Noel Gallagher wasn’t real chatty between songs at the sold out Lincoln Theater last night. There were a few thank yous to the crowd, a introduction of a few band members, and some conversation about being Jewish with a front-row member. But beyond that, Gallagher and his High Flying Birds focused on playing their incredibly hook-filled “football and terrace rock.” Gallagher gave an arena-worthy light show and played tracks from the High Flying Birds’ debut record and its latest, Chasing Yesterday. The set also included some choice Oasis tracks like “Whatever,” “Don’t Look Back in Anger,” and “Champagne Supernova.” (The latter included a massive audience singalong.)
While it was hard not to compare Gallagher’s take on the Oasis tracks to those on the records (and sung by his younger brother, Liam), the songs came across as far more sincere with Noel’s voice out front. He’s still writing incredibly well-crafted and hooky pop songs, and his High Flying Birds provide a talented platform to bring his past and present together.
See photos from the show in the gallery.