Former Oasis Lead Guitarist Noel Gallagher Brought His Brand of Post-Britpop English Rock to The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Last Friday Night!
by Christian Wloszczyna
Gallagher’s Concert was just in time for Las Vegas to kick off it’s Memorial Day party weekend!
Gallagher’s new outfit, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds played an even mix of songs off of their recently released album Chasing Yesterday and their 2011 eponymous debut, along with a few classic tunes from Gallagher’s Oasis catalog.
Backed by a 3-piece horn section, The High Flying Birds ripped through a 20 song set that had the crowd standing and singing along to both the new songs and old fan favorites as soon as the first guitar chords rang out. Gallagher along with High Flying Birds Tim Smith (guitar) Russell Pritchard (bass) Jeremy Stacey (drums) and former Oasis collaborator Mike Rowe (keyboards) put on a stage show that is without pyrotechnics or over-the-top visuals, leaving the focus squarely where it should be: on the songs themselves. New songs from Gallagher ‘Do The Damage’ and ‘In The Heat Of The Moment’ blended in easily with mid-tempo versions of Oasis classics ‘Fade Away’ and ‘Champagne Supernova’ proving that two decades in, Gallagher’s knack for songwriting is still intact.
Also on display was Gallagher’s entertaining brand of English wit, equal parts of hilarity and bite. Gallagher poked fun at crowd members, flatly ignored calls for brother and former Oasis frontman Liam and chided audience members who called for him to play ‘Slide Away’ reminding them that “this isn’t an Oasis gig” before ripping into ‘Digsy’s Dinner’ off of Oasis 1994 debut ‘Definitely Maybe’.
The High Flying Birds finished their set with rocking, straightforward versions of ‘If I Had A Gun’ ‘The Masterplan’ and ‘AKA..What A Life’ before launching into show closer ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ prompting a massive sing-a-long that wouldn’t have been out of place at an English soccer match, again proving Gallagher’s mark on the music world will always be about the songs themselves.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds Set List:
Do The Damage
Stranded On The Wrong Beach
Everybody’s On The Run
In The Heat Of The Moment
Lock All The Doors
The Death Of You And Me
You Know We Can’t Go Back
The Ballad Of Might I
The Dying Of The Light
If I Had A Gun
AKA…What A Life
Don’t Look Back In Anger
by Christian Wloszczyna