Liam Gallagher played his first London show as a solo artist last night with an intimate gig at Brixton Electric. After making his solo debut in Manchester earlier this week and premiering new songs from his upcoming album ‘As You Were‘, Gallagher’s tour continued as it rolled into the capital.
Backed by his new live band of Babyshambles’ Drew McConnell on bass, Kasabian’s touring guitarist Jay Mahler, Mike Moore lead guitar, Dan McDougall on drums and Chris Madden on keys, Liam stepped on stage after Oasis’ ‘Fuckin In The Bushes’ blared over the P.A. – causing a huge eruption of cheers when he recited The Beatles: “I am he as you are he as you are me, and we are all together.”
The capacity crowd then burst into life as he and the band tore into Oasis’ classic ‘Rock N’ Roll Star’ before ‘Morning Glory’. From there, it was the same setlist as his Manchester show. With Gallagher in fine voice and spirit, he aired eight new tracks from ‘As You Were’.
The track ‘Bold’ — which Gallagher debuted at a pub last year — is a highlight, the slower ballad being a well crafted song begging to be chanted back. Where Gallagher’s voice struggled slightly with the more tender moments of the new material, returning to his greatest hits is effortless and manic. ‘Slide Away’ quickly becomes the highlight of the evening — Noel’s songwriting remains a cut above the rest. ‘Be Here Now’ closes the main set before Gallagher singing ‘Live Forever’ a cappella with the crowd. Emotions are once again high as the wonderful track ignites a gigantic singalong that continues long after Gallagher leaves the stage.
Liam Gallagher played:
Rock ‘n’ Roll Star (Oasis song)
Morning Glory (Oasis song)
Wall of Glass
D’You Know What I Mean? (Oasis song)
Slide Away (Oasis song)
All I Need
I Get By
You Better Run
Be Here Now (Oasis song)
Live Forever (A capella)
Source: NME.com, Indipendent.co.uk