Guitarist says group's demise is amicable but did not come as much of a surprise
Frontman Liam Gallagher announced the group’s split on October 24, when he stated that the band were “no longer” and thanked fans for their support.
In this week’s issue of NME, on newsstands and available digitally now, Bell said:
[Beady Eye] just sort of ran its course really. Liam had been pretty quiet for a while, and them he just let us know that his heart wasn’t really in it any more.
Bell added that the band split on good terms, and the split did not come as much of a surprise. “It’s been a long fade, really,” he said.
Liam Gallagher last week (November 11) appeared at London’s Shepherd’s Bush Empire as part of the The Who Hits 50 tribute night for Teenage Cancer Trust, singing ‘My Generation’ backed by The Who’s band.
Meanwhile, Bell’s band Ride will play a series of dates in May 2015, including shows in London, Manchester and Glasgow and overseas gigs in Paris, Amsterdam, Toronto and New York. Ride will also make festival appearances at Primavera Sound in Barcelona on May 29 and London’s Field Day on June 7.
Ride formed in Oxford in 1988, releasing four albums – ‘Nowhere’ (1990), ‘Going Blank Again’ (1992), ‘Carnival Of Light’ (1994) and ‘Tarantula’ (1996) – before splitting in 1996. They reformed briefly in 2001 for a Channel 4 documentary and ‘Best Of’ release.
Ride’s tour dates in full:
Glasgow Barrowland (May 22)
Manchester Albert Hall (23)
London Roundhouse (24)
Amsterdam Paradiso (26)
Paris Olympia (27)
Barcelona Primavera Festival (29)
Toronto DanForth Music Hall (June 2)
New York Terminal 5 (4)
London Field Day (7)