The rapturous reception that welcome Liam Gallagher to Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Friday night rivalled the famous Hampden roar; the former Oasis frontman responded by ripping into the band’s 1994 single, “Rock ‘N’ Roll Star”, arguably, his personal anthem.
The Brothers Gallagher came into my life in 1995 in the form of a home-made taped cassette of their latest LP, “(What’s The Story) Morning Glory”; I was just 10 years old, but already looking for something more than the banal boybands my classmates revered. Oasis were that something more, and NOTHING has been the same since.
In 1995, Liam had swagger, attitude and unapologetic arrogance. In 2019, I was delighted to see nothing has changed. Despite the fact he is now flying solo and was out in support of his second solo effort, “Why Me? Why Not?”, it was the best of Oasis’ back catalogue which shaped the set and sent the sold out crowd into a frenzy.
“Morning Glory”, “Stand By Me” and “Wonderwall” were embraced like old friends by a crowd who pray for the reunion that will likely never be. However, Liam stood on his own with solo sounds from both his recent and debut LP, “As You Were”; “Shockwave”, “Wall Of Glass”, “For What It’s Worth” and fan favourite, “Greedy Soul”.
Never one for shying away from controversy, LG apologised for “little” brother, Noel after he branded Scotland a “third world country” in the heat of his feud with Glaswegian singer, Lewis Capaldi who trolled the older Gallagher brother with a photo with Liam earlier this year, as well as his daughter, Anais.
My 1995 saving grace took my hand and we revisited that glorious summer together with the encore that could be with an Oasis strong curtain call; “Champagne Supernova” slinked into simplistic stripped back beauty, while “Roll With It”, “Supersonic” and “Acquiesce” had the vocal backing of every man, woman and child (?!) present and was dripping in euphoric nostalgia. LG had fooled punters a few nights earlier by seemingly bowing out only to come back onstage and dub his crowd, “Silly f*cking billies” and going out in all his Mancunian glory with “Cigarettes & Alcohol”. Same in Glasgow, only there were “no silly f*cking billies in Glasgow tonight”, his words, not mine.
Time has moved on since 1995 but my cassette is just as important today as it was to my 10 year old self, maybe even more so. Liam Gallagher remains my constant; forever arrogant, controversial, charismatic and iconic (reunion or not).