Noel Gallagher plays intimate hometown show

The Oasis man dedicates a song to an ex-Monkey

Noel Gallagher voiced his support for ex-Arctic Monkey Andy Nicholson during an intimate hometown gig tonight (December 4).

The Oasis guitarist played ‘Talk Tonight’ during his latest acoustic show.

“I’d like to dedicate this one to our mate Andy” he told the crowd at the Lowry Theatre in Manchester. “He used to be in the Arctic Monkeys, but now he isn’t for reasons I just don’t know.”

The Oasis leader’s stripped-down gig, organised and broadcast by XFM Manchester, was witnessed by 400 ecstatic competition winners and celebrities including Peter Kay.

Backed by bandmate Gem Archer on guitar and organ, and percussionist Terry Kirkbride, Gallagher played a career-spanning set, featuring early Oasis favourites ‘Cast No Shadow’, ‘Wonderwall’ and rapturously received set-closer ‘Married With Children’.

The hour-long show also featured a cover of The Beatles’ ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and a number of Oasis B-sides including ‘Half The World Away’ and ‘(It’s Good) To Be Free’.

Noel was in a buoyant, comic mood, slapping down a heckler who asked to borrow a tenner with a typical boast of: “I only carry fifties mate.”

He also had a jokey dig at XFM DJ and ex-Inspiral Carpets man Clint Boon, who introduced him as “the greatest songwriter this country’s ever produced.”

“It’s a nice thing for Clint to say – although it didn’t stop him sacking me twice [as an Inspiral Carpets roadie],” he quipped. “Although it all worked out well in the end – I mean, he’s working on the radio now!”

Support came from Tailgunner, the band fronted by ‘Definitely Maybe’ producer Mark Coyle, for whom Noel had a brief stint as a drummer.

Noel Gallagher played:

‘(It’s Good) To Be Free’

‘Talk Tonight’

‘Fade Away’

‘Cast No Shadow’

‘The Importance Of Being Idle’

‘Listen Up’

‘Half The World Away’

‘Wonderwall’

‘Whatever’

‘Slide Away’

‘Strawberry Fields Forever’

‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’

‘Married With Children’

The gig followed earlier acoustic show at the Union Chapel in London(November 26).