Nobody really knows for sure why Oasis broke up. It seems like each of the Gallagher brothers has their interpretation of what happened that fateful night at the Rock en Seine festival in Paris, France back in ’92. And although the thought of a band reunion at this point doesn’t seem very likely, each of the brothers has carried the torch of the band’s iconic sound in their way.
Noel has had much success over the years with his band Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds. Liam, in his own right, most recently broke records with his solo album As You Were that’s peaked at #1 on the charts in the UK. If that weren’t enough it also broke a vinyl record of being the biggest one-week vinyl sale debut in over 20 years.
Last night the most tumultuous out of the Gallagher duo hit the stage with the same cool demeanor and arrogance that his fans have grown to expect. He kicked off the evening with the classic “Rock n’ Roll Star,” which he sang with his iconic pose of screaming up at the mic in defiance. He followed it up with “Morning Glory,” a song which got the crowd jumping emphatically to the thump of the booming kick drum. But then he switched it up a bit.
The night wouldn’t solely be a walk down memory road for Oasis fans, so as soon as he put away a few hits from the old days, he jumped into some of his new material. He performed the two stand-out tracks from his latest LP, “Greedy Soul” and “Wall of Glass.” The latter, a song dominated by a fierce harmonica lead and catchy hook that’s quickly made its way up the Itunes charts.
The biggest highlights of the show included Liam inviting a young fan onstage to introduce “Slide Away.” A surprising gesture of tenderness from the usually rugged and intimidating singer. Then towards the end of the performance, he orchestrated an audience selection for its encore. It was to be a toss-up between “Wonderwall” and “Live Forever.” The crowd emphatically picked “Live Forever,” which was cut short due to the Warfield’s curfew. And honestly, what’s more rock n’ roll than breaking a live music venue’s curfew?
Photos by Louis Raphael
Rock ‘n’ Roll Star
Wall of Glass
I’ve All I Need
For What It’s Worth
Some Might Say
I Get By
You Better Run
Be Here Now
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