Britpop fans get ready, because [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Beady Eye[/lastfm] is coming to America. The new rock and roll band, formed from the ashes of the hugely popular, multi-platinum-selling U.K. group [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Oasis[/lastfm], is set to begin its first-ever U.S. tour later this spring, which will include a stop in New York City on Wednesday, June 22, for a Live on Letterman concert webcast at the Ed Sullivan Theater.
Beady Eye is fronted by former Oasis vocalist [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Liam Gallagher[/lastfm] and also features three other onetime Oasis bandmembers: Gem Archer, Andy Bell and Chris Sharrock. The group dropped its debut album, Different Gear, Still Speeding, earlier this year.
The June 22 show will mark the band’s U.S. television debut: they tape a Late Night with David Letterman performance that day, before taking over the Ed Sullivan Theater stage for a full Live on Letterman concert. You can watch the entire webcast right here (or on CBS.com) starting at 8pm Eastern, 5pm Pacific.
Beady Eye was formed in 2009, and the group earned immediate attention, and accolades, with the release of its first single, “Bring the Light,” in 2010.
“Bring the Light”:
[pullquote quote="I'm gonna stand the test of time, like Beatles and Stones"]
Never much for modesty, Liam Gallagher is quick to let fans know that this group is no flash in the pan: Beady Eye is here to stay. “I’m gonna stand the test of time, like Beatles and Stones,” he sings on a song he titled, appropriately, “Beatles and Stones.”
If you could sense that Oasis was channeling [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]the Beatles[/lastfm] through hits like “Wonderwall” and “Champagne Supernova,” the influence of Lennon, McCartney, and crew is even more pronounced in Beady Eye.
And truth be told, it’s rather refreshing to find music that revels so honestly and unabashedly in the glory of its biggest influences–while at the same time, creating a tight rock and roll package that’s built to propel into the future.
You can hear it through every song: Beady Eye is, above all, a band that is fully enjoying itself.
Beady Eye’s North American tour is only hitting a small handful of cities, but for the rest of us that’s not a problem, because we can all experience the band through the Live on Letterman webcast.