Noel Gallagher in Toronto November 7th, 2011

I had the opportunity to see Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds at Massey Hall yesterday. Just wow. I’ve been to many an Oasis concert, to the point I’ve actually been bored with the show if I happened to see them twice on the same tour. Oasis has been pretty notorious for the fact they play the same show every night, but I have to say Noel’s gig felt quite fresh.  Sure there were a few Oasis classics smattered in with a healthy amount of B-Sides.  They seem to mesh pretty effortlessly with the tracks from his new album, which is a pretty big accomplishment.  This was the first solo Noel gig I’ve ever seen, and all I can say is the man just knows how to put on a show.

The band sounded very tight and Massey Hall was just an amazing venue to see this gig. I managed to get tickets 6th row, left centre which was pretty awesome. I didn’t bring my good camera, so the few shots I did take with my iPhone 4 were pretty blurry.  It just couldn’t cope with all the light on the stage.

I saw someone say about this album that if this were the debut album for a new artist people would be falling all over themselves to blog about how great it is.  But this being the notorious Noel Gallagher the accomplishment will probably go pretty much unnoticed by the world at large outside of the Oasis community.

I posted a few videos I found on YouTube of the gig from Saturday, where Noel played the same setlist at the Mod Club in Toronto as they seemed better quality than the ones I found of the Massey Hall gig.


Setlist

  1. (It’s Good) To Be Free
  2. Mucky Fingers
  3. Everybody’s on the Run
  4. Dream On
  5. If I Had a Gun…
  6. The Good Rebel
  7. The Death of You and Me
  8. Freaky Teeth
  9. Wonderwall
  10. Supersonic
  11. (I Wanna Live in a Dream in My) Record Machine
  12. AKA… What a Life!
  13. Talk Tonight
  14. Soldier Boys and Jesus Freaks
  15. AKA… Broken Arrow
  16. Half The World Away
  17. (Stranded On) The Wrong Beach
  18. Encore:
  19. Little By Little
  20. The Importance of Being Idle
  21. Don’t Look Back In Anger

 

  • http://twitter.com/rjw3 Robert

    I have my ticket ordered for April 1 in Chicago. This is my third time driving to Chicago to see Noel (twice with Oasis). One of those shows was actually the show that Noel is now saying is the reason Oasis didn't break America completely (Chicago, August 26, 1996) where Liam didn't come along.

    I realized reading his comment, that has played a large role in my attitude towards Beady Eye. I have purchased everything Noel has put out – include every version of the album (three digital, deluxe CD, vinyl, etc.) but only purchased the deluxe Beady Eye album and the first vinyl single. Haven't bothered with b-sides.

    I love Liam, but I have to say that attitude in '96 has carried over and put me squarely in Noel's camp.

    I'm more than excited to see him in April – enough to drive 9 hours one way to get to the show. Thanks for posting the videos, that's the first time I've actually watched his solo live stuff off YouTube surprisingly.