Liam Gallagher has had a hell of a 2017 and 2018 looks much the same as he prepares to headline festivals touring his hit solo album that was released last year. Last night however, Radio X and Global hosted a special, intimate, one-off show with Liam on the roof of their Leicester Square headquarters and one of our writers, Sam Dawes, was lucky enough to get tickets to the show.
First a thank you, Radio X put on something brilliant, this will be a memory that i’ll hold dear, I grew up to the sounds of Oasis and this was truly amazing.
Walking up to the show, it almost didn’t feel like it was real, with such a name like Liam Gallagher, if you were to go see him anywhere else, it would be a given that it would be sold out, you would expect to see crowds of fans piling in to whatever venue he was at. Last night however, was very different, there were no long queues to get in, there was a couple of brave fans hoping to get a spare ticket in, I have also since read there were a few fans listening from outside the building, it felt almost cruel to only have one spare ticket, but it is what it is.
Once we were in and up, we walked through the door to the rooftop venue, and it blew me away just how intimate this show was going to be, it was a reasonably sized stage, an assortment of instruments for his band mates, but about two meters away from the edge of the stage was the barrier of the balcony. Cameras were set up all over the roof terrace as well capturing every angle the legendary singer would possibly stand in, Radio X was making sure they were capturing it all, which they have already teased to be releasing soon.
After collecting drinks and trying to keep covered up from the cold as much as possible, Johnny Vaughan soon took to the stage, to announce Mr Gallagher. During Mr Vaughan’s opening speech, he mentioned ‘Seeing a big name in a small venue is the holy grail, you would trade in any stadium show to see Liam in a small venue is right’, I think everyone would agree that this was pretty spot on.
With the sheer amount of video cameras around set up by Radio X, there was a strict no photography or filming put in place by Liam, something I am quite thankful for actually, phones in gigs now just are such a disconnection from the music, people record their favourite songs live, never to watch them again and it’s just something that’s in the way, some people end up watching more of the show through their phone while recording it then actually watching and enjoying, it’s a shame but that is how things are now.
Liam soon came out and kicked things off with ‘Wall of Glass’ this was just about a stripped back set, acoustic guitars, piano, synths and a snare drum and pad were set up, with his band members all in synch to make it an acoustic set, but it was more than just Liam and a guitar, it was still a proper show.
The venue although small, was almost it’s own downfall, it was on the verge of awkward, there were around 50 people along this roof terrace, half were competition winners who won tickets through Radio X, the other half was a mix of Global staff and people that come with Liam, so it felt that it was a struggle to get a real atmosphere on the go, it was on the cusp of awkward, but not quite, what I think held that together was Liam, if it wasn’t him on stage, it may have slipped to awkward, especially in the position that I was in, along the terrace railing, directly in front of the stage.
Mr Gallagher soon rattled on through his set, starting with a few songs from his solo album such as ‘Greedy Soul’, ‘Bold’ and ‘Paper Crown’ and then mixed in some Oasis classics in like ‘Some Might Say’, ‘Rockin Chair’, of course ‘Wonderwall’ and finishing off the set with ‘Live Forever’. All in all he was on stage for 9 songs, and they went by so quickly, there was a few calls for him to stay on longer, but once the maracas were down, that is where they stayed, I was personally hoping for a little Q&A or even for him to chat more as we all know he has such a big personality, but alas, I can’t complain too much, to attend such a gig was special, a word I can’t stop saying to describe last night.
The set list that I managed to retrieve from the stage: