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Friday, June 21, 2013
Beady Eye - Camden Centre Review
Having just reignited his famous feud with Robbie Williams on the first night of Beady Eye's short UK tour, Liam Gallagher is still very much the swaggering, sharp-tongued frontman we know and love.
Last night (20th June), in the same week as Robbie's four massive shows at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium, an understandably envious Mr Gallagher and his band were again playing a much smaller venue.
But don't feel blue Liam – bigger doesn't always mean better.
Feeling: London's Camden Centre is the hottest town hall in the country tonight, for more reason than one. It's absolutely sweltering and there wasn't a dry sideburn in sight.
There are Liam lookalikes everywhere and the rowdy atmosphere is reminiscent of the Oasis glory days everyone in the room (including the main man) really miss.
Look: It's a simple setup, but if you were hoping for lasers and smoke cannons you're really at the wrong show.
LG is rocking his Pretty Green clobber and somehow keeps his parka jacket zipped up right to the top. So cool he defies heat.
Tunes: Beady Eye kicked-off with their epic album opener Flick of the Finger with a brass section standing to Liam's left. As you'd expect they played several tracks off their new record BE, which was narrowly beaten to No.1 last week by reformed rock legends Black Sabbath.
Fans are singing loud and proud, chanting Liam's name like a football crowd between songs, with their hero saluting and applauding them.
And the place erupts when the band perform Oasis classics Rock 'n' Roll Star and Morning Glory.
Banter: Liam said very little and seemed quite subdued, but his moody stares at the front row were brilliant.
He drank a large bottle of water throughout their set and stood completely still like a statue during a couple of tracks, taking in the music with his eyes closed.
Celeb Spots: Liam's missus Nicole Appleton was in attendance, dancing on the balcony alongside blonde tele presenters Holly Willoughby and Kate Thornton.
But blowing them all out of the water, our best spot of the night has to be Maggot from Welsh rappers Goldie Lookin Chain!
Sweat Factor: As humid as a sauna – even the bar staff were melting. Gigs don't get much hotter than this.
Summary: Liam is worshipped and rightly so, because nobody in rock pulls off endearing arrogance quite like him. And tonight his voice sounded awesome.
He badly wants Oasis to get back together next year to mark the 20th anniversary of their amazing debut album Definitely Maybe, but that inevitable reunion doesn't need to happen anytime soon.
Who needs Noel when Beady Eye's gigs are this good?
By Ben Lowe @mtvuknews
Beady Eye setlist:
Flick of the Finger
Face the Crowd
Four Letter Word
Second Bite of the Apple
Shine a Light
Rock 'n' Roll Star
The World's Not Set in Stone
I'm Just Saying
Soon Come Tomorrow
Bring the Light
via L4e / source MTV.co.uk
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