Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – 7 May 2015, New York

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds are rocking out on an exciting US tour in support of their new album Chasing Yesterday.
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Noel Gallagher is known to have a no-holds barred attitude in conversations. At one point during his show at Webster Hall on May 7th, he told the quiet, rapt and possible fearful audience, “For fuck’s sake, say something!” But perhaps it wasn’t that they were shy or afraid, though he had been smart with the crowd in Toronto apparently, it was that they were saving their voices to sing along with the frontman and his ace flock of “birds”, Tim Smith on lead guitar, Russ Pritchard on bass, Mikey Rowe on keyboards and Jeremy Stacey on drums, plus a three piece horn section. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have just released their second album Chasing Yesterday on Gallagher’s label Sour Mash Records. Their show is a powerful evening of rock that combines material from both NGHFB albums and some of the now-classic Oasis material into an awesome sounding show that I wished could have been longer. (The setlist appears to remain the same throughout the tour.)

Gallagher is a straight forward rocker who avoids tedious tomfoolery and lets the music speak for itself. Gallagher knows how to craft a song and he knows how to perform. On occasion, he switched been acoustic and electric guitars, notably between the Oasis song, “Champagne Supernova”, and his current single, “Ballad of the Mighty I” and there was a backdrop of visuals behind the band, but this hardly felt like pandering. The fans enjoyed every minute of the great live music like “The Death of You and Me”, performed with the horn section (Gallagher didn’t even know their name they were so new to the tour), and new album highlight, the timeless sound of “Riverman”. With songs like this, even if I were to exclude the tremendous rush experienced by of singing-along with a thousand people for set-closer “Don’t Look Back in Anger”, I would say the High Flying Birds are a must-see show for rock music fans.

“Bob Gruen, you fucking legend.” – Noel Gallagher

Tour dates:

May 10th New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre

May 13th Houston, TX @ House of Blues

May 14th Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theater

May 16th San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s Concert By The Bay

May 18th San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield

May 20th Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre

May 22nd Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

May 29th Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theater

May 30th Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre

May 31st Detroit, MI @ Royal Oak Theatre

June 2nd Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues

June 4th Washington, D.C. @ Lincoln Theater

June 6th Boston, MA @ Opera House

June 7th New York, NY @ Governor’s Ball Festival


12 June Warsaw Poland National Stadium

18 June Scheeßel Germany Eichenring

19 June Tuttlingen Flugplatz

20 June Hilvarenbeek Netherlands Beekse Bergen

26 June St. Gallen Switzerland Sittertobel St. Gallen

27 June Werchter Belgium Werchter Festival Grounds

4 July London England Clapham Common

12 July Strathallan Scotland Strathallan Castle

14 July Cork Ireland The Docklands

16 July Lisbon Portugal Parque das Nações

17 July Benicàssim Spain Benicàssim Festival Grounds

19 July Suffolk England Henham Park

Tour setlist:

01. Do the Damage

02. (Stranded On) The Wrong Beach

03. Everybody’s on the Run

04. Fade Away (Oasis)

05. In the Heat of the Moment

06. Lock All the Doors

07. Riverman

08. The Death of You and Me

09. You Know We Can’t Go Back

10. Champagne Supernova (Oasis)

11. Ballad of the Mighty I

12. Dream On

13. The Dying of the Light

14. The Mexican

15. AKA… Broken Arrow

16. Digsy’s Dinner (Oasis)

17. If I Had a Gun…

[encore break]

18. The Masterplan (Oasis)

19. AKA… What a Life!

20. Don’t Look Back in Anger (Oasis)