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Liam Gallagher announces solo debut for Manchester relief

Liam Gallagher says his concert will raise money for a Red Cross-supported appeal following the blast that killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert. ― AFP picLiam Gallagher says his concert will raise money for a Red Cross-supported appeal following the blast that killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert. ― AFP picLONDON, May 27 ― Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher yesterday announced his solo debut with a concert in his native Manchester to support families affected by the deadly suicide attack at the city's arena.

The singer, infamous during the heyday of Oasis in the 1990s for his foul mouth and hard-living, said that Tuesday's show will raise money for a Red Cross-supported appeal following the blast that killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert.

“I just knew I had to. I'm not in it for the money. The gig was going to happen anyway and we all have to do what we can,” he told the Manchester Evening News.

“I want to try and help pick people up. People like me, doing what we do, it's our duty to give people a good time,” he said.

Liam, 44, has a rocky relationship with his older brother Noel, who played guitar for Oasis and wrote many of the band's hits. They parted ways in 2009.

Liam had initially carried on with other members of Oasis under the name Beady Eye before keeping a lower profile. He resurfaced in 2015 at a pub in western Ireland where he played new songs with an acoustic guitar at an impromptu show.

Liam Gallagher announced that his debut solo album, As You Were, will come out in October. Along with the charity gig, Gallagher will perform several other shows as part of a mini-tour including in London.

In a separate interview with the NME, Gallagher revealed that he worked on the album with Los Angeles producer Greg Kurstin, best known for co-writing Adele's megahit Hello and who has also been revealed to be in the studio with Paul McCartney.

Gallagher said he was not concerned about the commercial prospects of As You Were and instead returned to music as he had become bored.

“I want to get back to doing my job, playing rock 'n' roll to the people who like it. I love it and people can see that,” he said. ― AFP-Relaxnews

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