LIAM GALLAGHER: SHOW OF THE YEAR
Oasis fans seem to be overloaded with opportunities to witness the dysfunctional bands top hits once again, as both Liam and Noel Gallagher have risen to the ‘Top of the Pops’ this year. Both with number one albums and sell out tours, the Britpop believers can put away their ‘Supersonic’ shrines and dig out their 90’s attire because Oasis is back! … Kind of.
As the private hire busses branded LIAM GALLAGHER pull up to Alexandra Palace, the boozy punters finish their sing along of ‘She’s Electric’ and head to the amnesty bins to dispose of anything Liam would have happily taken out of those bins, be it was the 90’s. The courtyard at Ally Pally is full of bucket hats, Adidas Gazelles and the phrase ‘As You Were’ is fluttering around. There’s a cool vibe in the courtyard, an acoustic band adds to the atmosphere and people seem to be in no rush to get into the main room, queues form at every bar and merchandise stall.
RAT BOY warm up the alcohol fuelled crowd until a DJ takes over playing a typical Liam like playlist. It’s clear to see that the former Oasis frontman has influenced his own fans with his music taste. The indie-rock mob know every song word-for-word on this pre-set playlist, after a finale of a 10,000 man crowd singing ‘I Am The Resurrection’ , ‘Fuckin’ In The Bushes’ begins to sound. Plastic cups are being hurled across heads and the parka loving crowd are drenched in beer without a care in the world. The strobe light is in full force and the cool cagoule king swaggers on stage greeted by the roar of North London.
There’s no messing around as Gallagher heads straight to the microphone, scarf in hand and kicks the gig off in his usual way of reciting the chorus from The Beatles classic ‘I Am The Walrus’. The crowd are immediately in his control as he storms ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Star’. Throughout the song the Mancunian’s anger levels rise and he slams down his tambourine during the instrumental, the guitar riffs electrify the room as he sauntered across the stage arms swinging and sprays water across his band… Oh so Rock ‘N’ Roll.
The ‘Wall of Glass’ singer gives the pretty green-apparel wearing crowd exactly what they want with ‘Morning Glory’. Liam’s voice is raw and rocky and his mad fer it audience definitely don’t ‘need a little time to wake up’ as they’re echoing the 1995 anthem straight back to him. He goes on to perform five of his newer tracks from his number one album ‘As You Were’ including ‘Greedy Soul’ with the opening lines being ‘’I’m going toe to toe, with a greedy soul”, I wonder who he’s referring to here? Liam also digs at the ‘Holy Mountain’ singer saying “Thank you very much. I’d like to dedicate this one to my brother” before he goes on to sing ‘Paper Crown’. The chorus could be interpreted as Noel fearing Liam doing better than him with his solo music (“Now you’re feeling the fear”).
LG manages to weave in another three Oasis tracks ‘Our Kid’ doesn’t need any pyrotechnics or dancers, the 45 year old keeps his all-to-familiar stance during the night, you know, puffed out chest, arms behind his back and head tilted to the microphone. The energy is radiant and all eyes are fixed on the man of the moment, he simply creates drama by pulling his hood up, causing the devotees to erupt in cheers and a mosh pit the size of a football pitch breaks out.
The stage is sandwiched between two enormous monochrome screens of which close ups appear of the ‘Slide Away’ star. Observing those screens, you can see the man lost in lyrics and the attitude in every moment. Gallagher is back and I don’t think we’ll be saying goodbye any time soon. It’s as if he hasn’t been away from the lime light, Liam’s new material almost has the same feeling as the 20-year-old bangers that are entwined within the set.
There’s a younger crowd at Ally Pally however, the behaviour at the gig seemed to mirror the golden days as a fan launches a shoe on stage hitting the Rock ‘N’ Roll star. Who in return shouts abuse into the crowd and gives out that Gallagher glare which seems to rumble the already rowdy crowd. The chant of ‘LIAM LIAM LIAM’ and ‘As You, As You, As You F*cking Were’ ends each song. This added to the electric guitar riffs which are loud and the drums that rage around probably the only man who can pull off maracas, makes this show quite easily the show of the year.
As the gig is ending, fans explode to a triple encore of ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’ followed by all-time favourite ‘Live Forever’ and of course ending with probably the most well-known song to ever grace this planet ‘Wonderwall’. Gallagher definitely broke that fourth ‘Wall of Glass’ causing an emotional, physical and social response in the army of parka monkeys. The three Oasis tracks were undoubtedly the main crowd pleasers of the night, leaving the lyrics circling in the heads of fans as Alexandra Palace cleared.
Well done Gallagher Junior.
As You Were.
Watch the crowd go crazy for Morning Glory (What’s The Story) at Alexandra Palace
Video: Kenny Davies via Youtube