Beady Eye guitarist 'expected to make a full recovery'

Following this weekend's cancelled V festival show, Gem Archer is said to be recovering slowly from serious skull injury

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Beady Eye have issued an update on the condition of the band's guitarist Gem Archer, stating that after suffering severe head trauma on 1 August, he is "expected to make a full recovery over the next few weeks". Despite cancelling their appearance at this weekend's V festival, Liam Gallagher's band still hope to go ahead with their autumn tour.

"A big thank you to everybody who's been in touch to give messages of support for Gem following his accident," Beady Eye said in a statement on 18 August. "We are gutted about all the cancelled shows but thank you for understanding that we need to prioritise our mate and his recovery. The good news is Gem is doing well so far … [and] we are buzzing about getting back on stage for the UK and Ireland dates in November."

Archer allegedly suffered his injury in an accident at his home. According to the Sun, he fell down the stairs and fractured his skull. Recovery is "slow and steady", his wife Lou tweeted over the weekend. "He's getting there." Asked whether the musician would be ready to rejoin Beady Eye before the end of the year, she wrote, "He needs to mend, how long it will take I'm not sure."

Archer, 46, was previously a member of Whirlpool, Heavy Stereo and, beginning in 1999, Oasis. After Noel Gallagher quit the group, Archer joined the rest of the members in forming Beady Eye. They released their second album in June 2013, debuting at No 2.


Sean Michaels

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