Lily Allen Metro City Review: Singer Raises A Middle Finger To Donald Trump And Liam Neeson At Perth Show
Lily Allen raised a middle finger to Donald Trump and Liam Neeson in Perth last night.
At the final show of her No Shame world tour, Brit-pop’s queen of controversy dedicated 2009 hit F… You to the US President and Northern Irish actor.
“I don’t think anything sums up how I feel better than this song, so if you would all like to join me in raising your middle fingers,” the cheeky Londoner said. “This is for you, Donald Trump and Liam Neeson.”
The packed Metro City complied.
The impassioned kiss-off completed a 22-song set heavily leaning on the chronic over-sharer’s fourth album, No Shame, which was unveiled last year and set Allen’s diary entries about motherhood, substance abuse, divorce, desire and disappointment to dancehall and reggae-influenced electro-pop.
Notably nothing from her previous album, 2014’s disappointing Sheezus, got a guernsey on the tour, which kicked off in the US last October.
Allen has put several painful years behind her, and seemed in good spirits despite a sore throat and sunburn from a daytrip to Rottnest Island. How very English of the approachable superstar, who even posted a few bikini-clad pics on social media with the caption: “Rottnest monster”.
The 33-year-old mother of two, who is a sharp and authentic lyricist, sauntered onto the Metro City stage just after 9pm in a tight orange top and Adidas tracky-dacks that one fan described as “party upstairs, Netflix and chill downstairs”.
Or she might have been Amy Shark’s cool aunt from the Old Dart.
Besides the dozen songs from No Shame, Allen, her keyboardist Ntuthuko “Tev’n” Nhlumayo and guitarist Jodi Milliner dished up the bouncy LDN, frenetic Knock ‘Em Out and smash hit first single Smile from 2006 debut album Alright, Still in the first half of the set.
Unreleased electro-pop song Party Line encouraged conservatives who “hate people doing their own thing” to cross over to the more tolerant side of life midway through the show, before a cover of Swedish R&B star Lykke Li’s Deep End challenged Allen’s wearied vocal chords.
The second half featured the romantic and authentic Who’d Have Known, career highlight The Fear (a seriously great pop song) and galloping pop-rodeo smackdown to selfish sex, Not Fair – all off 2009’s It’s Not Me, It’s You.
Fans hollered for an encore, which began with Apples, a sad ballad alluding to the genetics that perhaps led to Allen’s personal issues. (Her dad is comedian Keith Allen, who left the family when Lily was four.)
The same fans chattered through most of the No Shame track, but were tamed by the more bombastic Trigger Bang before the jaunty piano-pop of F… You nailed the English iconoclast’s flag to the mast.
Welcome back, Lily. As always, thanks for sharing.