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Gem Archer: 'I'm match fit for Beady Eye tour after fracturing my skull'

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Nov 07, 2013 | 4:09pm EST

Former Oasis star Gem Archer has assured fans of his new band Beady Eye that he's fit and well as the group kicks off its autumn tour after recovering from a fractured skull and a broken leg. Archer's injuries, sustained in two separate falls at his home, forced his bandmates to scrap a series of summer concerts in Belgium, Japan and Britain, but now the guitarist insists he's fully recovered, well rested and ready to tour. The band kicked off the trek in Dublin, Ireland on Thursday (07Nov13). Trying to recall the moments that led to his serious injuries in a pre-gig interview with NME.com, Archer says, "The odd thing is I can't remember falling, or much after it. It was pretty serious, shall we say, and there are a lot of people affected by it, but it seems we're through it." He adds, "The second fall, two weeks after the first, I've since found out, isn't that uncommon for people who've fractured their skull. Once you've had that, there is the chance of falling again and breaking an arm and/or a leg. At least I didn't do both. It's one of those things. You could think yourself into a corner with these things, worrying, but I'm not one of those guys. "I've never broken a bone in my body before this summer, and now I know what it feels like. I'd hate to repeat it. "I am fine. In some ways more than fine. There are slight things I see differently, which is always a bonus in life. The weird thing is when I have my guitar strapped on I feel better than ever and walk around without even thinking about what I'm doing. When I don't have it on... there are certain parts of the day when I should have my guitar on to help me. But I am definitely match fit for these gigs."

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