When Liam Gallagher covered George Harrison’s ‘My Sweet Lord’ at Royal Albert Hall’
Liam Gallagher has never been shy about expressing his love of everything Beatles related, even one of his children is named Lennon after his hero. In 2013, he paid tribute to another member of The Fab Four with a beautifully poignant cover of George Harrison track ‘My Sweet Lord’, which will send shivers across your entire body.
For his performance, the past Oasis leader was flanked by his former band Beady Eye who would split up only a few months later. The concert also marked his first public performance with Bonehead for 14 years, with the former Oasis guitarist deputising for injured Beady Eye member Gem Archer. The gig was in tragic circumstances and was conducted as a tribute night in memory of late drummer of The Charlatans, Jon Brookes, who had passed away a few months prior after suffering a brain tumour.
Beady Eye performed a short but sweet three-song set that began with the timeless ‘Live Forever’ before bursting into a rendition of ‘Columbia’ — both taken from Oasis’ seminal debut album Definitely Maybe. Gallagher then led the band through a spine-tingling cover of ‘My Sweet Lord’, which felt as though it was given an extra level of emotion considering the performance’s circumstances.
In the documentary The Material World, Harrison explained the meaning behind the track’s message: “First, it’s simple. The thing about a mantra, you see… mantras are, well, they call it a mystical sound vibration encased in a syllable. It has this power within it. It’s just hypnotic.”
In 1996, Liam Gallagher couldn’t hide his pain after Harrison took a nasty swipe at him when he slated Oasis and said, “The music lacks depth and the singer Liam is a pain, the rest of the band don’t need him.” The younger Gallagher brother then fired back at his hero and told MTV Europe, “I still love the Beatles and I still love George Harrison as a songwriter in the Beatles, but as a person, I think he’s a fucking nipple. And if I ever meet him I’ll fucking tell him. And if you’re watching, nipple!
“So it goes to show, all the time the Beatles and all of that, it so fucking stupid because he’s the silly one, because he reads the press,” continued Gallagher. “How’s he know I’m silly? I’m not silly. He only reads the press, you know what I mean? So he’s the fucking silly one.”
Liam seemingly regrets his reaction and revealed on social media in 2020 that if he could bring any rockstar back from the dead, it would be George Harrison. Comments get made in the heat of the moment, and Harrison’s words evidently hurt Gallagher but this splendid cover of ‘My Sweet Lord’ beautifully makes up for him overstepping the line all those years ago.