Beady Eye at Leeds Festival 2011 – Review

Who: Beady Eye

Where And When: Saturday, NME/Radio 1 Stage, Leeds


Vibe: The ‘Mad Fer It’ vibes are, well, somewhat complicated as Liam and co take the headlining slot of the NME/Radio 1 Stage post Wibbling Rivalry Part 2. So how does it all go down?

The band look tired, Liam looks bloated and the songs from ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’ fail to really hit the parts that Oasis songs did (although ‘The Roller’ and ‘The Beat Goes On’ come the closest). But that doesn’t seem to matter; the younger Gallagher still has that elusive chutzpah that makes him The Man Of The People. The fans dance, cheer and worship at the altar of “Our Kid”. They are just happy to be in the presence of their hero.

Best bit: Now the initial thrill of having a solo Liam record has dissipated, a whole set from ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’ feels a bit insubstantial. The songs feel like sub-Oasis numbers. Same chunky sound, same influences, but they don’t go to the anthemic places that his former band did. Still ‘Wigwam’ manages to rise above the rest of the tracks somewhat.

Low point: Try as you might, it’s impossible to shake off a general longing for some Oasis hits to be played, and needless to say that doesn’t happen. But, you know, many of the Beady Eye songs sound like Oasis tunes. There are several moments when the crowd whoop at the opening of ‘Champagne Supernova’ to realise that, hang on, it’s not actually Oasis but it sure as hell sounds like it…

Banter: Blustery, confident and perhaps, maybe, a little bit pished. Out of all the incomprehensible swagger he drops the classic Liam line of: “Who says rock’n’roll is dead?” Not us, guv. But the world of rock’n’roll would be a lot happier if someone played ‘Live Forever’ and not, for example, ‘Kill For A Dream’.

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