GALLERY: Beady Eye pull out Oasis hits in Wolverhampton

Liam Gallagher and his band Beady Eye performed at the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton last night. However it was their Oasis covers that really got the crowd going

GALLERY: Beady Eye pull out Oasis hits in Wolverhampton

Beady Eye on stage at Wolverhampton Civic Hall. Pictures by Tim Sturgess

Superstars. They don't need to say Hello.

And nor did he. Nor goodbye, come to mention it. Or anything in between, really.

But why should he? This is Liam Gallagher.

So, here they poured. Throngs of grown men (where were the women?) dressed in over-sized parkas, tracksuit tops that should really be confined to the 90s and hairstyles that are overdue to come back into fashion.

Opening with Flick of The Finger (how appropriate for Mr G), Beady Eye went on to showcase a selection of tracks from their two albums - Different Gear, Still Speeding and BE - to a backdrop of digital screens.

It could have all been over before it began when one over-zealous fan, clearly oblivious to the cost of a pint these days, threw the contents of his beer glass all over the star. Cue 'the look' from Liam.

The tracksuit-clad beefcake in front commented to his friend: "He didn't like that did he?"

But the band played, Liam started singing, and the show went on.

The one-and-a-half-hour gig featured a string of Beady Eye hits, including Four Letter Word and The Roller, all receiving a warm reception from the audience.

But, while the crowd was clearly appreciative of the offerings, it was when the band pulled out the Oasis hits that they really got into gear.

Live Forever and Cigarettes and Alcohol were incorporated into the short-and-sweet set list and had the audience singing along, phones in the air, parka jackets swaying.

Used to performing to an endless sea of fans at the biggest arenas and stages, gigs such as these - where even those at the back are almost recognisable - must feel like standing in his mother's living room.

The backdrop was understated but nevertheless impressive - and there was a flow of songs that are clearly far more suited to a live arena than a studio album.

The band delivered an honest and well-rehearsed set, including a one-song encore of Gimme Shelter by the Rolling Stones.

None of it was wasted with chit chat to the crowd but, despite the complete lack of audience participation (who would have wanted it or expected it anyway?) the star delivered exactly what he should have.

Nobody wants Liam Gallagher waxing lyrical about loving his fans or cherishing his music. That's not who he is. And his fans don't want him to be.

Cries of 'Liam, Liam' don't even raise an eyebrow anymore.

There's something quite refreshing about watching this mardy Mancunian against a backdrop of the current music industry's eager-to-please teenyboppers.

He's a bit moody. He performs his whole set with his hands behind his back and he doesn't say a word.

There's no medley of hits to show off his band's talents, there's no sing-a-long with the crowd and there's no thank yous for the support. But that’s the way it should be.

And you know what? It's a dead cert the same crowd will be straight on to the box office as soon as he's back in town.

As long as he promises to throw in a couple of Oasis hits again.


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