Liam Gallagher returns to Chicago for his third show this year, invoking nostalgia and proving that he has more great music in him.
It’s been well documented about Liam Gallagher leaving the Lollapalooza stage after just 20-minutes into his hour-long set. He had performed at Park West the night before as part of the Pre-Lolla shows and felt he’d messed up his voice. That was back in August, but fast forward to November, and the fans were out in force to pack out the Riviera Theatre to catch another glimpse of the infamous rock n roll star.
Whilst there is a lot of drama and controversy always surrounding the Mancunian, he certainly knows how to put on a show and entertain. The enigmatic persona only adds fuel to the performance. There were no signs of any issues as he performed a mixture of songs from his new solo album, As You Were, and Oasis favorites.
The night began with the Oasis classic “Rock N Roll Star” as he swaggered up to the microphone and took his iconic stance, dedicating the song to a girl in the front row. With all his shenanigans left at the door, tonight it was time for the music to take the spotlight.
The audience clearly didn’t hold his past misdemeanors against him as they were often heard chanting “Liam! Liam!” throughout the night.
This tour is in support of Liam’s first solo album, As You Were which reached number 1 in the UK and Ireland and is performing strongly in the US charts. It is refreshing to hear this new material from Gallagher, which certainly has elements which are reminiscent of his days with Oasis. “Wall Of Glass”, the opening track off the album, certainly engaged the audience and went down a storm. Whilst the new material was very well received by the Chicago crowd, who have had time to familiarise themselves with it this time around, it is not surprising that it was the Oasis songs that had the entire venue singing along, and got those in the balcony on their feet. “Some Might Say” and “Slide Away” brought a wave of nostalgia and familiarity across the audience, as they sang along with their best pseudo-Manchester accents.
Gallagher is nothing if not a captivating frontman. His larger than life persona didn’t take away from the show and it was the perfect early start to the Thanksgiving celebrations. It was a brief 14-song set, but that is not too surprising since he has only just fully stepped out on his own.
A fun night was had by all, judging by the smiles radiating from the audience as they sang along.
It looks to be a busy year ahead for Gallagher, with show dates already scheduled through to August 2018, a lot of which are already sold out. Judging by the quality of this show and the response from the crowd, you will not be disappointed, so be quick to snap up any available tickets if you still can.
Event Date: 21-NOV-2017