• Liam Gallagher brings ‘Oasis’ of music to Manila

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    International rock star Liam Gallagher belongs to that category of singers and artists who may be considered as in a class of their own.

    As the former front man of the British rock band Oasis, Gallagher, together with his brother Noel, chalked up an impressive string of achievements that catapulted the group to worldwide fame and success.

    At the same time, however, he got embroiled in personal troubles and disputes that provoked negative reactions and commentaries from the public that sullied his otherwise clean and wholesome reputation.

    Rather than let his personal problems affect him and upend what he has successfully built for many years, he remained steadfast and confident as he met these challenges head-on. He continued to evolve as a singer and artist and stayed consistently on top until this very day despite the emergence of new talents with new sounds and new styles.

    The remarkable way he handled and preserved his career amid daunting challenges makes Gallagher a class act.

    Thousands of local rock enthusiasts will get to know the celebrated singer and his marvelous musical journey up close and personal when Gallagher takes the spotlight during his much-anticipated one-night concert on August 14 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Parañaque City.

    Ovation Productions is bringing the British rocker for the Manila stop of his ongoing world tour to treat his Filipino audience to a string of Oasis classic hits, such as “Wonderwall,” “Don’t Look Back in Anger” and “Champagne Supernova.”

    Liam is likewise expected to perform cuts from “As You Were,” his upcoming initial solo album that will be released on October 6, such as “Wall of Glass” and “Greedy Soul.”

    Named as the greatest front man of all time in a reader poll conducted by Q Magazine in 2010, Liam has been acclaimed as the face of Oasis, whose tribute to The Beatles has made the band nearly as big and as influential as the Fab Four.

    Oasis has likewise been cited as a major influence and inspiration in the musical careers of many other well-known bands, such as The Killers, Arctic Monkeys, Maroon 5 and Coldplay, among others.

    Together with Noel at its helm, Gallagher steered the five-piece rock band from Manchester, England to great heights of international acclaim and commercial success, ultimately becoming the defining musical act for a generation,

    Although all the tracks on the band’s seven albums that sold more than 71 million copies worldwide were composed by Noel, it was Gallagher, as the group’s front man, who provided life and soul to and turned into huge hits such songs as “Wonderwall,” “Don’t Look Back in Anger” and “Champagne Supernova.”

    The band’s third album, “Be Here Now” (1997) set a new record as the fastest-selling album in UK chart history, while “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?” attained greater success by becoming the third-selling album in British recording history.

    Liam Gallagher has won many accolades for his vocal contributions to Oasis, as well as his awesome presence that helped make the band a popular live act wherever it performed. However, his attitude also provoked much attention from the British press which often ran negative stories about his alleged behavior.

    His acrimonious public spats with Noel that created a deep and permanent dent in their relationship only further intensified rather than diminished public interest in Oasis and magnified its legendary stature even long after its break-up and the members, including Gallagher, pursued individual careers.

    With his erratic behavior and abrasive attitude tempered by his distinctive singing style that have been the frequent subjects of media commentaries, Liam has remained one of the most recognizable figures in modern British music.

    Gallagher’s singing voice has often been compared to that of John Lennon, leading him to admit that he has no clear influence in his music other than John Lennon and “music” itself. He has been known to incorporate many different forms, such as punk, indie and New Wave, and recently has explored elements of jazz during his stint with Beady Eye, the band he formed after Oasis broke up in 2009.

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