Having been a die-hard Oasis fan since the 90’s and sworn my musical allegiance to Noel Gallagher, there was absolutely no way on God’s earth that I was going to miss Noel and the High Flying Birds perform at the Hammersmith Apollo! Sure, I’ll admit I had a few reservations on whether or not Noel would be on top of his game. After all, it had been around three years since his last live tour! However, I really don’t know what I was so concerned about seeing as it was perhaps one of the best gigs I’ve ever been to – which is really saying something!
Noel and the High Flying Birds opened with the old Oasis B-side favourite ‘(It’s Good) To Be Free’ and it was from then on that we all knew we were in for one wild night! Eight more Oasis classics were featured throughout the night, along with brilliant performances from the self titled Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds album. The live performances of ‘AKA … What a Life’ and ‘Everybody’s on the Run’ proved that the Oasis split is somewhat of a good thing and Noel’s new band are destined for greatness. Of course with that being said, the highlight of the night was without a shadow of a doubt the perfectly executed ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ which was played towards the end. Talk tonight also got an airing which went down well with the fans.
The set finished with an absolutely amazing version of ‘The Importance of Being Idle’, followed shortly after with ‘Little by Little’. Overall it was a spectacular gig that marked the comeback of Noel to the live London circuit. The music was brilliant, the crowd loved every minute of it and even the support act wasn’t too shabby. Yeah, I had to pay way more than face value for a ticket off eBay, but at the end of the day it was well worth it!