Liam Gallagher: Ally Pally

LIAM GALLAGHER: SHOW OF THE YEAR

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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.

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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

Liam Gallagher: Electric Brixton

LIAM GALLAGHER GOES SOLO

After waiting years for the Rock and Roll star to return he RETURNED! Loudly, wrapped up in an iconic coat and as Liam-like as you can imagine! Even before the man of the evening entered the stage, the atmosphere was incredible. Different generations were all hands in the air and singing/shouting along to the likes of The Stone Roses and The Sex Pistols.

Then the lights go down and the electric guitar begins to strum, instantly I’ve lost a shoe, my friends and half the crowd is covered in SUPERSONIC (gin and tonic). The chant from the 90’s ‘LIAM LIAM LIAM’ starts to surge through Brixton and the familiar angry persona of Liam Gallagher opens the night shouting the lines from a Beatles classic ‘I am he, as you are he, as you are me, and we are all together’ (I Am The Walrus).

I felt like I’d been hurled back into 1996 as Oasis classics were bouncing off the walls! Not one person was seated nor did they have closed lips.

The Venue suited Gallagher, he may not have sang about a women who’s in a family full of eccentrics but he sure managed to make the night Electric. Electric Brixton was a small venue but it felt HUGE! Liam was back and everybody in that room knew it, was Oasis back too? Maybe not but that Oasis revolution had certainly risen from the dead and awoken that indie rock star in every member of the Parka loving audience.

Along with ‘What’s The Story Morning Glory’, Liam belted out new music from his at-the-time upcoming Album ‘As You Were’. Fans around the room were singing back the lyrics to ‘Wall of Glass’ which had merely been available for 24 hours. The kitted out in Pretty Green crowd settled during the unreleased songs which created a fantastic contrast throughout the night.

Gallaghers voice struggled slightly with some of the newer material, in his up-coming song ‘For What it’s Worth’ saw Liam move away from his normal portrayal of being a rock ‘n’ roll star to a sensitive songsmith. Very uncharacteristically vulnerable was Liam as his song had more tender moments. It wasn’t until back-to-back Oasis tracks played that the cool-cagoule wearing gent showed his effortless and manic side which predictably caused the crowd to charge forward with applause and excitement.

The Manchester bombing at the MEN Arena had not long happened and as the iconic frontman’s solo gig was coming to an end, fans started to chant for the 22 and for Manchester in general. The whole night was an emotional rollercoaster! The Brit-pop legend dedicated an acoustic version of Live Forever to the families of those effected. Even though this gig was in London, the North-South divide was diminished. At the end of the day those people effected were concert goers and everybody deserves to come home after what should have been one of the best nights of their lives!

This gig was up there on my long list of highly- rated live concerts. Probably one of the best gigs that I’ve experienced, from the music to the atmosphere to going to a pub with new pals after. This night was emotional and moving but what a fantastic show!

Watch Liam Gallagher dedicate Live Forever to the MCR victims at Electric Brixton.