Beady Eye - Empress Ballroom, Blackpool
THE anguished look on the face of the tout outside said it all.
“Got 30 tickets here and I can’t give ‘em away,” he complained. “What you’ve got in there is Oasis without Noel, and that’s the problem mate – it’s the wrong Gallagher brother.”
The recent clamour for tickets for Noel’s solo tour is in contrast to the, as yet, lukewarm, reception to Beady Eye, Gallagher Jnr’s post-Oasis project.
As Terry the Tout so rightly said this is Oasis without Noel given the band is made up of the Britpop superstars’ last line-up so it should be able to cut it.
And don’t get me wrong they have the odd cracking tune, like gig opener Four Letter Word, the Lennon-esque The Roller and the infectious stomper Bring The Light. It’s just they don’t have enough of them.
This outing was too stop-start, lacking in punch and a melodic edge.
Oh how the set needed a Bring It On Down, a Columbia as opposed to the meandering fillers we were dealt.
When push comes to shove I’ve always been in the Liam camp and believe Beady Eye could be a relevant band.
But when the backing track you put on before you walk on stage – The Stones Roses’ I Am The Resurrection – gets the biggest cheer of the night, you know something is wrong.
In truth Liam doesn’t necessarily need Noel, despite what some might say, but what his band needs right now is some better tunes.