Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
If you have been a long time Oasis fan, you may recall the infamous 1996 MTV unplugged special that aired with Noel Gallagher stepping up to the microphone to sing a batch of Oasis songs when his lead singer brother Liam was unable to perform. It was a revealing moment displaying how Noel could easily front his own band. Back in 2008 when Oasis was at the Staples Center, Noel's subset of songs were the highlight of the evening.
Flying Birds and Beady Eye, It was still exciting to see a full
complement of songs sung by Noel. Engaging the crowd with a sense of
familiarity, Gallagher kicked off the evening with a pair of Oasis songs
“(It's Good)To Be Free and “Mucky Fingers”.
broad sweeping chords of “Everybody's On The Run” filled Royce Hall as
Noel seemed to be settling in and hitting his stride. Strapping on an
acoustic guitar, “Dream On” was just as catchy as any of the Oasis songs
in his arsenal with its sing along chorus, catchy melodies and
twinkling piano notes. “The Death of You and Me” had a bluesy whiskey
drenched saloon swagger.
Gallagher introduced a
new song “Freaky Teeth” as a new song that wouldn't be heard until
another eighteen months for his next album. Although a large sign was
posted in the lobby that prohibited photos and video, a slew of cell
phones and cameras appeared for “Wonderwall” as a lone blue spotlight
shone on Gallagher.
applause occurred when he delicately strummed the opening notes of
“Supersonic” bringing down the tempo ever so slightly to let each
musical note and lyric resonate with the audience. “(I Wanna Live In A
Dream In My) Record Machine” was another exemplary song that could
easily fit on Be Here Now or (What's the Story) Morning Glory?
reengineered the song with the full band making a brilliant song even
brighter. Sweeping into the psychedelic, “Soldier Boys and Jesus Freaks”
deftly swirled with a hazier gaze than songs from the '60s era.
the World Away” and “(Stranded On) The Wrong Beach” closed out his main
set as very few people sat down in their chairs throughout the evening.
A three song encore of Oasis songs seemed to be fairly telling as
“Little By Little”, “The Importance of Being Idle” and “Don't Look Back
In Anger” concluded the evening as Noel Gallagher has his band of High
Flying Birds soaring quite high.
A burly security guard stood on the side of the stage presumably
protecting Noel Gallagher as he was wrongfully tackled back in 2008 at
the V Fest.