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Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Review: Somerset House - They May Not Be Oasis , But....
After Liam Gallagher recently claimed brother Noel was "breaking his heart" over the "absolute s**t" the former Oasis member had been spreading about the break-up of the Britpop kings. One half expected the 38-year-old front man, now leading the ‘diet Oasis' spin-off band Beady Eye (also consisting of ex-band members Andy Bell, Gem Archer, Chris Sharrock and former Gorillaz guitarist Jeff Wootton), to come out all guns blazing. And although there were several put downs to the exiled sibling, this was a performance that was all about Liam's new band, not his past glories.
Opening with the barnstorming ‘Four Letter Word', Liam immediately rediscovered his iconic swagger and even openly joked with the audience, giving nods to Italian tourists and unable to resist the occasional pop at his older brother and former band mate.
‘Bring the Light' was the outstanding performance of the night, finding an upbeat Liam on his best form. The rattling piano backing and booming guitar accompaniment rocked the crowd to its core in the stunning Somerset House backdrop.
Not every tune was executed as successfully. ‘Beatles and Stones' and ‘Millionaire' seemed to get lost in the surroundings, with Gallagher's signature Manc drone sounding like a rusty monotonous freight train, swallowing up the lyrics, which in no way could be deciphered amongst the more casual Beady Eye fan.
That said, it is another successful addition to a growing body of live work by the seasoned veterans. They may not be Oasis, but they still know how to rock ‘n' roll.
via L4e / Source: Yahoo Music
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