Guitarist plays second Teenage Cancer Trust show in two nights
The singer/guitarist played the same set he played the previous night at the venue, taking a pop at the fashion interest of his brother, Liam, who runs the Pretty Green clothes label after performing ‘Cast No Shadow’.
Responding to shouts from a fan he said, “For the record that guy said, ‘Where’s Liam?’. He’s probably being a real northerner somewhere designing the perfect desert boot.”
Before the set started The Who‘s Roger Daltrey, who curates the Teenage Cancer Trust gigs, had given an introduction in which he explained how he’d invited Liam to help his band perform ‘Quadrophenia’ with them next week at the venue.
“I couldn’t think of anyone better to play [character] Ace Face,” he told the audience before making way for Noel. “I called him up but he said, ‘I can’t, I’m doing something far more important. I’m going to Disneyland with my children’.”
As he had been last night, Noel was joined by his ex-Oasis bandmate Gem Archer on guitar plus Oasis‘ former live keyboard player Jay Darlington. An eight-piece all-female orchestra joined the set-up shortly into the gig as did the 50-strong Crouch End Choir.
With the set heavy on songs from the early parts of Oasis career and berefit of new material, Noel dedicated ‘Slide Away’ to his girlfriend Sara MacDonald. He dedicated ‘Digsy’s Dinner’ to a particularly vocal crowd member who he found out was named Dave. Dave, stood near the front row, briefly earned cheers as he danced following the dedication before Noel said, “Are you done now?”. He added, “Every note for you,” as the song ended. “Every fucking note for you.”
Following ‘Whatever’ he closed the show with an encore comprising ‘The Masterplan’, ‘Married With Children’ and ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’.
“Thanks for supporting the charity for the past ten years,” he said before leading cheers for his band, the choir and orchestra.
Noel Gallager played:
‘(It’s Good) To Be Free’
‘Cast No Shadow’
‘Half The World Away’
‘Don’t Go Away’
‘The Importance Of Being Idle’
‘Married With Children’
‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’