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Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Oasis at the Roundhouse review
The iTunes Festival gig saw the Mancs return to form with Liam Gallagher getting lairy and Noel Gallagher trying to calm the moody frontman down
Mark Twain once said: "I have been through some terrible things in my life – some of which actually happened."
Oh, how it applied to Liam Gallagher last night. Whether he was arguing with an enemy in his head, or one in the crowd, only he knows.
The touch paper was lit before they’d even kicked off with Rock 'n' Roll Star, with Liam furious that a punter had thrown a beer in his general direction, sniping at the "soft lad" in the "pointy shoes" for his misdemeanor.
"Well, well, well," said Noel, once Liam had stormed off following Waiting For The Rapture. "I think someone is in a bad mood." The Masterplan punctured the tension.
There are few things more entertaining than watching someone else throw a hissy fit, and it made for compelling viewing. After all, this was classic Oasis: them smashing out the hits, Liam throwing a paddy. How delightfully retro.
"Is anyone here from Camden Town?" he sneered following Slide Away. " F***ing prove it," he added, before spitting into the crowd as the band launched into What’s The Story Morning Glory. Liam, it must be pointed out, lives in Hampstead.
There was something deliciously ironic about the whole affair: Liam wanted to give the impression he was reticent to play, yet gave punters exactly what they wanted. He couldn’t have been on better form: his vocals were note perfect - all spite and no strain – while the band were tight as ever.
"Why don’t you come here, posh bloke?" he sneered at his supposed nemesis, arms outstretched, adding for good measure : "F *** ing fat bloke."
By, fittingly, My Big Mouth, we had Liam sitting down by the drum kit in protest, refusing to go on, leaving Noel’s backing singing as the only vocal.
"We’ll let Liam take a deep breath," reasoned Noel.
As long as there is Liam there will always be fireworks. And who doesn’t enjoy watching those go off?
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