Noel Gallagher told fans it was an “absolute privilege” to play for them at his concert in London on Saturday night (29.10.11).
The former Oasis guitarist gave the fourth concert of his debut tour as Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at the Hammersmith Apollo and said he was blown away by the rapturous reception he received from the sell-out crowd.
Before playing his final song, 2002 Oasis single ‘Little by Little’, he said: “This has been an absolute privilege to play for you people tonight.
Jokingly referring to people from Liverpool and the re-setting of the clocks for British winter time, he added: “This has very different connotations for Scousers but make sure you put your watches back tonight and your clocks.”
In his set, Noel played a selection of Oasis songs and several tracks from his solo album, including ‘Dream On’, ‘(I Wanna Live in a Dream in My) Record Machine’, ‘AKA… What a Life!’ and ‘The Death of You and Me’, all of which were well received by fans.
In an apparent reference to his decision to quit his former band after a huge bust-up with his brother Liam in August 2009, the songwriter opened his set with Oasis B-side ‘(It’s Good) To Be Free’ – which had an arrangement borrowed by his previous solo acoustic shows for The Teenage Cancer Trust.
The 44-year-old musician also treated the audience to a stripped down version of ‘Wonderwall’ – on which he was accompanied by just a piano and tambourine – and a surprise acoustic version of ‘Supersonic’, which was Oasis’ first single, and famous for Liam’s snarling vocals.
Other highlights included two more Oasis B-sides, ‘Half the World Away’ and ‘Talk Tonight’ – which Noel dedicated “to the girls at the back there” – solo tracks ‘If I Had a Gun.’ and ‘Everybody’s on the Run’ and encore songs ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ and ‘The Importance of Being Idle’.
Noel is performing at London’s Roundhouse venue tonight (31.10.11) and recently announced an arena tour of the UK and Ireland which kicks off in his hometown of Manchester on February 13 2012.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds set list:
‘(It’s Good) To Be Free’
‘Everybody’s on the Run’
‘If I Had a Gun’
‘The Good Rebel’
‘The Death of You and Me’
‘(I Wanna Live in a Dream in My) Record Machine’
‘AKA. What a Life’
‘Soldier Boys and Jesus Freaks’
‘AKA. Broken Arrow’
‘Half the World Away’
‘(Stranded On) The Wrong Beach’
‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’
‘The Importance of Being Idle’
‘Little by Little’