We never really had an argument about music. It was always about personal things, and it's a shame that in the end that broke the band up but at the end of the day, I think it's better off for everyone. I'm definitely a lot happier I don't have to look over my shoulder at Noel, I just mean that as a personal thing, and I think Noel can probably go on and with his life without me looking over his shoulder. You change as you grow up, and maybe Noel is a different person than what he was 10 years ago; I think I am. Maybe Noel isn't as rock and roll as he once was, and maybe he's scared of being in a rock and roll band and wants to take things a little bit easier and sit on his hill and be Bob Dylan. That's fucking fine mate, but you're never gonna get me sitting on a fucking stool playing acoustic guitar; I need to explode when I'm on that stage. I'm sure he'll be happy in his world and I'm happy in mine.
Just like you say you're not missing the old songs yet, is it too early to speculate that maybe 10, 15 years down the line when the organizers of Glastonbury ring you up and say, "Hey, would you mind getting Oasis back together and headlining a couple nights?"
I tell you what, mate, I hope not, because that would mean we failed at what we're doing with Beady Eye. We had a great run with Oasis. People thought we'd never get this far and we did. No one else broke up except for me and Noel. We ended it with stupid behavior and I'm not proud of that, but that's the way it was. I don't want to get Oasis back together. Me and Noel can't get on with each other. He thinks he's fucking God, I think I'm God – it doesn't work. We can be great in our own bands. And let me tell you this: it certainly wouldn't be fucking Glastonbury because it's a shithole. They ought to put all that money they make and buy a decent fucking sound system. You can hear people speaking in the crowd when you're onstage – what's that about? Fucking rubbish.
Do you like playing the festivals?
I do like festivals, but [Glastonbury] is all showbiz now, a lot of wanna be rockstars walking around backstage and paparazzi and shit like that, so fuck it. It's like Bond Street but with a bit of mud.
There's a few dates this spring in the States, what's the plan after that?
We're just goin' over to see if people are digging it. There's no point in going there if no one likes it, so we're going there to test the waters and if people like it then we'll dive in.
What do you see, from the band perspective, as the ultimate goal with Beady Eye?
To play rock and roll music for as long as we can get away with it and make great records and not kill it, but pop up and play some great gigs now and again; less is more I think. That's our kind of model. Not like Oasis, who went everywhere and played nonstop we were probably in people's living rooms too much I think. People got bored.