If you’re of music fan of a certain age you’ll probably be very aware of the “MTV Unplugged” series from the ’90s. The series saw a host of stars from Alice In Chains to Mariah Carey playing stripped back versions of their biggest hits resulting in some iconic moments like Nirvana’s set. Now, in 2020, Manchester indie icon Liam Gallagher joins the illustrious list, which includes his former band Oasis (a show he missed through illness), with this ten-track album recorded in Hull on his solo UK tour.
Pushing the release date back to June 12, the date of his much-anticipated but now cancelled show at Heaton Park, this sees the Manchester superstar performing some of his biggest solo hits alongside a smattering of hits from his former band Oasis. Despite being stripped back to an acoustic guitar, drums, and a piano, tracks like opener “Wall Of Glass” are still unmistakeably Liam. Those who’ve seen him perform live will testify that his gigs can get a little rowdy to say the least, however, this doesn’t feel like that. Listening to Liam strip back the brilliant “Stand By Me” feels like you’re listening to something truly special and you really do feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end. Sure, the chants of “Liam! Liam! Liam” ring around the venue between songs but hearing him perform his rendition of “Sad Song” for the first time ever on vocals, the whole atmosphere feels like these fans know they’re experiencing something completely one-off.
Of course, all of us want to hear this half of the Gallagher brothers perform some of his biggest hits and, while the obvious hit is thankfully missing from the recording, the brilliant “Some Might Say” is only shadowed by album closer a jaw-dropping rendition of “Champagne Supernova”. Over the years the MTV Unplugged has put out some great sets and some truly iconic ones that will be talked about for years to come. This incredible set puts Liam Gallagher’s contribution into the latter category without a shadow of a doubt.
You can find out more about the release date and track listing here https://www.totalntertainment.com/music/liam-gallagher-mtv-unplugged-release-date/
Liam also recently announced that he’ll play a free concert for NHS staff at The O2 on October 29th. Please see https://www.liamgallagher.com/