Gallagher & Weller's Japan Benefit Raises Over £150k
Beady Eye, Kelly Jones & more took to the stage in London for the charity gig...
Beady Eye frontmanLiam Gallagher’s star-studdedPaul Weller – featured performances from Stereophonics, Weller,The CoralandBlurguitarist The Beatlesclassic The Sex Pistolsbassist, Glen Matlock, filled in for Primal Scream’s Mani for one night only.
Gallagher’s new project Beady Eye headlined the gig at Brixton Academy and played 10 tracks from debut album Different Gear, Still Speeding, as they ended their set with a cover of The Beatles’ Across The Universe.
Gallagher said: “We’ve always had close ties with Japan and great affection for our fans out there. We’ve been saddened by the horrific TV images of the disaster and we hope this benefit concert will help the people of Japan.”
Speaking to MTV News, Stereophonics frontman Kelly Jones revealed that he agreed to perform as soon as Weller told him about the show.
Jones stated: “When the Modfather comes calling you just don’t say no!” joked the Welsh rocker. “It’s a proper charity gig and all of us love playing in Japan, so we wanted to help and hopefully tonight we have.”
Fans wishing to donate to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal can do so here or by calling 08450 53 53 53.
By Ben Lowe