04 January 2008

More on benefit concert

LIAM GALLAGHER is set to front a Manchester supergroup in a “mad fer it” live show. The OASIS singer will share the stage with a whole host of other rock ’n’ roll legends from the city at the Manchester V Cancer charity concert next month.

He will perform joint vocals with former STONE ROSES’ singer IAN BROWN, and the pair will be backed by trio FREEBASS who consist of ex-SMITHS star ANDY ROURKE, NEW ORDER’s PETER HOOK and MANI from PRIMAL SCREAM.

Freebass has been a side project of the three bass legends for a few years. But the show at the MEN Arena on February 23 will be the group’s first proper concert. City fan Liam won’t be impressed, but I have dubbed the group “Manchester United”.

A source told me: “Liam and Ian Brown will join Freebass on vocals in their first full live show. “It will be one of the musical events of the year. Manc music fans will be in rock ’n’ roll heaven.” Freebass have been quietly working on an album for the last year.

All three of the founder members are from the Manchester area and play the bass guitar on the material. For vocals in the studio they have called in favours from Liam and Ian as well as CHARLATANS singer TIM BURGESS and Primal Scream frontman BOBBY GILLESPIE.

If the Cancer show is a success they could follow it up by hitting the festivals in the summer. Rourke organises the charity show, which was one of my gigs of the year in 2007. And with Gallagher and Brown signed up for the performance, this year’s gig could be even better than last time.

Other acts being lined up to perform include THE VERVE, JAMES, INSPIRAL CARPETS and HAPPY MONDAYS. Rourke revealed: “This year’s gig is going to be talked about for years to come. “We’ve got some of the biggest bands of the moment lined up as well as some legendary acts.”

Bring it on... Visit www.versuscancer.org for more information.

Source: The Sun