However Westlife beating Oasis proves ‘there is no God’
Noel Gallagher played a unique intimate gig in London tonight (November 26).
Oasis’ leader staged an acoustic show at the Union Chapel in Islington as part of the Little Noises Sessions for charity Mencap.
Performing in front of his smallest UK audience for years, Gallagher backed by bandmate Gem Archer on guitar and a percussionist, played a mixture of acoustic B-sides and album tracks adapted for the evening.
Arriving on stage to chants of “Noel! Noel” before opener ’(It’s Good To Be) Free’, the guitarist charmed with both his musical performance and his between song banter.
With the likes of ’Cast No Shadow’, ’Wonderwall’ and ’Don’t Look Back In Anger’ among the highlights, Gallagher also let the small crowd know his feelings after Oasis‘ ‘Stop The Clocks’ was beaten to the Number One slot in the UK Album Charts by Westlife tonight.
“Did someone say Westlife?” he asked the audience. “That goes to prove there is no God!”
However realising he was in a chapel he addressed the almighty saying: “You may strike me down if you wish, but it’s true!”
With the set including a cover of The Beatles’ ’Strawberry Fields Forever’, Gallagher also paid tribute to Bob Dylan.
Introducing single ’Whatever’, a track Oasis have not played live in the UK in some while, the guitarist explained he had based his new acoustic version of the song the legend’s style, before blending it with the rhythm from ’Subterranean Homesick Blues’.
“I haven’t played this next song in what… two weeks,” he joked referring to a recent acoustic show in Los Angeles. “But as for you lot you haven’t heard in ages. I’m going to do it in the style of Bob Dylan!”
Noel Gallagher played:
’(It’s Good To Be) Free’
‘Cast No Shadow’
‘The Importance Of Being Idle’
‘Half The World Away’
‘Strawberry Fields Forever’
‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’
‘Married With Children’
The Liverpool band played a pretty set including the likes of ’As Long As I’ve Got You’ and ’Queen Matilda’.
Meanwhile despite the stripped down set-up, Kasabian were at their rabble-rousing best including ’British Legion’, ’The Doberman’ and Beatles cover ’I’m So Tired’ in their set, before getting the whole of the Union Chapel on their feet for closer ’LSF’.
The Little Noises Sessions are set to conclude with the final gig at the same venue tomorrow (November 27), with it strongly rumoured that Lily Allen will be joined onstage by Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.
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