Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds | O.A.T. | Scarborough | 3 Aug 2016
On Wednesday night, the seaside spa town of Scarborough welcomed one of the most successful songwriters of recent times to its Open Air Theatre. Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds visit was the latest in a series of major outdoor shows this summer at the venue following Will Young, James Bay, Status Quo, and Wet Wet Wet with Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott, Bryan Adams and Simply Red still to come. The venue was as good as sold out for Gallagher's first show in the town, and the crowd was well hyped up for the visit.
I last saw Gallagher in Newcastle over four years ago and was pleasantly surprised then at how well he'd taken to his post-Oasis career. His voice was good, his song selection smart, and his first self-titled album offered some good tunes despite not appearing on many best of year lists. His follow up, last year's "Chasing Yesterday" was a different story - well received and crammed with strong tracks full of melodic hooks and driving guitar riffs.
Much to the chagrin of the poncho sellers, the threatened showers failed to materialise and Gallagher took to the stage under blue skies opening the show at express pace with "Everybody's On The Run" before following up with three tracks from "Chasing Yesterday" - "Lock All The Doors", "In The Heat Of The Moment" and "Riverman". That was pretty much a perfect start and then the first of the evening's Oasis numbers appeared in the shape of "Fade Away".
Noel didn't shrink from pulling out plenty of Oasis songs throughout the evening and when he did, the crowd took their cue and screamed out the lyrics with him on "Champagne Supernova", "Half The World Away", " Wonderwall" and the final song "Don't Look Back In Anger".
Top marks to the High Flying Birds too - who are a terrific band and comprise of former Oasis drummer Chris Sharrock who displayed a neat line in drumstick twirling and tossing, guitarist Tim Smith, bassist Russell Pritchard and Mike Rowe on keyboards. They were exceptional without being showy and helped make this a performance that will be remembered for a long time.
Gallagher remains refreshingly provocative and full to overflowing with self confidence happy to banter with fans throughout the show. He teased fans that he wouldn't be playing the venue again after seeing both himself and Tony Hadley sharing a promo poster and commented "Unless of course everything goes tits-up and there's a joint Spandau Ballet/Oasis reunion tour". Cue cheers, before Noel joked "For that, you've just ensured I never come back to Yorkshire again."
Over six thousand people will be hoping he was joking and comes back as soon as he can.
Setlist: Everybody's on the Run/Lock All the Doors/In the Heat of the Moment/Riverman/Fade Away/The Death of You and Me/You Know We Can't Go Back/Champagne Supernova/Ballad of the Mighty I/Talk Tonight/D'Yer Wanna Be a Spaceman?/The Mexican/Half the World Away/Listen Up If I Had a Gun.../Digsy's Dinner/The Masterplan/Wonderwall/(AKA... What a Life!/Don't Look Back in Anger
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