Just days after the butchery of ‘Wonderwall’ that took place during the Olympics closing ceremony, Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds were ready to rock out at Camden Lock’s Dingwalls. It was a chance for the older brother to outshine the younger; no miming, no gimmicks—just pure, unadulterated rock and roll played for xfm competition winners and charity War Child.
It didn’t take long for the japing to begin as only five songs in Noel dedicated his beautifully acoustic rendition of Wonderwall to “Stratford’s finest Oasis tribute band,” a reference made undoubtedly about his younger brother’s band, Beady Eye. Ironically, a large portion of the night was seemingly made up of Oasis classics, starting with the superb ‘It’s Good To Be Free’ and climaxing with a crowd-pleasing ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger,’ in which a crowd of more than five-hundred adoring fans stole the limelight and sang every word.
The night also featured some of the most beloved Oasis B-sides, including ‘D’yer Wanna Be a Spaceman?’ and ‘Angel Child.’ Packed out in an intimate venue with nothing but beer, acoustic guitars and piano’s on stage, it almost felt as though you’d jumped back several years to an acoustic set list made up of the greatest Oasis sing-along hits.
Undoubtedly, the High Flying Birds outshone their rivals with intimacy and an unrivalled live splendor, but aside from ‘If I Had a Gun’ and ‘AKA… What a Life,’ the gig relied far too much on Oasis classics. With such a talent for song writing, surely die-hard Oasis fans are ready to hear some new material from what was clearly the bands premier artist. Given some time, we should expect the elder Gallagher to pen many more instant hits and play to much larger crowds than this charity outing.