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NOEL GALLAGHER LIVE IN LIVERPOOL

NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS LIVE IN LIVERPOOL – WHAT HAPPENED?

There can’t be any doubt that if the BBC were to bring back Noel’s Christmas Family Accidents or
whatever it was called, the majority of the UK would be turning on the tele on Christmas Day
morning expecting to see Noel Gallagher sat by the fire, festooned in a glorious Christmas jumper,
strumming away on his guitar as he ran through his wondrous back catalogue of anthems. It’s just
so easy to forget how ingrained in our culture Noel Gallagher is.

How many musicians actually soundtrack the lives of a generation? And not just a single
generation right? I know rock n roll has never really been the preserve of the youth it’s often
claimed to be but last night’s crowd at a sold out Liverpool Arena was testament to Noel’s, not just
lasting, but blossoming appeal.

And with all those decades Noel knows exactly what he’s doing here. As he leads his band onto
the flower laden stage and launches into the first few tracks of the evening, ‘Pretty Boy’, ‘Council
Skies’, ‘Open the Door’ etc etc, it’s clear to see the masterplan. (Sorry, it’s a shit gag I know but I
couldn’t resist). You listen to the new stuff, you get rewarded with the anthems….the crowd are
appreciative and that’s probably the best word to describe the show to this point.

We move on from Council Skies and it’s a run through some of Noels preferred solo offerings… ‘In
The Heat of The Moment’ and ‘AKA…What A Life!’ being the highlights, the latter introduced with
‘forget baby Jesus and all that bollocks… thanks and praise to Pep… Your master, My god……This ones for all the City fans!’ There’s the best part of eleven thousand boos now for a nano second before each and every boo morphs into every single word of ‘AKA…’

‘Dead in the Water’ provides an intimate moment and reminds us just what a voice Noel Gallagher
has… night after night, year after year that astounding voice delivers and yet we’re all guilty of
overlooking this aspect of Noel. Make no mistake, his voice is simply incredible, and fair play to
Noel, he even acknowledges the crowd ‘don’t sound too bad yourselves from up here’

As the full band come back on, Noel teases ‘right, we’re gonna go back to the nineties’ and the
crowd erupts… ‘remember a song called….? Well we’re not gonna play that one’ as he playfully
teases a couple of titles. The band rip into ‘Going Nowhere’, ’The Importance of Being Idle’ and
‘The Masterplan’, each one in turn raising the crowds volume up a notch. Into ’Half The World
Away’ and the crowd are taking the piss as they drown out the band… there’s arms, pints, kids
anything you can find, raised into the air… it really is a joyous moment before the show ends with
the anthemic ‘Little by Little’

This crowd’s going nowhere and moments later we are off again through a version of Dylan’s ‘The
Mighty Quinn’ complete with lyrics that are, at best questionable, at worst (and most likely if used
by most of us) a racial slur. Either way it’s not what the crowd have come for unlike the reworking
of ‘Live Forever’ that follows. Fuck me it’s sublime, again Noel’s voice is simply incredible and Gem
Archer’s haunting guitar work just elevates this to a whole new level. The crowd sing along swathed in a sea of blue light…. It’s the night’s mobile phone light on moment.

As everyone probably expected, the show ends with ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’ and everyone is
delighted. It’s a fitting end to what has been a great show and no doubt a fitting end to what’s been
a great tour. He may leave the swagger along with its accompanying classics to his brother but
nevertheless, this set reminds us just what a national treasure Noel Gallagher is.

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