It’s fair to say i’ve been waiting a while for this gig, ever since it was announced that Noel Gallagher would be bringing out a solo album after Oasis split.
I was gutted about not being able to get a ticket for his Dublin concert in October last year, so I made sure I got a ticket for this, and from there, I counted down the days.
His self titled debut album, if you haven’t already got it, is fantastic, which only added to the excitement.
The support act was Cashier Number 9, who i’d already seen during the Arthur’s Day concert last September.
I’d enjoyed them that time, and I enjoyed them last night. Well worth checking out.
Noel came on and opened with a version of It’s Good To Be Free, an old Oasis B-side.
You could make something of that as a choice of song perhaps with reference to his break from Oasis, or maybe not.
It was interesting to note the contrast in setlist between NGHFB and Beady Eye, when they played Belfast last April.
Both acts only have one album in their discography, but Noel Gallagher’s high Flying Birds weren’t slow in raiding the Oasis archives whereas Beady Eye didn’t even touch them.
Not complaining about it, as all of the Oasis songs were reworked in someway. Talk Tonight and Half The World Away were sped up, and songs such as Supersonic were slowed down and given the acoustic treatment.
All the reworkings sounded fantastic.
All the biggest and best songs from the album were played.
It was strange to see Gallagher make the transition from guitar player singing the odd song to being an out and out frontman. He has his own style and stuck to it.
There wasn’t much interaction between songs. Just song, then song, then song.
The encore was all Oasis songs. As good as his album is, the best songs of the night were the reworked Oasis ones, possibly because they were re-arranged in a way never heard before.
An enjoyable night which leaves for much anticipation of his second solo album ……. which hopefully, will be as good as Oasis second album.