Manchester's favourite son kicked off his As You Were tour in Leeds, and subsequently tour the roof off.
I was really excited to shoot this show. Since the announcement of his first solo album at the start of the year, the hype around LG had steadily been building. A handful of festival appearances over the summer had whet the appetites of the old Oasis faithful, and when As You Were finally hit the shelves in October, the general consensus was that it was a return to form from "our kid".
On arrival at Leeds Arena, spirits were very, very high. The vibe around the place was positively buzzing, with Clay Pit Lane awash with indie swagger, chants and songs reverberated through the massing queues - Leeds was certainly in the mood for a party.
The stage setup was fairly minimal, but I guess you wouldn't expect more for Liam - he's never struck me as a "smoke and lazers" kind of guy. A pre-show soundtrack of 90s indie classics ensured the sold out arena was in good voice, and when "F*ckin' In The Bushes" blasted out, the crowd went mad - Liam swaggered over to the microphone in a bright orange Stone Island jacket and cried out "I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together!" before blasting straight into "Rock 'n' Roll Star" and "Morning Glory" - the reminiscing 90s indie kids were in their element! The rest of the show was a well balanced setlist of both Oasis classics and Liam's new material, which served to highlight the significance of Liam's absence from the stage since things with Noel went a little sour. Liam's done a great job of proving his critics wrong, and subsequently whet everyone's appetite for a potential Oasis reunion (Given 2018 is a fallow year, my money is on Glastonbury 2019).
Photographically, it was a fairly straightforward gig to shoot. Liam's iconic stance gave me plenty to go at, whilst the moments he spent away from the microphone gave me a whole host of opportunities to capture some other expressions - it was a great show to shoot.