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LONDON - The photo is ironic... Noel Gallagher, probably the greatest thief in music history. Fact.
Again compilations, searching for music to steal. 16 songs, some rubbish and not even 1 by the greatest rock band in music history. And Noel was the one wearing their T-shirts. Led Zeppelin.

Elvis Presley - Blue Moon

In the hands of The King, this Rodgers and Hart standard becomes a thing of crepuscular, country beauty.

"If you are in any doubt as to what a great singer Elvis was before the berks took over, just listen to him go flasetto on this. It's fucking aching! My dad was a DJ so we would hear this kind of thing around the house when we were growing up. He played in Irish social clubs, country and western and all that shit. I play Blue moon on guitar a lot, but the sound of it just grips me. The funny thing is, all the rock 'n' roll geniuses went in show business if they didn't die, so they were doing films and adverts and all that. They did sell out a little bit."

Wondering what do you think of Beady Eye's version eh? Don't listen to them as usual and then speak about them.

Buddy Holly - Well... All Right

Heartbeat was the last single to be released by Holly before his death. This was the B-side.

The Beatles - Ticket To Ride

A mid-period Beatles evergreen and the first Fabs single to break the three-minute mark, Ticket To Ride couples chiming verses with deft pop choruses.

Ennio Morricone - The Ecstasy Of Gold

Soundtracking one of the most famous scenes from Sergio Leone's western epic The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, this is a slice of Ennio Morricone at his most awe-inspiring. 

Angelo & Eighteen - Flight 2

This mantric Mickie Most-produced oddity used to soundtrack Noel's post-Haçienda comedowns.

Herb Alpert - This Guy's In Love With You

Written by Bacharach and David, made a hit by Herb Alpert and covered by one Noel Gallagher live at the Royal Festival Hall in 1996.

The Smiths - Hand In Glove

The Smith's dark, swooning debut single heralded the arrival of the band that would blow the mind of our guest editor when he heard them on the radio at the age of 17.

The Stone Roses - Fools Gold

The band that cemented Noel's vision for Oasis released this acid house meets Krautrock epic in late 1989. "Fools Gold was a peak, one of the greatest things we did," said the Roses' Ian Brown. "It doesn't sound like anybody else. It's just a killer groove."

"You get records that could have been recorded yesterday and this is one of them. It's also the sound of the band peaking: they never did anything that matched it. This is 20 years old and it still sounds like the future. Like the New York Dolls and The Velvet Underground, The Stone Roses came together and something happened between the four members. They stumbled across something.
It was only fleeting for them. They did a few big gigs - Spike Island was 30,000 - and it's laced with sadness, listening to this, because they could never beat it. They came close with Love Spreads, but this isn't even music. Someone was channelling something on that weekend that they don't even know. The amazing thing about this: There's barely a tune in it. Try and play it on an acoustic guitar. There is no song. It's a bass line. It's alchemy. I can imagine how it would have happened. Someone would have started playing something and someone else would have have said, "Do that again." it's an unbelievable piece of music. How can it have ever dated, when it was so of its time."

The Damned - Don't Cry Wolf

The Damned's last single for Stiff Records was produced by Pink Floyd's Nick Mason. Noel saw the band on their 1980 Black Album tour. The future Oasis chief's introduction to live music started here.

Rhythim Is Rhythim - Strings Of Life

An acid house perennial and inspiration for one of Noel's new tracks What A Life!, this 12-inch was released by Detroit techno wizard Derrick May in the summer of 1987. Noel heads to the Haçienda. Leaves three years later.

The Gun - Sunshine

This 1968 B-side mini-anthem from the shortlived British power trio could easily be the distant cousin of Champagne Supernova. "Sun shines brightly everyday/Let it shine, let it shine". Pure Oasis arena fodder.

The Left Banke - Desiree

Another Baroque-pop gem from the New York group that scored a hit with 1966's Walk Away Renee.

Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen

Described by Noel as "an incredible recording of an incredible song", the Pistols' Jubilee blitzkrieg still sounds like it might bring the walls crashing down.

Neil Young - Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)

Young's brutally honest statement about life in the rock'n'roll hurricane appears in both acoustic and electric format on 1979's Rust Never Sleeps. Oasis covered it during their two-night stint at Wembley Stadium in 2000.

Donovan - Get Thy Bearings

The second Mickie Most-produced track on Noel's list made its first appearance on Donovan's 1968 Hurdy Gurdy Man album. Its jazzy arrangements prompted King Crimson to cover the song live in the early '70s.

Wings - Nineteen Hundred And Eighty-Five

We fittingly end with a Beatle on top post-Beatles form. Macca's Band On The Runcloser is a piano-led pop tour de force. Noel: "He's Paul, isn't he? He's a Beatle. What can you say?
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Beady Eye gigography and next tour dates


30 May - Forum, Milan, Italy (the first "Noeless" gig since 1991 when he didn't join Oasis yet)

summer tour without Noel


16 November - Andy Bell unplugged - Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden (bootleg)


3rd & 4th March - Barrowland, Glasgow, Scotland +here and here + bootleg
6th & 7th March - O2 Apollo, Manchester +bootleg 1 +bootleg 2
9th & 10th March - Troxy, London +bootleg 1
13 March - Casino de Paris, Paris, france
14 March - E-Werk, Koln, Germany
16 March - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy +dvd bootleg
18 March - La Riviera, Madrid, Spain +bootleg
19 March - Bikini, Toulouse, france
21 March - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland (bootleg)
22 March - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium (bootleg)
14 & 15 April - The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland here a bootleg image
17 April - Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
20 April - O2 Academy, Newcastle (a photo here)
23 April - Centre, Newport (photo and bootleg)
30 May - Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, Germany
+a photo here + win tickets here
8 June - Saschall, Firenze, Italy +my story here +bootleg here +win tickets here
11th June - Papillons de Nuit Festival, Saint Lo, france
12 June - Isle of Wight festival +story here and here +interview here +videos here +interview and bootleg here
25th June - Theater of Living Art, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
30 June - Rock Werchter, Belgium (bootleg)
1 July - Main Square Festival, Arras, france +a photo here
7 July - BBK Live Festival, Bilbao, Spain
9 July - Oxegen Festival, Naas, Ireland
26 August - Reading Festival (win tickets) +videos here +review&video here +bootleg here
3 September - AX Hall, Seoul, South Korea
14 September - Twinkle Rock Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
7 October - Atlantico, Rome, Italy +main bootleg here +another bootleg here
+win the concert here
11 October - Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland (postponed)
13 October - Gasometer, Vienna, Austria (postponed)
31 October - Theater Caupolican, Santiago, Chile
2 November - Teatro de Verano Ramon Collazo, Montevideo, Uruguay
3 November - Teatro Colegiales, Buenos Aires, Argentina
4 November - Personal Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5 November - Planeta Terra festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
12 November - O2 Academy, Sheffield
14 November - O2 Academy, Birmingham
17 November - O2 Academy Brixton, London
2 December - The Warfield, San Francisco, U.S.A.
3 December - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, U.S.A. +another complete review here +win tickets here and here
5 December - First Avenue, Minneapolis, U.S.A.
6 December - The Rave Ballroon, Milwaukee, U.S.A.
9 December - Terminal 5, New York, U.S.A.
10 December - House of Blues, Boston, U.S.A.


new tour


3 June - Abbey Road, London (acoustic) +bootleg here
7 June - McClusky's, Kingston (album launch acoustic gig)

8 November - Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland


Noel Gallagher solo gigography, and Low Lying Turds tour dates

(although his blinded fans say he's a "new solo artist", it's 20 years he's around and already played "solo" gigs previously (the first one in 1994), with the help of other people of course, as the Unplugged 1996, the gig for Tibet, the tour in 2006-2007, London, Milan, Manchester, Moscow, Los Angeles, Toronto, Paris, Australia, etc.)


25 March - Royal Albert Hall - London


28 November - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy + review here +video bootleg here +audio and video bootleg here


lost interest... even Noel got bored of himself

10 April - Auditorio Banamex - Monterrey, Mexico (cancelled)



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