The day after the release of his second solo album. Noel Gallagher was in Belfast to kick-off a mammoth year of touring with a gig at The Odyssey.
Noel Gallagher has a bit of history when it comes to Belfast and album releases. In 2002, Oasis performed at The Odyssey on the night before Heathen Chemistry was released. That Odyssey gig, and this Odyssey gig’s attendance doesn’t even come close to the 75,214 (at last count) who claim to have been at The Limelight for an Oasis gig on the night Definitely Maybe went to Number 1.
Now onto his second album, Gallagher now has more than enough solo material without the need to dip into the Oasis back catalogue.
Music journalists have been quick to declare 2015 as the year of Oasis comeback. Noel Gallagher’s touring schedule this year would make it certain that’s not happening. We got confirmation during the gig after a bunch of “Concert Craicsters” (Every big gig in Belfast has these insufferable idiots) who seem to think it’s their own personal gig and that they can engage in “Banter” with the band, started singing “LIAM!!! LIAM!!!” and were prompty met with a one finger salute.
So that’s that put to bed, for the time being.
After a two and a half (and a bit) wait after his last gig, at Belsonic in 2012, Noel Gallagher was back in Belfast, backed by a choir this time, starting with some songs from his solo debut, before playing an Oasis song, Fade Away, the slower version that appears on 1995’s War Child album, before playing In The Heat Of The Moment, Lock All The Doors and Riverman, from his new album Chasing Yesterday.
Despite having only been release the previous day, the crowd had already known all the words.
As well as a choir backing him, Gallagher had the Belfast crowd for support when performing Champagne Supernove, adding that he might just ask the crowd to sing it for him at all his future gigs.
There were some Oasis songs, but not a lot. Thankfully, the three best songs from Chasing Yesterday – In The Heat Of The Moment, The Ballad Of The Mighty I and You Know We Can’t Go Back – were all played.
He left the stage, and came back for an encore, unlike at his last Belfast gig.
The encore included and acoustic version of Don’t Look Back In Anger, with vocal backing from the crowd, AKA …. What A Life and The Masterplan.