Since Oasis split some eight years ago, Liam has often had to live in the shadow of brother Noel who the media have often noted as ‘the talent’, ‘Oasis’ brains’ and even ‘the main Gallagher’, but with Liam now back with a vengeance, have the tides turned?
Opening with ‘Fort Knox’ from new album, ‘Who Built the Moon’, an album Noel has clearly experimented on – this isn’t classic Oasis or even High Flying Birds material and is a bold move by Noel –the largely instrumental track is full of afrobeat choirs and is the perfect, theatrical opening.
The three tracks proceeding ‘Fort Knox’ on the album are then played in order (‘Holy Mountain’ ‘Keep on Reaching’ and ‘It’s a Beautiful World’), with Noel clearly intent on showcasing the new sound – it’s dream-haze, world music, bluesy, and a grand sonic expansion from his first two albums.
But it was ‘If I had a Gun’ from Noel’s debut album that produced the loudest singalong so far, immediately followed by a deafening singalong for ‘Dream On’ – wow, my eardrums.
Noel then acknowledged the crowd for the first time and must be one of only a few artists that can insult the crowd and yet be cheered for it, stating: “How is your shitty football team doing?” and “What’s going on in Newcastle? Fuck all”, besides also slating one individual and going a bit too far – it was an out-and-out insult and past “banter”…I won’t repeat it. Their now infamous scissors player, Charlotte Marionneux, was also given a mention with the crowd chanting: “Get your scissors out for the lads” – all in good humour.
There was also a trip down memory lane for many Oasis fans, with Noel in his element playing ‘Little by Little’, ‘Half the World Away’ the iconic ‘Wonderwall’ (sung by drunken people on karaoke around the world), ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ and more – dare I say he looked his happiest playing these tracks more than his new material.
An Oasis reunion, maybe? Let’s not go there.