what a life it would be, if you would come to mine for tea, I'll pick you up at half past three, we'll have Italian lasagneeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee I'll treat you like a Queen, I'll give you strawberries&cream, then your friends will all go green for my Italian lasagnaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa these could be the best days of our lives, but I don't think we'll be living very wise I say no no no nooooooooo
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', b-side to 1994 single 'Cigarettes And Alcohol', 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."
2. Talk Tonight
3. Fade Away
4. Cast No Shadow (With Crouch End Festival Chorus)
06. Don't Go Away (With Wired Strings & Crouch End Festival Chorus)
07. The Importance Of Being Idle
08. Listen Up (With Wired Strings & Crouch End Festival Chorus)
09. Sad Song
11. Rockin' Chair (With Wired Strings & Crouch End Festival Chorus)
12. Slide Away
13. Digsy's Dinner
14. Whatever (With Wired Strings & Crouch End Festival Chorus)
15. The Masterplan (With Wired Strings & Crouch End Festival Chorus)
16. Married With Children
Air punching for 'Slide Away'. 'These could be the best days of our lives' - 'Digsy's Dinner'! Now we're onto 'Whatever'. Phew!
'...Idle', 'Listen Up', a friendly little jab at Scousers followed by 'Sad Song'. Good times!
Wired Strings come on to join Noel, the guys and the choir on 'Don't Go Away'. Beautiful.
The Crouch End Festival Chorus fill the hall on 'Cast No Shadow'. The crowd are giving them a good run for their money!
Jay (aka Jesus, aka The Shroud) joins the guys on stage for 'Talk Tonight'. The audience have certainly packed their singing voices!
A standing ovation greets Noel, Gem and Terry Kirkbride. Opening with '(It's Good) To Be Free'.
Despite speculation about his solo plans, he declined to play new songs at the first of two shows at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
He told the crowd that the gig, in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, was "not the right time or right place".
Instead, he rolled out 17 Oasis tracks - 16 of which dated from the 1990s.
The sight of men in their 30s with arms outstretched, baring their souls as well as their paunches to the stage, is one that Noel Gallagher must be used to by now.
That emotional salute and surrender was a common sight up and down the tiers and around the edges of the Albert Hall, and became more frequent as this gig unfolded.
Another commonly-viewed phenomenon was the number of blokes (and some women) with arms around each other's shoulders, or beers aloft in approval, or bouncing up and down while singing their hearts out - some doing all of the above.
The fact that Noel did not avail us of any of new material, or even play more than one track from the last 12 years, did not matter.
In fact, it was a good thing because it meant he could focus on material from the inspired and prolific songwriting patch he enjoyed in the mid-1990s.
So the crowd sang along in full voice to almost every song - they saluted, bounced and swayed as Noel strummed along to Wonderwall, Don't Look Back In Anger and Whatever.
Many instinctively knew every word to 15-year-old B-sides like The Masterplan, Half The World Away, Fade Away or Talk Tonight.
Noel brought the 50-strong Crouch End Choir to back him up - but he need not have bothered because they were totally drowned out by the enthusiasm of the crowd.
And as well as the singing, football-style chants of his name occasionally erupted on the Royal Albert Hall's terraces.
The reason for this level of involvement and devotion is that Noel's best songs make a primal connection with the listener, without them ever really being able to figure out why.
In those songs, he tapped into themes like romantic idealism, nagging insecurity, vanishing youth, domestic drama, dreams of escapism.
All of which struck a chord with his fans somewhere deep down, despite the fact that, if you actually listened to them, his lyrics did not make very much sense at all.
For Thursday's gig, rooted to his stool and strapped to his acoustic guitar, he picked the songs that suited the unplugged setting and his sensitive nature.
His partnership with brother Liam in Oasis was always one of ying and yang, where he would take on the more thoughtful material and Liam would be the macho, arrogant and tenacious one.
That means there were lots of Oasis songs that Noel did not, and probably would not, touch in a solo set. He steered clear of the bombast of tracks like Live Forever, Supersonic and Morning Glory, even if he wrote them.
Liam was not mentioned tonight. Despite being goaded by his estranged sibling - most notably at the Brit Awards - Noel is wise enough to be more diplomatic.
There were also no big-name special guests. Last time he played here, doing a very similar set for the same cause in 2007, he was joined by Paul Weller.
He was aided this time, though, by his former Oasis bandmate Gem Archer on guitar.
Gem had been rumoured to be in Liam's new band, so whether this means he has switched sides, or just stayed neutral, remains to be seen.
Tonight's gig was a rousing trip down memory lane, but the question still remains - what next for Noel? And, more to the point, will it compare to his past masterpieces?