Live Report: Liam Gallagher – Knebworth | Live

So: Knebworth. Still! With high expectations and even higher demand for tickets, Liam Gallagher’s announcement that he was to play Knebworth was met with intrigue, excitement and plenty of anticipation.

Would he live in the shadow of this historic concert of 1996? Fast forward to 2022 and Liam is making history again. Two sold-out concerts at Knebworth, another number one album – ‘C’mon You Know’ and its live album – the brilliant ‘Down By The River Thames’ reaching a Top 4 position this week.

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But it’s not just about the music, if you’ve ever attended a concert by Oasis, Beady Eye or Liam, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s the special and unique relationship between Liam and his ardent fans. Most of them have been around since the ‘Certainly Maybe’ days, but there’s also an ever-growing number of young fans in the crowd seeing it for the first time.

Liam may have matured over the years, reminiscent of fine wine – but he’s still the coolest cat in town, which has made him one of the most enduring musical icons in history.

Resplendent in a crisp white parka, LG took to the stage in front of an elated crowd and kicked off the proceedings with “Hello,” quickly followed by “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” (which he dedicated to Bonehead) and “Morning. glory”. ‘ in quick succession that took the crowd from elated to frenzied in just three songs.

This was followed by ‘Wall of Glass’, a fantastic and slightly underrated track from 2017’s ‘As You Were’ and ‘Shockwave’ from ‘Why Me? Why not’.

At this point, Liam looked at the crowd asking who was there in 1996? Apparently a lot of people! He then followed up with 1997’s “Stand By Me” from “Be Here Now.”

It was a concert mostly in two halves – a nostalgic trip down memory lane of Oasis classics and a chance to feature tracks from “C’mon You Know,” his third solo album and IMO his best album to date.

A captivating performer with a charismatic stage presence. Liam engaged with the crowd with a delightful combination of charm, energy and humor – he had the audience in the palms of his hands as he carried on with his incredible set.

From the fantastic ‘More Power’ and ‘Diamond In The Dark’ to ‘Everything’s Electric’ – an absolute track co-written by Dave Grohl, Liam showcased not only his rock ‘n’ roll credentials, but his innate ability to deliver a performance. all-consuming, emotional and powerful.

Gene Gallagher joined his father on stage to play drums for him on two tracks including “The River”. – ‘Better Days’ and ‘C’Mon You Know’ – the album’s title track were also standout performances and showed what an exemplary performer Liam is. He sings like his life depends on it and this Knebworth gig was one of his best vocal performances I’ve heard.

But, Liam always gives the crowd what they want and it was time for a throwback to the 90s with some Oasis classics ‘Some Might Say’, ‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’, ‘Supersonic’, a loaded ‘Wonderwall’ of emotion and Live Forever, which he dedicated with emotion to his mother Peggy who was present.

‘Champagne Supernova’ closed an electrifying show, where Liam was joined by the one and only John Squire who reprized his appearance from the 1996 Oasis Knebworth gig. the planet ! Liam told the crowd.

For those attending tonight’s concert at Knebworth, you won’t be disappointed. Expect an unforgettable night of biblical proportions.

Forget royal fever this Platinum Jubilee weekend, for his fans, it’s all about King Liam!

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Words: Emma Harrison

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