30 March 2015

Review: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds In London

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds played a set which drew heavily from new album 'Chasing Yesterday' at London's Royal Albert Hall last night (March 28) as part of the Teenage Cancer Trust Concert gigs.

After playing Oasis' 'Fade Away' early in the set, Gallagher pointed to the direction of the rest of the set by saying: "It's Saturday night, this is a bit more like it. I'm going to play you some new songs off my fucking brilliant new album."

He then played a trio of new songs: 'In the Heat of the Moment', 'Lock All the Doors' and 'Riverman'. The Royal Albert Hall was completely sold out for the performance, and the crowd were vocal in their support of Gallagher's new music. In response to one fan shouting that he loved him, Gallagher replied: "I love you too. Did you buy an album? Did you buy a t-shirt? Did you buy a programme? Then I love you. And my wife loves you. And my kids definitely love you."

Despite the focus on new material, Gallagher did play a handful of Oasis songs. As well as 'Fade Away', he also performed 'Champagne Supernova', 'Digsy's Dinner', 'Don't Look Back In Anger' and closed with 'The Masterplan'.

Support on the night came from Baltimore synth-pop band Future Islands, who played a short set which featured last year's NME Song Of The Year 'Seasons (Waiting On You)'.

The Who frontman Roger Daltrey, who has raised £20 million from concerts for Teenage Cancer Trust victims over the last 15 years, was on hand to introduce Gallagher and to explain how the money raised by the charity event is spent.

Source: www.nme.com

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