Beady Eye, Barrowlands, Glasgow
Monday 07 March 2011
It was surely no coincidence that Liam Gallagher chose Glasgow's most fiery venue for this debut live appearance by his post-Oasis project. His old band had its ups and downs, but this city remained vocal in its appreciation of their supremely confident self-possession.
The already onside crowd greeted the singer with a chant of his own name, and in return he granted them one of the great understated entrances – a slow slouch to the mic and then an accusing "try fuckin' harder". Everyone duly obliged.
Backed by a five-piece band that included all three of Oasis's members at their dissolution, bar the only one who quit, Liam's brother Noel, Gallager kicked off with "Four Letter Word". It was a typically brash opener; as ever, and despite the millions in the bank, Liam Gallagher on the live stage still resembles a curse word made primal flesh.
Those old reference points stand unchanged, as was evidenced by a beat-group shuffle speeded up named "Beatles and Stones". It was, perversely, one of the highlights of the set, an homage to the relatively narrow range of influences Gallagher enjoys, but still a world away from the string-laden "Imagine"-isms which Oasis flogged long past death.
The set veered from expansive Floydian psychedelia to the pleasing La's jangle of "For Anyone". These and "The Roller", a comeback song which dared to stroll at its own pace, were greeted with that most Glaswegian of appreciation gestures, the thrown (plastic) pint glass.
A decision had clearly been taken to play no Oasis songs. It was a brave choice, although this meant the set stretched to only an hour and suffered a fallow period in the middle. Yet as Gallagher declared before the epic "The Beat Goes On", "stick with us, we'll have more by next year." This is a band to stick with through enjoyment more than force of habit.
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