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Liam Gallagher Talks New Album, Documentary: 'We're Not Curing Cancer, Y'Know'

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Watch an exclusive clip from 'As It Was,' which tracks his move into solo territory.

Truth be told, Liam Gallagher was not particularly keen on making a film about himself. But as As It Was rolls out on Sept. 13 -- check out an exclusive clip below -- in front of his sophomore solo album, the Oasis frontman is glad he was convinced otherwise.

"Y'know, Oasis had done that Oasis: Supersonic film (in 2016), and I kind of had enough of people sticking cameras in me face and asking me personal questions," Gallagher tells Billboard. He began gaining some confidence while touring to promote his 2017 solo debut As You Were, however, and as directors Gavin Fitzgerald and Charlie Lightening began filming recording sessions and concerts, Gallagher began heeding recommendations that a documentary about his emergence as a solo artist might work.

"Looking back at it, I'm glad we did it," Gallagher says. "It captured the end of me being in a band and then me going out on the solo thing. For me it's a bit boring -- it's just me living my life, doing what a do normally. But people like that kind of thing. But it certainly wasn’t my idea. I didn't say, 'Let's go do another film about ME 'cause of my f***ing ego!'"

As It Was will be shown at theaters in New York (Cinema Village) and Los Angeles (Arena Cinelounge) on Sept. 13 before coming out on digital HD on Sept. 17 and VOD the following day. No physical release is planned as of yet. It comes in front of the Sept. 20 release of Why Me? Why Not, an 11-song set that, like As You Were, finds Gallagher doing the melodic Britpop he does best and not feeling a need to apologize for that.

"I don't take it too seriously," says Gallagher, who worked on the album with producers and co-writers Greg Kurstin, Andrew Wyatt, Simon Aldred and Adam Noble. "A lot of people believe you have to go into the studio and pull your hair out. If it's that uncomfortable and torturous, don't f***ing do it. I always hear, 'If you're not pushing yourself, it's not worth doing.' I don't think like that. I have a good time being in the studio. I had a good time with Oasis. I loved it. I used to see Noel (Gallagher) pulling his hair out and think, 'What the f*** are you doing?' We're not curing cancer, y'know? It's supposed to be fun."

Gallagher, who's been battling arthritis in his hips, will be opening some shows for The Who during October on the U.S. west coast, including the tour-closer on Oct. 24 at the Hollywood Bowl, before kicking off a U.K. run on Nov. 11 in Wales, with Australia and New Zealand on tap for December and Europe slated for February. Gallagher is also hoping to return to North America in the new year, and he promises the shows will again be full of Oasis favorites as well as the solo material.

"My Oasis days, they were stolen from me as far as I'm concerned," Gallagher says, referring to the group's 2009 breakup and his short tenure with the Oasis alumni band Beady Eye. "The band was a big a part of my life as well as (the fans). To not have those songs I sang pretty much every day was pretty horrific. A lot of people go, 'Well, Noel wrote them, blah, blah, blah.' I don't give a shit. The way I see it, as much as people want to hear the person who wrote the songs I think equally you want to come out to hear the person who sang them." Gallagher is also talking about adding "some beautiful ones" from deeper in the Oasis catalog to his upcoming shows, including "Cast No Shadow," "Acquiesce" and "Gas Panic!" "I'm gonna get the crowds to sing Noel's bits, 'cause I think they'll do 'em better," Gallagher notes. He also has every intention of a third solo album -- assuming, he says, that Why Me? Why Not is received as positively as As You Were.

"Listen man, I had four years off doing nothing, wasted, just sorting out me personal life," Gallagher says. "I feel like I'm catching up, making music. So if the album goes well, I'll keep making music. We'll see how this goes. I know the right time to get out of people's faces when you can see they're sick of you. But right now it definitely seems like people want to hear more music by me. I didn't go in there with a big head, 'Oh, this is gonna be easy!' I just went in there and did what we did, and hopefully they'll like it as much as the last one."