Beady Eye guitarist Andy Bell has said that Liam Gallagher had “nothing to do” with the dispute over a track he penned that was used by Adam Ant.
As was previously reported, Adam Ant pleaded with Gallagher to deal with him “man to man” to settle the dispute, which prompted the former Oasis frontman to describe him as “nutty” in the latest issue of NME.
However, in a statement released today, Bell said that it was his decision to not allow Ant to feature the song on his solo album and claimed it was unfair that Gallagher had been “dragged into” the argument.
Gallagher has since been blasted by mental health charity Mind for his comments, but Bell said: “I have never met or worked with Adam Ant. We have a mutual friend who I had played around on a track with who then passed the music over to Adam without my knowledge.
“I then explained the track couldn’t be used for his album (this was just a rough demo) and thought the matter was closed. Adam then mentioned in the press he had recorded with one of Oasis, but Liam Gallagher had banned the track from being used.
“Liam had no idea about my vague connection until this happened. He has never met him either, or even heard the track.”
Bell then went on to conclude:
It was totally my decision not to allow the track to be used, and I’m annoyed at Liam being dragged into this situation which has nothing at all to do with him.
Gallagher is currently touring the UK with Beady Eye. He recently claimed that his brother Noel Gallagher was “desperate” for an Oasis reunion to take place in 2015, and also said he was keen to make an Oasis biopic.