Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Noel Gallagher - 31 January 2012, Palais Theatre

This gig was the start of a busy few days.  It kicked off on a near perfect note with this show.  Heading into this show I was happy to have read that Gallagher knew lots of people would be there only to hear Oasis songs, and that he would make sure to include them.  It was also a smart move if it meant that people got to hear stuff from his extremely good first solo album.

The show kicked off with an immediate dig at his former bandmates, in the form of Oasis b-side (It's Good) To Be Free.  A couple more Oasis songs followed, leading into a series of songs from his solo album, and a couple of unreleased songs.  Obviously the Oasis songs were the best received of the night, but the crowd seemed to enjoy the solo stuff (for those looking for signs for his next album, Freaky Teeth was a stand out).  The middle of the set featured an acoustic break.  This is normally where Wonderwall featured, but Melbourne wasn't to hear it this tour (BDO didn't get it either).

Noel seemed to be in a good mood.  There was lots of semi-good natured banter, taking the piss out of the crowd, or particular people in it (only if they had singled themselves out by yelling at him).  The putdown of the person yelling a request was particularly masterful.

The show concluded with a trio of Oasis songs, ending with a singalong on Don't Look Back in Anger.  This was a great show; I'm hoping he will be one of the acts to make two visits this year (a la Soundgarden if Chris Cornell is to be believed).

(It's Good) To Be Free
Mucky Fingers
Everybody's on the Run
Dream On
Talking 1
If I Had a Gun...
Talking 2
The Good Rebel
Talking 3
The Death of You and Me
Talking 4
Freaky Teeth
Talking 5
(I Want to Live in a Dream in My) Record Machine
Talking 6
AKA... What a Life
Band Intros
Talk Tonight
Solider Boys & Jesus Freaks
AKA... Broken Arrow
Talking 7
Half the World Away
(Stranded on) The Wrong Beach
Encore Break
Little By Little
Talking 8
The Importance of Being Idle
Talking 9
Don't Look Back in Anger

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