Tuesday 25 July 2017

Gallagher signs up to 100 Club bid

Liam Gallagher wants to perform at The 100 Club
Liam Gallagher wants to perform at The 100 Club

Liam Gallagher has backed a campaign to save a legendary music venue

The former Oasis frontman performed at the 100 Club in Oxford Street, central London, in 1994 and said he wanted to play there again with his new band, Beady Eye.

The live music club, which has also been graced by The Sex Pistols, The Buzzcocks and The Clash, could be forced to close by the New Year because of spiralling overhead costs.

In a note sent to the organisers of the Save The 100 Club, Liam wrote: "It's a real shame. Fancied playing there again with the mighty Beady Eye." He said the club "sorts the men from the boys" and described it as "very rock n roll".

The brief hand-written note came after Frank Black, of the recently reformed Pixies, pledged £100,000 to keep the club open, and campaigners said they had raised £150,000 so far but needed "substantial donations" to save the venue.

Ray Davies, who played at the club with The Kinks, said: "Simon Cowell should underwrite the money needed to save the 100 Club - that would be a real payback. The amount of money he takes out of pop music he could put some back in."

Steve Diggle from The Buzzcocks said the 100 Club was "as important as St Paul's Cathedral".

Two benefit nights will take place to raise money for the club - on Thursday, November 25 at the 100 Club and Sunday, November 28 at Charlotte Street Blues - and supporters said they also hoped to have the 100 Club listed by English Heritage.

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