When it comes to rock and roll, singer [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Liam Gallagher[/lastfm] and his [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Beady Eye[/lastfm] bandmates definitely have a point to make that loud guitars, surly vocals, and hook-filled melodies are timeless. And during Beady Eye’s rousing Live on Letterman performance Wednesday night, they drove it home. Hard. Their former band, [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Oasis[/lastfm], may be gone, but the brand of Beatles-and-Stones-inspired rock ‘n roll they love is, as their album title describes it, “Still Speeding.”
And the fans agreed, whether they were among the lucky group packed into New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater to watch in person, or among the much larger group watching online, chiming in from such far-flung locales as Italy, England, Brazil, Japan, and Korea as well as the U.S.
Entering from the rear of the theater, the band dolled out high fives, kisses, handshakes, and salutes to the crowd before taking the stage and launching into a fiery version of “Four Letter Word,” which is the lead track from Beady Eye’s debut album, Different Gear, Still Speeding (released this past March).
Next came “Beatles and Stones,” one of the standout anthems that puts the group’s influences front and center, followed by the ballad “Millionaire” and then one of the group’s best-known songs, “The Roller.”
“I’m hiding out in the sun
I’m getting everyone done
Just me hating no one
Here I come, here I come, here I come”
Debates of whether Beady Eye stands up to Oasis are inevitable. But those who watched the webcast were in full agreement that this group was making music on its own merits–it was not just a shadow of its former, platinum-selling self.
Liam Gallagher may have a reputation for some outrageous statements, but on stage tonight he was a perfect gentleman. His trademark sneer was still in place, though buttoned-up under a ’60s-inspired shaggy ‘do and a snazzy jacket that looked vintage but was by all accounts from his own clothing line, Pretty Green. Say what you want about Gallagher’s sassy mouth, but he’s turned out to be an impeccable dresser.
“Bring the Light” and “Standing on the Edge of the Noise” were rocking crowd-pleasers, while “Kill for a Dream” showed Beady Eye’s quieter, more introspective side.
The band’s Beatles influence was in full effect during “The Beat Goes On.” “Wigwam” (“Any indians in the house? Any cowboys?” Gallagher asked) brought the crowd to its feet, and “The Morning Son” (which many feel is about Liam’s brother and former Oasis bandmate Noel) made for a powerhouse grand finale.
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