The day of the much anticipated sell out stadium gig of Liam Gallagher in Glasgow had arrived and it was almost biblical in the hours leading up to the show; the rain in Glasgow was such that Noah was on shipbuilding standby… it was absolutely lashing down!
On the walk to the stadium the rain abates and those hoping to be at the front of the stage were already streaming down the famous Hampden walkways; bedecked in standard Oasis/Liam clothing the numbers were already high and sales of hats and ponchos were doing a roaring trade for the street vendors doted around the outskirts of the venue.
The capacity of Hampden for the show today was circa 50,000 and the atmosphere was already building as early as 4pm as the gates opened and the early hopefuls with standing tickets made their way to the front of the stage barrier. The first band were not on stage ’til 6:30pm so it promised to be a long wait for those standing in the ever changing traditional Scottish summer weather.
The stands were filling nicely as the first support band took to the huge stage. Goat Girl looked genuinely amazed by the size of the venue but showed no signs of nerves as they played a good set to an appreciative crowd. They may not have seemed like an obvious choice for the support slot but had an entertaining and enjoyable sound.
The break between Goat Girl and the main support was mercifully short as the weather gods played tricks on the crowd.
The magnificent Kasabian appeared on stage in front of their huge backdrop and to the huge ovation of the crowd which had swelled to over half of the capacity. Kasabian absolutely kill it from the very first second of their set until the very last. The band are on a high and Serge was obviously loving every second in his newish role as the front man. He barely stood still for a second as he runs, struts and jumps like a man possessed.
All too soon the set was over. It’s seldom seen for a support act to receive such an ovation, even one as well known and accomplished as Kasabian.
The tension, anticipation and adrenaline were tangible in the build-up to Liam Gallagher stepping out into the arena. The crowd was already in full voice and you could cut through the atmosphere; Glasgow seems up for it tonight.
Then it happened… the background music stopped and the Liam intro music blared in time with the images on the huge screens that proclaimed that tonight was going to be biblical.
The famous Hampden roar was deafening and the Glasgow crowd to let go of the pent up energy for their musical God.
Dressed in a very colourful jacket, that was most likely from his own clothing line, Gallagher arrogantly shook his maracas and took the acclaim from the gathered pilgrims. In his own inimitable manner, ‘Hello’ launched his set immediately followed by ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Star’ and ‘Morning glory’. It was obvious what the night was going to deliver… a sermon by Liam from the Hampden Mound. He promised biblical and if the start of the show was anything to go by, a burning bush was sure to make an appearance at some point.
Liam carried on preaching to the assembled disciples as he delivered a 19 parable bible according to his word and, only his word mattered. He had the Hampden crowd eating out of his tambourine laden hands. He even wore the tambourine on his head like a crown at one point.
The set was a masterpiece of old and new, hits and classics; something for everyone. There was even a second coming of Liam or, to give it the more popular name, an encore which just helped to seal the legend title he had endowed himself so many years ago.
Thankfully there was no crucifixion at the end of this chapter; the Book of Liam will continue onto venues near and far as he spreads and reinforces his teachings to his ever faithful band of followers.
Biblical? Even non believers would have been swayed by the first man of music tonight so yes, it may well have been biblical. Love him or loathe him, Liam Gallagher is a living legend of the music industry and gig by the crowds reaction, he was the definition of the word legend.