Beady Eye

O2 Academy, Leeds

Paul Jeeves ****

HE MAY be approaching an age when most rock stars would be thinking of putting their feet up, but there’s no denying it – Liam Gallagher remains one of the best frontmen in the business.

He still has the swagger and the attitude from two decades ago when Oasis burst onto the scene. It came as no surprise when his former band imploded two years ago, and many wrote off Liam’s musical career without Noel by his side, the brother often viewed as the mastermind behind the rise of Oasis. But few would have predicted the ascent of Liam’s new band, Beady Eye, complete with the remaining members of Oasis.

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It was fitting that the band arrived on stage after The Stone Roses’ classic, I Am The Resurrection. Because this was a gig that proved the world would be a much poorer place without Gallagher prowling the front of a stage. The setlist was by no means perfect, but that was to be expected given the band only had their 13-track debut album to call on. There was never going to be a reprise of an Oasis classic. But with the likes of Millionaire, The Roller and The Morning Son, there was never really any need.

For all the young pretenders, rock ‘n’ roll needs Liam Gallagher. And like all the best frontmen, he knows it.