Friday 22 November 2019

Review: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds at 3Arena, Dublin - 'from a shaky start to an epic rendition of Masterplan'

Noel Gallagher
Noel Gallagher
Eamon Sweeney

Eamon Sweeney

Noel Gallagher recently revealed Paul Weller would “put his windows in” if Oasis reformed. He clearly values the fenestration in his Maida Vale home, so any reunion plans for the nineties rock behemoths have been put on ice.

According to midweek sales tallies, Gallagher's second solo album Chasing Yesterday is on course for this week’s number one. His world tour began in Belfast, but gets off to a slightly shaky start on its second night in Dublin.

The opening two numbers sound curiously flat, as if team Gallagher haven't quite figured out the sonic intricacies of their 2015 set.

A triple whammy of the Oasis favourite ‘Fade Away’, recent single ‘In the Heat of the Moment’ and the all out rocker ‘Lock All the Doors’, nicely kick the show back into touch.

‘Champagne Supernova’ works its familiar magic with a little help from a supporting cast of thousands. Shout outs and dedications are made to former Oasis guitarist Bonehead, who is in the audience and deejaying at an after show party, and Derry chanteuse and familial namesake, Bronagh Gallagher.

The music impresario Alan McGee, who discovered Oasis and signed them to Creation Records, is also in attendance.

A Noel show wouldn't be complete without the evergreen anthem ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’, but the icing on the cake is an epic rendition of 'The Masterplan'. Released as a b-side (remember them?) to ‘Wonderwall’ in 1995, it's yet another reminder of Gallagher’s prowess as a songwriter. Judging by the reaction to his latest collection of songs charging up the charts, this power doesn’t look like fading any time soon.

My gut feeling is Oasis will eventually reform, but Noel Gallagher won't be in any massive rush to do so.

READ: Why Noel is no longer chained to the mirror and the razor blade. . .

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