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Beady Eye team up with other UK acts to support Japan.

Monday, April 04, 2011 - 01:57

Apr 4 - British artists including Paul Weller, Kelly Jones and Graham Coxon join Liam Gallagher's newly formed Beady Eye at a charity gig in London to raise money and show moral support for the victims of Japan's recent earthquake and tsunami.

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British Indie-rockers Liam Gallagher of Oasis fame, Kelly Jones, Paul Weller and Graham Coxon, joined forces at the Brixton O2 Academy in south London to play a special one-off charity concert on Sunday (April 3) to raise funds for the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal. Beady Eye frontman Liam Gallagher explained how the charity concert came about. SOUNDBITE: Liam Gallagher, Beady Eye frontman, saying (English): "It was like a week ago, a week and a half ago. We were in Germany and we felt 'Right, let's do this gig and we'll see if we can get it up and running. Rung Paul Weller, he said he's in. He rang, made a few calls to some people he knows. I rang Bobby Gillespie from Primal Scream. He said he was in. And there we are today, you know what I mean and hopefully it's gonna have a mega night. It's not about raising money really, y'a know what I mean. It's about showing appreciation, showing that we are thinking." It was whilst watching dramatic images broadcast on television of the disaster that Gallagher felt he had to give something back to something to the people of Japan. SOUNDBITE: Liam Gallagher, Beady Eye frontman, saying (English): "We've been going there since you know when we was in Oasis and all that so I just love the people, they've always been that nice, you know what I mean. I never met, to be quite honest, I never met any clowns in Japan, really. You know what I mean, so people are just mega and -- a lot of things sometimes just happening. Cool people, man." SOUNDBITE: Andy Bell, Beady Eye guitarist, saying (English): "The important thing about tonight is just, is for them to see all the bands and all the people who bought the tickets to sort of thinking of them. That's really the main message of it." Beady Eye had planned to travel to Japan and South Korea in May, but have pushed dates back to September 2011 as a direct result of earthquake and subsequent tsunami. The concert follows the March 21 announcement that Universal Music was putting together a digital-only album featuring tracks from some of its leading artists, including Justin Bieber and U2, to raise money for victims of the Japanese disaster.

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Beady Eye team up with other UK acts to support Japan.

Monday, April 04, 2011 - 01:57