LIAM Gallagher, never the most articulate of orators, couldn’t have said it any better when, three minutes into opening salvo Rock ’n’ Roll Star, he growled: “You’re all in my hands tonight!”
There is something about Oasis that continues to enthral, intrigue and attract, 14 years after swaggering debut single Supersonic announced them as the group to take the mantel from fellow Mancunians The Stone Roses as the best band in Britain.
Few other UK bands in recent years have generated such unwavering, unequivocal adoration. And the day after Oasis released their first album in three-and-a-half years, they didn’t disappoint the thousands of fans at Liverpool’s Echo Arena.
Tearing through a string of in-your-face anthems, including Cigarettes and Alcohol, Morning Glory and superb new single The Shock of the Lightning Liam shook off some early vocal cobwebs to deliver an impressive performance.
But it is when the older Gallagher brother takes centre stage that the set’s high point emerges.
Noel provided the chalk to Liam’s cheese with a tender, melodic and euphoric rendition of much-loved B-side The Masterplan, which “our kid” follows up with his best song to date, Songbird.
Could a man looking like the Missing Link really have written such a sublime, soulful song? Apparently so.
Classics such as Wonderwall, Don’t Look Back in Anger and Champagne Supernova were supplemented with a smattering of new songs, including the Noel-penned fan favourite in the making Waiting for the Rapture, and rare airings of Slide Away and set-closer I am the Walrus.
Oasis are still out on their own. The crown may be slipping but the Clown Prince of Britpop still fronts the best band in the business.