THE 20,000-strong crowd who were at Liam Gallagher’s London concert would have known practically everything there is to know about pills and meds, given it was a free show for NHS workers.
But I doubt many of them would have been impressed when he seemed to boast about his love for drugs, apparently referring to the illegal variety.
The Oasis star packed out the O2 Arena as a thank you to NHS front line workers, and they were able to get free tickets for the performance.
Liam told the venue: “It’s a very sophisticated crowd, seriously brainy. Doctors and nurses and drug dealers — my kind of people.”
He later joked he and the band were off to “powder their noses” before returning for an Oasis-heavy encore. But Liam managed to win the audience over again at another point in the evening after he waded into the ongoing row over the controversial offer of a three per cent pay rise for NHS staff.
In a blistering attack on Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the singer told the gathered healthcare workers: “You are all rock stars and legends. Seriously, from my f***ing heart, nice one. I hope you get your wonga off that dozy c***.”
Liam has been unable to perform live for the majority of the past 18 months due to ongoing lockdown restrictions.
But he said it was refreshing to be back on stage, especially as the crowd had used the Government’s NHS Covid passport system so they didn’t have to wear masks.
‘Good to see faces again’
Liam added that he had missed being up close with his fans.
He told the crowd: “It’s good to see faces again. I’ve missed hearing lovely voices and smelling people’s lovely breath. That’s my favourite part.”
He is never one to keep quiet on stage and it seemed like the NHS superstars were thrilled to get the opportunity to see him live, especially as he was generously doing it for free.
He is never one to keep quiet on stage and it seemed like the NHS superstars were thrilled to get the opportunity to see him live, especially as he was generously doing it for free. He might soon need a favour from some of his fans in the NHS, though.
Asked about his pre-gig rituals on Twitter prior to Tuesday’s concert, he wrote: “Bed of nails for 20 mins.” Liam now moves on to headline the raucous Reading and Leeds festivals at the end of this month alongside Stormzy, Post Malone and Biffy Clyro.
He could find himself in front of a slightly different crowd to the one at the O2 Arena on Tuesday night.
DUA’S BIKINI IS LIPA FAITH
WITHOUT wishing to knit-pick, Dua Lipa’s minuscule crocheted bikini doesn’t look exactly practical.
Almost 5 million Instagram users liked her swimwear photos, which she posted after jetting home from Ibiza following a holiday with pals.
The singer wore the tiny bikini – which featured embroidered designs of a daisy, a cannabis leaf and a rainbow – with chunky necklaces, pink sunglasses and orange, star-shaped earrings.
Dua is now back in London and has been showing her boyfriend Anwar Hadid and his model sister Bella the sights, including taking them out for dinner in Soho.
With the disappointing summer we’re having, she may as well pack that bikini away while she’s home.
HARRY’S NOT IN A HURRY
HIS debut album came out in 2017, followed by Fine Line two years later, but anyone hoping Harry Styles will drop a new album in the next few months should prepare for disappointment.
I have heard he has no plans to release new music this year after his world tour got delayed due to Covid.
Demand for a record from Harry is at fever pitch following the success of Fine Line, which spent 57 weeks in the Top Ten, but instead he is focusing on getting his shows done.
A music insider said: “Harry has spent time working on music which will likely be for his third album. But it’s not finished and it is still quite a way off.
“He was expecting to be on tour for most of last year and that would have given him time to write the album this year, but things haven’t worked out that way.
“Harry ended up doing his two films, Don’t Worry Darling and The Policeman, almost back-to-back earlier this year and now he is in rehearsals for the US leg of his tour, which will take him to the end of 2021.
“Right now he wants to focus on making those shows the best they can be and then he can figure out the rest from there.
“His label is obviously keen to put out another record but that won’t be until next year at the earliest, judging by how things look at the moment.”
Plenty of people were sceptical about his chances when One Direction ended five years ago, but Harry has proved his critics wrong and become one of the most popular male solo artists on the planet.
For now, the demand for his next record will only keep growing.
LIAM’S LOVE SPARKS
THE romance between Liam Payne and Maya Henry has heated up again – quite literally.
As I told yesterday, the couple jetted off to St Tropez after reuniting, but may have to cut their trip short due to advancing wildfires.
They were attending a VIP yacht party in these photos but thousands have been evacuated from the local area in the south of France.
The couple split up earlier this year but I revealed last week how they had reunited after going on low-key dates.
Here’s hoping things don’t go up in smoke again.
TEDDY: SO VITAL TO TALK
FORMER Spurs and Three Lions ace Teddy Sheringham knows all too well the pressures of being in the spotlight.
But the sportsman has expressed his disappointment that in his heyday, no one talked about young men’s mental health.
In an exclusive chat at the Cubefunder Celebrity Pro-Am presented by Trinifold Sports Management and PGA EuroPro Tour, Teddy said: “There was no asking for help on the mental health side.
“You either were strong enough to cope or you fell by the wayside. In games, the abuse would be water off a duck’s back for me.
“When Gareth Southgate took that penalty in Euro 1996, none of us said to him that he was a joke. He put himself up and we patted him on the back for his strength.
“It’s what happens on Twitter now. You have to find a balance and be level headed.”
2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize Awards Show
GHETTS Celeste, Laura Mvula, Mogwai, Arlo Parks and Wolf Alice are among acts confirmed to perform at the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize Awards Show.
Lauren Laverne will host the TV ceremony at London’s Eventim Apollo on September 9 – and present the album of the year gong.