to how many sales you want the album to achieve?
LG: I don’t judge success on record sales, I judge it on people taking it into their hearts and souls; people being inspired to play and make music. If it touches one person then that’s a result for me.
Liam Gallagher’s debut solo album ‘As You Were’ is now available globally.
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