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Wednesday 14 November 2018

music Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds & Kasabian Marlay Park, Dublin

Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

Noel Gallagher (pictured) might be the most famous Irish Mancunian on the planet, but four appearances on this side of the pond since his debut post-Oasis gig in the Olympia last October really is bordering on overkill.

The sound gremlins seem to think so too, as his second major appearance this summer is marred by a power cut and the PA suddenly packs in during his first number 'It's Good to be Free'. The lengthy delay at least allows the crowd to slowly filter in through the new airport-style security measures introduced in the wake of the horrific events in the Phoenix Park last month.

Noel puts in a solid but far from spectacular shift. His O2 show last February pulled out all the stops with an orchestra and top-class light show, but this a slightly dull set in comparison.

He chips in the Oasis anthems 'Supersonic' and 'Whatever', but they aren't a patch on his little brother singing the originals.

Say what you like about Liam and his much-maligned Beady Eye, who admittedly made a complete dog's dinner out of 'Wonderwall' at the Olympics closing ceremony, but he's a much better singer and showman than Noel.

A few short years ago, Kasabian opened for Faithless in Marlay Park. The popularity of the Leicester five-piece has swelled in the interim with three number-one albums since their eponymous debut in 2004.

They're extremely derivative, but undeniably effective. If scientists were to clone a hybrid of Oasis and the Stone Roses with an added dash of the swagger of the Rolling Stones and a sprinkle of Led Zepellin's riffs, then you'd probably get something looking and sounding exactly like Kasabian.

While the quality and consistency of their recorded output has varied, there's no escaping the fact that they're an excellent live band. They're blessed in effectively having two frontmen in Tom Meighan and backing vocalist and occasional lead Sergio Pizzorno, who also boasts an impressive rock star mane to match his exotic name.

Quirky cover versions of the Korgis 'Everybody's Got to Learn Sometime' and Fatboy Slim's 'Praise You' throw a curve ball into their well received set list, which is top-loaded with the hits 'Days are Forgotten' and 'Shoot the Runner'.

Kasabian might not be the most original sounding act on the outdoor circuit this summer and do sound a little samey in parts, but that's exactly the same charge levelled against Noel Gallagher's old band Oasis. On this evidence, Kasabian's mass appeal probably hasn't even peaked yet.

Irish Independent

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