The former Oasis guitarist brought his solo show to Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on Thursday night.
With the news of Prince’s untimely demise breaking just hours early, the older Gallagher brother’s entrance served as a tribute to The Purple One; Prince’s image filled a screen accompanied by the opening speech of, “Let’s Go Crazy”, which was met by a mix of cheers and applause, and more than a few fans standing in solitary silence as a mark of respect.
“Everybody’s On The Run” got things started, with a generous mix of tracks from his self-titled, debut and latest LP, “Chasing Yesterday” shaping the set; “In The Heat Of The Moment”, “The Death Of You And Me”, “Riverman” and “If I Had A Gun”, which he dedicated to his wife, Sara, were particular stand-out moments. Gallagher sent a clear message to Oasis fans pinning their hopes on a future reunion with, “You Know We Can’t Go Back” suggesting that while things may be “alright” between the brothers, getting together again on-stage is still just a die-hard’s dream.
However, it was the sprinkling of Oasis covers that injected the audience with zest; some surprising (“Sad Song” and “Digsy’s Dinner”) and others, just plain brilliant (“Champagne Supernova” and “Half The World Away”). Another nod was given to the late Prince when Gallagher played “Live Forever” and his audience took lead vocals.
Gallagher himself said very little, taking only a few minutes to chat and joke with his crowd during the two hour set in Glasgow; he was always the one to let the music do the talking, a stance he is clearly comfortable with and gives fans no cause for complaint.
There is no question that Noel Gallagher can do it alone, but with the crowd losing their heads over that euphoric, “Don’t Look Back In Anger” chorus, you can’t escape the nagging feeling that one Gallagher brother simply isn’t enough for them . . .