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If you weren’t one of the lucky 17039;000 ones who got tickets to watch the legendary Liam Gallagher at Knebworth then this release of the live album Knebworth 22 which was released on August 11th is your opportunity to have that bully bullseye experience of here’s what you could have had or relive the magical experience all over again.
Liam confirmed himself to be the voice of two generations so wether you are one of those who have been present through 26 years or one of the new generation that have the excitement of capturing Liam Gallagher live for the first time.
The album Knebworth 22 will capture the live performances and atmosphere that Liam Gallagher delivers with a stage presence that is like a shining ball of enthusiasm and a big ball positive energy that radiates through to all his fans.
Opening the show to fans with Knebworth lyrics from “I Am The Walrus” Liam breaks the crowd into eruption with “Hello” then straight into “Rock and Roll Star” with the crowd roaring back the lyrics. Capturing the energy from a crowd on a live album provides a surge of something powerful to the listener.
“Wall Of Glass” from his 2017 album As You Were shows how on form Liam Gallagher and his band are. Capturing the audience in each of the set list.
Hearing Liam singing “Everything Electric” with the power of the guitars but drop slightly so his solo in the chorus is a joy to hear the crowd sing back at him, along with the sound of keys in the background.
A huge surprise if you hadn’t attended Knebworth the album features “Roll It Over” which featured on Oasis album “Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants” that the band never played live. It was exhilarating to hear fans sing this which is lesser-known track to many. Some pure passion hits you between the ears on this performance.
“Slide Away” allows Liam to return to that tender side of his vocals with the goosebumps to many that will no doubt will be reliving moments they has when “Slide Away” was released. And no doubt new core memories for those that haven’t heard it live before.
Songs such as “More Power” have a slower more acoustic feel but the whistling and crowd clapping and some loud voices over the choir show how the crowd were completely enraptured during the whole performance. The same with “Once” just because the tempo slows the audience participation shows no sign of slowing their enthusiasm and energy.
Would there have been any need for me to describe “Cigarettes And Alcohol” to any of you wanting to hear this album. The visions in your imagination will give you a full cinematic experience whilst blasting this out.
Finishing with classics “Some Might Say” and “Supersonic” and biblical “Wonderwall” the day was ended by inviting legendary Stone Roses guitarist John Squire to join him on stage for “Champagne Supernova” dedicating it to his mam Margaret Gallagher. Peggy G in the area Liam calls out to her in the last performance of the show. A very special ending to an unforgettable show.
The album Knebworth 22 makes those goosbumps return all over again whilst reminiscing or for many others it provides a unique imaginative journey for those that never attended for one reason or another.
Thank you LG and all the fans that attended for a truly magical listening experience
As the man himself says
“So we recorded the Knebworth gigs we did last year. We all sound biblical, turn it up ENJOY” LGx.
‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Star’
‘Wall Of Glass’
‘Roll It Over’
‘C’mon You Know’
‘Cigarettes & Alcohol’
‘Some Might Say’
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My life is a soundtrack, i track my life through music, photography is my passion, my escape, my expression. Without both i have pieces missing, thankfully i’m blessed and get to combine both.
Born in Manchester, lived in Australia for 22 years where i was heavily involved in the Australian Music Industry, firstly in bands (Singer) and then managing bands (all original), I moved back to the UK, Wales specifically 10 years ago and married my childhood sweetheart and life is good.