Review: Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

Liam Gallagher on stage at Leeds 02 Academy with Beady Eye. (Picture by Stuart Rhodes)
Liam Gallagher on stage at Leeds 02 Academy with Beady Eye. (Picture by Stuart Rhodes)

Review and picture by Stuart Rhodes

Beady Eye, 02 Academy, Leeds.

Liam Gallagher is as much the front man as ever he was with Oasis.

Striding onto the stage with the rest of his band Beady Eye he was on form from start to finish.

Launching straight into the opening number, Flick the Finger, Liam and the boys claim the stage from the opening chords.

Beady Eye are very much their own band, ok so there a couple of superb Oasis covers in the set, namely Live Forever and Cigarettes and Alcohol, but their own material whilst lacking any real ‘A’ side single quality tracks makes for a mighty fine rocking album.

Tracks such as the haunting track Soul Love, you either love it or hate it and the more classic Gallagher track I’m Just Sayin are played to perfection, the crowd frenzy like a shoal of starving piranha feeding on the sharp guitar chords blasting across the O2 in Leeds.

The band moves on to play the up beat tracks The Roller, Bring the Light and close the set with the awesome Wigwam before returning to bring the house down with the encore Rolling Stones classic Gimme Shelter.

There is no denying the musicianship of Beady Eye, their songs are great to see performed live and with three albums released, the excellent debut album B-Dab, followed by Different Gear Still Speeding and the excellent new album conservatively titled BE, there is no doubting they are here for the long haul.

The cocky swagger of Liam Gallagher is as much deserved with Beady Eye as it ever was with his former band.