Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds land in the City of Brotherly Love!!
It’s natural that the man who went Supersonic would now ask “Who Built The Moon?” Noel Gallagher continues to fly on his own since his split with brother Liam back in 2009. Landing at the historic Merriam Theater in Philadelphia, it was the perfect venue for such an intimate concert. As we lined up to enter the main room, many conversations among fellow fans were taking place, just around me were a couple from Italy, and England, a small friendly argument took place as one was a Manchester United Supporter and not a City supporter (as Noel). The evening began with a series of new tunes from their recent release “Who Built The Moon?” To say the night was trippy would be an understatement, as the setlist included a mix of earlier Noel solo work, as well a decent amount of Oasis songs at just the right moment to keep the audience guessing. Backed with a full stage projector system, the visuals matched the mood of each song, I especially liked the just blurry enough live feed played against images creating an early Britpop vibe.
Noel who is never outspoken (right?), asked about the recent events in the city (Philadelphia Eagles winning the Super Bowl). In between songs he asked “So, let me get this straight, you win the Super bowl, and wreck your own city? Did somebody really punch a horse?” He wanted to set the record straight there are no World Champions since this sport is only played mostly in the US! He cursed the New England Patriots, then asked that nobody upload that to YouTube, as they will play Boston, and will curse Philly when they get there. He was in a playful mood when asked if he liked the Eagles (Philadelphia), and he responded he likes them, especially their greatest hits CD. Towards the end of the set, they played back to back Oasis songs, “Wonderwall” and “Don’t Look Back In Anger,” which was a personal highlight. After a short break, Noel closed the evening covering The Beatles “All You Need Is Love” with a notable horn presence. An ironic selection in the city of Brotherly Love, given the situation between Noel and his brother Liam, perhaps a veiled message? The tour continues in the States until mid-March before going international through August 2018.
Article and Photos by Bob Linneman