8 March 2015

Yet Another Review Of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds In Glasgow

"You are the Mexicans of Europe," said Noel Gallagher of the Glasgow crowd that erupted in merry chaos at his feet. The fiesta feeling was undeniable.

It is no secret that the squadron leader of the High Flying Birds loves to play in Scotland. After all, it was in Glasgow where it all began for Gallagher, back on a summer's night in '93 in the gloomy confines of King Tut's where Oasis landed their deal with Creation and went on to announce their rapture to the world.

His wife, Sara MacDonald, is from Edinburgh mind you, so perhaps he's under oath to enjoy himself.

That aside, there was no question over what the Hydro thought of the show.

Opening with 'Do the Damage' from new record Chasing Yesterday, Gallagher advanced through a delicious set with a haunch of new material, flavours of his solo debut and a peppering of Oasis numbers.

The atmosphere embraced the Hydro in a sweaty, beer soaked clutch of euphoria - one that all too often gets lost in the steel rafters of the cavernous venue.

And things went up a notch when he dedicated Oasis track 'Digsy's Dinner' to none other than Mr Kevin Bridges, who caught up with Gallagher after the show.

The man at the centre of the hurricane felt it too.

"It's just as well my next gig is in Manchester. It's the only place that could beat playing here", he said with a wry grin.

After the meandering solos of 'Champagne Supernova' the High Flying Birds took the crowd higher with perhaps the best thing that the Definitely Maybe architect ever wrote.

It was a workmanlike performance, but there wasn't any hint that Gallagher was going through the motions. The rest of the High Flying Birds are a seriously tight outfit, and a typically trippy lightshow added just the right amount of pizzazz.

Mind you, he could have walked out there on his own and stood on a soap box - the result would have been the same.

Only a nagging sense of melancholy for what once was still remains. Tracks like 'Lock all the Doors' are perfect for a sneering swagger that only one man possesses, and we all know who he is.

In the grand scheme of things though, it's a misgiving about as significant as a midgy bite, however itchy that can be...

He wished the crowd goodbye, and reminded Scotland that he would be back soon.

As the crowds filtered home, the words of Noel Gallagher continued to fly high up into the Glasgow night.

And what a night it had been.

Source: glasgow.stv.tv

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