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Arts Associated Press 2011 November

Beady Eye comes to Japan after fund-raising show for tsunami victims in London

by Robert Michael Poole

Liam Gallagher and Beady Eye were self-effacing when describing their efforts to raise funds for the victims of the March 11th earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The group were in Japan during the six month anniversary of the disaster after the band’s original tour was postponed due to safety fears.

The band instigated a star studded benefit concert in London on April 3rd featuring Paul Weller, Primal Scream, Richard Ashcroft and Blur’s Graham Coxon to raise funds for the Japanese Red Cross. The earthquake and tsunami killed over 20,000 people after it struck at 2.46pm JST on March 11th, 2011.

Liam Gallagher, Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock spoke of their appreciation of their fans in Japan, where they had played in the disaster struck city of Sendai, as Oasis, in 2002. On their current tour they have played to sold out shows around the country including a show in Tokyo on the six-month anniversary itself.

Liam Gallagher also responded to the London riots showing no sympathy for the rioters, despite his bad-boy reputation. Beady Eye will end the year with tour dates throughout Europe, the Middle East, South and North America, as well as shows across the UK.