Gig Review: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – The O2 Arena, London, 26/02/2012

ImageWho would of thought Noel would be playing one of the biggest arena’s in the UK this early on in his solo career? He did of course get London’s O2 packed last night and it proved to be one of the best live gigs people have attended so far this year.

This gig was bit of of a special one to say the least. It was broadcasted live in cinemas, so there was a lot of cameras rolling around throughout the gig. How many acts get one of their gigs to be watched live in cinemas? Noel did, and it was a very special gig indeed.

Support band, Reverend and the Makers were on top form last night. Jon McClure really has what it takes to be a good frontman. His missus on the keyboards attracted quite a lot of males in the crowd, which was rather cringy at times but she did make the crowd a bit more engaged and alert. The new single ‘Bassline’ was went down a storm and got the crowd moving. Also the classics such as ‘Open Your Window’ and ‘Heavyweight Champion Of The World’ were all brilliant live. It was nice seeing those songs live after all those years. I can now say, the Reverend is back!

Noel came onstage a bit earlier than usual, kicking off with ‘It’s Good To be Free’ then straight onto ‘Mucky Fingers’. The crowd by then were all half drunk, therefore very hyper. There was quite a lot of Noel-to-crowd engagement at this gig. He did speak to the crowd quite a few times which is always nice, but it didn’t stop Noel from making his witty comments back, as usual. He did infact speak to me at one point which I was quite happy with. Queuing for hours on end before the gig to get to the barrier always pays off at the end.

Everyone went mad when he played ‘Freaky Teeth’. It was one of the energetic songs he played last night which got the crowd moving. The setlist was the same as last year, but he took off ‘Wonderwall’ and added ‘Whatever’ on his encore. Hearing that live acoustically after so long honestly blew my mind.

Closing the set with ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ consisted of a big arena singalong, when Noel let the crowd sing the chorus, which I guess is always nice to see from his point of view. Most of the songs were backed by a choir. It was a big production and it sounded great.

Noel looked very dapper and happy last night, compared to when I saw him last year.

He will be receiving his Godlike Genius Award at the NME Awards this Wednesday. Long awaited and well-deserved.

Noel played…

(It’s Good) To Be Free 
Mucky Fingers
Everybody’s On The Run
Dream On
If I Had A Gun
The Good Rebal
The Death Of You And Me
Freaky Teeth
Supersonic
(I Wanna Live In A Dream In My) Record Machine
AKA… What A Life!
Talk Tonight
AKA… Broken Arrow
Half The World Away
Solder Boys And Jesus Freaks
(Stranded On) The Wrong Beach

(Encore)

Whatever
Little By Little
The Importance Of Being Idle
Don’t Look Back In Anger

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