NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS – LIVE AT THE ODYSSEY 9.5.2018

After spending most of 2018 touring to promote his third solo album Who Built The Moon?, Noel Gallagher headed into Belfast, a city that he has a lot of history with.

Of course, he was at The Limelight (with 250,000 others) on the night Definitely Maybe went to number one, he has also been here on the weeks of previous album releases both solo and as a member of Oasis.

This album had an even bigger link to Belfast, with part of it being recorded here.

Noel Gallagher spending time in Belfast and I didn’t see him once, yet somehow I always manage to walk past Uncle Andy from Give My Head Peace at least once a week.

Support came from Baxter Dury, who sings a lot like his dad. If that’s your scene, you will enjoy him.

I would have preferred it if Blossoms were supporting him, as they did when he toured Mainland Europe last month, having previously seen them supporting Paul Weller in 2015 and Kasabian (well, supposed to) in 2017, as well as a headline gig at The Limelight in early 2017.

No pressure on Noel, but I was missing Linfield v Glentoran for this. As Noel entered the stage, Linfield had just gone 2-0 up. Noel was well on the way to being my favourite Gallagher as I missed a County Antrim Shield defeat to Ards to see Liam in concert last November.

I had a quick check again two songs in and it was 2-2 en route to a 3-4 defeat. It was now Noel’s job to cheer me up rather than entertain me.

Unsurprisingly, he entered to the sound of Fort Knox, a great introductory song with an epic build up with a 1990 vibe. You could just imagine it being in the background as you hug Tony Wilson or Peter Hook in The Hacienda.

Noel was on vocals for the “Hey hey hey” bits which didn’t really work as well live as it did on the record.

This then led in to Holy Mountain, the lead single from Who Built The Moon?, a song that took a while to grow, best described as Roxy Music with flutes. Amazingly, it works.

Everybody in the venue was punching the air as Noel sang “She fell, she fell, right under my spell”, as is tradition when you reach the chorus of a Glam Rock stomper.

The opening songs were dominated by songs from Who Built The Moon? It has it’s moments, but it’s weird enough to scare off teenage parka wearing fuckwits who previously turned up at his concerts acting like shitebags, meaning that this was a more civilised affair.

One of those songs was It’s A Beautiful World, which was the opposite of Fort Knox, which sounds a lot better live than it does on record.

This block of solo hits also included stuff from previous albums such as In The Heat Of The Moment, Riverman, Ballad Of The Mighty I, IF I Had A Gun and Dream On.

Three albums in, he can fill out a set with solo material, Oasis classics are now the minority. The his now Noel properly solo, or Noelo, if you prepare.

Noel then spoke to the crowd asking “What about ye?” in a very authentic Belfast accent, asking what had happened since he was last here, answering himself with “Fuck all”, as someone threw a baseball hat at him, he took a look at it and kicked it away in disgust, before asking “Who the fuck walks around Belfast wearing a Los Angeles baseball hat?” before making another fashion based observation that judging by the way people were dressed, there were a lot of Oasis fans in the building.

That got a cheer, it was a nice link to a couple of Oasis classics, Little By Little (sounding far better than on record) and The Importance Of Being Idle before Love Is The Law, and underrated classic from Who Built The Moon?

Another stand out track from Who Built The Moon?, She Taught Me To Fly was next. Just before that song, he introduced his backing band, The High Flying Birds. The loudest cheer was for Charlotte Scissor Queen, as this was the song she plays scissors on. There were also familiar (Familiar to millions, you could say) faces in the form of former Oasai Gem Archer, Chris Sharrock and Mike Rowe.

It was then back to Oasis for some singalong classics, Half The World Away and Wonderwall, before signing off on AKA …. What a Life.

Onto the encore, and an Oasis classic not usually performed by Noel, as it was sung by Liam, Go Let It Out, with a slightly more Primal Scream-ey vibe and no Noel shouting “PICK UP THE BASS” between verses.

That was then followed by a stripped back Don’t Look Back In Anger, Noel as per usual just letting the audience do the singing.

The show ended with a cover of All You Need Is Love. Oasis did covers of I Am The Walrus and Helter Skelter as B-Sides and frequently talked about their love of The Beatles.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get the balloon drop that has happened at other concerts on the tour when he performs this song.

Want to feel old? Definitely Maybe is the mid point between now and The Beatles splitting up.

As he left the stage, he told the crowd “I’ll see you down the road”

Whatever could be mean?

Ormeau Park? Custom House Square? Titanic Slipways? Holywood Rugby Club?

Photo Album

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds live at Titanic Belfast 2016

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds live at The Odyssey 2015

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds live at Custom House Square 2012

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds live at The Odyssey 2012

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THE FRIDAY FIVE – 18.5.2018

1. AJR ft Rivers Cuomo – Sober Up
2. Florence and the Machine – Hunger
3. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – All You Need Is Love
4. Arctic Monkeys – Four Out Of Five
5. Manic Street Preachers – Hold Me Like A Heaven

First of all, apologies for there being no Friday Five last week. It was due to a combination of packing for a weekend away and recovering from Noel Gallagher.

That meant I didn’t get to do a Eurovision chart. Better late than never, here’s a chart to get you in the mood for Israel in May 2019.

FIVE EUROVISION SONGS

1. Lordi – Hard Rock Hallelujah
2. Katrina and the Waves – Love Shine A Light
3. A Friend In London – New Tomorrow
4. Jedward – Lipstick
5. Ted Crilly and Dougal Maguire – My Lovely Horse

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MELODY MAKER – 19.4.2000

After a five year absence, Elastica are back with a new album, and take their place on the cover of Melody Maker.

In news, it’s all about Oasis, as Melody Maker canvasses fans on their US tour, supported by Travis. Oasis Spokesperson has denied that the band are splitting up, while Limp Bizkit claimed Oasis had them demoted on the Reading and Leeds bill.

Noel Gallagher hit back by wondering if Korn or Limp Bizkit will still be around in 2004.

Alex James of Blur gets interviewed as he launches his side project Fat Les, while revealing that he supports both Bournemouth and Arsenal.

In competitions, you could win a Manic Street Preachers video, Kevin and Perry merchandise, and a monkey suit as worn by Bloodhound Gang.

Elastica get a four page feature, as Melody Maker joins them on tour in Manchester and Leeds.

My Vitriol get a full page feature as they are described as one of Britain’s most exciting new bands, as does Elliott Smith as he prepares to release his new album, Figure Eight.

Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit gets interviewed, where he describes being a Rock Star as “fucking awesome”.

Live Reviews focus on Gomez in Manchester, with the general consensus being positive.

Also reviewed are Korn, Puff Daddy, Black Box Recorder and L7.

Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave from Radio 1 are doing singles reviews, with single of the week being Idiot Radar with Lowfinger.

There is a full page feature on Embrace, as they go through the process of recording their album Drawn From Memory.

The magazine ends with a short Q and A with Jimmy Pop from Bloodhound Gang.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 13.10.2017

1. Liam Gallagher – Bold
2. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Holy Mountain
3. Tears For Fears – I Love You But I’m Lost
4. Liam Gallagher – Come Back To Me
5. Tom Petty – Freefallin

I’m very pleased to report that Liam Gallagher’s album is decent. Only 17 more days until he is in Belfast. As you were.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 29.9.2017

1. Depeche Mode – Heroes
2. Rhye – Summer Days
3. Soulwax – Is Always Binary?
4. Paloma Faith – Crybaby
5. Feeder – Veins

This week is a bumper bonanza of concert announcements of acts I like coming to Belfast in 2018. My bank account is going to take a beating ……. and then I have two family birthdays this week as well.

I’ve already got a Noel Gallagher ticket on presale, now i’m getting primed to get tickets for Stereophonics and Paloma Faith. Wish me luck.

Here’s some charts to get you in the mood.

FIVE SONGS BY NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS

1. AKA ….. What A Life.
2. You Know We Can’t Go Back
3. In The Heat Of The Moment
4. The Ballad Of The Mighty I
5. Everybody’s On The Run

FIVE SONGS BY STEREOPHONICS

1. Dakota
2. A Thousand Trees
3. Superman
4. Indian Summer
5. Just Looking

FIVE SONGS BY PALOMA FAITH

1. Thirty Minute Love Affair
2. Upside Down
3. Crybaby
4. New York
5. Picking Up The Pieces

Also, Monday is Phil Oakey’s birthday on Monday. I’m having a bit of a Human League thing at the moment, mainly due to the Top Of The Pops repeats on BBC Four. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how good a band is.

I’m really regretting not seeing The Human League when they’ve been to Belfast in recent years.

FIVE SONGS BY PHIL OAKEY

1. Phil Oakey and Giorgio Moroder – Together In Electric Dreams
2. The Human League – Tell Me When
3. The Human League – Don’t You Want Me?
4. The Human League – One Man In My Heart
5. The Human League – Keep Feeling Fascination

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MELODY MAKER – 8.12.1999

Liam Gallagher is the cover star of this edition of Melody Maker, as Oasis face what is described as a “Do or die” period for their career in America.

Noel Gallagher is fuming with his brother Liam for going on a “lost weekend” with Huey from Fun Lovin Criminals.

Mark Williams of The Fast Show is interviewed ahead of the release of Fast Football, a spin-off video starring Ron Manager, revealing himself to be a season ticket holder at Brighton.

There is also an interview with Charlotte Hatherley of Ash, taking up three pages.

Discussing their obsessions this week was Roddy Woomble from Idlewild.

Oasis are on tour in America, showcasing their new line-up in Philadelphia.

In posters, you could get one of Rick Witter dressed up as John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever.

Stereophonics gig in Glasgow gets reviewed, only getting one and a half stars out of five.

Nine Inch Nails gig in London got four and a half stars out of five.

Fun Lovin Criminals give their single of the week award to Baby It’s Cold Outside by Tom Jones and Cherys Matthews.

Shirley Manson of Garbage is the subject of a Q and A, revealing that she has a fear of exams.

THE FRIDAY FIVE – 26.5.2017

1. Muse – Dig Deep
2. Matt Maltese – As The World Caves In
3. Royal Blood – Lights Out
4. Rory Lavelle – Sonny
5. George Ezra – Blame It On Me

On Monday, is Noel Gallagher’s 50th birthday. I know it’s purely coincidental, but we can pretend that a national holiday has been declared in honour of Noel Gallagher turning 50.

How else will this blog celebrate? With a a five song chart.

Seeing as i’m in a good mood, i’ll give you two.

FIVE NOEL GALLAGHER SUNG OASIS SONGS

1. She Is Love
2. Where Did It All Go Wrong?
3. Don’t Look Back In Anger
4. The Masterplan
5. Angel Chil

FIVE NOEL GALLAGHER SOLO SONGS

1. AKA …….. What A Life
2. In The Heat Of The Moment
3. You Know We Can’t Go Back
4. Ballad Of The Mighty I
5. I Wanna Live In A Dream (In My Record Machine)

Noel Gallagher at Titanic Belfast 2016

Noel Gallagher at The Odyssey 2015

Noel Gallagher at Custom House Square 2012

Noel Gallagher at The Odyssey 2012

Ryan Adams update. Still looking for a ticket for his Ulster Hall gig in September.

MAGAZINE ARCHIVE : MELODY MAKER – 2.2.2000

Billed as “America’s sickest band”, Korn are the cover stars of this week’s Melody Maker.

In news, Noel Gallagher headed to the pub to celebrate the birth of his daughter.

Alan McGee is part of a forum looking at the future of music, focusing on web streaming and the increase of MP3 players.

Elsewhere, Ian Brown had to destroy copies of his new single due to a processing error.

The Brit Award nominations have been announced, and it is dominated by The Chemical Brothers, while Suede and Catatonia are snubbed. It’s a ceremony that won’t be presented by Jamie Theakston after the BBC blocked him from doing so.

Marilyn Manson is interviewed about his favourite music videos, nominating videos by David Bowie, Eurythmics, Prince and himself.

Cover stars Korn get four pages, revealing that Jonathan Davis hates Marilyn Manson and Courtney Love.

In reviews, Melody Maker went to see Feeder and Red Hot Chili Peppers in concert.

The Cure’s new album Bloodflowers is the subject of a 1 and a half star review, with the headline “Goth-Awful”

Death In Vegas get a more favourable, being awarded Single Of The Week by Magic Alex.

Moby is the subject of a Q and A, where he reveals he would jump on board a UFO if offered it.

THE SOUND OF 2016 : 1-25

And here we are, what you’ve been waiting for, to find out the best song of 2016. Not long to go until it is revealed. Are you ready? Are you ready?

Oh ok, I’ll shut up, here’s the Top 25.

1. The Strumbellas – Spirits
2. James – Nothing But Love
3. Iggy Pop – Gardenia
4. The Courteeners – No One Will Ever Replace Us
5. Christine and the Queens – Tilted
6. The Temper Trap – Fall Together
7. Chvrches ft Hayley Williams – Bury It
8. Clean Cut Kid – We Used To Be In Love
9. Sia – The Greatest
10. Oasis – D’You Know What I Mean? (NG’s 2016 Rethink)
11. Travis – Animals
12. Stone Roses – All For One
13. Bastille – Good Grief
14. Travis – Magnificent Time
15. Aurora – Conquerer
16. Biffy Clyro – Howl
17. Bastille – Send Them Off
18. The Lumineers – Ophelia
19. Grimes – California
20. Travis – 3 Miles High
21. Two Door Cinema Club – Are We Ready? (Wreck)
22. Blossoms – Getaway
23. KT Tunstall – Maybe It’s A Good Thing
24. Rose Elinor Dougall – Stellular
25. Clean Cut Kid – Make Believe

Thank you for your support over the past year and I’ll hope to bring you more Friday Fives and pointless themed charts throughout 2017.

Congratulations to The Strumbellas, who join Kasabian, Feist, Sons and Daughters, Little Boots, Marina and the Diamonds, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Taylor Swift, Haim, Jamie T and Blossoms in the Hall Of Fame.

Hopefully, over the past four weeks, i’ve helped you discover some songs you’ve never heard before.

If you haven’t heard the winning song, here it is ……

Want to get excited for music in 2017? Here’s four words for you – Liam. Gallagher. Solo. Album.

2016 IN PICTURES – AUGUST

August began for me with a trip to Fermanagh to see Linfield take on Ballinamallard United in the opening game of the Irish League season.

The following day, I ventured to Cupar Way to check out the Peace Wall in Belfast, something I do every six months to have a look at the Street Art.

After that, came a triple whammy if Irish League matches, taking in Linfield’s games against Coleraine, Crusaders and Glenavon.

That was then followed by a triple whammy of concerts – Madness and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at Belsonic, then Red Hot Chili Peppers at Vital.

The month ended with a trip to Windsor Park to see Linfield take on Dungannon Swifts.

Ballinamallard United v Linfield

Belfast Peace Wall

Belfast Peace Wall Photo Album

Linfield v Coleraine

Crusaders v Linfield

Linfield v Glenavon

Madness live at Titanic Belfast

Madness live at Titanic Belfast Photo Album

Catfish and the Bottlemen Photo Album

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds live at Titanic Belfast

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds live at Titanic Belfast Photo Album

Red Hot Chili Peppers live at Boucher Road Playing Fields

Red Hot Chili Peppers live at Boucher Road Playing Fields Photo Album

Linfield v Dungannon Swifts