Beady Eye Live Review
iTunes Festival, London Roundhouse, 05/07/11
Two years after rocking the Roundhouse with Oasis, Liam Gallagher brought his new band Beady Eye to Camden for night five of iTunes Festival 2011.
Liam hit the headlines last time he played the London venue for venting his fury at an Oasis fan in the audience, with his now estranged brother Noel describing his “man period” as “pretend rage” after the gig.
But – as the iTunes clock counted down to zero – Gallagher swaggered on stage to a hero’s welcome, showed no signs of menstrual pain and introduced album opener Four Letter Word to kick-off their set.
Beatles And Stones was followed by second single Millionaire as the lad-heavy crowd lapped up the atmosphere.
On the eve of Noel’s big announcement, it was only a matter of time before the younger Gallagher brother had a dig.
“Are you ready for the party political broadcast tomorrow?” asked the frontman, before adding “we like rock ‘n’ roll” and launching into their first hit Bring The Light.
Beady Eye continued to belt out songs from their debut album Different Gear, Still Speeding, with chants of ‘Liam, Liam’ echoing around the Roundhouse between tracks.
Concluding their 70-minute show with their cover of World Of Twist’s Sons Of The Stage, Beady Eye certainly proved to be one of this summer’s must-see bands.
iTunes Festival runs throughout July at Camden’s Roundhouse, with acts including Swedish House Mafia (21st), Coldplay (22nd), Example (27th), Chase & Status (28th) and Kasabian (29th) performing exclusively for competition winners.