* Gem Archer's playing
the biggest gig of his life... *
- Noel told Q he was looking forward to writing with you and Andy Bell.
Will anything be ready for these gigs? GEM -We've done some bits of music, but I don't know
if they're songs yet. Since we played Seattle we've been doing a new cover,
though-Hey Hey My My (Into The Black), Neil Young. I have this filth box
I put my guitar through-in my head I do what he said, play a note so fat
you could walk out over the crowd on it.
Q - What's your favourite Oasis song to play? GEM -Shakermaker. It's bang on. I've always thought
that was a really good attitude, rip off the Coca-Cola song and have it
large. It's cheeky psychedelia. And Champagne Supernova. We all go "Tune!"
Q - Any special effects planned for the festivals? GEM - Amps and a drum riser.
No more telephone boxes.
Q - Have you ever played to such huge crowds before? GEM - No. At festivals, Heavy Stereo were always
in tents. I don't get too nervous though. At least only in the dream most
musicians have about the gig where everything goes wrong, your pedals
don't work and your ex-girlfriend's sitting in the front row.
Q - What's worst about festivals? GEM - When people walk
through the crowd carrying snakes. You don't want too much of that.
Q - Noel said that after travelling around America
on a bus you'd "either come back really close mates or fucking hate
each other". How's it going? GEM - The better option.
But wait till the end of the tour.
Q - That's a bit enigmatic. GEM - It's honest.
Q - Are the Gallaghers still a nightmare on the
road or have they become mature family men? GEM - They're both essential
ingredients in the soup. You don't need to reach for any extra condiments
to spice up Oasis.
Q - Top festival tip? GEM - Get backstage. I've
never seen a snake backstage. A few sharks, but no snakes.