It's safe to say that Liam Gallagher, the former frontman of Oasis and Beady Eye, is firmly back in business.
A few months prior to the release of his acclaimed debut solo album 'As You Were' in October 2017, Liam took to the stage for an emotional surprise performance at the Manchester One Love concert. This was followed up by a stand-out set on the Other Stage at Glastonbury where Liam ended his performance with a powerful rendition of 'Don't Look Back In Anger', an Oasis tune traditionally sang by Noel that had recently become an anthem for Mancunian defiance in the wake of the tragic events at Manchester Arena.
Liam then spent the majority of 2018 touring the world with 'As You Were' before heading back into the studio to start work on his follow-up record; the recently announced 'Why Me? Why Not.'
The new album is now ready to be unleashed and Gallagher recently dropped the video for 'Shockwave', the first track to be taken from his forthcoming sophomore solo album. Listen below. 'Why Me? Why Not.' is set for release on 20th September 2019 and you can pre-order it at liamgallagher.com/whymewhynot.
An intimate, honest and emotional documentary called 'As It Was' that tells the story of Liam's personal (and legal) struggles, as well as his incredible comeback has also just been released. Check out the trailer below or find out how you can buy/rent/stream it at www.liamgallagher.film.
To mark the occasion, we take a look back at some of the rock n roll star's best musical moments.
Definitely Maybe (1994)
'Supersonic' was the debut single by Oasis and at the 30-second mark, we are introduced to one of the most recognisable voices in rock n roll history. The track was born out of a jam session while Oasis were supposed to be recording 'I Will Believe' and was then fully written and recorded in a single day.
Death In Vegas
Scorpio Rising (2003)
A neo-psych belter from the electronica outfit Death In Vegas. This was the first time people had heard Liam's singing recorded on anything other than Oasis records and it convincingly proved how felicitous his vocals really are.
Heathen Chemistry (2002)
Whilst 'Songbird' was not the first Oasis song to be written by Liam, it was the first song written by Liam to be released as a single. An uplifting tune showing Liam's lighter side, it was written about his fiancée at the time, Nicole Appleton of All Saints.
The non-album single that bridged the gap between 'Definitely Maybe' and 'What's the Story' was released just before Christmas in '94. Liam bellowing about personal freedom paired with string arrangements (performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra) is spine-tingling.
Different Gear, Still Speeding (2011)
A Gem Archer penned track that Noel thought would be a mega hit, originally considered for 'Heathen Chemistry' but never got past the demo stage. The first (proper) single from Beady Eye, Liam's crooning through this track showed everybody there was life after Noel indeed.
(What's the Story) Morning Glory (1995)
A bonafide Oasis anthem and perhaps an obvious choice, but not much can come close to Liam's soaring vocals on this track. This is a frequent choice for 'The best song to bring people together?' in our Playlist features.
Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned (2004)
The closing track on the fourth album from big beat pioneers The Prodigy. A track that further showcases Liam's versatility with his sneering vocal delivery suiting the aggressive dance-punk vibes of the track perfectly.
CUM ON FEEL THE NOIZE
Don't Look Back In Anger - Single (1996)
Oasis always had cover songs in their repertoire, usually favouring '60s rock n roll hits by the likes of The Rolling Stones and The Beatles. But it's this cover of the 1973 Slade hit that really blows the original out the water.
(What's the Story) Morning Glory (1995)
The title track from Oasis' second album, a record with a bigger production and wider emotive range than their debut. A set up which seemed perfectly served in order to amplify Liam's vocals to an almost majestic level.
WALL OF GLASS
As You Were (2017)
After retreating from the public eye and music in general for a few years after Beady Eye split in 2014, Liam's triumphant return was marked with his first single as a 'solo' artist. His voice and his swagger remaining as compelling as it has always been.
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