Review: Liam Gallagher, Musgrave Park

Review: Liam Gallagher, Musgrave Park
Liam Gallagher on stage at Musgrave park. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Liam Gallagher hasn't been softened by time, he's still harder than the Irish rain. Cork endured violent rains all day Sunday as the Gods vented their fury on the one most people still presume caused the break-up of Oasis.

Did he? Dunno for sure. Liam and Noel, they smashed each other's guitars, they broke each other's hearts. Few spats ever fit an easy script. And neither did Liam Gallagher's Sunday night show in Musgrave Park. In their forecasts, the meteorologists may have drawn a status yellow chalk outline around Cork's corpse, but the city is alive and well today, and so too is Liam Gallagher's career.

Having come back from the dead with a hatful of half decent songs on 2017's As You Were, he treats the Musgrave Park crowd to Shockwave from his imminent second solo album. Any good, you ask? You'll have to speak up, it's fairly loud in here.

And yes, it is good. His solo songs are crowd pleasers: Greedy Soul, For What It's Worth, Wall of Glass. He may play up to his Bad Boy image, but you can't deny his ability to rock an audience, nor deny his band their ability to rattle the foundations.

Liam also certainly has the banter that engages, albeit largely unprintable:

"Are you all #*#-in' doin' #*#-in' all right?"

"Yes, we are," said the crowd (paraphrasing).

"Cork is like Manchester, isn't it? You could do with a few #*#-in' arks around here and all, couldn't you?"

Yes, we could. Or a quality mac like yours, Liam.

For the record, it certainly rained, but the most biblical passages had fallen earlier in the day. Thankfully.

Or how could you not like his intro to Roll With It:

"This next one is s**t, or so I've heard. But we're playing it anyway because we love f***in' love it."

He's onstage at 8:45 sharp, gone before 10:10, even sharper.

But, good and all as Liam's new material is, it'd only be half the show without the Oasis songs: Morning Glory, Some Might Say, Roll With It, Wonderwall and Champagne Supernova.

All delivered with the intensity of a man still on a mission, still with a point to prove. He did that, and then some.

Other aspects of this weekend's schedule didn't quite go to plan. The Coronas played another storming set on Saturday night, but without rising pop icon Sigrid, who withdrew from her warmup show on her doctor's advice; her slot was taken up by Gavin James and Hudson Taylor.

Sigrid's image did, however, appear on the big screens advertising her Nov 22 show in 3Arena, Dublin. So too did Gerry Cinnamon's Nov 1 show, also 3Arena; there will now be busloads of Cork yoof head up for that, fans of 'Belter' and the other hits.

He did a cracking warmup for Liam Gallagher, fellow master expleter. For one Scotsman with a guitar, Cinnamon is noisier than any foul-mouth stag night. This crowd loved him. Too right too. And there's life in the week yet. The rugby venue hosts two more shows, Irish superstar Hozier on Tuesday, followed by former Fugee Lauren Hill on Wednesday.

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