In Concert: Liam Gallagher

Liam Gallagher epitomizes a rock ‘n’ roll spirit that is all but extinct.

I don’t seem to be alone on this theory, either. Judging by the sold-out crowd at Toronto’s REBEL, the age range of millennials to spry boomers is recognizable.

One can only guess that they came to seek, or even relive, a dose of the real thing.

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For the inaugural Toronto solo gig by the former Oasis frontman – 2011’s Beady Eye tour not accounted – fans are in store for a lean and mean set.

Opening the show is Los Angeles-based Warbly Jets, a quartet showcasing their rock ‘n’ roll influences almost as flagrantly as their buttoned-down chest hair.

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It’s minutes in when curly-mopped lead singer, Samuel Shea, wishes the Canadian crowd a “Happy American Thanksgiving” confessing it to be their maiden voyage north of the border. Blasting and preening onstage, the evening is set the main event.

Liam Gallagher epitomizes a rock ‘n’ roll spirit that is all but extinct.

With a banner above the stage reading “As You Were”, Liam Gallagher makes his way out like a boxer approaching the ring.

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Appropriately, a double shot of Oasis tunes, “Rock n Roll Star” and “Morning Glory”, get things started, accompanied by his impressively fine-tuned band.

With a white hanging banner that reads “As You Were”, Liam Gallagher makes his way to the stage like a boxer approaching the ring.

Slightly mellowing with tracks from his new album (“Bold”, “For What It’s Worth”), Gallagher, now 45, brandishes his bad boy reputation more than ever.

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Standing in his trademark pose, hands locked behind back – he sneers and spits at will and without warning.

Gallagher, now 45, brandishes his bad boy reputation more than ever.

Needless to say, the energy he brings never dissipates throught the evening.

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Marking the night’s highlight, 90’s Brit-pop anthem “Some Might Say” calls for mandatory sing-alongs, even extracting visible tears from a middle-aged fan decked out in Kappa wear.

In the end, it remains about the music. Gallagher, after all, realizes the weight Oasis holds with many. To that effect, he doesn’t waste time with gimmicks. What he brings is old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll.

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Photo by Myles Herod