Liam Gallagher: ‘I’d just be designing clothes if it wasn’t for Beady Eye’

Ex-Oasis man suggests he wouldn't have pursued a solo career

Liam Gallagher has said that if it wasn’t for his relationship with his Beady Eye bandmates he probably would have turned his back on music.

The frontman, speaking in the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands now or available digitally, suggested that he wouldn’t have pursued a solo career if he hadn’t found himself in a position to carry on with his fellow ex-Oasis members in their new guise.

“There was never any question about me going on with Gem [Archer], Andy [Bell] and Chris [Sharrock],” he said. “Without them, I wouldn’t be in a band. I’d probably got stuck into doing the Pretty Green gear, chilled out for a bit.”

The band are releasing their debut album, ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’, on February 28.

The full interview with Beady Eye is in the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands now, or available digitally.

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