Liam Gallagher live: Down by the River Thames

Ever heard of anyone doing a gig on the river Thames? No? Well, now you have. Liam Gallagher and his band recently took to a barge that floated down the iconic London river to perform a gig available for fans to stream.

Despite being streamed this month, it was recorded in November, which I found slightly disappointing as I feel that a live performance recorded in real-time would’ve made it feel a little closer. Nevertheless, it was a great gig and helped ease the pain of not witnessing live music for almost a whole year.

Gallagher teased fans leading up to the day of the stream, saying that he was playing tracks from both of his solo albums, as well as “stone-cold classics by Oasis, some of which haven’t been played in years.” The man knows how to cause a stir as I’m sure we all know by now, but it’s been for positive reasons as of late. He started with ‘Hello’ which is, as said by the man himself, an Oasis classic and a nostalgic opener. This was followed by a few solid fan favourites from his solo albums, including ‘Wall of Glass’ and ‘Shockwave’.

Later on, in the setlist were songs ‘Fade Away’ and ‘Headshrinker’ which was massive for fans, as these songs haven’t or have rarely been performed live since the late ’90s, early ’00s at a push. Obviously, it doesn’t come close to the feeling of seeing them performed in real life but being able to look on Twitter and see tweets from fans showing how special this was to them is something that will amaze me every time. The die-hard love the fans have still got for this band and their discography is unbeatable (and a solid reason why Liam is still so successful today).

Towards the end of the gig, Gallagher called out both Rishi Sunak and Boris Johnson, saying “ere’ that’s for you, Rishi fucking Wushi Gushi, and fucking Boris” after singing the lyrics “Is it worth the aggravation / To find yourself a job when there’s nothing worth working for?” This comes after Sunak told people in creative industries to “retrain and find other jobs” as the arts were deemed not viable throughout the Coronavirus pandemic. A necessary and entertaining name drop if you ask me, and a big fat middle finger to those who say we’re not worth saving.

Finishing off with more big Oasis tunes such as ‘Supersonic’ on top of his humorous yet cool, everlasting attitude, Gallagher and the band smashed expectations and really did bring an unforgettable gig. I mean for a start, the fact they floated down the famous River Thames in the middle of November and a global pandemic is something in itself. Can we get more bands doing stuff like this when they can’t go on a tour, please?


Elisha Cloughton

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