It’s been a good week for Oasis fans. Although the great sands of time that measure the inevitable reunion of Manchester’s favourite sons continue to slowly pour forth, there was some comfort for Oasis devotees as Noel Gallagher played a good number of the band’s songs – including both iconic numbers and B-sides – at a number of live engagements this week.
Firstly reuniting on stage with Oasis guitarist Gem Archer for the first time since 2010 at a Lincoln gig last Saturday (December 5th) to play a number of the band’s tunes, Noel then expounded upon the band’s 2009 break-up in Paris (“the most horrible moment of my career”) in an interview with BBC Radio 2’s Jo Whiley:
“I knew that it was going to be a decision that would follow me around – there’s still not a day where I don’t read something about us getting back together – so I knew what I was getting myself into… I wasn’t planning on going solo, but it was such a mess that I was happier off [doing that]… I wish – this is all in hindsight – that we hadn’t broken up. That we all agreed we’d all do different things, and then one day we’d all get back together – but it all got vicious, and I wish it had been handled differently. But I don’t have too many regrets.”
Noel then went on to perform an acoustic and Oasis-leaning 14-song set for Radio 2’s ‘In Concert’ series (which you can watch in full here), which essentially served as a warm-up for last night’s events at his High Flying Birds gig.
Rocking up to the Royal Albert Hall, the 48-year-old took the unprecedented move of supporting himself. The reason? “I am only doing this because we couldn’t find a fucking support band,” he told the crowd. “I ain’t joking neither. My manager goes, ‘I’ve got a fucking great idea, you can be the support band and play for four hours’. I get double the rider though so every cloud.”
Playing a 40-minute, semi-acoustic slot, Noel, joined once again by Gem, played mostly Oasis songs – ‘D’Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman’, ‘Cast No Shadow’, ‘Sad Song’ – to the delight of the punters, as the video below demonstrates.
Noel’s evidently been feeling nostalgic this week, and, for those crossing their fingers for the reunion of the Gallagher brothers, it’s been a small reward for their devoted patience.