Well, you can’t say you didn’t see it coming. The notoriously unpredictable Liam Gallagher playing a club named REBEL is a match made in heaven, and the results were appropriately surprising. A brief 45-minute set was followed by a mysterious disappearance, with the former Oasis frontman calling it a night after a scant thirteen songs.
Before the brash brit-popper hit the stage came openers Warbly Jets, who you’d think were from roughly the same vicinity as Gallagher hails from. Not only do they look the part, they sound exactly like Oasis in their heyday – right down to frontman Samuel Shea’s tangy vocals and their hint of a Mancunian accent. Lyrics about rock n’ roll and revolution also recalled the golden days of UK guitar rock, as did call and response sections in their tunes.
Liam Gallagher continued the throwback, with his set comprised of roughly half Oasis hits and half new material from his latest solo album As You Were. The different eras blend together extraordinarily well, showing that unlike brother Noel, Liam likes to stick to what’s been buttering his bread for the past two-and-a-half decades. It was soccer and bar jams for the whole night, starting with the classic “Rock and Roll Star” and “Morning Glory” in a one-two punch of nostalgia. New single “Wall of Glass” followed, and it was a solid balance of old and new after that.
Gallagher wasn’t too chatty, and it seems he may have been ill. Following “Cigarettes and Alcohol” he left the stage without a word and…didn’t return. Fans waiting eagerly for an encore were left hanging as the house lights came up and the production staff began dismantling the gear. Many were disappointed, while others shrugged their shoulders and chalked it up to Liam’s well-documented rock star behaviour. Let’s hope next time he comes through town he sticks around for a little while longer.