The early till the mid part of the '90s was a grand time to be a Rockstar. Bands were a over the airwaves, on tours and even on MTV. Hard rock, glam rock, modern rock, pop rock and even alternative on the side - no eardrum was left in quietude. Arguably one of Britain's biggest rock bands that time was Oasis, fronted by Liam Gallagher along with his brother Noel Gallagher. The love-hate relationship the siblings had (or still) have was pretty public. It was no surprise that despite the longevity of the band and the success of their albums, the band finally broke up in 2009.
Fast forward to 2017 and who would've thought the braggadocio of Manchester would finally land in Manila. Liam Gallagher held his first solo concert at the Mall of Asia Arena last August 14. Quite astonishing was the crowd that the show attracted. Expats, middle-aged men and some millennials thrown in the crowd as well. Them lads with beer on hand singing along in front of the stage. It was as if Liam merely gathered his buds to sing and chug some drinks while at it. Liam kicked off the show with a triumvirate of Oasis hits. The first of which was "Fuckin' In The Bushes" followed by "Rock & Roll Star" and then "Morning Glory".
He then proceeded to perform his solo track "Wall of Glass" - the video for which feels like living vertigo. "Greedy Soul", "Bold", "For What It's Worth" completed the set of his solo singles before he reverted to a classic and arguably one of Oasis' more prominent hits, "Dya Know What I Mean" followed by another Oasis track "Slide Away". A few more of his solo songs followed before the night was wrapped with back-to-back Oasis hits "Be Here Now" and "Live Forever".
Or so we thought.
He came back after some wild clamor from fans to perform the biggest Oasis hit spanning generations of rock aficionados. Liam ended the night with none other than "Wonderwall" which had everyone singing. And as soon as it was done, he dropped the mic and walked off the stage. No farewells, no sweet nothings. How else should a rock icon exit after all.