PHOTOGRAPHY Tina de la Celle
WORDS Julian de la Celle
SPECIAL THANKS to Morad Khokar
It's been a long time coming, but I was finally able to check off seeing Liam Gallagher on stage from my bucket list. The audience was going mental before he even hit the stage, shouting "Liam! Liam! Liam!" in unison. I had guys around me ordering two beers at a time, with giant grins on their faces telling their friends about an Oasis gig they saw back in 1999 and how they've been waiting years for this. The anticipation in the room was definitely tangible. Hell, I was freaking out that I was about to see him too.
Everyone was waiting for the moment that Liam would appear on stage, which was supposed to be 9PM, and it was 9:20PM now. Then all of a sudden the strobe lights began and "Fuckin' In the Bushes" starts playing and the chants begin again, "Liam! Liam! Liam!" Then he appears in front of the bright white lights, like a saint, and goes right into "Rock 'n' Roll Star." It felt like Oasis, and it was brilliant. The crowd started jumping like maniacs and it wasn't long before people had their arms around each other, kissing cheeks and I even saw a few tears of joy. It was massive, and everyone felt the energy around them. He mixed in new songs with Oasis classics like "Morning Glory" and "Slide Away" and it felt effortless. He came back on stage for an encore ending with an a cappella version of "Be Here Now" in dedication to the terror attack in Manchester last week. He thanked everyone for the love and support and walked off stage left.