Formed out of the ashes of a band called The Rain (consisting of Paul McGuigan, Paul Arthurs, Tony McCarroll and Chris Hutton on vocals) who started in 1990. Chris was sacked and Liam Gallagher took over on vocals. His brother Noel Gallagher (former guitar roadie for Inspiral Carpets' Clint Boon) then joined as songwriter and additional guitarist.
In 2000, after a three year hiatus, two of the founding members (Guigsy and Bonehead) left the group and Noel played their parts on the fourth album. Two new musicians were recruited - Gem Archer and Andy Bell (2) - initially for touring duties, but became full-time and were part of the songwriting process on the following albums.
On August 28, 2009, Noel announced that he was leaving the band after an altercation with Liam. The remaining members continue performing as Beady Eye, while Noel formed Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.
Paul McGuigan (1991-2000)
Paul Arthurs (1991-2000)
Liam Gallagher (1991-2009)
Tony McCarroll (1991-1994)
Noel Gallagher (1991-2009)
Scott McLeod (1995 Briefly replaced Guigsy; appears in Wonderwall video) ex-The Ya Ya's
Alan White (2) (1995-2004)
Gem Archer (2000-2009) ex-Heavy Stereo
Andy Bell (2) (2000-2009) ex-Ride & Hurricane #1
Zak Starkey: Drums (2004-2008) son of Ringo Starr
Chris Sharrock (2008-2009) ex-The La's
Notable session & live members:
Matt Deighton: Lead Guitar & Backing Vocals (stood-in for Noel during non-UK dates) (2001)
Steve White (3): Drummer (stood-in for brother Alan when he was ill) (2001)
Mike Rowe: Keyboards (1997-2002, also plays on Noel's solo work)
Jay Darlington (ex-Kula Shaker): Keyboards (2002-2009)
Terry Kirkbride (ex-Proud Mary & Ambershades): Drums (2004, 2006-2007)