On Tuesday night the Manchester born band Oasis played a concert at the Roundhouse in Camden. After only a short time their front man Liam Gallagher stormed off stage after telling the crowd “I hope you feel as uncomfortable as I do.” His brother, noel, who is obviously used to such outbursts from his younger sibling continued with the show stating “I think someone’s in a bad mood”.
The incident was brought about by people throwing beer onto the stage and at Gallagher himself. Personally I can understand why he walked off stage if indeed he had been targeted. The question here though is whether or not he was actually targeted or was it just a case of the rock star acting the prima donna. People have paid to see these artists perform and have a right to get what they pay for but at the same time the artists should and must be respected.
Although I was not myself present I imagine that it was only a few who threw anything in the direction of the stage. This means that once again it was the actions of the few that ruined the experience for others. This said, Liam’s older brother acted professionally and kept the show going by leading the crowd in a perfect rendition of The Masterplan. This paved the way for the younger Gallagher’s eventual return half an hour later.
Gallagher’s behaviour may be seen as inappropriate as people have paid money to see him perform. It is from these very people that he has made his living so in turn he should respect them. But no one, in the course of their working day should have anything thrown at them. Its something that people just should not have to put up with. This is a point that is often forgotten with musicians and also sportsman. They may be well paid for what they do but playing a concert is work to them just like going to the office is work to us.
Liam Gallagher however has a history of moody and abusive behaviour. This in turn must rub off onto his fans who will often try to emulate their hero’s behaviour. Does this mean that been abused himself is something that Liam Gallagher has brought on himself? Probably, but we must still ask whether or not it is right. The answer to this is that it is not right but it will persist to happen to performers such as Oasis because of the stupidity of the few and also due to the image that they themselves have constructed.
A final point must be made here regarding image. It can not be said that this incident will harm Gallagher or his band in any way. They seem to thrive on this sort of notoriety. They must surely know this. It will be interesting to see when the next such incident occurs. Maybe when there haven’t been too many headlines. Just a suggestion Mr. Gallagher.