Liam was asked to be a special guest during The Killers’ set, but claimed "I don't know the words to nish, man"
Liam Gallagher interrupted The Killers while they were inviting a fan to play drums with them onstage at Latitude 2018 last night (July 14) to apologise for not singing on their cover of Oasis’ ‘Acquiesce’ because he didn’t know the words to “nish”.
As The Killers were preparing to play ‘For Reasons Unknown’, singer Brandon Flowers spotted two signs in the crowd asking to play drums on the song. “Which one do you want?” Flowers asked drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr, and Ronnie picked “the one with the moustache.”
Liam then appeared onstage, knelt before Brandon and told the crowd “Unlike some people, proper rock’n’roll stars do their job and get wankered. I don’t know the words to nish, man, but thank the Lord he does, so I’m just gonna say hello and leave Brandon to do his thing”.
The Killers then played ‘For Reasons Unknown’ with fan Henry from Cambridge storming it on drums and Ronnie playing guitar, before Brandon announced “we’re gonna play a cover now, it’s the greatest B-side of all time.” The Killers piled into a cover of ‘Acquiesce’, minus Liam.
Watch a (frustratingly sideways) fan video of Henry owning ‘For Reasons Unknown’ below.
Liam had previously appeared onstage with The Killers at the Lollapalooza festival in Brazil, during the finale of ‘All These Things That I’ve Done’.
Liam’s Latitude interruption came mid-way through a spectacular Killers show which opened with a disco-strutting ‘The Man’, complete with neon cowboy visuals, and fired straight into ‘Somebody Told Me’ and a rocketing ‘Spaceman’.
Liam’s presence clearly had an influence on Brandon, who was noticeably swearier than usual. “You got The Vaccines, Parquet Courts and The Killers, what more do you fucking want,” he grinned as the band prepared to launch into a punchy and powerful ‘The Way It Was’. “If we’re The Killers, brought to you by way of Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada, that makes you the victims. After this is over I don’t want anybody in Suffolk to say we got away with it. I want you all to say those nine motherfuckers on the stage are the ones that did it.”
The Killers delivered a passionate 90-minute performance, during which Brandon “teased” the crowd with the first few notes of ‘Smile Like You Mean It’ before declaring “is that enough foreplay?” and piled into the song, and quoted Martin Luther King Jr in his introduction to ‘A Dustland Fairytale’: “There’s a quote that I love,” he said, “’Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.’ Give us your lights, we need it. We’re all born with it, the trick is don’t let it go out.”
After a Springsteen-scale ‘Runaways’, a phenomenal ‘All These Things That I’ve Done’ and a scorching ‘When You Were Young’ dedicated to “Liam fucking Gallagher”, The Killers eschewed the encore formalities to race straight into ‘Human’ and a final ‘Mr Brightside’, prefaced with a chunk of the song’s Jacques Lu Cont remix. As the band left the stage, Ronnie took to the mike to tell the crowd “it’s been nice participating with you, you make dreams take wing. If you didn’t like it, thanks a lot, we’re the Kings Of Leon.”
Earlier in the day, Liam had played a surprise set in the BBC Music tent, announced via a picture of the ‘Welcome To Suffolk’ sign on his Twitter feed and including Oasis classics such as ‘Whatever’, ‘Supersonic’, ‘Wonderwall’ and ‘Live Forever’. The Vaccines played a ferocious early evening set on the main stage despite singer Justin Young battling voice issues. Allowing the crowd to sing many choruses, the band fired through ‘Post Break-Up Sex’, ‘Wetsuit’, ‘Teenage Icon’ and ‘Handsome’ amongst a plethora of speed-rock hits, and closed with latest single ‘I Can’t Quit’ from this year’s ‘Combat Sports’ album.
In the BBC Music tent, Alvvays delivered a bewitching set of dream-pop and space indie culminating in a blissful ‘Archie, Marry Me’ and ‘Next Of Kin’. And on the main stage, Parquet Courts teased the identity of the day’s secret guest by announcing “welcome to the stage everybody’s second favourite member of Oasis, Diego!” before ‘Wide Awake’.
Latitude 2018 concludes today with a headline set from Alt-J and appearances from Wolf Alice, Rag’n’Bone Man, Idles and Jon Hopkins.