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Monday, October 24, 2011
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds play nine Oasis songs at live debut in Dublin
Noel Gallagher included nine Oasis songs in his setlist as he played his first ever gig with his High Flying Birds solo band in Dublin last night (October 23).
Kicking off his debut UK and Ireland tour at the city's Olympia Theatre, the singer/guitarist's new group also included a brand new track, titled 'Freaky Teeth', among their 20-song setlist.
After walking onstage to 'Blue Moon' – the anthem of Gallagher's beloved Manchester City, who had beaten arch rivals United 6-1 a few hours before the gig – the band opened up with 1994 Oasis b-side '(It's Good) To Be Free', following it with 'Don't Believe The Truth' track 'Mucky Fingers'.
Later, Gallagher also gave nods to his previous band with renditions of 'Wonderwall', 'Supersonic', 'Talk Tonight' and 'Half The World Away'. Meanwhile, the three song encore was made up entirely of Oasis tracks, starting with 'Don't Look Back In Anger', moving on to 'The Importance Of Being Idle' before closing with 'Little By Little'.
The rest of the set was made up by tracks from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' self-titled debut album, which went straight to Number One in the UK album chart a couple of hours before the gig.
Singles 'The Death Of You And Me' and 'AKA… What A Life' were met with a rapturous reception from the crowd, who chanted Gallagher's name throughout the gig.
Gallagher also engaged in banter with fans about the aforementioned football result, responding to boos from the crowd by saying: "That's piss poor that is. You should be proud of yourself booing a man at his first gig."
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds played:
'(It's Good) To Be Free'
'Everybody's On The Run'
'If I Had A Gun'
'The Good Rebel'
'The Death Of You And Me'
'(I Wanna Live In A Dream In My) Record Machine'
'AKA… What A Life'
'Soldier Boys And Jesus Freaks'
'AKA… Broken Arrow'
'Half The World Away'
'(Stranded On) The Wrong Beach'
'Don't Look Back In Anger'
'The Importance Of Being Idle'
'Little By Little'
The tour continues in Manchester on Wednesday (26), before moving on to Edinburgh the following day (27) and three gigs in London – at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo, HMV Forum and The Roundhouse – before the end of the month.
Gallagher has also announced a larger arena tour for next year, beginning with a huge hometown date at the Manchester Evening News Arena on February 13, 2012.
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