Liam Gallagher pays moving tribute to Oasis bandmate Bonehead at homecoming concert
Liam Gallagher is known for his quick wit and sarcasm but his performance at the Etihad Stadium left fans rather emotional as he reflected on his Oasis days.
The legendary rocker, 49, took to the stage in his hometown to a sold-out crowd of almost 60,000 of us, all having the time of our lives.
Never one to disappoint, the father-of-three performed some of his solo hits as well as songs from his Oasis days, making sure everyone had a blast.
Just days before his latest album, C’mon You Know, topped the charts, the iconic performer took it in stride by stepping out in front of the packed crowd saying, “Yes Manchester,” before to sing his good morning song.
But just minutes into his set, the crowd of bouncing bodies erupted into a roar of cheers ahead of his second track, Rock ‘N’ Roll Star.
“It’s for our Bonehead,” he said while paying a moving tribute to his Oasis bandmate who is currently battling cancer.
Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs is currently undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy to treat his tonsil cancer.
While fans may have jumped up and down throughout the show, the packed audience gathered and hugged for Stand By Me.
But while Liam may have entertained the crowds, his son Gene also took center stage, with some noticing the 20-year-old on drums and sharing a special view of the stage.
As the night began to end with a glorious sunset, the sea of music lovers had their phones and lights in the air as they all belted out the classic Oasis, Wonderwall before Champagne Supernova.
“Don’t listen to anyone who says this stuff is bad for you,” he exclaimed before moving on to Cigarettes and Alcohol.
Liam’s performance came just two days before his return to Knebworth, just as he did in 1996 with Oasis, where he will perform to two sold-out crowds of 250,000 punters.
While he may have been considering a double hip replacement due to his arthritis, Liam didn’t let that get in the way as he took on the crowds throughout the night before smile.
Speaking of potentially going under the knife, he told Radio 2’s Zoe Ball Breakfast Show: ‘I could go and ruin my career at Knebworth and start kicking like Jagger, and everybody goes like that,’ I want my money, we only come to see it motionless.
“But I’m going to have to have surgery next year maybe, but I can’t do it before Knebworth.”
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