‘Tour has begun,’ announced Beady Eye, via Twitter, at the moment they hit the stage at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on November 7. The Irish capital was the first stop on Beady Eye’s nine-date UK and Ireland tour, a triumphant comeback from a short break while guitarist Gem Archer recovered from an accident resulting in a serious skull fracture. Their Thursday night gig, the first of an autumn tour that will include stops in Glasgow, Manchester, and London, was a special treat for fans. The set included tracks from their 2013 album, BE, as well as a few Oasis classics (‘Live Forever’ and ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’) and material from the first Beady Eye album. The big surprise, however, was their final song: a cover of ‘Gimme Shelter,’ which originally appeared on the 1969 Rolling Stones’ album, Let It Bleed. Watch Beady Eye perform the song below.
Gem Archer opened up for the first time about the injuries that put Beady Eye on summer hiatus, causing cancellations in Belgium, Japan, and the V Festival. He told the NME, ‘The odd thing is, I can’t remember falling, or much after it. I was pretty serious, shall we say, and there are a lot of people affected by it, but it seems we’re through it…I’ve never broken a bone in my body before this summer, and now I know what it feels like. I’d hate to repeat it.’ Fortunately, Archer is now recovered and describes himself as ‘match fit’ before Beady Eye’s nine-date tour.
After Beady Eye hit Dublin and Glasgow, they will continue with stops in Leeds and Manchester, and end the tour in London on November 21. Archer promised that Beady Eye’s setlist will be different from the band’s shows earlier in the year. ‘We’ve rehearsed enough stuff to change it up.’
The band have also have confirmed that they will release their next single from their 2013 album, BE. A double A-side, ‘Iz Rite’/ ‘Soul Love,’ will be released on November 25. The band will perform ‘Iz Rite’ on Channel 4’s Alan Carr: Chatty Man on November 29.