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Friday, March 04, 2011
'Time To Pick A Side' , Gallagher Asks Barrowland's Crowd
The last time Liam Gallagher arrived in Glasgow with a new band it was to change the course of British music forever. It was 1993, King Tut's was the venue, Alan McGee the catalyst and the rest is well-documented history.
So it seemed only fitting for Gallagher to return to the city for Beady Eye's first-ever gig. However, unlike that Oasis set 18 years ago, the night's material was pedestrian, the performance average and the frontman's delivery underwhelming.
Die-hard fans aside, the packed Barrowlands' crowd seemed torn between their love of the man and their occasional indifference to the derivative and largely uninspired tracks lifted from the band's debut 'Different Gear, Still Speeding.'
The split in the crowd wasn't lost on Gallagher. "Time to get off the fence Barrowlands. Time to pick a side," he announced after the applause following 'Wind Up Dreams' quickly evaporated.
Just 30 minutes earlier and Gallagher had the crowd just where he wanted them. A momentous roar greeted the band's arrival. It certainly pleased Gallagher, the frontman declaring, "You're giving me a f---ing hard on," before launching into opener 'Four Letter Word.' But from then on in it was a largely limp display.
With little to say between or for that matter during songs like 'Beatles and Stones,' 'Millionaire' and 'For Anyone,' Gallagher all too often relied on his customary poses -- rather than the music -- to spark the crowd.
Things did pick up as the set reached its conclusion, but with no roof-raising anthems to galvanise the crowd, no discernible band dynamic and Gallagher's lacklustre delivery.
via L4e / spinner.com
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