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Monday 18 December 2017

Review: Liam Gallagher @ The Brighton Centre

With tickets for his Brighton Centre show sold out in minutes and a number one solo album packed with top quality tunes, Liam Gallagher is at the toppermost of the poppermost.

From before the opening beats of the familiar Oasis intro track Fuckin' in the Bushes, the atmosphere at the cavernous local venue was highly charged, with a sea of fans squashed against the metal barrier at the front, shouts of 'Liam, Liam', Parka Monkeys (as Liam calls 'em) everywhere; it's a rowdy crowd and they are up for a sort of not-quiet-revolution.

Not since the heady days of old Oasis Brighton shows have I witnessed a crowd so up for having a great night out. 

Later in the set I witness epic near apocalyptic scenes, hazy silhouettes of fans on shoulders shrouded by a smoke bomb held aloft filling the hall with its acrid plume, pints of beer tossed in the air (an extravagant gesture these days with beer prices at around £5 a pint - or maybe it wasn't beer?).    

Liam, dressed in a Stone Island Parka coat and blue jeans, was preceded onstage by his son, Gene Gallagher, grinning ear to ear, in a sort of ceremonial laying down of a pair of maracas at the foot of Liam's mic stand. The crowd acknowledging his presence with massive cheers. 

Ripping straight into Oasis classics, Rock 'n' Roll Star and Morning Glory, Liam in trademark moody scowl mode paced around the huge stage on which video screens at the sides relayed onstage footage of the singer. 

Admittedly the new tracks did not have quite the crowd effect of the old Oasis classics, albeit all played excellently. 

Highlights from the new As You Were album include Wall Of Glass, Bold, slowy Universal Gleam and Come Back To Me, a stomper of a track.

Liam's touring band were on top form and occasionally he gestured instructions to the band members not unlike the style of fellow Mancunian, Mark 'E' Smith, of The Fall.

Not much banter to the crowd tonight apart from a mention of the recent Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester City match and the occasional staring and pointing out at fans in silent respect. 

During one of the early tracks, arms outstretched, he knelt and bowed down in front of the keyboard rig emblazoned with the words Rock 'n' Roll.

Strange moment of the night occurred after the final encore track Wonderwall, with the crowd already having half left the venue. They then all charged back in again to massive cheers as the band returned to 'play' a Bob Marley track - Natural Mystic

Instruments tuned onstage, it sounding like a unrehearsed jamming session, the song stuttered along with the band quietly sauntering offstage on completion.   

Although not perfect by any means, it was a nice added bonus that the crowd were not expecting.

All-in-all Liam has laid down the gauntlet to brother Noel, who visits the venue next April. Game on! 

by: William Arthur


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40 Shillings On The Drum Credit Andy Sturmey

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The Damned (c) John Ingham 1977

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Paola St George

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Brighton Festival & The Voice Project are inviting singers (aged over 16) to join a unique new choral project, The Arms of Sleep, as part of Brighton Festival 2018.
Pic by Sam Shaw

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