Since Noel Gallagher left Oasis after a spat with his brother Liam on 28 August 2009, the Manchester born musician has been pretty busy. His latest project, “Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds”, began by kicking off their debut UK and Ireland tour at Dublin's Olympia Theatre just hours after their self-titled debut album went straight to Number One in the UK album chart.
The band made their entrance onstage to the anthem of Gallagher's beloved Manchester City 'Blue Moon', a subtle jab at Manchester United fans after their 6-1 defeat in the Manchester derby just a few hours before the gig. Noel made no attempt of forgetting the past with the band opening up with the 1994 Oasis b-side '(It's Good) To Be Free'.
Later, Gallagher also gave more and more references to his previous band with renditions of 'Wonderwall', 'Supersonic', ‘Talk Tonight' and 'Half the World Away'. Even the three song encore was made up entirely of Oasis tracks, 'Don't Look Back In Anger', ‘The Importance Of Being Idle' and 'Little By Little'.
The remainder of the set was made up by tracks from Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' self-titled debut album. Just hours previously, Noel Gallagher had beaten previous X Factor winner Matt Cardle to the top of the UK album chart.
The ex-Oasis chief's 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' clocked up sales of 120,000 in its first week alone, almost double that of brother Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye debut, 'Different Gear, Still Speeding', which charted at Number Three back in March.
Singles 'The Death Of You And Me' and 'AKA… What A Life' were met with an ecstatic reaction from the swarm of fans, who chanted Gallagher's name throughout the performance.
Gallagher, being his usual self, engaged in banter with fans about the Manchester Derby football result, responding to booing from the crowd by saying:
“That's piss poor that is. You should be proud of yourselves booing a man at his first gig.”
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds’ tour continues in Manchester on Wednesday 26th October, before moving on to Edinburgh the following day and more gigs at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo, HMV Forum and The Roundhouse before the end of the month.
Gallagher also announced on his website another much bigger tour beginning with a huge date in his hometown at the Manchester Evening News Arena on February 13, 2012.