Exclusive: The Enemy Want Peace Before Playing On Oasis Home Turf
THE ENEMY rushed to make peace with Oasis yesterday…just days before joining them on tour.
The chart-topping trio – singer Tom Clarke, bassist Andy Hopkins and drummer Liam Watts – will walk into the lions’ den when they open for the Manc rockers on their home turf.
It is their first show with the Gallagher brothers, Liam and Noel, since a bust-up.
Liam dubbed Tom Clarke “a little f****r” after The Enemy frontman reportedly said: “I don’t think Noel needs to do it anymore.”
Yesterday, drummer Watts said it was all a misunderstanding and claimed his band would not exist if it wasn’t for Oasis.
He insisted he cannot wait to meet Liam backstage to shake his hand and thank him.
He said: “What Tom said was meant as a massive compliment, we are massive fans and being asked to support Oasis is the biggest compliment we have ever had. They are the reason we started a band.
“I remember the first time I heard their music. My older brother played their 1994 debut album Definitely Maybe at home when I was still at primary school. I thought it sounded amazing.
“Oasis were the soundtrack to my life. We identified with them and thought, if they can do it, maybe we can too.”
The Enemy support Oasis in Manchester on Sunday and will also open for the band at Murrayfield on June 17, with Kasabian.
But we can reveal they have confirmed a UK headline tour with gigs at Edinburgh Corn Exchange on November 10 and Glasgow’s O2 Academy the next night.
Watts said: “We can’t wait to play for our own fans. We know them so well we recognise the front row at every gig.
“When we supported The Rolling Stones and Stereophonics, we had to work the crowd but that’s the challenge.”
On June 22, they release new single Sing When You’re In Love from their stunning Music For The People album.
It is the follow-up to 2007 debut We’ll Live And Die In These Towns, which features hits 40 Days And 40 Nights, Away From Here and chart-topper It’s Not Okay.
Watts added: “If we’d tried to remake the first album we would definitely have fallen on our a***.
“We went into the studio with a bunch of songs which just sounded bigger. As long as you’ve got a bit of fire in your belly you’ll make great music.”
Watts can pinpoint the moment he realised The Enemy would make it.
He said: “In 2007, I was listening to Radio One in my car and Zane Lowe was doing his Fresh Meat slot where he plays three new bands and listeners vote for their favourite.
” When he played the first two I thought: ‘ We’re much better than them.’ I couldn’t believe it when I heard the opening drum fill of 40 Days And 40 Nights come on next. We went on to win it.”
Tickets for the November tour go on sale on Thursday. See http://www.gigsinscotland.com or call 08444 999 990.