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"first" gig review: solo Noel's boring

DUBLIN - Every website says it was the first one, but of course it wasn't the first concert by Noel "solo" (is he really solo? he always needs a band), without Liam... you can remember the Unplugged in 1996, and the gig for Tibet (so the Chinese communists banned Oasis, and Noel said the "fuck me them communists.."), the tour around in 2006-2007, London, Milan, Manchester, Moscow, Los Angeles, Toronto, Paris, Australia, etc., the TCT shows in 2010, and in every Oasis gig he always played some songs without Liam. So the Noel people saying he's a new solo artist, to justify some poor performance, they make me laugh. As you can see from the pic, they're sick, lol.
The Olympia Theatre in Dublin (about 1,300 people only) is buzzing. Hundreds of fans move in unison, the majority of them no doubt struggling to retain their excitement (but Beady Eye had the same reaction last March, the people already knew the lyrics of the songs). This is what they've been waiting for. This is the moment of truth. This, folks, is what happens when rock stars start over. Oh, but Noel said he's not making rock anymore. And then - around about the time that Sally's soul slides away - it happens. Yep, one unfortunate punter loses his mind.
"There's only one Gallagher!" he shouts, raising his beer for added effect. Sadly, Noel doesn't seem to have heard the poor chap. And if he did, it might have brought a smile to his face. But then, the eldest of rock's most famous brothers isn't one to show his emotions. Well, not when he's in the middle of a gig, anyway.
With Liam, he may give the best quotes in rock, but Mr Noel Gallagher is hardly the most gifted live performer to ever grace a stage. At least Liam has presence. Hands behind the back, legs spread, parka on - younger Liam is one of a kind. But his brother (the "talented songwriter") stared out from the sides; that knowing look in his eyes that said 'to hell with swagger, these are my songs, man, and I'll play 'em as I like'.
Even some of his fans don't like that attitude, because it was also Liam making Noel songs unique.
Place the guy Noel front and centre and it appears that nothing has changed. Different setting, same old habits. By the time he gets to the O2 next February, he might even be a changed man. But for now, there are one too many screws that need tightening.
Musically speaking, it's a fairly solid set - a neat mish-mash of old vs. new, his recently released High Flying Birds material sitting alongside the anthems of yesteryear. But even his fans didn't like much the choice of those Oasis songs, would have preferred other ones. A slightly reworked, acoustic rendition of Wonderwall could have been better (this is Ryan Adams version), and "Don't look back in anger" misses Gem guitar solo, there's a piano "solo" instead.
Maybe the drummer is playing some tunes too fast... Noel's got a skilful group of musicians to work with, but there's very little to suggest that Noel is enjoying life after Oasis. It's all just a little too boring - too rehearsal-like. Good player, average performer. Which is a shame. A little more banter in between songs would have been nice, too. He said he didn't want to talk, but then he was talking. He said he didn't want people to talk to him, but then they were talking. He said he wasn't going to play Oasis songs linked to Liam, but then he played songs linked to Liam. He said he didn't want to sign anything for anyone, but then he signed autographs.
Indeed, when Noel gets going, he could be a joy to listen to. But is it wrong to ask for more from a frontman? It's time for the guy to step outside the box; shake things up a bit - act like a star, basically. He does only sometimes in some wrong moments: avoiding fans waiting for an autograph... This time here there were only a few ones waiting for him, "four cats". This Gallagher needs some improvements.

2 stars out of 5 (just as many reviews of his album)
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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)



fans leave the gig again and ask for Liam again
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