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Noel in Switzerland, influencing LA, he is no Oasis of creativity

LOS ANGELES - I would attend a Noel Gallaga gig only in Switzerland, with two Swiss "veline" as my last Oasis gig, with cute & rich girls, if they paid me and forced me to make sex and eat chocolate.

Noel Gallagher influenced the Los Angeles press, as he worked there... classic Noel. 
"Noel's critical acclaim... on the Guardian" ?! The Guardian gave him 3 stars and mocked him for the lyrics. The Observer on The Guardian gave him 2 stars. And I've read at least 15 negative reviews, as music experts ClashMusic 2 stars, Uncut 6/10, etc. Is that critical acclaim? 
And "Beady Eye, a successful if tepidly reviewed effort "? I didn't read any negative review about them.
Noel: "really, if you're getting your information from the British press, be wary." ...Really, if you're getting your information from the LA press, be wary...
When Oasis received negative reviews, we didn't care much, ok. But now it's different, 'cause we have 2 different things, the Eye and Noel, and only one of them receives many negative reviews, so we can't say "I don't care". Some people say: can't people like both of them instead of choosing one? Yes, that would be stupid, as they're two different, often opposite things.

Here's a not really positive review.
When artists break free from the bands that have always defined them to take up solo careers, some celebrate their emancipation with radical musical departures. Others adhere to the old group’s sound as much as possible, either out of fear, habit, or a desire to prove once and for all that they were the brains of the band.
Noel Gallagher goes the latter route on “ High Flying Birds”, which almost sounds more like Oasis than Oasis did -- the sole difference being that it’s him singing, not embattled brother Liam.
It’s as if Noel wanted to establish that Oasis would’ve fared just fine with him as frontman.
It’s a point almost worth proving. Noel is close to a dead ringer, vocally, for his sibling, so Oasis fans may feel as if not much has changed, at least in the studio. And it must feel as liberating for Noel to get to sing his own songs as it was for Pete Townshend when he started making solo records.
But the seamless transition doesn’t really speak well for the individuality his songs require.
And Noel does have just a wee bit less personality. With Liam, you always sensed a slight sneer at work, even when he was singing his brother’s most romantic songs. Now, Noel’s slightly blander tone removes any such ironic distance, but points up how banal his lyrics can be, shorn of the attitude his bro brought to the table.
Almost all of “High Flying Birds” (which shares its name with the group Gallagher assembled) persists in the anthemic, pretty, ploddingly mid-tempo mode that Oasis struck UK gold with and mined to the end. Less than midway through the opening track, “Everybody’s on the Run,” a choir and strings have kicked in, to nice but not particularly transformative effect.
Other predictably Beatles-esque touches abound on this handsomely mounted but unexciting effort. You get trumpet squalls, calliope sounds, and Mellotron-ish keyboards in “The Death of You and Me,” which, ominous title aside, turns out to be “Penny Lane”-level jaunty.
The uncharacteristically speedy “AKA… What a Life,” takes its inspiration from Paul McCartney’s solo career -- specifically, “Nineteen Ninety Five,” with its fast beat and nervously quick piano. The problem is, Macca always came up with a chorus, whereas Gallagher just repeats “What a life” four times as his refrain, which makes the initially promising tune drag.
If you buy the deluxe edition, you’ll get the most interesting hybrid of styles with the bonus track “The Good Rebel,” which takes Ringo’s drumbeat from “Rain” and weds it to an old-school R.E.M.-style chorus. (The fact that Gallagher keeps singing “Rain, like rain… don’t care for the sunshine” is probably no coincidental homage.)
Unfortunately, the record is rife with provocative titles that give no indication of the utterly ordinary songs within.
For instance, you might hope that “If I Had a Gun” is about what Noel would do to Liam if England had more lax weapons laws.
But no. “If I had a gun, I’d shoot a whole into the sun, and love would burn this city down for you,” Gallagher sings. “Let me fly you to the moon,” he adds, probably not thinking too hard about what would have happened to the rest of the solar system after he’d destroyed the sun and Earth to amuse his girl.
“Soldier Boys and Jesus Freaks” does prove to be Gallagher’s lone attempt at social commentary, and one that makes you happy he usually expends his efforts on love songs, however mixed the metaphors.
For real urgency, only one song, “(Stranded on) The Wrong Beach,” locks into an interesting guitar groove. All else is pleasant and wistful and… well, Oasis-nostalgic. Which maybe was too low a bar for Gallagher to set for himself, given how wan almost everyone agrees the last few Oasis albums were.
“High Flying Birds” is better than those, but better to wait for his next album, which apparently has already been recorded, with an entirely different group of musicians and an entirely different electronic vibe.
That may be the one to prove whether Gallagher can get out of his lovely rut or will forever be stuck being the overly serious person’s Rutles.

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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.


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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
..... € 10 = £ 8

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