Liam Gallagher, launched the Adidas LG2SPZLs trainers last night at Blackburn’s King George’s Hall (famed for performances from the likes of Bowie, Queen, Rolling Stones and The Beatles) to an incredible atmosphere and an audience of a meagre 1,800 loyal fans. The proceeds of the concert went to Nightsafe, a local charity for the homeless. In just five weeks, two sold out Knebworth shows and a huge homecoming concert at the Etihad Stadium await.
The local four-piece band The Illicits took to the stage at around 8pm, draped in Adidas Spezial the band looked full of attitude with their music mirroring that. “Gary Aspden is this town’s f****** hero”, George Richards shouted after playing a cover of Underworld’s Born Slippy. The band also debuted their new single ‘Play Your Part’.
Fuckin’ In the Bushes filled every corner of the room as the crowd started to go wild, the song is reminiscent of Oasis’ concerts, such as their Don’t Believe the Truth tour in 2005. In an already sweaty frenzy of connection, Gallagher unleashed mayhem, kicking off the 17-song set with three Oasis classics, Hello, Rock and Roll Star, and Morning Glory. Gallagher struck his trademark pose throughout his repertoire, and seamlessly combined his solo material with mostly Oasis music.
Wall of Glass, with its rhythmic gospel groove followed and by Liam addressing the crowd ‘Apparently your dress sense has got better, so the word on the street is anyway… This one is called Shockwave’
After Oasis dominating the world of rock for more than a decade, Liam Gallagher is still finding and cementing new fans with his solo offerings. Liam really had nothing to worry about as he joked “Feel free to scratch your chin or your head or your next door neighbour’s,” he said. “I’m not arsed you’re getting it.” as he transformed his new material from new album C’mon You Know onstage into out-and-out bangers. Everything’s Electric is clearly a fan favourite and sure to be a hit at the June shows at Knebworth and Etihad stadium.
Described by Liam as ‘the sound of the summer’, Better Days’ is touchingly dedicated to Bonehead, who was unable to attend tonight’s show as he undergoes treatment for tonsil cancer. The musician recently announced that he will not be accompanying Liam Gallagher at gigs scheduled for this summer as he recuperates.
Raucous whole-of-crowd singalongs ensue as Gallagher played Slide Away then Stand by Me as girls clambered on shoulders, fans raised their hands and swayed to the classic from the 1997 album, Be Here Now. The crowd danced, moshed, sung, hugged, held up their camera lights and livestream the show to their friends who missed out on the raffle only tickets.
Come On, You Know is met with rapture and is for certain going to be a sure fire festival hit this summer. We had the privilege of witnessing the live debut of The Worlds in Need, followed by The River and Once from album Why Me, Why Not dedicating it “I’d like to dedicate this one to all the Blackburn Rovers fans. This is how many times you’ve won the Premier League – f**king once”. Sipping from appeared to be a mug of tea, Cigarettes and Alcohol came next and Liam tore the roof off the place. Cast No Shadow was helped by the crowd as the 2,000 in attendance sang Noel’s parts, Live Forever followed and was equally as mesmerising and raucous.
Despite joking that “everyone’s sick of it”, Liam finished the set on one last mass singalong to Wonderwall.
A very special night indeed for those lucky enough to bag a ticket, roll on those plastic cups filled with warm lager and sunny afternoons of colossal Liam Gallagher gigs this summer!
ROCK N ROLL STAR
WALL OF GLASS
STAND BY ME
C’MON YOU KNOW
WORLD’S IN NEED
CIGARETTES & ALCOHOL
CAST NO SHADOW