Noel Gallagher plays first post-Oasis gig in London

Guitarist joined by ex-Oasis buddy Gem Archer for Teenage Cancer Trust show

Noel Gallagher plays first post-Oasis gig in London

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Noel Gallager played his first post-Oasis gig tonight (March 25), headlining the Royal Albert Hall in London for a Teenage Cancer Trust show.

The singer/guitarist, set to play a second gig at the venue tomorrow, played songs from his Oasis back catalogue, including several B-sides. He refrained from playing new material despite calls from some fans to do so.

His former Oasis bandmate, guitarist Gem Archer, performed with him throughout the set. Jay Darlington, Oasis' former live keyboard player, also played for much of the show, along with a drummer playing a minimal kit and percussion. They were backed up by an eight-piece all-female orchestra and the Crouch End Choir for many songs.

Following a support slot from The Courteeners, Gallagher and his band arrived on stage at 9pm (GMT). He greeted the crowd with a brief "Hello" and opened with '(It's Good) To Be Free' - the b-side to Oasis' 1994 single 'Whatever', which was played later in the set.

He followed with another b-side, 'Talk Tonight' (the flipside to 1995 single 'Some Might Say'), then responded to a crowd member's shout for new material. "Play a new song?" he said. "No, we don't do new songs for charity."

After 'Fade Away' he adjusted his shirt and quipped, "Behave - JLS was last night, wasn't it?" He then introduced the Crouch End Choir, who performed 'Cast No Shadow' with the band.

Following 'Don't Go Away' he pointed out, "I don't know if you've noticed - this is exactly the same set I played two years ago. But it's OK - I'm wearing different clothes." He was actually referring to his Teenage Cancer Trust show in 2007.

'Listen Up' came soon afterwards, Gallagher responding to another request for new songs and ribbing a crowd member after finishing it.

"We've already gone through that - we're not playing new songs," he said following shouts from one fan. "As fucking brilliant as they are, now's not the right time or place. Are you American? You're from Liverpool? Try and be American - it's better than being a fucking scouser."

'Sad Song' was up next, then crowd favourite 'Wonderwall'. The fan Gallagher had bantered with earlier then shouted for b-side 'Rockin' Chair' - flip-side to 1995 single 'Roll With It'. "Had you seen the setlist before we came on?" he joked before playing the song. "Did you nick one? Come on, did you rob one?"

Nearer the end of the set he dedicated 'Digsy's Dinner' to The Courteeners, although he said, "Unfortunately they come from the red side of Manchester."

'Whatever' closed the main set before he encored with 'The Masterplan', 'Married With Children' and closer 'Don't Look Back In Anger'.

"It's been a pleasure to play for you tonight," Gallagher said before leaving the stage. "Thank you for coming along and supporting the charity. We'll meet again."

Noel Gallager played:

'(It's Good) To Be Free'
'Talk Tonight'
'Fade Away'
'Cast No Shadow'
'Half The World Away'
'Don't Go Away'
'The Importance Of Being Idle'
'Listen Up'
'Sad Song'
'Wonderwall'
'Rockin' Chair'
'Slide Away'
'Digsy's Dinner'
'Whatever'
'The Masterplan'
'Married With Children'
'Don't Look Back In Anger'


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