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LIAM GALLAGHER AND JOHN SQUIRE LIVE IN MANCHESTER

GALLAGHER AND SQUIRE LIVE IN MANCHESTER – WHAT HAPPENED?

It will be quite some time before a Manchester Apollo crowd gives another reception like the one that greeted home town heroes, Liam Gallagher and John Squire tonight, as they walked onto the hallowed Apollo stage.

We all know the back story here. The histories, the mythologies, the icons. On paper, it was too good to be true. On record it was almost too good to be true (let’s not mention ‘that’ bit) so there should be no real surprise then at the sheer level of tonight’s reception, but whilst Liam Gallagher’s un-quavering rock’n’roll swagger attempted to portray a level of expectation, a sense of entitlement almost, it was John Squire who gave the game away as he walked on stage, cracking a smile, seemingly taken aback by the sheer level of adoration.

The performance itself was almost irrelevant. This was a celebration, a coming together. A recognition of history, of legacy. Of pride of the past, pride of the present and arrogantly Mancunian pride of the future… ‘the best there was, the best there is and the best there ever will be’ or so to speak… just choose your own best.

Gallagher was in exceptional form, his voice far too big for a mere three-and-a-half thousand or so capacity venue like Manchester Apollo. It may have been John Squire that wrote the material but there’s no doubt these songs belong equally to Liam Gallagher. ‘Just Another Rainbow’ ‘Raise Your Hands’ ‘You’re Not The Only One’ ‘I’m So Bored’…. It’s hard to picture anyone else, (let’s face it, Squire could have had pretty much anyone) making these songs, barely weeks old yet already anthems, sound so good.

And Squire, the wonderfully lackadaisical guitar god was in full evidence as he delivered riff after riff after riff. Although he’s often pigeonholed as some jangly guitar maestro like the city’s other guitar god, Squire is a much more traditional guitar hero. Clearly in his element tonight, he did his thing and did it sublimely. 

It was never going to be a bad gig, was it? It may well have been a fleeting, all too brief affair but to the gathered disciples of Mancunia, it was no doubt as good as anything would ever be. As far as pretty much every single person in the crowd was concerned, Liam Gallagher and John Squire were never going to make a bad record or do a bad show and it was that sense of devout faith that accelerated what would have ordinarily been quite an incredible gig by two local icons into an all together somewhat different experience. 

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