Liam Gallagher dedicates song to Noel and his ‘High Flying Smurfs’ at Japan festival

Beady Eye and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds performed at Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival this weekend

Liam Gallagher dedicated a track to his brother Noel and his ‘High Flying Smurfs’ onstage in Japan this weekend.

Beady Eye played most of their debut album ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’ during their headline set at the Fuji Rock Festival in Naeba, as well as two Oasis songs – ‘Rock N Roll Star’ and ‘(What’s The Story?) Morning Glory’.

Mocking his older brother, whose band High Flying Birds took the headline slot the following night, Liam Gallagher dedicated ‘Rock N Roll Star’ to “the one and only Mr Noel Gallagher,” and ‘Morning Glory’ to “The High Flying Smurfs.”


The following night (July 28), Noel Gallagher headlined Fuji Rock, kicking off with Oasis track ‘Mucky Fingers’ and following with a set largely consisting of songs from his debut solo album ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’.

Noel also performed new song ‘Freaky Teeth’ as well as B-sides ‘The Good Rebel’ and ‘Let The Lord Shine A Light On Me’. A four-song encore included Oasis tracks ‘Whatever’ and ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’.

Speaking previously about appearing at the festival alongside his brother, Noel said that the pair couldn’t have played on the same day.

Asked if they would ever be on a live bill together, he said: “I don’t think either camp would allow it. What happens if we’re on the same bill? People start asking if we’re reforming, that’s what. Or they’ll ask if we’re going to get on stage together and sing ‘Digsy’s fucking Dinner’.”

He added: “I don’t need that and I doubt he does either. I’d rather avoid it all together, thank you.”

It has been reported that Liam will perform a rendition of Oasis classic ‘Wonderwall’ at the Olympics Games closing ceremony with Beady Eye. Sources claimed that the chance to sing the track was originally offered to Noel, but the guitarist turned the offer down.


Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are currently immersed in a hectic summer of festival appearances and are due to play second headline at next month’s V Festival.