Liam Gallagher's band Beady Eye have been forced to scrap shows in Belgium and Japan to allow guitarist Gem Archer to recover from a mystery injury. The group was scheduled to perform at the Lokerse Festival in Belgium on 5 August (13) before hitting the stage at the Summer Sonic event in Tokyo, Japan next weekend (10Aug13), but both concerts have been axed.
A statement from the band's management reads: "Due to guitarist Gem Archer's injury, the band regret to inform fans that they will be cancelling their upcoming shows in Belgium and Japan until further notice. They are very sorry for any disappointment this will cause but as Gem is an integral part of the band there is no way that they can play without him."
It is unclear why the guitarist can't perform but the group's management officials insist an update on his condition is imminent.
Bandmate Andy Bell offered his support to Archer in a Twitter.com post on Saturday (03Aug13), writing, "Wanna wish my brother @gemarcherbe a speedy recovery."
And, on Sunday (04Aug13), Archer's wife Lou took to Twitter to thank fans for their well wishes. She wrote, "Thanks for all your support and well wishes during this awful time. I know he will appreciate it. Hopefully he'll be back on his feet soon."
Beady Eye's sets at the upcoming V Festival in England are still scheduled to go ahead as WENN went to press.
The latest news is another black eye for Gallagher, who is reportedly suing The New York Post for libel over reports suggesting he impregnated reporter Liza Ghorbani, who is claiming child support fees from the rocker in a New York court.
Gallagher's lawyer Raoul Felder applied for a gagging order to silence Ghorbani at the end of last month (Jul13). She claims the rocker fathered her seven-month-old daughter Gemma.
Gallagher, who is married to singer Nicole Appleton, has vowed to fight the claims.
Robert Zemeckis is a blockbuster director at heart. Action has never been an issue for the man behind Back to the Future. When he puts aside the high concept adventures for emotional human stories — think Forrest Gump or Cast Away — he still goes big. His latest Flight continues the trend revolving the story of one man's fight with alcoholism around a terrifying plane crash. Zemeckis expertly crafts his roaring centerpiece and while he finds an agile performer in Denzel Washington the hour-and-a-half of Flight after the shocking moment can't sustain the power. The "big" works. The intimate drowns.
Washington stars as Whip Whitaker a reckless airline pilot who balances his days flying jumbo jets with picking up women snorting lines of cocaine and drinking himself to sleep. Although drunk for the flight that will change his life forever that's not the reason the plane goes down — in fact it may be the reason he thinks up his savvy landing solution in the first place. Writer John Gatins follows Whitaker into the aftermath madness: an investigation of what really happened during the flight Whitaker's battle to cap his addictions and budding relationships that if nurtured could save his life.
Zemeckis tops his own plane crash in Cast Away with the heart-pounding tailspin sequence (if you've ever been scared of flying before Flight will push into phobia territory). In the few scenes after the literal destruction Washington is able to convey an equal amount of power in the moments of mental destruction. Whitaker is obviously crushed by the events the bottle silently calling for him in every down moment. Flight strives for that level of introspection throughout eventually pairing Washington with equally distraught junkie Nicole (Kelly Reilly). Their relationship is barely fleshed out with the script time and time again resorting to obvious over-the-top depictions of substance abuse (a la Nic Cage's Leaving Las Vegas) and the bickering that follows. Washington's Whitaker hits is lowest point early sitting there until the climax of the film.
Sharing screentime with the intimate tale is the surprisingly comical attempt by the pilot's airline union buddy (Bruce Greenwood) and the company lawyer (Don Cheadle) to get Whitaker into shape. Prepping him for inquisitions looking into evidence from the wreckage and calling upon Whitaker's dealer Harling (John Goodman) to jump start their "hero" when the time is right the two men do everything they can to keep any blame being placed upon Whitaker by the National Transportation Safety Board investigators. The thread doesn't feel relevant to Whitaker's plight and in turn feels like unnecessary baggage that pads the runtime.
Everything in Fight shoots for the skies — and on purpose. The music is constantly swelling the photography glossy and unnatural and rarely do we breach Washington's wild exterior for a sense of what Whitaker's really grappling with. For Zemeckis Flight is still a spectacle film with Washington's ability to emote as the magical special effect. Instead of using it sparingly he once again goes big. Too big.