The ROCK AND ROLL ICON is back to stay. Despite openly having no intention to pursue a solo career, LIAM GALLAGHER now finds himself gearing up for a solo tour – off the back of his upcoming debut album – which 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?
LIAM GALLAGHER: 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.
Did the album have any other working titles before landing on As You Were?
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.
You’ve released a couple of music videos recently. Do you come up with the concept for them?
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 input but not too much; it was mainly the director Francois Rousselet.
A lot of kids are starting to listen to your music, are you surprised by that?
Yes, I am. Especially in this day and age when they’ve been getting told that Rock and Roll is dead and guitar music is over. The crowds seem to be getting younger which I appreciate; there are 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.
Who are you writing this record for?
I wrote this record for me primarily but also my millions of fans around the world.
How do you measure success?
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.
INTERVIEW: ADAM CROOKES