Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
SSE Hydro, Glasgow
Then again, why tamper with a winning formula? As evinced by this rapturously received performance, the former Oasis lynchpin hasn’t lost his knack for a formidable hook. His adoring fans clearly agree. Gallagher’s current album may be titled Chasing Yesterday, but this was no mere exercise in lazy nostalgia.
While it was inevitable that the handful of old Oasis favourites – including a semi-acoustic Don’t Look Back In Anger and Champagne Supernova – elicited a huge response from this raucous arena crowd, it’s significant that solo cuts such as Everybody’s On The Run also incited lusty singalongs.
Nevertheless, in a hapless twist of irony that Gallagher would doubtless appreciate, his nominal concessions to ‘experimentalism’ – namely the underused accompaniment of the Crouch End Festival Chorus and a brass section – were all but swamped by a sound mix which pushed his vocals and basic rock combo to the fore.
But it didn’t really matter. The strength of new songs such as Riverman and You Know We Can’t Go Back – the latter worthy of imperial phase Oasis – transcend such quibbles. He’ll never move forward as such, but Noel Gallagher is quite obviously on rejuvenated form.