Rock in Rio Lisbon: Liam Gallagher came to Portugal to sing the Manchester anthems and show his love for Bernardo Silva and Rúben Dias

On the day that Sir Paul McCartney celebrates his 80th birthday, William John Paul Gallagher, devotee of the Beatles church and icon in his own right, returns to Portugal after a long absence. The last concert of Oasis, the group he formed (and dissolved) with his brother Noel, dates from 2009, and neither solo nor with his other group, Beady Eye, the English musician has returned to our country since. In front of him, at seven o’clock in the afternoon, the one who has his life mottos at the back of the stage – “rock ‘n’ roll” and Manchester City football club – had a large audience. When the giant screen films it upside down, leaning slightly over the microphone stand and with thousands of heads turned towards the natural amphitheater of Bela Vista, the image refers to other carnivals, namely the shows epics that the Oasis gave in Knebworth, England, in 1996. In 2022, it’s nice to see, the context is different. Liam Gallagher is at Rock in Rio solo, with a handful of Oasis songs and another of solo themes, taken from the three albums he released between 2017 and last May. Before him, he has a large audience, but not necessarily aware of everything he has done. In the front rows, the enthusiasm of the “roots” fans is vibrant. In the rest of the room, the crowd remains attentive until the end, but it is especially with the last two songs – the super classics ‘Wonderwall’ and ‘Cigarettes and Alcohol’, also from Oasis – that the euphoria arises. .

Imperturbable in his style, with an attitude between defiance and attempts to communicate, Liam Gallagher has not always been understood, thanks to his strong Manchester accent and a few less obvious references. Football, however, could not be outdone: with his Manchester City winning the English League this year, the singer made it known that he liked the Portuguese Bernardo Silva and Rúben Dias, the latter “even more, now”, short cut , alluding to the head that the footballer’s father gave to Noel Gallagher, his brother and “rival”, during the evenings for the title.

Alternating between Oasis songs (“Hello” and “Rock ‘n’ Roll Star” soon to open, “Roll It Over” and “Slide Away” later) and songs from his solo career, Liam Gallagher naturally listened , more applause as they reflected on the band’s legacy of “Definitely Maybe.” In fact, sonically, there’s no drastic difference between what he did with Oasis and what he created on his own, but the former’s vintage just sounds different. Maybe it’s just the effect of nostalgia talking, since some songs from the last “C’mon You Know”, like “Everything’s Electric” or “More Power”, this in soul-gospel mode, sounded good in late afternoon in this the sun was peeking out from behind the clouds with enough strength that the performer, who occasionally picked up the tambourine, noticed the warmth of its rays.

However, it is with the penultimate song of the line-up, played “while someone must already be looking at their little watch full of fear”, that many will have thought that the ticket money was well spent. Said clock struck 7:52 p.m. when ‘Wonderwall’ was heard at Parque da Bela Vista and Liam Gallagher adapted the lyrics to the context (“there are a lot of things I would like to tell you but I don’t speak Portuguese”), letting the audience sing along one of those captive choruses in pop-rock history. With his parkita hood, he still offered “Cigarettes and booze” to Bela Vista – and the tambourine to an exultant fan -, saying goodbye with a promising “see you soon”.

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